Persona 4 is one of my favorite games of all time. However, I’ve squeezed every drop out of the game as I possibly could. Fortunately, there has come along a spinoff Persona title and Nintendo 3DS exclusive, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. At first glance I thought the game looked a little too far-fetched from the mainline Persona games, and I wasn’t sure how I felt about the new cartoony art direction. However, I took a leap of faith and purchased Persona Q. I’m definitely glad I did, because it’s the Persona 4 sequel I’d been dreaming of.
That Unique Persona Sound
When I first booted up the game and heard the music I instantly knew Persona Q was going to be something special. The soundtrack is a mix of new songs and old ones from previous games in the series. Many are instantly recognizable and it seemed like I had jumped back into Persona 4. It was great to feel like I was somewhere familiar, and new – all at the same time. What\’s also great is that the new songs are insanely catchy, and I found myself singing along often, especially to the main theme for the game. Seriously, I open up my 3DS just to listen to it.
Continuity is Key
After beginning the game I came quickly to the realization that it takes place during the events of Persona 4. Story-wise, the transition from playing Persona 4 to Persona Q is seamless and I really appreciated that. Also, the developers did a great job at including callbacks to Persona 4. Characters mentioned past events that I had remembered happening, and it furthered the close bond I’d already established with the characters in Persona 4.
The Gang is Back
Speaking of the characters, they still have that sense of charm like in previous Persona titles. The full cast (for the most part) is back and do a wonderful job at interplay between the characters. Teddie is obsessed with flirting, while Kanjii is an awkward mess around girls. I simply loved being able to hang out with these characters again. Side note: I thought the inclusion of Marie was an awesome bonus, as she was originally introduced to the series in the PS Vita remake of Persona 4 (Persona 4 Golden) as a new character and with a new social link. Pretty cool of her to jump from PS Vita to Nintendo 3DS. Traitor!
Haven’t I Killed You Before?
One final thing that easily allowed me to fall in love with Persona Q is the combat. While this game does borrow heavy inspiration from the Etrian Odyssey series, it doesn’t stray too far from the path of the Persona gameplay I had come to love. Summoning persona, strategizing with multiple characters, and stocking up on a butt-load of revivals is all still present in Persona Q, bringing on all that Persona nostalgia. Persona Q’s combat is different, but just as addictive.
So there you have it, that’s why Persona Q is the Persona 4 sequel I’ve been dreaming of. How do you feel about Persona Q? Have you given it a try? Leave all of your thoughts in the comments section below!