Persona 4: dancing all night game review

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By Miranda Sanchez
Persona 4: khiêu vũ All Night has me tethered khổng lồ my Vita. If I’m not perfecting my rhythmic performance on a song, I’m in the music player listening to my personalized playlist of memorable Persona music. The surprisingly long và engaging story mode, combined with the customizable không tính phí Dance mode, make it an addicting journey of sound và stardom.

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Set only a few months after Persona 4, khiêu vũ All Night reunites the Investigation Team & tosses them into yet another interesting supernatural mystery involving missing idols và a haunted website. This time, instead of fighting the enemy shadows with their powers in the TV, they have khổng lồ impress the shadows with dance in a new world. That concept seemed a little silly at first, but the 12.5-hour story mode is immensely enjoyable, especially with its references khổng lồ previous games.
You have to lớn give it a little time khổng lồ get going though, because the start is the weakest part. A good portion of the first act tries to lớn imitate what was accomplished over the entirety of Persona 4, và doesn’t quite hit the mark. Instead, helping the missing idols feels formulaic, và even the omnipotent villain gets to lớn be a bit annoying as it continues to lớn repeat what seems khổng lồ be the same lines over và over. Even though this was the most disappointing part of the story, I did enjoy that it gives each member of the Investigation Team a chance lớn shine in the spotlight as they perform their quality dance styles for shadows.
As two parts visual novel and one part rhythm game, the story mode has a very big emphasis on its theatrics.

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Interpretive DanceBut as I said, it does get a lot better. Rise’s friend và upcoming idol, Kanami, gets a hefty segment that lightens the mood và gives some great screen time lớn Nanako & detective Dojima. Their path is by far the most interesting, as they vì chưng most of the problem solving, but the Investigation Team’s banter as they explore the Midnight Stage is fun as well.As two parts visual novel and one part rhythm game, the story mode has a very big emphasis on its theatrics; every line of dialogue is voiced (unfortunately some of the English voice actors are different from the original Persona 4 cast, but they grew on me), character expressions và reactions are accompanied by funny emoticons, & each piece of art is vibrant & beautiful.
Visuals for the rhythm portions are equally impressive. The button targets sit along the left & right sides of the screen, which makes it easy lớn visualize which button needs to lớn be pressed next. In the center of it all is the dancer performing cool, stylized moves khổng lồ one of Persona’s equally catchy tunes. Though about half of the songs are remixes of other songs from other Persona games, they all play and sound different enough that I don’t feel lượt thích I was cheated out of fresh music.Tell Me I'm GoodThe rhythms themselves start off simple, & in the story mode their difficulty is limited khổng lồ easy và normal. Normal difficulty is still fun and is welcoming for newcomers khổng lồ rhythm games, but as someone who’s been around the rhythm block a few times, I was a bit disappointed that I couldn’t crank it up a few notches. In tìm kiếm of an extra challenge, I bounced over to lớn the free Dance mode and bumped up the scale, which gave me a run for my money. It’s worth noting that nhảy All Night can also be played with the cảm biến screen, but if you have big hands, it’s going to lớn be a lot more of a challenge for un-fun reasons.
One of the hardest things to do in Persona 4: khiêu vũ All Night, however, is figuring out if you’re doing well or not. The unclear scoring system has just three positive marks (perfect, great, and good) and one negative (miss), which - relative lớn Hatsune Miku: Project Diva series or even Dance Dance Revolution - isn’t enough gradation khổng lồ convey just how well or poorly you’re doing, especially in the more difficult segments of a song. "Good" feels too vague và had me wishing there was at least one more mark to lớn help pinpoint what I did wrong. There’s a small chart on the score page that shows vaguely where my performance dipped, but I didn’t find it all that helpful. I’m all for erring on the side of positive reinforcement, but not at the cost of clarity.It was much easier to make songs more challenging in the miễn phí Dance mode. In addition to the four difficulty levels, there are a number of settings và items that can reduce or increase the oncoming tốc độ of the notes, there’s a book that makes the notes disappear as they approach, and an thành công will will change the pattern of a song’s notes. I had initially skipped over the items in favor of buying every awesome Rise và Kanji costume, but I was glad I found a new way to make my favorite songs fresh again.
Atlus doesn’t throw around the prestigious Persona brand lightly, & takes care of its characters in this visual novel/rhythm game mashup. The lengthy story mode fumbles with its first act, but picks up & develops into the kind of great Persona mystery that we’ve come to lớn expect. The story is meaningful, the characters are full of personality, và the music is fantastic. The rhythm portion is a little too kid-gloves with its scoring, lớn the point where it might even hold you back in learning the rhythms, but the fun patterns and interesting items keep me coming back to my favorite songs.

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Persona 4: dancing All Night is a rhythm/music trò chơi set during the events (and with the cast) of Persona 4.