One week ago today, North America got Persona 4: Dancing All Night (henceforth P4DAN for short). Before I continue, here is the fill Track List including the DLC-Only Songs:
- “Specialist” (“Never More” ver.) Featuring Yu Narukami
- “Time To Make History” Featuring Yu Narukami
- “Your Affection” (“Never More” ver.) Featuring Yosuke Hanamura
- “Heartbeat, Heartbreak” (“Never More” ver.) Featuring Yukiko Amagi
- “Pursuing My True Self” (Atlus Kozuka Remix) Featuring Chie Satonaka
- “Backside of the TV” (Lotus Juice Remix) Featuring Yosuke Hanamura
- “Snowflakes” (Narasaki Remix) Featuring Yukiko Amagi
- “Signs of Love” (TK Remix) Featuring Yu Narukami
- “Best Friends” Featuring Kanji Tatsumi
- “Like a Dream Come True” (“Never More” ver.) Featuring Teddie
- “Signs of Love” (“Never More” ver.) Featuring Naoto Shirogane
- “Time To Make History” (Akira Yamaoka Remix) Featuring Kanji Tatsumi
- “Heaven” (Norihiko Hibino Remix) Featuring Naoto Shirogane
- “Now I Know” (Yu Miyake Remix) Featuring Rise Kujikawa
- “Shadow World” Featuring Kanami Mashita (Persona 4 Golden’s OP)
- “Junes Theme” (Vocal Version) Featuring Nanako Dojima
- “Shadow World” (Atlus Kozuka Remix) Featuring Nanako Dojima (Persona 4 Golden’s OP)
- “Best Friends” (Banvox Remix) Featuring Chie Satonaka
- “Pursuing My True Self” (Shinichi Osawa Remix) Featuring Teddie
- “Maze of Life” Featuring Yu Narukami (Persona Q’s OP)
- “Heartbeat, Heartbreak” (Towa Tei Remix) Featuring Nanako Dojima
- “Your Affection” (Daisuke Asakura Remix) Featuring Kanami Mashita
- “Dance!” Featuring Yu Narukami
- “Pursuing My True Self” Featuring Rise Kujikawa
- “Reach Out To The Truth” (Dancing on Persona Stage) Featuring everyone (except Nanako Dojima as well as Tohru Adachi, Margaret, Marie and Miku)
- “Electronica In Velvet Room” Featuring Margaret*
- “Never More” (DLC) P4G Credits version
- “Shadow World” (DLC) (De De Mouse Shadow Swing Remix) (Persona 4 Golden’s OP)
- “Reach Out To The Truth” (DLC) Music Live 2013 version
- “Break Out Of…” Featuring by Marie*
- “Fog” (ATLUS Konishi Remix) Featuring Tohru Adachi*
- “True Story” (ATLUS Kozuka Remix) Featuring Rise Kujikawa
- “Heaven” (ATOLS Remix) Performed and Featuring Hatsune Miku*
* Denotes the lead Main Dancer is available in Free Mode Only.
I bolded all of my favorite songs. I also noted what game the track is from if it’s not from Persona 4. Man, I am THRILLED I decided to buy the Disco Fever Edition, which comes with the full soundtrack (but minus the DLC tracks). I am going to petition Atlus release the full soundtrack on iTunes and Amazon–it’s easily worth $20 on its own–for those who didn’t buy the $80 version of the game.
The interesting thing about this game’s story mode is it is canon. That said, the internet was in a uproar when it was revealed Rise’s usual English voice actress Laura Bailey was not used to voice Rise in P4DAN. She is voiced by Ashly Burch in P4DAN. Due to her busy schedule at the time, Laura was unable to due P4DAN. I think her stand-in did a pretty good job knowing who she was subbing for in this game. Does Rise sound different? Yes but she still sounds like Rise. In other words, she’s not out of character despite the new voice actress. Same thing happened when Chie’s voice actress permanently changed after P4.
Anyways moving on, The Investigation Team gets pulled into another mystery. While preparing to perform a concert, four idols suddenly disappear days before they’re set to perform. The investigation team ventures into The Midnight Stage, a dimension similar to the TV World but at the same time, not quite. It is a world where “No one hurts or gets hurt.” In order to defeat the shadows, the heroes of P4 use the power of song and dance on the quest to both rescue the missing idols and find the truth.
References to P4 abound but if you haven’t played P4 or P4G first, nothing major is spoiled. I’m trying to find the exact line but after the four idols are rescued, it’s heavily implied Yu and Rise decide to seriously start dating. Long considered the canon pairing of the Persona 4 storyline, Rise is overt about her desire to be Yu’s girlfriend in P4/P4G. It’s something Chie, Yukiko and Yosuke note after she’s introduced in the game and gets her Persona, Himiko. Now it looks like Atlus has decided to stop teasing and make it official.
Having now fully unlocked everything in the game, it’s all about getting that King Krazy ranking. For those who need a reminder, in order to get it you will need to do the song PERFECTLY. You’re allowed to skip scratches but can’t get a GOOD or MISS at all the entire song. Sounds like fun, yes? In is interesting to note that in Free Mode, how you do the song is customizable from note speed to other nifty stuff you unlock as you go along.
The game’s tutorials tell you everything you need to know to play the game: hit the notes accurately and in succession to rack up points, your combo and ultimately clear the track. Miss too many times and you will fail. Miss a whole lot and the song instantly will end in failure. The margin for error drastically shrinks between Normal and Hard. All Night is unforgivable in comparison to Hard. In fact, don’t attempt any songs on All Night for the first time without certain handicaps activated! That said, the game is surprisingly forgiving despite the customization options at your disposal.
My personal rating is 10/10. If you are a fan of rhythm games but are unfamiliar with the Persona series in general I’d say 7/10. If you are not a fan of Rhythm games but like the Persona series, it’s a decient entry into the genre. P4DAN highlights the soundtrack from the Persona 4, Persona 4 Golden and select tracks from the Anime, Persona Q, Persona 4 Arena AND Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. I was actually expecting some tracks from Persona 3 to be snuck in too but no such luck. Burn My Dread would’ve been awesome!
Now, obviously we can’t talk about Persona 4: Dancing All Night without also mentioning the game it’s based on, Persona 4. See my review of the Vita port Persona 4 Golden for details. If you have a PS3 or an Xbox 360, there’s Persona 4 Arena and Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. If you have a 3DS, there’s the Perons 4/Persona 3/Etrian Oddyssey crossover game Persona Q. Of course, there’s also the Anime versions of Persona 4 and Persona 4 Golden as well as the upcoming Persona 5.