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Persona 3: The Movie: Falling Down gets a new teaser trailer


Out in April in Japanese theaters
Jan 13
// Chris Carter
On April 4, the third Persona 3: The Movie will hit theaters in Japan, compliments of Aniplex. It has just released a new trailer for the anime film that you can view above. As an aside, the second film will be out...
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Persona 5

Persona 5 is definitely coming in 2015, you guys


We kinda already knew this, but hey!
Dec 06
// Brittany Vincent
During the PlayStation Experience keynote in Las Vegas today, Atlus USA confirmed that Persona 5 will indeed be dropping on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 in 2015. We pretty much knew this already, but official announce...
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Persona

Which Persona crew did you choose in Persona Q?


4 Live Crew
Dec 03
// Chris Carter
While the story eventually normalizes with both groups, you have somewhat of a difficult decision at the start of Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. Do you go with the Persona 3 crew, or the gang from Persona 4? I know a few...
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Here's what the Persona Q Premium and Limited editions will look like


I need!
Oct 15
// Dale North
The Velvet Room theme song started playing in my head as I began writing this news blurb this morning. Igor and friends would be glad to know that after all of these years (and games) that the song stuck. It's in there for go...

Review: Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

Sep 29 // Kyle MacGregor
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (PS3 [reviewed], Xbox 360)Developer: Arc System Works, AtlusPublisher: AtlusReleased: September 30, 2014MSRP: $59.99 Ultimax picks up right where P4A left off, taking place almost immediately after the events of the first game in the familiar setting of Inaba. The region suffers a blackout and suddenly is blanketed with a mysterious red fog. It isn't long before shadowy doppelgangers appear and our heroes are thrust back into the ring. Unlike most fighting games, Ultimax honors its RPG lineage by offering a substantial story mode. The narrative plays out much like a visual novel, featuring an abundance of dialogue, glossy character art, and vintage tunes from composer Shoji Meguro. Oh, and there's a handful of fights tossed in there every so often. The story is divided across two campaigns, one focusing on the cast of Persona 4, while the other centers around the group from Persona 3. The tale takes place from several vantage points, and struggles with the new structure. You will be forced to witness repetitious events, as one character comes to grips with what's going on, only to see someone else go through a similar scenario. Eventually these threads intertwine and the story picks up, but until then it can be a bit of a drag.  Really though, the conceit is just an excuse to spend more time with characters we know and love. The opportunity to catch up with Yukari Takeba, Junpei Iori, and Ken Amada is a real treat, as the new combatants join the roster and give us a glimpse at what life is like after the events of P3. This isn't the strongest Persona story, but it certainly has its moments. Maybe you didn't understand anything I just wrote, though. Perhaps you're here for the combat and couldn't care less about Persona. Well, Arc System Works still has you covered. This is an exceptional fighting game, irrespective of the source material. It's just one fans of the series will be able to appreciate on a different level. Ultimax is the type of experience that takes a day to learn and a lifetime to master. It's simultaneously accessible and incredibly intricate, providing newer players a shallow end of the pool to play in, while veterans are given the tools to go deep sea diving in the Marianas Trench.  The fighting engine at work here has a myriad of sub-systems, but is constructed to be incredibly flexible. Hammering on the light attack button will launch the character into a string of impressive-looking combos, which can feel gratifying for the type of person who has trouble pulling off quarter circles consistently. On the other end of the spectrum, there's an incredible amount of nuance to be discovered for those who wade out of the shallows. Much like with Guilty Gear and BlazBlue, Arc System Works has created a fighter with a satisfying sense of weight and momentum. It's fast-paced and the animation is amazingly fluid, which is something everyone can appreciate --  whether for focusing on landing those one-frame links or just for the spectacle. Ultimax also helps bridge the gap between players of varying skill levels with its practice modes. The lessons on hand here go at great lengths to communicate the basics, and really set beginners on the path to mastering the systems at play. The game's real strength is in its roster, which is sure to please Persona fans and fighting game aficionados alike. There's a wide variety of characters with equally diverse play-styles, ranging from keep-away and rushdown characters to zoning types and grapplers. There's something here for everyone. One of my favorite parts of the experience is how faithful it is to the source material. Little things like new addition Rise Kujikawa swinging around a microphone stand in battle or just seeing Persona Skills and All-Out Attacks recreated so lovingly in a fighting game make the moment to moment gameplay such a joy. Aside from Rise and the trio of new P3 characters, the most notable addition is newcomer Sho Minazuki. Sho is the game's antagonist and comes in two forms, one of which doesn't have a Persona. To make up for that shortcoming, he's incredibly fast and powerful -- maybe a little too fast and powerful. I suppose time will tell if that is the case. Most of the characters also come equipped with Shadow variants. These are more precarious skill-based fighters that sacrifice normal attack damage, defense, and instant kills. In exchange, they gain the ability to carry SP across matches and rampage, granting them an infinite amount of SP for a limited time. So look out for that! Beyond the story and standard modes like arcade and versus are score attack and the Golden Arena, which should be something of a curiosity for anyone looking for a more RPG-like experience. While the main game already incorporates little touches like temporary status ailments for players who fight too defensively, (in an effort to encourage aggressive play) the Golden Arena lets you fight through "dungeons." There, you will attempt to survive while leveling up, improving your stats, and learning new skills. It even involves building Social Links with your navigator character. The netcode seems largely unchanged from P4A, which was just fine. My tests with the online features were lag free and completely functional. One new component is a lobby area that is set up to look like an arcade. It's a nice little addition that allows you to design a Persona-style avatar and sit down at a cabinet with another player to initiate a match. Yep. It's pretty adorable. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is pretty much everything a fan could ask for. It's a satisfying, high-octane fighter that's synchronously accessible and fathomless. Atlus and Arc System Works have forged an experience that tops its predecessor, adding new content, characters, and story to the mix; thereby coming as an easy recommendation to both Persona fans and fighting game enthusiasts alike. 
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It's a knockout!
It's still tough to believe a fighting game based on the Persona series exists, let alone is any good, but Persona 4 Arena certainly came as a pleasant surprise. Atlus and Arc System Works are two distinctive studios kno...

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Persona 4 Ultimax

Margaret, Marie, Adachi will be $5 DLC in Persona 4 Ultimax


Also, that initial shock at Margaret's new voice
Sep 26
// Steven Hansen
Marie and Adachi will be free to download for the first week of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax's release. On October 7, they revert to paid DLC, at which point the Sadistic Stud-Keeping Secretary of the Velvet Room, Margaret, will release as well. Each character will cost $5. 
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Persona 4 Dancing

Persona 4: Dancing All Night delayed in Japan


Atlus pushes rhythm game back to 2015
Sep 21
// Kyle MacGregor
Persona 4: Dancing All Night has been delayed in Japan, Atlus has announced. The rhythm game was scheduled to debut this autumn, but is now postponed until next year. No word on how this impacts the western release of the Pl...
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Persona 4 Ultimax Europe

Sega to publish Persona 4 Ultimax in Europe


The fighting game travels across the pond this November
Sep 19
// Kyle MacGregor
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is coming to Europe this November, courtesy of Sega. The fighter's release will mark the first occasion Sega acts as a distributor for Atlus since the publisher acquired the Shin Megami Tensei&nbs...
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Persona Q Edition of Nintendo 3DS coming to U.S.


No way
Sep 10
// Dale North
We get some of the limited edition 3DS systems but we miss out on the better ones in USA. But this one makes up for it all. Nintendo will release the Persona Q 3DS XL here, exclusively at GameStop. $199 will get you this Velv...

You already know you want it but here's a Persona Q preview anyway

Sep 09 // Dale North
Persona Q is adorable. That was my first impression, and that's really the one that sticks the most. Seeing your favorite cast members from Persona 3 and Persona 4 with big heads and little bodies is a delight, but seeing them move and hearing them talk takes it over the top. Watching Rise's eyes bug out or hearing Chie rant about meat products won me over before I ever entered my first dungeon. Teddie is still horny, but now cute. And Nanako? You're not ready. It's fan service by the boatload. They pulled out all the stops -- the music, voicing, art, menus, and more are all dialed up to thrill. There's no way a fan of either Persona 3 or Persona 4 should miss this. There's plenty of new gameplay to go with the fan service. I only played for about an hour but I could already tell that Persona Q is going to be a meaty, satisfying dungeon crawler. Jumping into a brand new game session, I saw that Persona Q has five difficulty levels. All but the very last one, called Risky, lets you bounce around between levels. For Risky, you're locked in for good. But even on Normal, don't expect a walk in the park; Persona Q pulled more from its Etrian Odyssey roots when it comes to difficulty. [embed]280940:55590:0[/embed] There are a bunch of new sub-systems for this spin-off, pulling from both franchises. New from the Persona side of things are sub-Personas, a secondary choice that acts as a status buff. Equipping a sub instantly adds hit and skill points to a character, to be used in battle. These bonus extra HP and SP gains recover for each battle, too. Etrian Odyssey roots show in a trio of specific attack types. Characters will have either cut, stab, or bash attack types that have to be factored into the attack plans as the rock/paper/scissors rules come into play with these. I didn't see this play out early on, but knowing Atlus we'll end up in battles where you'll have to be sure to be set up just right to win. I did some dungeon crawling right off, making my way down corridors that would have any Etrian Odyssey fan feeling right at home, and then jumping into battles that would have any Persona fan feeling right at home. And it all looks great: the corridors look better than even the latest Etrian Odyssey game, with sharper textures and more detail. The character models in battles are PS2-level, holding up to the latest Persona.  For dungeon crawling, there's auto-mapping to help you make your way through the maze, and a new Boost system to help you through the fights. Boost isn't quite Press-Turn, though it still does have you working to exploit enemy weaknesses for a battle advantage. Getting in the right kind of hit will eventually earn you this Boost, which has the attacking character's skills zeroed out for the next turn. Free skill attacks are always welcome! Continued exploits let you continue to Boost, though getting hit will knock you out of Boost status.  All of the dungeons of Persona Q have their own theme. The earliest is Alice themed, and has the gang visiting a messed up version of Wonderland. I don't want to spoil too much, but the last battle of the stage has you fighting exactly who you think you would. My fight had my team going up against this boss' minions, barely making it out alive. Right when the big boss moves in to take over from the minions, the other half of the cast appeared to save the day. Get ready for a really great entrance scene. Oh, baby. Even in the short time I played I could tell that there's way more under the hood to be discovered. New skills, spells, team attacks, and more teased from the menus. And that's not even touching the loot and what you can do with it. I only got the smallest taste. I'd also like to avoid spoiling the story, so we'll go light on those details. It's safe to say that you'll start out by picking which cast you'd like to start with (I started with the P4 crew). Each has their own story start, but the two casts come together in the first hour of play, with a Yasogami High school festival serving as the backdrop for this event. The P4 group finds that school feels weird on festival day; the P3 gang finds themselves at a strange school suddenly. You'll see. It's not long before your party ends up in a mysterious place that leads to a freaky dungeon, and things really get going from there. I don't have much to say about the new kids on the block, Rei and Zen, either. That's mostly because I glossed over their bits in my playtime as I want to enjoy my first real play through, and I don't want to spoil the story for you. I got to see the first hints of their story, which involves lost memories. Their missing memories seem to be tied to the manifestation of the dungeon, and beating the boss of the dungeon reveals a clue to their pasts. So far, all I can really say is that Rei is super cute. And you'll recognize her voice. Though Atlus wouldn't exactly confirm the voice actor's identity, it seems we were on the right track earlier.  Persona Q is a bit different, but you're going to like it. You knew that already, though. Etrian Odyssey loving people are going to like it -- that's a no-brainer. Persona fans will too, especially if they're into the casts of the last two games. This new spin-off might be missing some of the Social Link hooks, but it's got new gameplay, a huge cast, and tons of personality to make up for that.
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First hands-on in English
It was almost surreal to be playing Persona Q in English for the first time this past week. It came out of nowhere late last year, a fantasy game mixing Persona 3 and Persona 4 characters in a new 3DS game that uses Etri...

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P4U tops Japan charts

Persona 4 Ultimax tops Japanese sales charts


Yo-Kai Watch 2 dethroned after nearly two months as Japan's best-seller
Sep 03
// Kyle MacGregor
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax made its debut atop the Japanese software charts with 89,000 units sold, according to the latest figures from sales tracking authority Media Create. In doing so, the fighting game from Atlus and Arc Sy...
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Persona 4 Ultimax

Atlus shares Persona 4 Ultimax opening cinematic


Arc System Works' latest fighter assaults Japan this week
Aug 26
// Kyle MacGregor
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax strikes Japan later this week, just about a month ahead of the fighting game's September 30 launch date in North America. Until then, why not check out the title's gorgeous opening cinematic? And maybe find something else to do for a few weeks to while away the time.
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Persona 4 Ultimax

Atlus: Persona 4 Ultimax launches September 30


HNNNNNG!!!!!
Aug 06
// Kyle MacGregor
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax hits the streets on September 30, Atlus USA confirmed today. So mark your calendars and try to be patient. Waiting seven long weeks is going to feel like an eternity.
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PSN sale

Huge PlayStation Store sale highlights Square Enix and Atlus games


And several others
Aug 06
// Brett Makedonski
Did you think you were going to save money heading into the fall's onslaught of must-buy games? Hahaha, not if Sony has anything to say about it. There's a new sale up on the PlayStation Store and it features some classic Squ...
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Persona x Seinfeld

This Persona meets Seinfeld mock-up is making me thirsty


What's the deal with airline food?
Jul 08
// Brittany Vincent
Oh, SpacePirate Ridley. You are my hero. This Persona and Seinfeld crossover parody is what dreams are made of, and I can't wait to see more. Taken from the NeoGAF Persona Community Thread, the above still is the result of on...
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EVO schedule

When's Marvel? Just consult the EVO 2014 schedule


I'm out of fighting game memes
Jul 08
// Steven Hansen
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...
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PERSONA

Check out this rad Persona 4 Arena Ultimax arcade stick


Atlus and Mad Catz want all your money
Jul 01
// Kyle MacGregor
Atlus and Mad Catz are joining forces to create an fightstick for Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, and she's a real looker. Designed in collaboration with members of the Persona development team, the controller is said to be easily c...
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This Persona 4 the Golden Animation trailer will make your happy


Starts streaming this July
Jun 26
// Dale North
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...

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax first hands-on at E3 2014

Jun 16 // Dale North
Just as was the case with its predecessor, P4AU is a sight to behold thanks to the 2D masterminds at Arc System Works. If you’re like me and aren’t that great at fighters, you’ll still get a lot of mileage out of this game by seeing your favorite Persona characters animated in such a spectacular way. I love playing with the alternative color schemes, too. Fighting up against what we were calling Ganguro Rise was pretty great. Speaking of, if you haven’t heard, Rise Kujikawa graduates from announcer to playable character in P4AU.  Being a casual player, most of my time with the game was spent playing around with special moves and enjoying their accompanying animations. I got in a few good Yukiko vs. Rise matches. Approaching the game in this way, I didn’t mind dying at all, especially given that I got to see Rise’s Awakened super move, which is actually a rhythm mini-game.  From what I saw, I expect to get the same level of enjoyment from Persona 4 Arena Ultimate as I did its predecessor. I enjoyed playing with all of the characters, trying out their moves, exploring their respective stories, and taking on friends in casual matches. For me, this game is Persona enough to be enjoyable even if it is outside my wheelhouse. Of course, for the well-versed fighting game fan, there’s another level of enjoyment offered here on top of that. I expect that fans of both types will be pleased this fall when Persona 4 Arena Ultimax releases for PS3 and Xbox 360 this fall.
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Rise's mini-game super move
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 wr...

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PUNCH TEDDIE

Want to punch Persona 4's Teddie in the face? Here's how you can do just that


Teddie punching bag comes with Persona 4 Arena Ultimax pre-orders
Jun 11
// Kyle MacGregor
Atlus always seems to pack in awesome bonus items with its games. Shin Megami Tensei IV had that huge strategy guide, Dragon's Crown an art book, and virtually everything else Atlus publishes at least gets a complimentary sou...
Persona Q trailer photo
Persona Q trailer

Have a Persona Q E3 trailer to balance out the gruff and guns


Also, look at that Kanji face!!!
Jun 09
// Steven Hansen
I woke up at 4 in the morning, got on a plane, got to LA, and went straight to the press room with my luggage (too early for hotel check in) and then we started covering Microsoft's press conference. Watching this adorable Persona Q trailer was a nice breather. Don't forget to breathe.
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Persona Ultimax videos

Yukiko & Yosuke get Persona 4 Ultimax trailers


Brosuke bro-ing out
Jun 06
// Steven Hansen
I got so excited about Yu's Yul Brynner chest on the Persona 4 Ultimax box art that I almost missed new trailers for Yukiko and Yosuke. I never noticed this, but Yosuke's persona sort of looks like the frog navi the frog reporter uses in Mega Man Battle Network 2. Yeah, I like those games.
Persona Arena boxart photo
Persona Arena boxart

The Japanese box art for Persona 4 Ultimax is real good


More boxes like this, please
Jun 06
// Steven Hansen
This is the official box art for the Japanese release of Persona 4 Ultimax. It's pretty great, even with the best characters (Mitsuru and Chie) getting teeny billing. That Yul Brynner chest pose though.
Persona Q footage photo
Persona Q footage

Watch the first 40 minutes of Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth


3DSing all night
Jun 04
// Steven Hansen
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth is out. In Japan. There is a lot of text to be translated before we get it this fall, as you can see for yourself. So the game opens with a decision. Great. Not paralyzing at all. To go the...
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Persona Q trailers!

Persona Q launches in Japan this week


Celebrate with some trailers!
Jun 01
// Kyle MacGregor
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth may be launching in Japan later this week, but it'll still be a few more months until the Nintendo 3DS RPG arrives on western shores. While you're waiting, I know a way you can kill a good ...
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Japan getting both Persona 4 Arena games in one package


Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Premium Newcomer Package
May 30
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Japan is going to get both Persona 4 Arena and Persona 4 Arena Ultimax in one package when it's released on August 28. The Premium Newcomer Package as it's being called will include the story mode from the original game, all ...
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Persona Ultimax news

Ew, why is Koromaru stuck with Ken in Persona 4 The Ultimax?


Also, Golden Arena Mode revealed
May 29
// Steven Hansen
Have I ever told you guys how much I disliked Ken in Persona 3? A lot. I dislike him a lot. I didn't realize he was in Ultimax or that poor little Koromaru would be saddled with picking up Ken-kun's slack. We also have a video of the Golden Arena Mode. You pick a social link partner, difficulty, and then do fighting and beef up your stats or learn new combos. Seems fun enough.
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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax DLC contains first game's story


Premium Newcomer Package
May 27
// Dale North
What a great idea. If you missed Persona 4 Arena and are planning to start out with its upcoming sequel, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, you may be pleased to hear that Arc System Works has prepared a special Premium Newcomer Packag...
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Persona 4 pulled from PSN

Sony removes Persona 4 Arena from European PSN


...at Zen United's request
May 22
// Kyle MacGregor
European Atlus fans are rarely short on reasons to be upset. And today will be no different, as Persona 4 Arena has been unceremoniously pulled from the territory's PlayStation Store, according to Sony's Jawad Ashraf. &l...
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Pre-orders now live for Persona 4 Arena Ultimax


GET YOUR SUPLEX ON!
May 18
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Suplex! Suplex SUPLEX! Persona 4 Arena Ultimax pre-orders are now live for the Atlus fighting game. You can grab it for $59.99 at various retailers, and you can expect some pre-order bonus items too. What are those pre-order ...

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