A few months back, I got to see the second Persona 3 musical—and I rather enjoyed it. So needless to say I was excited heading in to the new Persona 4 Arena musical. Sadly, I got my hopes up for nothing because, even being charitable, Arena is an uneven mess of a play.
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, sequel to Persona 3, Persona 4, and Persona 4 Arena, is a fighting game. However, unlike many fighting games, it comes with a robust story in the form of a 14-hour visual novel. And since we've looked at Ultimax as a fighting game already, it's only fair we look at it as a visual novel as well.
When I was a kid in the days of the original Street Fighter II, the plots in fighting games consisted of the instruction manual, the before battle/after battle one-liners, and a single picture at the end of the game—if that. Even then I wished for meatier plots in fighters; and over the years my wish has been granted.
Welp, I had so much fun two weeks back filling in for Fahey with the Saturday Morning Stream that I decided to do it again. Only this time, with the new Persona fighting game in my hot little hands, I just couldn't wait till Saturday. So join me as I play Persona 4 Arena Ultimax live for your pleasure this fine…
Persona 4 Arena is a wonderful fighting game. Persona 4 Arena with an extended story, two new character from Persona 3 and one fresh face is Persona 4 Arena The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold. Hell yeah.
Indulge me my current fascination with Persona figures, but each time I see one, the bar gets a little higher. Take this Elizabeth figure from Persona 3 (appearing here in her Persona 4 Arena guise).
This Persona figure, by Vertex, will probably cost you $120-130. Which is a lot for something that's only 1/7 scale (not much bigger than your standard action figure). Then again, your standard figure isn't of Persona 3's Mitsuru Kirijo.
Earlier this week, Luke Plunkett celebrated the work of Atlus art director Shigenori Soejima, the man behind eye-catching style of the Persona series. He recommended Soejima's art book, available for shipping in 1-3 months from Amazon — just in time for the English release of Persona 4 Arena: Official Design Works…
Japan was playing the Persona fighting game in March of 2012. In North America we got our chance in August. Europe has to wait until May 10, but if they preorder at Game they'll score this awesome 12-inch vinyl copy of the arrange soundtrack for their troubles. Man, I would have totally waited until May for a chance…
I don't own too many video game figures. Thanks to my newfound fascination with Persona, that may have to change. For example: I would gladly put this garage kit figure of Elizabeth and her persona Thanatos pretty much anywhere in my house.
If the Video Game Awards are actually an awards show, and not just a keynote for promoting upcoming games, then the big news from last night was The Walking Dead: The Game. Eminently quotable analyst Michael Pachter said before the show that if this title, a downloadable self-published game, took home Game of the…
Aigis (née Aegis in Japan) from Persona is getting a new posable figure this December. It's for Persona 4 Arena, and if you don't like the color variation, sit tight.
I'd imagine the Venn diagram comparing fighting game players to Japanese role-playing game fans doesn't have much overlap.
Many did a double-take when Atlus confirmed Persona 4 Arena is region-locked on the PlayStation 3—that means, only Japanese consoles may play the Japanese version; North American consoles can only play a North American version. It's the first time since the PS3's release in 2006 a game has featured complete…
The upcoming PS3 and Xbox 360 release of fighting game Persona 4 Arena is, in North America at least, taking the rare and terrible move of being completely region-locked.
These sweet new screens of the Arcade Mode in Atlus' upcoming Persona fighter jogged my memory of the time two weeks ago I would have beat the publisher's PR master had he not surely cheated terribly.