Persona 4: Dancing All Night The best dancing game ever?

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   Persona 4: Dancing All Night is a rhythm spin-off of one of the most popular Japanese Role Playing Games of all time. This game was released for the PS Vita and the PlayStation TV on September 29,2015. The original game, Persona 4, has been regarded as one of the best JRPGS and, in my opinion, one of the best video games of all time. Due to the success of Persona 4, Atlus made spin-offs that are considered canon. This game is the last game, in the Persona 4 series. This game is a musical rhythm game just like Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero, and Donkey Konga. If you have played any of those games before, you’ll be a master at this game. This game doesn’t use plastic instruments or dance pads though, It uses the controller. This is a very awesome game and is a must play if you like rhythm games. Enough with the background, it’s review time.

   Persona 4: Dancing All Night takes place exactly 3 months after the events of Persona 4 nd Persona 4: Arena, the Investigation Team is asked by pop idol Rise Kujikawa to dance alongside her in the upcoming Love Meets Bonds Festival. One day, they all go to rehearsal and meet the brand new character introduced, Kanami Mashita. She tells the team that her group, the Kanamin Kitchen, have mysteriously disappeared. The team then hears a rumor about the Midnight Stage, which is similar to the Midnight Channel in the original game. The rumor says that if you watch a video, up on the LMB website at midnight, you’ll be transported into the Midnight Stage. The team then goes into the Midnight Stage to save the Kanamin Kitchen and any other idols transported into the world. I really enjoyed this story mode and suggest that everyone who buys this game, play it. It is less than 10 hours long but it is an enjoyable experience.

All of the characters from the original game have returned. If you are new to this game, I would suggest playing the original first but it isn’t necessary. The playable characters/dancers are Yu Narukami, Yosuke Hanamura, Chie Satonaka, Yukiko Amagi, Kanji Tatsumi, Rise Kujikawa, Teddie, Naoto Shirogane, and Nanako Dojima. All of these characters played a major role in the first game and therefore are very recognizable. There are two more unlockable characters but I will not spoil them due to obvious reasons. Each of these characters have different costumes and accessories they can wear during dance. These can be changed any time. There is about 10 starter costumes without including paid DLC.

There are some flaws in this game. There are not that many songs. There are over 20 songs but most of them are remixes of other songs. This game has a complete refusal to use any song, from the original source material, that has no lyrics. You can’t dance to battle music or instrumentals at all. There is one exception to this, but it was one song and it was DLC (Downloadable Content) only. There are only two modes in the game: Story Mode and Free Dance. Free Dance is where you can replay the songs as many times as you want. Story Mode is where the story, mentioned above, takes place. The songs are predetermined and usually you only play it once. I guess this is all that can be done in a rhythm game but the game feels short in comparison. There are more songs you can purchase for the game but it is not cheap. Each song is five dollars and after you buy all of them, it will rival the original cost of the game. For me, I paid $25 for the game, preowned. I guess this isn’t really a complaint, but be aware of this fact.

Persona 4: Dancing All Night is my favorite rhythm game even though there is a small library of rhythm games, in general. It has many familiar characters and has easy to grasp controls. I would rate this game a 90% due to the reasons stated above and the familiarity of the characters. This is my favorite dancing/rhythm game and is a must play for anyone who likes the Persona series, Shin Megami Tensei series, or rhythm games in general!

 

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