Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

Hi, I’m back to spam you with more Persona content. Welcome back to my lair. We’ve got heaps of Sojiro’s curry. Listen, if you are a heavy Persona fan like moi, then you might know about the sauce that is Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. If you ain’t know, you’re in for one of the most amazing crossovers in Persona history. Imagine old school street fighter but instead of hadouken everybody got external myths popping out from their body to deck your opponent in the face. Yes, yes this is the Persona game that you can rage out with your friends. The Persona game you can settle beef with. This game is for the fans of the Kirijo mink who couldn’t get enough from the shadows and now wants blood on the blade. 

I haven’t played this since it dropped on the PS3 almost a decade ago. Playing it now opened my eyes to interesting things like: “Is it me or was there romantic tension between robots that were supposedly sisters?” And wait “these descriptions are actually funny, y’all don’t be roasting each other like this on the regular?” Persona 4 Arena Ultimax brings the spiciness of Persona 3, and the adoring friendship of Persona 4 into a fighting game with an in-depth story line just like the RPGs that came before them. A general critique that I have with a lot of mainstream fighting games is that their story modes be “cute” at best.  

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

These Hands Come with a Story

Unless the game came with content beforehand, like fighting games based off anime/manga as an example, it would be like five lines then hands. I be like damn, y’all ready to make each other bleed over like four sentences? That’s wild. But Persona 4 Arena, if anything, is the opposite of that. The story mode is a novel to say the least. There’s pros and cons to that being that one, if you’re not big on reading an essay before battles it might be a bit off putting while going through story mode. This could have been improved by having the characters talk through their thoughts and scene descriptions. But if you’re into extended narration or really into the characters of the franchise, homie you’re gonna be here for everything.

From the scene descriptors, the play of events, the cameos, the comedy, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax gon’ give it to you; you just might get a little tired reaching there if you’re not emotionally prepared for it.

I love Persona 4 Arena‘s usage of the hype-man, the comedic alternative fighter names, and beautiful colors during the battle. First time I played Persona 4 Arena was on the PS3, the controls were standard for a side scroller. It didn’t get too confusing, but the movement felt a bit stinted. Felt like I had to try a bit harder to move close, but the Switch version made it a bit worse. If you’re a close combat fighter like me, it might get annoying when it takes more effort to move closer, whether by joystick or buttons.

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

Sometimes I would use Kanji-kun because I want to pull up to the scene with a chair. You know how annoying it is to have to double tap like six times just to get close enough to wap someone in the face with a school chair? Unheard of! Just let me dash and wap, dash and wap!

These Hands Travel Mid-Range Distances 

If you’re a long-range/mid-range fighter, this game is great for you because Persona attacks project more than the fighter’s weapon. The attacks are flashy and because of movement issues some characters take more effort to parry than others. The battles are pretty quick, since the game feels like an arcade style side scroller. The fighting style of each character varies according to their personality. Teddie and the different prop weapons to Akihiko “These Hands or Nothing” Sanada. I am a Yukiko/Chie fan for Yukiko’s mid-range flame fan combo and Chie’s quick kick close-combat dream.

Overall if you’re looking for a quick rage, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is a fun ride. It brings an in-depth fun story-line filled with quips and heart from the viewpoint of each playable character. It’s fan-play to the max and most importantly you can wap people with a chair. Step into the arena with Persona 4 Arena Ultimax now available on PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Steam! 

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

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  • Khadjiah Johnson is a Caribbean-American writer and humor advocate who uses poetry and comedy as a leverage to empathize and uplift. Her work has taken her to Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center, Apollo Theater, BET, Off-Broadway and many more! She hopes to use her talents to sway her way into the writers room for a Late Night Comedy Show.

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