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Platform 360, PS3 Publisher Atlus Developer Arc System Works Release Date 2012-08-07

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Persona 4 Arena review: awakened potential

The logic of borrowing characters from an RPG to use in a fighting game is a bit opaque, but at least the Persona universe is suited to this genre change-up. Picking up a couple of months after the events of Persona 4, that game’s cast of plucky high school students plan a reunion for the return of the protagonist, now voiced and given the playful name Yu. A series of sinister mishaps unravel their plans, leading the crew back into an alternate dimension where a mysterious villain has set up a tournament pitting them against one another. As goofy as the anime-inspired story is, concepts such as shadow versions of each character are already built into the world of Persona, making for relatively forgivable logic governing the motives of each bout. Why would best friends Yukiko and...

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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax DLC free in first week, Atlus sponsoring Evo side tournament

Add-on characters for Persona 4 Arena Ultimax will be free for all players during the game's first week on the market, Atlus announced today. The DLC, which features Persona 4's Tohru Adachi and his unique Persona Magatsu-Izanagi — previously announced only for release in Japan — will be made available to North American players. After the game's first week on the market, Adachi will revert to paid DLC. Atlus also announced that it will contribute $1,000 and some other Atlus-themed goodies to the prize pool of a side tournament at the Evo 2014 fighting games event featuring Persona 4 Arena. Registration for these unofficial matches are being handled by Dustloop and will run up until one hour before the tournament begins. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax will launch on Aug. 28 in Japan and this...

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Evolve leads E3 2014 critics nominations

The Game Critics Awards nominations have been announced, detailing the games that most impressed reviewers and reporters at E3 2014. The awards are generally highly regarded by publishers and developers, who use nominations and wins in game marketing. Evolve leads with six nominations, followed by Destiny and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege with four nominations each. Polygon reporters contributed to the voting process. You can read our full E3 coverage here as well as view every E3 trailer here. Best of Show Alien: Isolation (Creative Assembly/Sega) Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady/WBIE) Evolve (Turtle Rock/2K Games) Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Monolith/WBIE) No Man's Sky (Hello Games) Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft) Best Original Game D...

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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax trailer, E3 2014

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, the sequel to fighting game Persona 4 Arena, will be available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in September. The game was released in Japanese arcades in November 2013. It features all 13 of the characters in the previous game as well as a few new additions in the form of Persona card abilities and fighters Rise Kujikawa and Ken Amada. To see the rest of the E3 trailers, check out our StoryStream.

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E3 2014: What we probably (and definitely) won't see this week

The past month or so has been rife with announcements that certain games and companies will not have a presence at E3 this year. From highly-anticipated titles announced almost eight years ago to high-level executives sitting it out to take it easy, here's what you probably won't, and definitely won't, see at E3. Absence confirmed Final Fantasy 15 and Kingdom Hearts 3: These two Square Enix role-playing games are earning mystical unicorn status by virtue of being announced too early and then failing to appear at E3 year after year. We got some information at last year's expo, where Square announced both would come to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. But earlier this week, producer Shinji Hashimoto told Famitsu that neither game would have a presence at E3 and more details on both games...

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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax unveils next DLC character Adachi

The next DLC character in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is rookie detective Tohru Adachi, according to this week's issue of Famitsu magazine via Gematsu. Adachi will use Magatsu-Izanagi as his Persona, and features his own storyline in this Persona release. Players will also be able to access him as part of a DLC bundle with first-run copies of the game. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax launches on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in North America this fall. The game launches on PS3 in Japan on Aug. 28.

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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax will include story DLC, RPG-like arena mode

Fighting game Persona 4 Arena Ultimax will include story-based downloadable content as well as an arena mode with role-playing game-like elements, according to the game's listing with Japanese media seller Rakuten. The scenario DLC will be available as bonus content when the title launches in Japan on Aug. 28. There is currently no information on what this scenario will be about. Ultimax will also include a Golden Arena Mode, which includes character progression elements familiar to role-playing games. Players will use the arena to level up — here they can earn extra experience points and items and learn new abilities by fighting through various stages. The game itself includes 150 different skills for players to unlock. Earlier this week, developers Arc System Works and Atlus...

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Persona 4 ESRB rating indicates possible PS3 release

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 has been rated "M" for PlayStation 3 by the ESRB, indicating a future re-release of the PlayStation 2 title. The board's listing does not offer release date information but does mention the game's alcohol references, animated blood, language, partial nudity, sexual themes and violence. The original release initially launched in Japan and North America in 2008, and Europe in 2009. Persona 4: Golden, a revamped remake for the PlayStation Vita, launched in Japan and North America in 2012, and Europe in 2013. Atlus announced in February that Persona 5 will launch in North America for PS3 in 2015. The company also revealed that spin-off titles Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Persona 4: Dancing All Night and Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth will also see a...

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Persona 4 Arena update coming to Japan this year with new series character

Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold, the arcade-only updated version of Persona 4: Arena, will be available in Japan later this year, Atlus announced today in a new trailer for the game. The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold adds a handful of new characters and piles new scenarios onto Arena's storyline. Players can now head into the ring with Persona 3 characters Junpei Iori and Yukari Takeba, or a mysterious character new to the Persona series, Sho Minazuki. It is unclear whether Minazuki is your ally or enemy. Current speculation is that Minazuki is involved in the unannounced Persona 5, which Atlus confirmed was in development as of August 2012. The plot of Suplex Hold picks up a few days after the ending of Persona 4 Arena. A new tournament appears on Mayonaka TV, the P-1 Climax....

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Possible Persona 4 Arena sequel revealed (update: it's a Japan-only patch)

A possible sequel or expansion to Persona 4 Arena was revealed by Arc System Works, according to Famitsu, and includes two new fighters with unique systems: Yukari Takeba and Junpei Iori. According to another Famitsu article, translated by Shoryuken, the new Persona 4 Arena sequel will feature new moves and skills for existing characters. The two new characters have styles and systems unique to Persona 4 Arena. Yukari is a fast fighter, has wind-type "Garu" skills, specializes with a bow and good close range with jump attacks. Her bow attacks are fast, difficult to avoid and great at long range. Her arrow becomes a guided missile if it hits "Maha Garu." Junpei Iori is a power-type character and wields a bat, which awards him with a long reach. According to Famitsu, his unique...

Persona 4 Arena Releases
North America
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 08/07/2012
    • Publisher Atlus
    • Developer Arc System Works
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 08/07/2012
    • Publisher Atlus
    • Developer Arc System Works
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