Game Review PS Vita

Persona 4 Dancing All Night Review

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My second official purchase on my Vita was another Persona game. It’s a neat spinoff called Dancing All Night and you know what? It’s actually really good and has some really neat songs to dance to. Here’s what I think of it!

The Great:

Gameplay:

This is a dancing game so it plays a lot differently than your average Persona game. This is not a turn-based JRPG. The gameplay is simple, but hard to master. The goal is to press, or tap the touch screen, the correct buttons that are on-screen once the notes hit one of the buttons. To make things a little trickier there are also notes that you can only press by tilting your control stick in a random direction. On harder difficulties things get pretty crazy but felt so good when I managed to 100% one of my favorite songs.

There’s not much in the gameplay department here. It’s just pressing whatever button pops up and hope you score high enough to move on to the next song. As I mentioned above, it’s simple yet hard to master and very rewarding when you do.

Graphics:

This has to be the best looking game I’ve played on the Vita so far. Persona 4 Dancing All Night looks incredible and is animated really well. The dance moves are fantastic and we even had adorable little Nanako dancing to the beat.

Sounds:

Persona 4 Dancing All Night has some fantastic songs to play. The singing is really nice and some of the remixes are really neat. Listening to music isn’t the only thing you’ll be doing here though. There’s also a lot of voice acting and it’s honestly really good. Listening to Yu talk made me wonder why Atlus hasn’t made a voiced protagonist yet in any of their main games.

Story:

Persona 4 Dancing All Night’s story takes place after the main game and it’s cannon so if you haven’t played through Persona 4 yet you might want to hold off on playing through the story mode in this because it is pretty spoiler heavy. In P4 Dancing All Night, Rise has invited Yu and the rest of the gang to dance alongside her in the upcoming Love Meets Bond festival. Shortly before it starts one of the bands that were supposed to perform on the show vanished. The story is honestly well told and I was surprised at how much Atlus crammed into a dancing game. I really enjoyed it and was very satisfied with it. There is a LOT of dialogue here though so I hope you have some time when you start playing.

The Good:

Songs:

I enjoyed a good number of the songs that I played through, but I do wish there were more of them. My favorites are Shadow World, Dance, and a few others that I can’t remember right now.

The Bad:

Not Enough Songs:

There are 28 songs in this game. That wouldn’t be a problem if they were all different songs. Some of the songs are repeated remixes of them and while I did enjoy playing them I felt like there should’ve been more here. What’s already there is really good, but I was hoping we would’ve had more.

The Verdict

I took a leap of faith and bought this game. I knew nothing about the Dancing All Night series of games and I walked away wanting to buy the other two in the series. Persona 4 Dancing All Night is excellent and has some really good songs to dance to. The gameplay is really simple but can be really challenging if you up the difficulty. I find this game to be very relaxing and the fact that it actually has a good story is just icing on the cake. If you're in the market for a good rhythm game I highly recommend trying this out.

9
Final Score :
9

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