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Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight is a follow-up of sorts to the 2015 PS Vita title Persona 4: Dancing All Night and is the sister title to Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight. Having released in Japan earlier this year, Moonlight and Starlight are now preparing to rip up dance floors on this side of the pond. So put your best foot forward and let’s find out if the kids are alright.
Game Persona 3: Dancing In Moonlight Review – PS4
The rhythm gameplay system first established in Persona 4: Dancing All Night returns; six button inputs border the screen and notes flow from the center out to the corresponding input. Double notes, holds, and DJ scratches (with the flick of the analog stick or with L1/R1) keep note patterns varied, and makes things delightfully hectic on the highest difficulty. There are plenty of beginner-friendly options as well with four difficulty settings and several modifiers for assistance. It’s a fun rhythm system that’s supported by note patterns that flow seamlessly with the fantastic tracklist–there’s an undeniable satisfaction to nailing perfect combos as the audible claps, tambourines, and scratches sync with the beat of the song.
Speaking of Dancing All Night, Moonlight/Starlight have learned some lessons from their predecessor, resulting in some very welcome changes. Gone is the in-game currency mechanic, as is purchasing gear for characters on an individual basis. Now, all such getups are unlocked in sets. No more buying one pair of sunglasses for one single character; items now unlock for the entire cast at the same time.
The remixes and remasters evoke not just a sense of nostalgia, but have a striking quality that breathes new life into the series
Most of all, Dancing In Moonlight stands out with a tracklist that spans the course of Persona 3’s history, which includes songs from Persona 3 FES, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, and Persona 3 Portable. It gives a musical variety that’s attached to so many great memories but that’s also exciting to play. The remixes and remasters evoke not just a sense of nostalgia, but have a striking quality that breathes new life into the series. “Heartful Cry” has an unrelenting melodic-punk twist, and “Memories Of You” gets an electro-pop remix that remains heartfelt. “When The Moon Reaches For The Stars” and “Light the Fire Up In the Night” are have their full-length versions that slap harder than ever. The ending montage for “Brand New Days” and video for “Burn My Dread: Last Battle”–two songs on opposite ends of the emotional spectrum–capture their vibes perfectly. Even the Persona Super Live 2017 performance of the Persona Q boss theme “Laser Beam” made it into the tracklist. It may not be playable, but the song that fills the background during conversations, which samples the melody of “Our Moment” and the backing vocals of “Want To Be Close”, is a soothing track that beautifully blends the old and new. Dancing In Moonlight carries the lasting impact of Persona 3’s soundtrack.
The quality of the music tracks provided by Meguro and chums is obviously subjective, but the repetition in Moonlight’s playlist isn’t. Despite having only around 25 tracks in total, there are still multiple remixes. Some great music videos do liven up the playlist (including an excellent electro-promo featuring the female cast and a wonderful, moving finale), but you have to raise an eyebrow at certain creative liberties, like including Persona 3’s end credit sequence as a “music video.” The dances themselves are alive with character and beautifully choreographed, always improved by the addition of the ridiculous, stylish, and sexy outfits and accessories on offer.
Still, it’s an absolute delight to be with the SEES crew again, reincarnated in 3D models in the same vein as Persona 5’s art style. It’s a reimagining of Yukari’s cheerful demeanor, Mitsuru’s stern attitude, and Junpei’s goofiness.
Unlocking outfits and accessories for your squad is also tied to viewing Social Events, so if you’re into customizing their getups, it’s further incentive to hang out. Outfits range from modest to utterly ridiculous; the Gekkoukan tracksuit and casual winter clothes look great, but putting Junpei into a snowman costume and Ken in a reindeer suit is hilarious. Social Events also provide motivation for playing in different ways since each character has specific conditions for unlocking their scenes, like passing songs using certain modifiers or wearing several outfits or accessories. It’s well worth it, especially for the room visits. Even if it’s just the team’s dorm rooms, visiting these places in first-person brings to life characters you’ve known for years.
Persona 3: Dancing In Moonlight puts the spotlight on one of the strongest parts of the entire series: the music. Its fusion of pop, rock, hip-hop, electronica showcases some of the incredible work of series composer Shoji Meguro and company. Dancing In Moonlight is particularly special because of the strong remixes and remasters of familiar songs, recreations of places we’ve been, and reimagination of characters we’ve long known. You may find the overall premise a little strange, but if you let loose–just as the SEES crew has done–you’ll find a brilliant rhythm game weaved into an amazing, evocative soundtrack.
Video Review Persona 3: Dancing In Moonlight :
User Rating :
– The Good:
+ Wonderful soundtrack with remixes and remasters spanning Persona 3’s history
+ Social Events are a great opportunity to hang out with this cast again
+ All Night difficulty provides a great challenge, even for rhythm game veterans
+ Spirited recreation of characters and locations with beautiful new 3D models
+ Fun and intuitive rhythm gameplay system
– The Bad:
A few key cast members aren’t included in the base game
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