A Fistful of Arcana
This is a fantastic addition to the lore of the Persona series, and follows up on the characters from both P3 & P4. On top of that, it's well executed as a fighting game, with enough variety and systems to distinguish it from other fighters out there.
You can really see the work put into this game from the sheer amount of named attacks and skills that made their way into characters' move lists: Yu's low dash attack is swift strike, Mitsuru has the bufu skills at her disposal, and even the status effects are all present. It's clear that Atlus intended this to be a well-respected entry in the Persona series, rather than just a quick cash grab, which just shows how much they care about the fans out there.
Everything about this game comes across as slick, from the beautifully fluid character animations to the always stellar soundtrack, returning from both previous games. Even if you're not very good at fighting games but want to follow the story, it features an auto-combo mechanic to help beginners at the game make it through battles to get all the story content.
If you want to catch up on your favourite characters from Persona 3 or 4 after playing those games, or are looking for a new fighter to get stuck into, then definitely check this one out, and use it as a chance to git gud for when the sequel is released later in the year!
Date Posted: 20 / Aug / 2014