- System: PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC
- Publisher: SEGA
- Developer: Arc System Works, ATLUS
- Release Date: March 16, 2022
- Rating:T for Teen
- Genre: Fighting
- Players: 1-2
- Official Website: https://atlus.com/p4au/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Now in 2022, Arc System Works alongside ATLUS and SEGA have decided to bring Persona 4 Arena Ultimax to the modern consoles—kind of—with a PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC port of the original game. Does this amazing fighting game still hold up nearly a decade later or have the Persona users aged ungracefully? Let’s Find out in our review of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax for the PS4!
If you somehow missed out on the original Persona 4 Arena/Ultimax and want a speedy crash course, here it is. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax stars the entire Persona 4 main investigation team and several Persona 3 characters as they find themselves thrust into a fighting arena. The goal, stop this newest shadow threat and save their new allies! The challenge though, surviving a world filled with shadow versions of our heroes all itching to lay down a pummeling! Persona 4 Arena Ultimax has two ways to play a story-themed narrative. Go through the arcade mode with your chosen character and/or play through two decently long campaigns where you swap between various fighters and witness the tale of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax.
What we adore about Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is the fact it was made for fans of both the JRPG series and fighting games. Regardless of the character you choose—of which there are 21 of them—they all can be handled easily with simple auto combos and even simpler button combos. Fighting game players will be happy to know that there is a deep system of fighting mechanics in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax such as cancels, juggles, and fluid-specific combos for each character. Grapplers will no doubt love Kanji and his tackle/grapple heavy moves all while those who like speedy air/land combos will fall in love with Yosuke. Playing with each character is one of the best parts of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax and we can’t deny we still have no clue who our favorite is!
Aside from the deep fighting mechanics, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax isn’t just your typical fighting game. Each Persona user is able to use their character-specific Persona which can add special attacks and counters. The catch though is Personas can be attacked and if they get hit too many times the player is unable to summon them for several seconds. This can change the course of a battle as you will find yourself unable to use some special attacks and also will lose precious combos. There are also shadow versions of most of the characters and while they can’t summon persona, they have their own special combos that rely on activating their shadow powers and abilities. While there might only be 21 characters in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax we almost feel like the shadow versions are their own entities making the list grow to almost double!
Now we know some of you might worry that even with the simple controls and mechanics, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax might be impossible for you. Thankfully, developer Arc System Works came to the rescue by allowing you to have auto battles on for the story-related components. The story mode alone is a nice sizable amount of content so if you just want to enjoy the story, you can do so without feeling pressured to learn how to pull off an air-raising slash with Yu and then combo into a ziodyne attack!
Unfortunately, we were unable to test out the netcode for Persona 4 Arena Ultimax as we didn’t find any players online—which could be due to our early release access—but we have high hopes that Arc System Works utilizes similar network access found in the original games. Those titles played extremely well online and very rarely had issues aside from opening lag that disappeared the moment the fight began!
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Still retains an excellent fighting system perfect for advanced players and rookies
- Great story that appeals to fans of the Persona franchise
- Impressive visual updates that keep the game from looking too dated
- Large character roster that will appeal to die-hard Persona fans
- Great remixed soundtrack that we could listen to all day
- Could have added some newer characters
- A PS5 and Xbox Series X Port would have been nice…
- Maybe a modern-day opening could have been included
Honey's Final Verdict:
Are you readers going to grab Persona 4 Arena Ultimax when it drops later this month? Let us know down in the comments!