Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax.png
Japanese cover art
Developer(s) Arc System Works
Atlus
Publisher(s)
Artist(s) Shigenori Soejima (Character designer)[1]
Writer(s) Teppei Kobayashi
Composer(s) Atsushi Kitajoh
Shoji Meguro
Series Megami Tensei (Main)
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona (Sub-series)
Platform(s) Arcade
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Release date(s) Arcade
  • JP November 28, 2013
PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • JP August 28, 2014
  • NA September 30, 2014
Genre(s) Fighting
Visual novel[2][3][4]

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, known in Japan as Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold (ペルソナ4 ジ・アルティマックス ウルトラス―プレックスホールド Perusona Fō Ji Arutimakkusu Urutora-Sūpurekkusu Hōrudo?), is a 2014 fighting video game, developed both by Arc System Works and Atlus based on the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona series owned by the latter company. It is a sequel to 2012's Persona 4 Arena. The game was released in Japanese arcades in November 2013, and is slated for a simultaneous PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 release on August 28, 2014 in Japan[5] and September 30, 2014 in North America.[citation needed]

Gameplay[edit]

Ultimax features all 13 playable characters from the previous title, each of which has been rebalanced. Additionally, Ultimax includes Rise Kujikawa, the announcer of the previous game, as a playable character, marking her first playable appearance in a Persona title.[6][7] Ultimax also adds Yukari Takeba, Junpei Iori, Ken Amada and Koromaru (with Ken and Koromaru acting as a single character) of Persona 3 as new playable characters.[8] The game also adds a new original character named Sho Minazuki, who can be played with or without a Persona. An alternate form of Sho, known as Tsukiyomi, appears as the game's final boss.[9][10] Additionally, Tohru Adachi of Persona 4 and Marie of Persona 4 Golden appear as playable characters, available as downloadable content.[11][12]

Certain characters have received new moves and abilities, and the new S-Hold System allows characters to use charged versions of their attacks. The ability to select a "Shadow" variant of a character (except for Elizabeth, Shadow Labrys, and Sho Minazuki) from the character select screen has also been added. These Shadow versions differ by being largely skill-based variants of the originals, employing a high-risk high-reward play style thanks to reduced normal attack damage and altered moveset with lacking defensive options. They also keep their SP over multiple rounds instead of resetting each time and an exclusive ability replaces the Burst command; Shadow Rampage, giving the characters infinite SP for a limited time. [13]

Characters such as Fuuka Yamagishi from Persona 3 and Theodore from Persona 3 Portable appear in a non-playable capacity.[14][15][16][17][18][19] A new version of the game was announced at a Taito Station tournament.[20]

New additions to the game include the "Golden Arena Mode", where players can level up and gain new abilities, and a bonus downloadable side-story called "Episode Adachi".[21][22]

Plot[edit]

Only a few days after the events of Persona 4 Arena, the members of the Inaba Investigation Team are shocked to discover that the Midnight Channel is once again active, seeing images on it of Shadow Operatives Akihiko Sanada, Mitsuru Kirijo, Fuuka Yamagishi and Aigis being crucified. At the same time, Inaba begins suffering a sudden onset of red fog, during which the town experiences a massive blackout and people begin to disappear. In turn, a number of shadows begin appearing in the real world, with a boy wearing a Yasogami High jacket named Sho Minazuki declaring himself as the culprit responsible. Seeing this, the Investigation Team make it their mission to rescue the missing Shadow Operatives, catch Sho, and find the truth behind the red fog. Aiding them are the kidnapped Persona users' fellow SEES members Yukari Takeba, Ken Amada and his canine partner Koromaru, who all come to Inaba along with Labrys after receiving a distress call from Mitsuru, and Junpei Iori, who ends up in Inaba by accident after missing his stop on a train.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gantayat, Anoop (2012-02-10). "Persona 4 The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena main visual from Shigenori Soejima". Andriasang. Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  2. ^ http://www.gameinformer.com/games/persona_4_arena/b/ps3/archive/2012/08/07/only-hardcore-players-are-permitted-beyond-the-velvet-room.aspx
  3. ^ http://www.joystiq.com/2012/08/08/persona-4-arena-review/
  4. ^ http://www.usgamer.net/articles/atlus-four-new-persona-games-confirmed-for-north-america
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  12. ^ http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2014/07/15-1/persona-4-arena-ultimax-dlc-adds-marie-into-the-mix
  13. ^ http://shoryuken.com/2014/05/16/atlus-latest-persona-4-the-ultimax-ultra-suplex-hold-trailer-gives-us-a-glimpse-of-labrys-new-shadow-mode-form/
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  15. ^ "【速報】『ペルソナ4 ジ・アルティメット イン マヨナカアリーナ』の続編! 東京と大阪で本日よりロケテ開始!! - ファミ通.com". Famitsu.com. 2013-08-16. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
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  18. ^ "電撃 - AC『P4U』の続編に鈴村健一さん演じる新キャラ・皆月翔が参戦! 強力なスキルを放てる“Sホールドシステム”など新バトルシステムも判明". Dengekionline.com. 2013-09-26. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
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  20. ^ "Arc System Works Announces New Version of Persona 4 The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold". Shoryuken. 2014-03-29. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
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  22. ^ http://www.siliconera.com/2014/06/03/adachi-dlc-character-persona-4-arena-ultimax/
  23. ^ "Persona 4 U2 PS3 Game's Yukari Character Promo Streamed". Anime News Network. 2014-04-22. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 

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