PER­SONA 3: DANC­ING IN MOON­LIGHT

Save the last dances

PlayStation Official Magazine (UK) - - CONTEST -

A decade af­ter Per­sona 3 first cap­ti­vated us in Europe, see­ing its char­ac­ters again in this rhythm ac­tion spin-off as de­tailed hi-res mod­els feels like at­tend­ing a high school reunion. Ex­cept every­one can dance like they’re in a high school mu­si­cal.

Per­sona 5’s Phan­tom Thieves also join the party, al­beit these are two stand­alone ti­tles, mak­ing this one (or two) for die-hard Per­sona fans. Nonethe­less, Shoji Me­guro’s mu­sic has been a defin­ing part of the se­ries, as well as Shigenori Soe­jima’s char­ac­ter de­sign, so as far as spin-offs go, but­ton-tap­ping through remixes of catchy tunes like ‘Mass De­struc­tion’ (it’s back, baby baby baby) and ‘Rivers In The Desert’ is a no-brainer.

Un­like Per­sona 4: Danc­ing All Night, P-Stu­dio has fore­gone con­triv­ing a story. Thanks to your Vel­vet Room at­ten­dants, the ‘It’s all a dream’ de­vice is enough ex­cuse to re­lax with your favourite char­ac­ters in so­cial link-style con­ver­sa­tions, which also un­lock new out­fits, ac­ces­sories, and game set­tings.

The UI might make it chal­leng­ing to fol­low the sym­bols as they fly out to the edges on a big screen, but the good news is the PS Vita ver­sions will be get­ting a Western re­lease. So if you’ve been woe­fully ne­glect­ing yours, no­body puts PS Vita in a cor­ner.

“THE MU­SIC HAS BEEN A DEFIN­ING PART OF PER­SONA, SO BUT­TON-TAP­PING THROUGH REMIXES OF TUNES IS A NO-BRAINER.”

Ak­i­hiko’s back in his dapper Gekkoukan uni­form, though some may miss see­ing his chest in Arena.

Who’s per­form­ing, and with whom, de­pends on the song se­lected. Some have a full en­sem­ble.

Above Even Per­sona 3’s moody pro­tag­o­nist can’t es­cape the in­fec­tious beat. There’s no Dark Hour for him to worry about here.

Above See­ing char­ac­ters danc­ing with each other in dorky ways is a highlight.

Above Per­sona 3’s cast grad­u­ate from PS2-era polys to fully de­tailed HD.

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