“Hey, have you heard that rumor?”
“Huh? Which one?”
“When you look at some website at midnight, there’s this weird video that plays on its own. It’s hard to really make out much at first, but totally see this idol who should be dead dancing in it… When you watch the video to the end, supposedly you get taken away to the “other side…” …and you never…wake…up.”
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After finishing Persona 4 Golden, I knew that one of the things I absolutely loved about it was the music. Honestly, when it comes to video game soundtracks, I’d rank the music from the Silent Hill franchise as my first favorite and the music from the Persona 4 games as a very close second. So when I heard that Persona 4 was getting a rhythm game, I was extremely excited!
I hadn’t really read much else about it other than hearing from a friend that it was really good. I picked it up not long after that and was shocked to find that it was much more than just a rhythm game but that it actually had it’s own story to go along with it.
When I think of rhythm games, I think of things like Project Diva F and Project Diva F 2nd where it’s all just songs and maybe a little bit of character interaction but not a full blown story!
In Persona 4: Dancing All Night, Yu Narukami (the character you play in Persona 4), Rise Kujikawa (the idol, Risette) and Naoto Shirogane (the young detective) have returned to the city while the rest of their friends remained in Inaba.
Rise has returned to the entertainment industry and is planning her big comeback as Risette but she doesn’t want to do it alone. She decides that she wants all of her friends that she made in Inaba, the Investigation Team, to be her backup dancers for her comeback at the Love Meets Bonds Festival.
Rise has been teaching Yu and Naoto how to dance in the city as well as making frequent trips to Inaba to give lessons to the rest of the team, Yosuke Hanamura, Yukiko Amagi, Chie Satonaka, Kanji Tatsumi, and the beary adorable Teddie.
The story starts off in the velvet room and Margaret is wondering why you are there, as only people who have agreed to a contract are allowed to enter the velvet room. However, she assumes there must be a reason that you’re there so she decides to tell you the story of the P4 group and their adventure working toward the Love Meets Bonds Festival.
There is so much to love about this game: the music, the remixes, the story, the costumes and accessories! I mean look, maid Yukiko, what more could I ask for? :3
Aside from the dancing done within the story, there is also a free dance mode with more difficulties to choose from. Doing this will also help you earn in game currency that you can then use to buy the costumes and accessories.
Most songs have partners that come in at a certain point in the game and they are customizable within the free mode as well.
I was very pleased with this game. I’m not one to go after the trophies or achievements in games because some of them just seem impossible for me but this was the first game that I managed to get every single trophy for and I felt so accomplished.
There are even add-ons for costumes such as the Gekkoukan High uniforms, bathing suits, Nanako set, the song ‘Break Out Of…’ featuring Marie, ‘Heaven (ATOLS Remix)’ featuring Hatsune Miku, ‘The Fog (ATLUS Konishi Remix) featuring Adachi and more.
I would absolutely love to see more series’ come out with rhythm games that have a real story to them!
What games would you like to see rhythm games for?
Edit: Who else is excited for the Persona 3 and Persona 5 dancing games!?