Posted 18 April
Persona 4 Arena coming soon to PS3, limited edition detailed
Combining heart-warming high school drama, demon-filled dungeons and one of the best casts of characters ever committed to a videogame, Persona 4 Golden is one of the most-loved JRPG’s ever made – and it’s about to get a sequel much sooner than expected!
Persona 4 Arena is the work of two different dev studios – Atlus‘ own Persona Team and Arc System Works – best known for the BlazBlue series, and high-definition sprites so attractive in motion, they’re almost obscene.
Rather than just a fighting game spin-off, Persona 4 Arena is a full-blown Persona 4 sequel – boasting a 30-plus hour story that picks up where Golden finishes. The only difference here, in addition to starting a brand new story arc, is that the action plays out as a stunning 2D fighter.
Unbelievably fast and colourful, with one of the finest and easiest-to-play fighting systems of this generation, Persona 4 Arena was on the receiving end of an insane amount of critical praise and awards last year and it’s not hard to see why.
It manages to combine all the story, dark humour and drama you’d expect from a Persona RPG, blending it effortlessly into an RPG/fighting game hybrid. All your favourite characters and their persona are faithfully represented, and fully voiced by the original cast – both in English AND Japanese. Now there’s fan service for you!
It boasts a fighting system that’s simple to play thanks to an elegant ‘auto-combo system’ and the purposeful stripping out of any needlessly fiddly command inputs. This is balanced with all the depth you’d expect from a game made by the creators of BlazBlue – with a dual character system that lets you play using both Character and Persona – simultaneously.
While Japan and the US have been enjoying P4A for almost a year, Europe has had to wait a little longer. Thankfully, the wait has been worth it – with a whole load of goodies lined up for pre-orders.
If you pre-order you’ll receive the Official Arrange Soundtrack CD, with bonus digital content absolutely free. GAME is also offering a super-rare 12″ yellow vinyl of the soundtrack with exclusive artwork – and it’s a thing of real beauty.
Lastly, we’re very pleased to be able to exclusively reveal today the contents of that long-rumoured Limited Edition! Inside you’ll find the game, the Official Arrange Soundtrack CD, a replica Chie Badge Set, a Teddie and Midnight Channel double key ring, 300 piece Jigsaw with exclusive artwork and an exclusive ‘Midnight Channel’ black cotton Tote Bag – in an original Labrys/Shadow Labrys box.