The announcement and subsequent Western release confirmation of Persona 3 and Persona 5 Dancing reminded me of an emotional rollercoaster. The Japan announcement made me sad, simply because there was no mention of a Western release. When Atlus confirmed the Western release, I was ecstatic. After this, I got sad again when the game was delayed locally. Surviving the roller-coaster, I finally got my hands on the Endless Night Collection, consisting of Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight, a PlayStation 4 version of Persona Dancing All Night and Persona 5 Dancing in Starlight.
Last year I finally played Persona 4 Dancing All Night; the rhythm game was amazing and spending even more time with the cast of Persona 4 was a real hoot. Persona 3 Dancing in Moonlight (P3D from here on forwarding) breaks away from some of the mechanics in Persona 4 Dancing but manages to retain your attention for the 20 odd hours it takes to complete it.
Following a great little introduction clip, you and your friends wake up in a place called Club Velvet. Fans of the Persona series will immediately recognize the Velvet area as a different kind of Velvet Room. Here, you are informed about the status quo and what the possible endless night holds in store. Breaking away from the traditional storytelling of Persona 4 Dancing, P3D adds in its own unique way of storytelling in the form of Social Links. Though Social Links are nothing new to the series, it is the first time it is present in the dancing spin-offs. Each character starts off with 5 links to unlock after this an additional 3 links are unlocked. These links are unlocked in a variety of ways; some require to you attain a brilliant rank in a certain amount of songs, while others task you with clearing songs with different outfits.
P3D adds in its own unique way of storytelling in the form of Social Links. Though Social Links are nothing new to the series, it is the first time it is present in the dancing spin-offs.
The songs just don't get old - ever.
Kingdom Hearts devotee, From Software fanboy and aspiring Audiophile (the good kind that believes in FLAC files). Vincent enjoys writing about games almost as much as playing them.
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4 December 2018
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