Every once in a while in the realm of video games, there comes a moment that makes you say, “…Huh?”. For me, that moment was when I heard that my favorite RPG, Persona 4, was going to be made into a 2D fighter. How in the hell was ATLUS planning on translating a deep RPG all about social interaction and monster collecting/breeding into a one-on-one fighter? However, when I saw that Arc System Works, the developer behind Guilty Gear and BlazBlue, would be working on the title, my worries were immediately quelled. The result of their team-up has brought us Persona 4 Arena, a 2D fighter that shares DNA with both Arc System Works games and the Persona series, while also giving us quite possibly the best fighter of 2012.
Persona 4 Arena is a complete package, containing 13 unique characters, several game modes, and hours upon hours of content.
I’m normally not one to play fighting games. Sure, I’d like to get into them the way most pro players do, but it always seemed like the learning curve for fast-paced, 2D-fighters has been too steep. However, I don’t want to feel as though I’m playing a “dumbed down version” of a fighter. Luckily, it looks like the upcoming Persona 4 Arena is going to change that, offering an experience that both pros and newbies can enjoy together.
Today’s selection of video game music comes from the hard rockin’ Guilty Gear X2
Game: Guilty Gear X2(Various versions, 2002)
I love me some metal. I also happen to love video game music. Sure, there are a bunch of cover bands who do metal arrangements of video game music, but how many games have a hard rockin’ soundtrack to begin with? Enter the Guilty Gear series of games. Continue reading
Following up on last week’s news regarding a cryptic e-mail from ATLUS, it has been revealed that Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena will be released outside of Japan. The gorgeous 2D fighter from ATLUS and Arc System Works will be renamed to the much simpler Persona 4 Arena and will release on the Xbox360 and Playstation 3. The story takes place two years after the original game and involves the heroes (as well as characters from Persona 3) investigating a fighting tournament taking place inside the T.V world. Can’t wait to hear more details about the title, but for now here are a few screenshots to whet your appetite.
In an e-mail sent to members of the ATLUS Faithful newsletter, recipients received a blank message and a completely black image. After saving the image and adjusting brightness levels, the words “Stay Tuned” appear in front of what looks like broken glass.
Creepy? Yes. Awesome? Double Yes.
The rumor behind the cryptic message is that we will be hearing about Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena getting localized. For those who aren’t in the know, the game is a 2D fighter developed by Arc System Works (Guilty Gear, BlazBlue) that hasn’t yet been confirmed for a release outside of Japan. Being a fan of both Arc System Works and an even bigger fan of Persona 4, I’m extremely excited with this news. We’ll keep you posted when the mystery behind the message is revealed. Now if they would only start hinting towards the next Shin Megami Tensei game…