Persona 4: Arena Limited Edition Xbox 360
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Released on 10-May-2013
Persona 4 Arena Limited Edition comes with:
- Official Arrange Soundtrack, with Exclusive artwork.
- Digital Fan Pack.
Persona 4 Arena seamlessly integrates the elaborate characters and worlds of a JRPG with the exciting head to head combat of a fighting game. Set two months after Persona 4 - Persona Arena is a direct sequel and an adventure in its own right. Following Teddie's sudden disappearance in Inaba, his friends find what appears to be Teddie in a pirate outfit announcing a fighting tournament called the "P-1 Grand Prix" to see who is the "Ultimate Persona User". Bewildered by this turn of events, they band together once again and enter the tournament to find out what has happened to their friend, but end up being pitted in battle against each other.
Each character has their own unique story and path to unravel the mystery - told through all new anime sequences and scenarios written by the Persona Team.
Persona 4 Arena Limited Edition Features:
- 13 characters in total including Persona 3 fan favourites - and the chance to catch up on their stories since their last appearance!
- Full Persona 4 cast returns, including Yosuke, Kanji, Naoto and Teddie - and will feature the original voice actors.
- Each character has their own "Persona" - a secondary character that can be called into battle to unleash deadly attacks!
Characters and Persona together, allow for a fighting experience like no other...
- Twin Health gauges for Persona and Characters add new layer of strategy.
- Dual character system allows you to wield two characters simultaneously!
- Effortlessly link both Persona and Character attacks into spectacular combos.
A battle experience designed for fans of the RPGs as well as fighting game enthusiasts...
- Character and Persona details, moves and specials lifted directly from Persona.
- Status effects, like poison, confusion, paralysis and fear - just like the RPG!
- Substantial story, dialogue and anime further exploring the world and characters.
Genuinely accessible fighting caters for all skill levels at the same time.
- Innovative single button combo system allows everyone to compete at a high level.
- Simpler special move inputs allow you to concentrate on the thrill of competitive play and strategy - not the execution of moves.
- Become progressively more powerful the closer you are to being knocked out!
- More ways to interrupt combos - allowing novices more opportunity to counter-attack.
- Introduction of a 'dodge' function to move away from over reliance on blocking.
A wide variety of game modes
- Story Mode: Pick a character and discover their story through mystery of the Midnight Channel.
- Arcade Mode: Classic Arcade action. Fight each character in turn, in progressively difficult battles.
- Score Attack: A series of battles against tough opposition, where battling with speed and finesse is key!
- Training: Practice your combos against a CPU opponent that can be fine-tuned to your preferences.
- Lesson: Superb step by step introduction to all the fighting system's key features and techniques.
- Challenge: The perfect introduction to learning your own combos - both easy and advanced.
- Versus: Two player mode where you can fight a friend or CPU opponent offline.
- Network: Pit your skills against the best the world has to offer by taking your game online.
- Contents Market: Online marketplace where you will be able to purchase and download DLC.
- Replay Theatre & Gallery Mode: Unlock exclusive artwork, music or watch and save your greatest battles!
With so many excellent fighting games already on the market, it can be hard to pick just one to invest the time with. The obvious choice would be something like Injustice: Gods Among Us or Tekken Tag Tournament 2. They both look fantastic in motion and - if we're being honest - who doesn't like playing as Batman, or one of the devilish members of the dysfunctional Mishima family? But to pick one of these games without considering the vibrant charms of Persona 4 Arena would be a mistake, as it's not only one of the best fighting games in the bare-knuckle business, it's also surprisingly accessible to boot.
Ask your average gamer on the street about the Persona series and they'll describe a role-playing game where you attend secondary school during the day before battling powerful demons at night. Arena takes this anime-style premise and reworks it into a 2D brawler. This means that unlike most other fighting games, Arena features a comprehensive Story Mode with over 10 hours of densely packed dialogue. And while knowledge of the past games is far from essential, fans of the series will get a kick out of returning to The Midnight Channel - an alternate dimension that exists beyond the television screen.
If you think that's a little unusual then wait until you meet the eclectic roster of fighters and their demon-like Personas. Yu is a katana-wielding teenager with a trendy haircut who can command Izangai to electrocute his foes. Aigis is a mechanical maiden who can use her arm-mounted mini-gun to bombard the enemy while Athena counters their strikes. And Akihiko is a boxing enthusiast who can draw his opponents in close with Caesar's gravitational pull before letting his fists fly. Some may moan that 13 characters is a low head-count, but when you judge them on their individuality, it's clear that Arena offers more diversity than most.
This is partly down to a fighting system that delivers considerable depth in a less intimidating framework. To ease first-time players into the art of building intricate assaults, Arena gives each character a multi-hit attack that requires a simple tap of the button. This is quickly downplayed by the more advanced systems that reveal their versatility with extended play, but it gives casual players a viable springboard. Conversely, if you're the type of player that likes to spend hours learning the ins and outs of each character, then Arena certainly isn't lacking in depth - it's just less insular than many of its closest competitors.
As well as the aforementioned Story Mode, there's a comprehensive Lesson Mode that outlines the finer points of the combat system, a tough Score Attack Mode that tasks you with beating an enhanced version of every character, a Challenge Mode that teaches how to turn every successful hit into a technical fireworks display, and a full compliment of online modes. This last point is another area where the game shines. It doesn't matter whether you're playing a stranger in a ranked match or a group of friends in an online lobby, as long as you all have a stable connection to the internet, Arena with make the experience as painless as possible.
Strange as it may seem for a game about kung-fu fighting school girls and chair-wielding punks, painless is a good way to describe Persona 4 Arena. If you're familiar with the developer's previous work on Guilty Gear or BlazBlue then you know that this is a fighting game with the highest possible pedigree. It wears its 2D pixels with pride, and there's a whole universe of fighting game sophistication to uncover beneath its vibrant surface. But even if your fighting game experience doesn't run any deeper than a few stolen games of Street Fighter and Tekken, then this is one rodeo that won't leave you feeling dazed and confused.
- Accessible fighting system
- Surprisingly deep story
- Highly stable when online
- The dialogue can drag a bit
- Slightly lacking in characters
- This is a late arrival in Europe
Acclaimed fighting game Persona 4 Arena will finally get a UK release, publisher Zen United has announced. The game originally launched in Japanese arcades in March 2012. A home console release followed on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in July, with an American retail release following in August of last year. Now, at last, it will come to the UK on May 10th.
The game is the latest in the cult fighting game series, itself a spin-off from the Megami Tensei role-playing games. In Persona, all the fighters are teenagers with the ability to summon forth aspects of their psyche known as personas to battle on their behalf. Persona 4 Arena has a focus on story and dialogue that goes far beyond what other fighting games offer, and also has a unique style of play, with features such as an "Instant Kill" attack that can defeat an opponent in one blow.
To make up for the long wait, UK fans who pre-order will automatically be upgraded to the Limited Edition version of the game, which comes with a soundtrack CD and a digital art pack. This edition won't be available after launch, so if you want one you'll need to order now.
Persona 4 Arena will be released for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on May 10th.
Persona 4 Arena - Review (10/05/2013)
Persona 4 Arena is not only one of the best fighting games in the bare-knuckle business, it's also surprisingly accessible to boot…
Persona 4 Arena finally coming to the UK (19/03/2013)
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