Yesterday, while out around town showing my mother the sights around here, we found ourselves in my usual game center. And there I saw that Persona 4: The Ultimate is out. Having nearly forgotten about it for a while, I was very excited to try it out.
Persona 4: The Ultimate is a fighting game developed by Arc System Works, makers of Guilty Gear and BlazBlue, based on the Persona series of RPG's by Atlus. To a fan of both fighting games and RPG's like myself, it's a match made in heaven. The game itself? It's pretty damn good. It features the main cast of Persona 4, and some characters from Persona 3, fighting it out inside the TV world of Persona 4, for... some reason. (You know how it goes, no one really cares about the story in a fighting game)
On the gameplay side, it's both very similar to BlazBlue, and quite different. I jumped in not knowing anything about the characters apart form their roles in the original game, so I picked the main character from Persona 4 just because. It's similar to BlazBlue in the presentation and system, and you'll see familiar terms such as Fatal Counters and Bursts. The difference is that more focus seems to be on timing and positioning of your attacks, especially when summoning your persona, which can be done in two ways, both as a direct attack, and as a delayed combo. With the press of a button, you can call your persona in and have them ready an attack, and then time your own attacks to create a devastating combo.
I made it up to stage 6 before I finally bit the dust against Mitsuru, making an appearance as a slightly older, more refined woman than before. (Seeing as this is set in the time period of Persona 4, the P3 characters are all older versions of their previous selves) And since my mother was there too, I didn't want to spend the whole day at the arcade to figure out the game. It seems pretty good, though, and I will definitely try it out some more, and see if I can find a favourite character. And yes, I am still sad that Junpei isn't in the game. A future DLC character, perhaps? Please?
That's all for now. Until next time, have a good day!