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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Free Download GAMESPACK.NET Welcome to Atlus, Switch fans, the company that really doesn’t want you to play any mainline Persona games, but does want you to play their canon sequels. Last year, we got Persona 5 Strikers, a surprisingly great Warriors-style follow up to the seminal Persona 5. This year, we’re getting Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, a *checks notes* remaster of a fighting game that serves as a sequel to both Persona 3 and Persona 4. As oddly positioned as this project may feel, we’re happy to report that Persona 4 Arena Ultimax proves itself to be a competent fighter on Switch, one that we think will appeal both to fans of the Persona brand and to fighting game newcomers. First off, let’s recap what’s all included here. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax packs in quite a lot of content, featuring the stories of both the original P4A and P4AU alongside all the DLC from across those two games. This means that all the additional fighters, a staggering amount of cosmetic options for each of them, and an additional story mode have all been thrown in. Behind the scenes, this is also including all of the ‘2.5’ content from the Japanese exclusive arcade release of P4AU. TOP/BEST ADULT VIDEO GAMES IN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA)

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which integrated a bunch of balancing changes to make for an overall better feeling experience. In short, this is the most feature-rich version of P4AU yet, and it all comes now with the benefit of being portable. In the story mode, P4AU primarily follows the members of the Investigation Team a few months after the events of Persona 4 with the gang all getting back together in Inaba for Golden Week. Conveniently, the Midnight Channel has returned at the same time, and is now broadcasting a mysterious P-1 Grand Prix that seems to be hosted by a version of their friend Teddie. After a few members of the team go missing, the remaining members opt to step back into the world in the TV to join the competition in the hopes of finding their lost friends and getting to the bottom of what’s going on. For a fighting game, the story here feels fine, but it suffers from some absolutely glacial pacing. Whereas the rich narrative of a typical Persona game is frequently punctuated by dungeon runs, school trips, and social outings, there is no such content to break up the verbose monotony here.

Ultimax Version Includes all previously released Persona 4 Arena Ultimax content, including the original Persona 4 Arena story.

The story is exclusively delivered to you via visual novel-esque static screens where characters read their lines, sometimes for 10-15 minutes at a time, before you finally get to pick up the controller and fight in a battle. After the three minutes it takes for the fight to be over, you then get thrown back into another lengthy expository sequence and the cycle repeats. This would be bad enough on its own, but things are exacerbated by the fact that there are multiple routes to take through the story, with each taking the perspective of a different character. This means that you’re frequently retreading the same ground again, only you’re privy to someone else’s thoughts for this scene instead. All of this is to say that the lack of adequate gameplay elements in the story mode makes it a true test of one’s endurance. Mashing ‘A’ through half an hour of dialogue doesn’t make the quick battle at the end of that gauntlet feel exciting—it feels exhausting. And while the plot itself does eventually develop into something mildly interesting, it’s consistently dragged down by entirely useless scenes that just pad out the runtime. Through Spacetime

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

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Characters will take their sweet time to talk about whatever they’re talking about — they’ll spend several minutes reflecting on where they’re about to go before they actually go there. There’s probably five hours of actual plot in here, yet it will take you thirty hours to get through it. All that fluff might be a little more forgivable in the context of an RPG where you have lots of things to do around it, but it simply doesn’t work in a fighting game. Luckily, the actual fighting game parts of P4AU are excellent; Arc System Works certainly didn’t disappoint in delivering an approachable take on 2D fighting with a ridiculously high skill ceiling. There are 22 fighters to choose from here, consisting of some newcomers and the casts of both Persona 3 and 4. Most of them also have a ‘Shadow’ version available that bumps that number even higher, all but guaranteeing that there’s a fighter for every playstyle available. Whether you like to focus more on grapple attacks or on zoning, it seems like everybody fills a proper niche in the lineup and has their own distinct feel. A character’s moveset usually incorporates a mixture of light and heavy attacks.

Dual audio Choose between Japanese and English VO.

throws, grabs, and special attacks, adding up to make for a dizzying array of ways to approach a battle. Beginners aren’t tossed right into the fire, however, as there’s a decently informative practice mode that teaches you the basics of controls. If you still can’t grasp the finer points of setting up combos, there’s even the option to simply mash ‘Y’ repeatedly to pull off a modest combo that at least makes you feel like you know what you’re doing. P4AU may not feel nearly as approachable as, say, Super Smash Bros., but we felt that it provided enough accessibility that even someone with no experience with a fighting game could have quite a bit of fun with it. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is that one classmate of yours that always looks and sounds their incomparable best. They never have a hair out of place, they never put their foot in their mouth, they just look and sound infuriatingly good at all times. Ultimax dazzles with such unrelenting style that one might naturally assume that it lacks substance, and yet it’s a far deeper brawler than its predecessor thanks to all-new characters, shadow versions of existing ones, and a laundry list of smart system tweaks that spice up the already excellent gameplay significantly. Deathloop PS5

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

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Just like 2012’s original Persona 4 Arena, Ultimax puts on a great show regardless of how good you are at fighting games, especially if you’re a fan of the wonderful JRPG series it’s based off of. Every part of the experience, starting from the opening cinematic, feels like it’s actually from Persona 4. That game’s exemplary tunes are put to good use in Ultimax, lending it a driving, toe-tapping energy both in and out of combat. The meaty story mode benefits the most from the direct connection with Persona 4. It picks up where the events of Persona 4 Arena left off, which itself was a direct extension of the story told in Persona 4. Developer Arc System Works collaborated tightly with Atlus to create a ton of story content using the same voice actors, and presentational elements as the source material. The result is a story that’s equally well-written and entertaining as anything from Persona 4. That’s no small feat, especially for a fighting game. Just be warned: if you’re just here for the fighting, story mode will test your patience with seemingly interminable stretches without any actual gameplay. It’s more like a graphic novel with a few fights sprinkled in.

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There’s even an option to have the computer do the fighting for you, so people who just want to experience the story can do so. Even outside of story mode though, Ultimax fully leverages the unique personality of Persona 4. Characters use Persona-appropriate spells like Ziodyne and Sukukaja, important locales like Junes are used as backdrops, and victory quotes make clever callbacks to the original’s story. No other fighting game commits this completely to its own fiction, or weaves such a convincingly consistent world. Even if you don’t get all the references, the eye-popping color palette and strangely macabre art-direction are a one-two punch that gives every fight real character. If Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 impresses with the “kitchen sink” approach to visual design, Ultimax’s brand of art direction and color theory is more akin to feng shui. That isn’t to say it doesn’t look out-there or audacious, because it most certainly does. But its character silhouettes are just so memorable, and its use of color so well-tempered, that it comes off as high fashion rather than total chaos.

Ultimax’s infectious personality and top-notch presentation aren’t a smokescreen intended to hide other deficiencies though, they’re just the garnish atop a well-prepared meal. The fighting here is every bit as accessible and deep as in P4A, but with even more nuance for intermediate and advanced players to delve into. A host of new characters come with Ultimax, and they share the ingenious designs of the returning cast. Each is cleverly built around a unique mechanic or resource, like music, dogs, or baseball. You know…the fighting game staples. Where some games would stop at using these ideas cosmetically, Ultimax just runs with it, creating Dance Dance Revolution-esque mini-games, or a strike/ball/out counter to give characters like Rise and Junpei a fully fleshed-out, wholly unique feel. As entertaining as they all are though, it’s the various subtle changes to the fighting system that really impressed me. The entire cast has been rebalanced, and while there are still dominant characters, the overall power curve between them feels flatter, making matchups that felt kind of hopeless before more workable.

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

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The newly included Shadow versions of nearly the entire cast provide an entirely different way to approach characters you already know. They lack awakening mode, or a proper defensive burst, but in return they get constant access to their awakening super, the ability to carry super meter over between rounds, and something called Shadow Frenzy, which grants them nearly unlimited meter for a limited time. The combination of these elements makes them risky to play, since they don’t have a get-out-of-jail-free card, but when fully utilized, Shadow Frenzy allows you to convert almost any loose hit into potentially match-ending damage. The risk and reward are pretty in line with one another, and scoring a fast second-round KO with a shadow character feels incredible. That devotion extended to Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, which could have been just an iteration like most fighting games (e.g. Street Fighter 3: Third Strike), with a smattering of new characters and mechanics to justify the release. Except in this case, it was also a proper narrative sequel, while the original Arena itself was also a direct sequel to not only the mainline game but also its predecessor Persona 3. No Man’s Sky Switch NSP

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