The Persona series, developed by Atlus and their P° studio is not only known for their stylish and fantastic RPGs, it’s also home to one of the most fun and engaging spin-off series. Rhythm games aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but Atlus delivers a superb fan service with their Persona 3: Dancing moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight, which is very hard to turn down for fans of the series and newcomers alike.
Like most rhythm games, it needs the player to press certain buttons at the right time. For added complexity, players are challenged with a scratch mechanic and a fever meter to fill up by either flicking the right or the left stick at the right time. Chaining combos and hitting the perfect timing feels rewarding and satisfying at the same time. Many unlockable dance partners, costumes and songs makes it easy to get lost into this beautifully executed game.
Once again Atlus delivers a game with amazing cell-shaded graphics and a jaw-dropping amount of detail. Every single character feels distinct and their moves and dance style fits their personality perfectly. Fans of the series will discover favorite locations and most certainly will appreciate how well they are recreated. It’s fair to say that Atlus once again proves that graphics and presentation don’t need to be realistic or sterile to be top of the line.
What differs Persona Dancing from your common rhythm game, is how undeniably stylish the dancing videos and the UI are.
My eyes were constantly glancing at a well executed artstyle and my ears were treated with a mix of music, that was an absolute delight to listen to.
Fans will recognize their favorite Persona tracks and newcomers will enjoy a mix of Jazz, funk, hip hop and pop music, that will most definitely stay in ones head even after it’s been played. Persona dancing: Endless night collection consists of three games, Persona 3: Dancing in moonlight, Persona 5: Dancing in starlight and a PSVITA® port of Persona 4: Dancing all night.
A special point of interest should be the “Social Link” mode. Each Character has a social page and each character got events to clear which are tied to specific criteria. The conversations in between the events are light hearted, smart and reminds hardcore fans of the virtual social life found in the Persona RPG series ableit lacking the depth and impact, because rewards are not tied to answers you might give during conversation.
Unfortunately the aforementioned newer titles lack a proper story mode unlike Persona 4: Dancing all night. Certainly a missed opportunity. Also lacking, is any haptic feedback in all titles. Using the Dualshock®4 to its full potential would’ve been a great way to make a fantastic rythm game collection, a perfect one.
Wether you are a die-hard Persona fan and already know about the quality and strengths of the series or you are simply a newcomer to the series who wants to try out something experimental and new. Persona dancing: Endless night collection will undeniably become the soundtrack of your Life.
A review code was provided by the publisher to review
Developer: Atlus P Studio / Publisher: SEGA|Atlus
Release date: 04/12/2018
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita
“Fans of the series will discover their favorite locations and most certainly appreciate how well they are recreated”