Are you a fan of fighting games and J-RPGs? If so, then I hope you have heard of Persona 4: Arena!
Persona 4: Arena takes the original cast from the J-RPG Persona 4 and rids them of the turn-based combat system, throwing them into the more action packed fighting genre. Persona 4: Arena is a collaboration project, with Atlus providing the characters and storyline, and Arc System Works (known for games like BlazBlue and Guilty Gear) developing the fighting system.
For those unfamiliar with this series, Persona 4 is a game that is a J-RPG and life simulation mix. You play as the Hero, making friends and social connections, while trying to solve a murder mystery. The Hero and his companions have the ability to summon Persona, making use of their powers to defeat monsters and delve further into the mystery surrounding the characters.
Persona 4: Arena has a new plot, that is canon, with a new mystery causing the main characters to once again harness their Persona and fight. Players will be able to control both their favorite character and their Persona while battling! Oh yeah! Not only can you play as the main characters from Persona 4, but a few characters from Persona 3 (Akihiko, Aigis, and Mitsuru) will also be playable as well!
Now for a little bit on the fighting set-up. Two buttons on the controller cause the character to fight, while the other two allow the Persona to attack. This allows for a good deal of combinations to occur and for strategies to be made. And, for those unfamiliar with fighting games, there will be an Auto-combo feature that will make combinations for you as you fight. There will be a Burst Bar that will allow you to dodge, block, and use special moves.
Persona 4: Arena will feature an arcade mode, story mode, score attack mode, versus mode, and an online mode. This is great, as it will make the game much more replayable and enjoyable. Atlus seems to be updating the arcade version ofPersona 4: Arena (which is currently released in Japan), so it has been speculated that by the time the console version is released here in the US, other modes may be included or available for download.
I can’t wait to start up this game and step into the arena, hearing “Persona!” being yelled left and right!
Persona 4: Arena is currently slated for a August 2, 2012 release in the United States.
Here is a link to the official site for the game!