With the recent Endless Night collection including the Persona Dance games for Persona 3, 4 and 5, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to get to know the wonderful remixes of the songs I loved from Persona 4 and the Vita version all over again while finally getting to know its story too and after spending almost 15 hours with it, I’m glad I did. The twist on Persona 4’s world and story with an Idol mystery was a great way to see the charming characters from the original paired with some new favourites, and seeing the high quality visuals on PS4 with snappy load times and sharp visuals in its rhythm game moments made the quality of this Persona Dance game feel not far behind the newer releases. If you’re looking to experience a different mystery with the Investigation Team alongside fun new characters and involved dance mechanics that feel just as good as its more recent editions, Persona 4 Dancing All Night is well worth it for fans of Persona 4 and rhythm games, and with it being such good value in the Endless Night collection on PS4, it’s an experience that Persona fans who like more story mixed in with their rhythm mechanics can enjoy experiencing in its best form yet.
this series of Persona Dance games, Persona 4 Dancing All Night works hard on giving a solid reason why the popular JRPG Investigation Team from Persona 4 are suddenly dancing in its mostly visual novel-style story mode. Dancing All Night is centred around a rumour, much like its source material, with this one revolving around a website. The rumour states that if you look at a certain website at midnight that you can see an Idol dancing and those who watch it to the end are said to get taken to another world. As Yu and his friends prepare to help Rise with her upcoming comeback, another Idol group goes missing, so with their Personas and new dance skills, it’s up to them to dance their way to the truth while they try to search for the girls and get to the bottom of the rumour and its effect on the city.
Yu, Rise and the Investigation Team Persona 4 players know are front and centre in Dancing All Night as they should be, but some of the newer or lesser known characters introduced in Dancing All Night may be familiar at least by name to those who have played Persona 4 and serve as giving as more insight into Rise’s world. Rise’s agent Inoue is featured quite a bit, along with Rise’s rival Kanami Mashita and her group Kanamin Kitchen, with Kanami now being a proper character and taking on a lead role in this story. These newly developed characters are some of the highlights of the story, particularly with Kanami’s charming personality stealing the show in many scenes and she works well as a fun character while also having a kind and caring side that works nicely in her many moments with Nanako and the others and is a great example of the effort put into fleshing out these roles that were merely names Rise mentioned in Persona 4. The Investigation Team shines brightly in this story too, with their friendly banter brightening up the darker moments but showing growth as they’re a little older, so in the end the whole cast felt very likable in the story as its twists and turns played out and gave me many moments that reminded me why I like them so much in the first place.
When I wrote my impressions of Persona 4 Dancing All Night years ago, I said it was an absolute treat for fans of Persona and rhythm games and after playing through its story and being able to say I’ve experienced it in full, I can say I feel this even more strongly now. I adored its fun newer characters in its mystery and with how good the rhythm game feels on PS4, it’s nice to feel like the already great mechanics from this original version of the Persona Dance games is up to scratch with the new ones too. While the newer Persona Dance games are more focused on the rhythm game, if you can get past the jumpy timeline, Persona 4 Dancing All Night has an interesting story to tell with well-developed characters alongside the rhythm mechanics that spawned this spin-off series, and as a fan of rhythm games and Persona 4, I’m happy I came back to it in this smooth form and can’t wait to play to its great soundtrack again soon.
Still bear-y, bear-y good.
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