Persona Dancing: Endless Night Collection Review
Hot and wild, it’s party night! Welcome to Club Velvet, where your favorite characters from Persona 3 and Persona 5 finally get their dancing debut with Persona Dancing: Endless Night Collection. As the Persona series is well-known to be an extremely stylish RPG, you will be happy to hear that their dancing collection also provides the same pleasing aesthetics of blue and red. With the familiar soundtrack and the franchise’s lovable characters, Persona Dancing is perfect for those who want a fun, customizable rhythm game with costume changes for your favorite protagonists.
Persona Dancing: Endless Night Collection includes not only Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight (Persona 3D) and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight (Persona 5D), but also the digital download code for Persona 4: Dancing All Night (Persona 4D), which is currently your only chance of grabbing all three titles with one single purchase. If you are unfamiliar with all the different Persona games and wish to purchase only one of them, you can. At the moment, there currently isn’t an option to purchase Persona 4D on its own, so we will have to see what the near future holds for that.
Plenty of Bang for The Buck
While Persona 4D has an established plot with a story mode, Persona 3D and 5D do not. However, there is a mini story told for P3D and P5D which progresses through its social scenes. The two games also seem to run in parallel with one another, as during the first social interaction with Igor’s assistants, there is a mentioning of another team they are dancing against. Of course, bits of the story are unlocked with these social events, which are like Social Links / Confidants in the RPG where talk to your teammates to deepen your relationships. Instead of these bonds powering up your Persona like it normally does, they unlock costumes, accessories, and even different game configurations.
The songs for the three games are from the original RPG with variations and remixes of old favorites. When you complete one set of songs, you unlock the next set. All three Persona dancing games follow the same mechanics, making it incredibly easy to learn and switch between games to play their respective soundtracks. There are multiple levels of difficulty to choose from with different game configurations to make the song more easy or more challenging. You can play all songs on easy mode and unlock the songs that way, but a downside is sometimes easy mode is too easy. The music we dance to are full-length songs, so if you select a slower song it can get a little boring since you only have to press one button at a time. With practice though, you can slowly increase the difficulty level and the ballads will then become more exciting.
Swimming in the Moonlight
Unlike most rhythm games where the beats are lined up on one part of the screen, Persona Dancing makes you look all over your TV. At times, it can be hard to keep up with the beat and the notes, especially when the background flashes different colors. The controls are incredibly responsive though, so it is really up to your rhythm and reaction whether you do well or not. The most challenging part is trying to watch your character dance while you hit the correct notes – fortunately, we are able to watch a replay afterward!
Most songs have a set main character and a dance partner (or two), while other songs are like a music video featuring the protagonists. The first time you dance, your dance partner is selected at random. However, once you have danced with them, they will be unlocked and you can choose them again next time in “Fever” mode. You can even customize the clothes for both the main dancer and the partner, and who doesn’t like a little dress-up? Some costumes and accessories also become available after certain social interactions, but you have to play several songs to meet the requirements to unlock these social events.
Persona Dancing: Endless Night Collection has three games in one, making it perfect if you are craving a new challenge with familiar songs and characters. Day One edition will also include Shinjiro (Persona 3) and Akechi (Persona 5), so that’s always exciting to have more people on your team. If you are into stylish rhythm games with beautiful colours and characters, even as a non-Persona fan I think it is worth trying out. But if you are a Persona fan and you know you love the songs and characters, you should definitely give Persona Dancing a chance to steal your heart.
**A PS4 review code was provided by the publisher**
- Responsive controls
- Smooth graphics
- Wonderful soundtrack
- Fun reward system
- The background can be overwhelming
- Songs drag on low difficulty