PERSONA 4 ARENA ULTIMAX
Developer: Arc Systems, Atlus
Systems: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release Date: August 28, 2014 (Japan), September 30, 2014 (North America)
What is it?
Persona 4 Arena: Ultimax is the sequel to Persona 4 Arena, which in turn was a canonical sequel to Persona 4. Persona 4 Arena: Ultimax brings together the cast of Persona 3 and Persona 4 together one final time, as the mystery of P-1 Grand Prix is finally resolved in a new tournament, called the P-1 Climax, and the story from Persona 3 and Persona 4 finally comes to a close.
More importantly, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is fan service of the highest degree. We are talking about a game that features all your favorite characters from Persona 3 and Persona 4, and features numerous callbacks and references to both of those games. If you enjoyed Persona 3 and Persona 4, and found yourself wanting more, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is the game for you.
Mostly, think of this as the Super Smash Bros. for Persona- it features all your favorite characters, locations, music, and references to previous games, in one, no holds barred fighter.
Who's In It?
The roster of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is a fan's wet dream come true, and features such fan favorites as Margaret, Elizabeth, and most of all, Adachi.
The full character roster is:
- Yu Narukami
- Yosuke Hanamura
- Chie Satonaka
- Yukiko Amagi
- Kanji Tatsumi
- Rise Kujikawa
- Naoto Shirogane
- Junpei Iori
- Tohru Adachi
- Mitsuru Kirijo
- Ken Amada and Koromaru
- Akihiko Sanada
- Yukari Takeba
- Sho Minazuki
In addition, some, although not all, characters will have Shadow forms too.
How does it play?
Like a fighting game. Seriously, how would you think it would play?
Since Persona 4 Arena is developed by Arc Systems, it's a highly technical fighter that requires a high degree of precision (although it's still not as demanding as some of Arc's other works).
It's a fighting game, so of course you would expect Persona 4 Arena Ultimax to have some DLC. Notably, Tohru Adachi and Marie are both DLC characters- albeit you can get them for free during the first week following the game's release.
In Japan, Atlus is also including DLC along with the game that basically includes the entire story of the first game within it, meaning you would be able to jump straight into Ultimax without needing to play Arena- however, this has not yet been confirmed for the west,although chances of it being confirmed are pretty high.
If you do want to jump into Ultimax, though, playing Arena, or at the very least watching Story Mode videos on Youtube, beforehand is highly recommended.