Persona Dancing: Endless Night Collection Review: 2 Step
Kalvin Martinez / Dec 3rd, 2018 No Comments
Dreams are the place where anything can happen. One moment you’re waiting to fall asleep, and the next you’re a secret agent uncovering a plot to assassinate the president, a chef who’s trying for their third Michelin star, or a participant in a high stakes dance battle … dance battle? Who dreams of a dance battle?
Persona Dancing: Endless Night Collection delivers a ton of dancing content for Persona fans. It includes Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight, Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight and Persona 4: Dancing All Night. If you’ve wanted to experience accessible yet challenging rhythm gameplay and a deep amount of story content, this is the best way to do so.
My Guest is Better than Yours
The Velvet Room exists between consciousness, where the guests are tasked with severely important tasks that can decide the fate of the world. Sometimes though, those invited are meant to help in less dire matters. Such is the case in Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight. In each game, both SEES and the Phantom Thieves have been brought to the Velvet Room to compete in a dance off.
It seems that the event that Margaret settled with her guests by dancing has caused quite a stir among the siblings of the Velvet Room. Elizabeth, Caroline and Justine feel that their guest could have resolved the incident faster and better. To that end, each brings her guests and his friends to the Velvet Room, which has now been been retrofitted into Club Velvet, complete with a fancy stage, to inform them that they have to dance to prove they are the better sister.
One of the major disappointments when they announced the two new Persona dancing games was that they would lack the robust story mode that made Persona 4: Dancing All Night such an engrossing experience. Strictly speaking, that is true. Neither game has a traditional story mode. However, that doesn’t mean the games lack story.
The narrative exists across both Dancing in Moonlight and Dancing in Starlight (and technically Dancing All Night) since it is a competition between these sisters to see who could resolve the incident in Dancing All Night the most efficiently. It has a meta narrative where each guest and their friends are trying to figure out why they’ve been summoned and why they’re dancing. While Persona games are characterized by a complex plot, what makes them memorable is the characters and their relationships.
Neither Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight nor Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight are lacking in terms of character moments. Each game has a massive amount of character moments to experience. These scenes can be unlocked in the Social modes by completing challenges by dancing. Experiencing these moments not only lets you enjoy delightful character interactions and appreciate their personalities once more, but they have an added benefit of unlocking costumes, accessories and modifiers.
Despite not boasting a traditional story mode in either new game, they don’t lack in terms a narrative, compelling character moments or humor.
Sequins and Dancing Shoes
Feel the rhythm and give yourself up to the dance. In both Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight, you’ll find yourself hitting buttons to the beat. Each game has six buttons you’ll have to concern yourself with: triangle, circle and X as well as up, left and down.
In theory, that means timing your rhythmic button presses with the song should be easy, but it is much tougher in practice. It involves much more than simply hitting single notes. The game also throws unison notes (notes that need to be pressed at the same time), hold notes (notes you need to hold and release in rhythm), and double notes (admittedly, pretty easy, but they require you to tap a note twice in succession). Throw in record scratches (optional queues that you need to flick the right or left analog stick to trigger) and fever rings (rings you need activate to get the bonus fever mode), and you have much more complex rhythm gameplay.
Every correct note contributes to getting the crowd hype. Each song has a meter where it gauges how much the crowd is enjoying your performance. Any missed note greatly reduces the gauge, while perfect and great notes along with combos and fever mode help to amp up the crowd. If your score gets too low, the song ends in failure. However, you need a green or fever ranking in order to pass a song, so an acceptable performance won’t help you.
It is the combination of all these different type of notes, varying BMPs, crowd hype and a lot of visuals to take in that amounts to a challenge. However, if the normal difficulty isn’t enough for you, there is a hard difficulty and an insane “all night” difficulty (unlocked after opening up all the songs in normal mode). If you’re not up for the swings of the more difficult modes, you can turn on challenge modifiers. These make changes to any mode, such as making record scratches count as misses or mirroring notes to spice up your dancing.
When you factor in all the various milestones you need to achieve in order to trigger new social events, there is a lot to contend and more replay value. Attempting to achieve a specific amount of combos or the incredibly difficult Brilliant score for a song can keep you coming back for more.
While there is plenty of ways to challenge yourself, there are also ways to make the game easier for those who just want to enjoy the visuals and experience the character interactions. The most obvious way is through the easy difficulty. It makes learning the ins and outs of songs a lot more manageable.
If you’re still experiencing trouble with the gameplay, there are support modifiers to further curb the difficulty — for example, you can continue combos with a good ranking, fever rings can add more to the hype gauge when activated, and a song won’t end even if the crowd hype gets too low.
Since there is so much content to unlock that requires achieving specific gameplay milestones, there is a good amount of grinding necessary. It wouldn’t be a Persona game(s) without some grinding. To make grinding a little more tolerable, the best thing to do is complete all the songs in easy difficulty where good notes don’t break combos. This is a simple way to rack up allusive brilliant scores, high combos and perfect notes without pushing your skills to the limit.
Persona Dancing: Endless Night Collection offers a tremendous value because you’re getting three games for a good price. It is also the only way to play Persona 4: Dancing All Night on PlayStation 4. The game was previously only available on PS Vita, which probably means a lot of people never experienced it.
All three games offer amazing rhythm gameplay and vibtastic soundtracks. Plus, you will be able to go back to reacquaint yourself with memorable characters and appreciate each games’ unique style.
Persona Dancing: Endless Night Collection was reviewed on PlayStation 4 with a code provided by the publisher.
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