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5:15 PM on 07.22.2014

Persona Q coming November 25, let's loop the opening until then

Persona Q, the chibi 3DS amalgam of Persona 3 and Persona 4 characters, has a North American release date: November 25. The opening is still amazing. The premium edition is pretty nice, too. Shadow of the Labyrinth has won me over since its announcement -- or maybe it's just the dearth of Persona -- so I'm pretty ready.

Steven Hansen


8:00 AM on 07.16.2014

Hollow Forest Tsundere Poet: Marie joins Persona 4 Ultimax as DLC

The waifu wars rage on as Marie joins the cast of the region free Persona 4 Ultimax. She is the second DLC character announced for the game. The first, Adachi, will be free for the first week of launch before revert...

Steven Hansen



Review: Abyss Odyssey photo
Review: Abyss Odyssey
by Alasdair Duncan

One thing you can't accuse Chilean developer ACE Team of doing is ploughing the same, well trodden ground as other indie devs. Its debut hit Zeno Clash combined a surrealistic art style with first-person, melee combat, while the studio's follow-up title, Rock of Ages, combined Super Monkey Ball with a Monty Python-esque romp through classical history. 

Abyss Odyssey is the studios' third original title and again, its setting is unique from anything else I've seen in videogames. The structure of the game different, too -- a combination of procedurally-generated levels, 2D platforming, intricate combat systems and online, community-driven progression. It doesn't always fit these elements together seamlessly but when it does, Abyss Odyssey still has that "just one more go" factor.

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6:30 PM on 07.10.2014

HAWP star Ashly Burch has a role in Persona Q

Our old friend Ashly Burch is lending her vocal talents to Atlus USA's localization of Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. Congrats, Ash! The Hey Ash Whatcha Playin'? co-creator has voiced characters in several titles in...

Kyle MacGregor

1:45 PM on 07.10.2014

Persona 4 Ultimax won't be region locked for North and South America

After raising some ire region locking Persona 4 Arena (one of the only PS3 games that is region locked), Atlus decided that its follow up, set to release in the North and South America this fall, "will not be region locked for the Americas."  So this time around you European folk might consider importing instead of waiting on Atlus for a year to release it in Europe.

Steven Hansen

9:30 AM on 07.08.2014

When's Marvel? Just consult the EVO 2014 schedule

EVO 2014 is this weekend. We had a lovely time covering it last year, though it doesn't look like we'll have a get together watch party this time around. That's okay. There are three different streams to watch home and a...

Steven Hansen

7:30 AM on 07.07.2014

I'm jealous of Persona 4 Ultimax's Japanese-only Premium Edition

Here's a look at the slip cover that will adorn the Persona 4 Ultimax Premium Newcomer Package, which comes with the story from the first game so you don't have to go out of your way to catch up (it will also be sold sep...

Steven Hansen

10:00 PM on 07.03.2014

Persona 4 Ultimax: Naoto & Kanji's Japanese voices are throwing me off

The best Persona 4 character already got trailered, but I guess Atlus still needs to finish up. This week it's Kanji and Naoto, both with voice actors that are throwing me for a loop. It feels like it should've happened...

Steven Hansen

4:30 PM on 07.01.2014

Persona 4 Ultimax's Adachi will be free for first week

Okay, clever use of color presets, Atlus.  Adachi will be free to download for the first week of Person 4 Arena Ultimax's North and South American release. After that first week, he will revert to paid DLC, so get your free character while you can. 

Steven Hansen

3:00 PM on 06.26.2014

Persona 4's best character gets her Ultimax trailer

When I came back to Persona 4 Arena with the intent of finally learning how to play a fighting game after abandoning it, I switched from Mitsuru to Chie. Because they are the best Persona characters. I lasted a bit longer, but my advancement was thwarted by Shadow Labrys (trailered below) and stupid fingers. 

Steven Hansen

10:30 AM on 06.26.2014

This Persona 4 the Golden Animation trailer will make your happy

Persona 4 the Golden Animation gets a new trailer today with subtitles from distributor Aniplex US. It starts out slow, but picks up with a new song and plenty of great things to look at. Too bad there isn't more on the rest...

Dale North





1:15 PM on 06.23.2014

Atlus teases new Etrian Odyssey with a tree, not a broccoli

I sort of feel more like going on an Eritrean odyssey right now, but I'm settling for an Ethiopian jazz bar later in the week. Anyway, I scaled 10,000 meters of tree on this Atlus teaser site so you don't have to. Really, it's not that fun. The result was this Etrian Odyssey looking "Coming Soon" page. Whole tree background attached. 

Steven Hansen

9:00 AM on 06.21.2014

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2 hits PS3 next week

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon is coming to PlayStation 3 next week as a digital release, the latest episode of the PlayStation Blogcast reveals Atlus first brought the PS2 action ...

Kyle MacGregor

7:00 AM on 06.20.2014

This Persona Q 3DS XL case is what dreams are made of

[Update: I done goofed! You guys are totally right. This is the same case you get in thecollector's edition, and it's still available right now for preorder. That definitely doesn't change how much I love it.] ...

Brittany Vincent



Rollers of the Realm: A nice surprise photo
Rollers of the Realm: A nice surprise
by Dale North

I tried my hardest to imagine what the combination of pinball and RPG would look and play like before meeting with Atlus at E3, but I kept coming to mental roadblocks so I decided to wait and be surprised when I got to see it. When I finally did see and play this unimaginable creation from indie debs Phantom Compass, I certainly was surprised.

First, I was surprised at how off-base I was with my imagined concepts. More importantly, I was surprised at how well it all came together in upcoming game Rollers of the Realm.

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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax first hands-on at E3 2014 photo
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax first hands-on at E3 2014
by Dale North

Atlus let me touch Persona Q on the first day of E3 during a private meeting. That was a mistake on their part. The main problem is that I didn’t want to stop. The other problem is that they told me I couldn’t write about the version I played -- double tease. But getting my hands on Persona 4 Arena Ultimax for the first time made me feel a bit better about the situation. 

 I’m by no means a skilled fighting game player, but I am a massive Persona series fan, and even as a novice I really enjoyed its predecessor. This new version adds some of the Persona 3 cast, a new character, and shadow versions of all characters to the mix, not to mention new story lines (my favorite part) to experience.

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