Note: iOS 9 + Facebook users w/ trouble scrolling: #super sorry# we hope to fix it asap. In the meantime Chrome Mobile is a reach around
hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

TGS: Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena preview

12:14 PM on 09.15.2011 // Allistair Pinsof
  @DtoidAllistair

As a videogame geek, there are some mash-ups between developers and franchises you dream about happening. Sometimes they happen (Marvel vs. Capcom), sometimes you wish they didn’t happen (Ehrgeiz) and sometimes they never happen (Secret of Mana vs. Final Fantasy: Beach Battle Blitz).

Although Arc System Works making a Persona fighting game long lived on as only a wish, it has now become a reality. And, thank God for that because it’s shaping up to be an incredible fighting game that has the potential to reach beyond the Persona 4 fanbase while speaking to it directly.

For the first time, Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena is playable this weekend at Tokyo Game Show. Although the game has yet to be announced for a console, Arc System Works brought the arcade build to TGS. It stood out on the show floor, not only for pulling in a large crowd but also due to it being the only arcade cabinet at TGS this year.

The arcade build showed off four of the game’s stages and six of the game’s characters. The character select screen hinted that the final count will be ten, but more may be added at later date. As you may expect of an Arc Systems and Persona 4 crossover, the game’s characters come to life with bright colors, fluid animation and the stylized character design that made me a Persona 4 fan in the first place.

Since the game brought in such a long line, press were limited to only one match. For mine, I played with Kanji who controls like a slightly faster version of BlazBlue's Iron Tager. The real reason I chose him is because he bashes his opponents with a traffic stop sign. His sluggish speed is made up with some powerful, defensive moves he delivers via his persona. Every character in the game has their own persona that they are paired with. The personas deliver characters' most powerful attacks.

Along with three regular attack buttons, the controller has its own dedicated persona button. Projectiles, powerful blows and special attacks all come from the player’s persona. As with the game’s RPG counterpart, the player is limited in their persona use by a meter along with SP use. Using a special persona attack triggers a flashy animation, complimented by a comic panel displaying the character’s face. To say, "It looks kind of neat" doesn’t do it justice.

The stages themselves are amazing in both their fan service and detail. The demo contained a Midnight Channel stage, school entrance stage, and a Velvet Room stage. My favorite has to be the train stop stage, which perfectly captures the atmosphere of Persona 4 with ghost's shadows flickering in and out of the stage’s detailed night sky and suburban sprawl.

The Ultimate is an Arc System Works game through and through, down to the goofy match start screen: GRAND PRIX! (uh, sure?) This also means that the game may very well be another interesting experiment for the company that is best played for fun amongst friends rather than competitively for local arcade fame.

Being that this is Persona 4 we are talking about, the fan service alone makes the game worthwhile. Seeing the characters I’ve grown to love come to life with such detail is gratifying on its own, but the addition of the game’s accessible fighting system makes me even more excited for this.

If you are in Texas, I highly recommend coming down to Houston for Anime Matsuri and checking it out for yourself.



Allistair Pinsof,
 Follow Blog + disclosure DtoidAllistair

This blog submitted to our editor via our Community Blogs, and then it made it to the home page! You can follow community members and vote up their blogs - support each other so we can promote a more diverse and deep content mix on our home page.





 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.

 Quickposts
Status updates from C-bloggers

ScionVyse avatarScionVyse
Finally got my in game time down to under an hour in Super Metroid. I'm pretty happy about that.
Shinta avatarShinta
https://killscreen.com/articles/falling-through-a-100-million-stories-in-gravity-rush-remastered/ Really great article about Gravity Rush's director (director of Silent Hill), and his 1970s French comic influences.
Dreamweaver avatarDreamweaver
Unpopular opinion time: I not only consider Kanye West to be one of my favorite rappers of all-time — yes, I'm being serious — but he's one of the very few people in the world whom I'd consider to be a role model. I truly wish he would notice me one d
Nekrosys avatarNekrosys
Trying to play through Undertale's Genocide Route. After forcing myself to kill the Greater Dog, I'm really not sure if I'm emotionally capable of handling this game anymore...
Fuzunga avatarFuzunga
"I would buy [game] if I had a Wii U." THEN WHY DON'T YOU!? "I don't want to." So you want to play [game] but you're not willing to buy hardware to play it? "Yes." Guess you don't really want to play [game]. "No, Nintendo should make games for Xbox." ಠ_
Torchman avatarTorchman
Nathan D, they say ROCKET PUNCH!
Sir Shenanigans avatarSir Shenanigans
There should be an online multiplayer version of Gwent.
Nathan D avatarNathan D
Torchman, what do the five fingers say to the face?
Jed Whitaker avatarJed Whitaker
Can we just get a yarn version of Bionic Commando already?
ChillyBilly avatarChillyBilly
Alright. All Waifu are garbage because they're all fake. There, I said it.
ikiryou avatarikiryou
All of your waifus when someone gives them a dollar.
Torchman avatarTorchman
IN THE NAME OF GLORIOUS ZEUS, I PROCLAIM YOUR WAIFU TO BE SHIT
SeymourDuncan17 avatarSeymourDuncan17
Alright, Torchboy. If it'll shut yo ass up about our waifus, here is Yukiko's privileged little white bum presented for your, uh, "pleasure".
KnickKnackMyWack avatarKnickKnackMyWack
Obligatory: All these waifus are best waifus. Yours ain't got shit.
Shinta avatarShinta
Just platinum'd Gravity Rush Remastered in 3 days. Super hyped for Gravity Rush 2.
Sotanaht avatarSotanaht
Several minutes into Spectre and I swear I thought I put on a hentai by mistake.
TysonOfTime avatarTysonOfTime
Uncontrollable with slightly less Engrish.
Scrustle avatarScrustle
Hachi Roku is my waifu.
Occams avatarOccams
#Darksiders2
ikiryou avatarikiryou
Finally getting around to cataloging all the intergalactic-level augments I want to use for post-game Tyrant killing in XCX. The grind feels more substantial than Monster Hunter but then again there are no four-story-high monsters in MH.
more quickposts


Contest!


Seriously

Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme


Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo



Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -