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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax first hands-on at E3 2014


10:00 AM on 06.16.2014



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.

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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4:00 AM on 08.22.2014
Margaret is in Persona 4 Ultimax: Watch her casually kill everyone

Here it is. Formerly rumored and now in butt kickin' video form, Margaret is making her way to Persona 4 Ultimax Arena's roster. Free-for-the-first-week DLC characters Adachi and Marie also got English trailers, below, ...more



6:30 PM on 08.15.2014
These Persona 4 Arena clothing items are expensive and not that cool-looking

Harajuku's LHP fashion shop is displaying a line of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax-themed apparel and accessories, and it's all extremely expensive (6,000 yen/$58.50 for a t-shirt) and pretty ugly at that. Dengeki brings us a caval...more



9:00 PM on 08.06.2014
Atlus: Persona 4 Ultimax launches September 30

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.more



12:45 PM on 07.24.2014
Marie's persona in Persona 4 Ultimax is so pretty

Beating on people with your handbag is less cool than beating on people with a folding chair, but it's still pretty cool. Also, throwing presents at them. Very sweet. Marie will be paid DLC for Persona 4 Ultimax. And can we talk about that music? So fun. more



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...more



12:00 AM on 07.01.2014
Check out this rad Persona 4 Arena Ultimax arcade stick

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...more



5:00 PM on 06.11.2014
Want to punch Persona 4's Teddie in the face? Here's how you can do just that

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9:30 AM on 06.03.2014
Adachi comes to Persona 4 Arena Ultimax as DLC

No spoilers! Tohru Adachi, Persona 4's assistant detective and comic relief, makes his way to Persona 4 Arena Ultimax's roster as DLC that will be bundled with first-run copies of the game in Japan, according to the latest Famitsu. Gematsu says that he has his own Persona (Magatsu Izanagi) and will have his own story. Seriously, no spoilers!more



1:00 AM on 05.30.2014
Japan getting both Persona 4 Arena games in one package

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 ...more





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9:00 PM on 08.06.2014
Atlus: Persona 4 Ultimax launches September 30

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.more



9:00 AM on 08.06.2014
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9:30 AM on 08.05.2014
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