A few weeks ago, Atlus Japan announced Persona 5 The Animation. It was expected given that there was 2 Persona 4 anime shows, the Persona 3 movies, & a Persona 5 OVA. Personally, I’m not a fan of the P5 OVA animation as it was done by another studio. I think it was A-1 Studio. The game animation was made by Production I.G. The difference in animation quality is huge. But it’s interesting to see what name Joker is given & the type of canon character he is. I have a slight idea what his character is based on the OVA if they are heading that path. Plus it’s the same studio that is doing the show.
But I’m here to talk about the other Persona news that was announced I think the day later. It was Persona 5 Dancing Star Night & Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night for Playstation 4 & Playstation Vita. Persona Q 2 for 3DS was quietly announced as well, but I’m not going to get into that.
If you haven’t seen the announcement trailers for the Persona dance games, here are the trailers:
Persona 5 Dancing Star Night:
Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night:
Both games are planned for release in Spring 2018 in Japan. No North American release date has been announced yet. This was pretty much an expected thing really. So what do I think about it? I think it is great in a way.
The music in the Persona games are great. So it does make sense that it gets a rhythm game. Persona 4 got it, but it does have some problems from what I heard. I got the game, but yet to play it. I heard that the timing of the rhythm is off & poor. The game was originally going to be made with Dango, the company that made the first 3 Project Diva PSP games. But the game went all internal later on & I don’t think there was any official reason made on why. Game was poorly done in that area even though the rest of the game was good. Because of the bad rhythm gameplay, I hope that the P-Studio Team will learn something from it.
As of the game, it seems to run on a lighter version of the P5 engine. Reason why I say that is the character model for Joker seems a bit different; mainly in the hair department. It looks a bit cleaner & watered down. I think the engine is different somewhat for the PS Vita to handle. I don’t think it has the power to run the original engine smoothly. But models of P3 look great; especially the animations.
Although the 2 dancing games are probably being made at the same time due to the same release window, the dance moves for the 2 games are different. P5 seems more jazzy & swing while P3 is more B-boy & rock pop. I like how Atlus is showing some difference in the dance moves because of the music.
In terms of music, I like the music style of P3 more. Although the original music is mainly on the dark side, the remixes will probably be more upbeat & heavy in tone. P5 is great, but I’m not too much into Jazz. But if P3 was dark, how is the story going to play out in Dancing Moon Light; especially on what happened in the P3 ending?
P4 Dancing All Night had a story that was canon. A lot of people are wondering how P3 Dancing Moon Night will play out. P5 can probably continue without problems, but P3 will be a mess. However, I did hear on the net that this won’t be the case. I hear that the new dancing games will not have a story mode. It will be replaced with something else. What that is is unknown. Chances are the games will be purely a rhythm game & nothing else. Given how close the release window is, I don’t see how the team can make storylines for 2 games at once unless they turn out crappy or have been in the process for a long time.
Speaking of changes, I also heard that P5 will have new tracks. Not remixes, actual new tracks. These are probably tracks that didn’t make it to the final cut of the original game & have been put in as is or changed a bit. This is probably when P5 was going through a lot of changes in the production cycle.
Overall, I am a bit iffy about the games at this point if what I heard about P4 Dancing All night is true. But I will still preorder both games when they become available in North America. I prefer the Vita version due to the use of headphones & portability. The game seems to be more suitable for this kind of console. This will probably change if there is a LE that is only for the PS4 or the PS4 version turns out to be the superior one due to extra stuff or better gameplay performance. But you can bet your ass that I will be all over the OSTs as well.