Persona 3 and Persona 5 Endless Night Collection Review
Do you like rhythm games? Are you looking for a real Shin Megumi Tensei game (kudos for those who get the reference)? Then I have the game for you! After Persona 4 got a dancing spin-off in the form of P4 Dancing All Night, the good folks over at ATLUS decided it was only natural to follow suit with Persona 5. Even though P3 came out years ago, ATLUS went a step further and decided P3 should get some love and feel the groove. (After all, they did retcon Sho Minazuki into the game years after the fact so why no eh?) Persona 3 Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5 Dancing in Starlight will drop just in time for the holiday season! So if you like rhythm games, Persona, or just figuring out what to spend those PSN gift cards you’ll be getting next month. Persona 3 and Persona 5 Endless Night Collection is a great way to close out your 2018 gaming year!
The plot of P3 and P5 Starlight and Moonlight:
So unlike P4 Dancing All Night, P3&P5 don’t really have a story mode. The story isn’t that deep either. But have you ever wanted to dance the night away in your sleep? Well, that’s what the SEES & Phantom Thieves are up to. They have all been summoned to the Velvet Room in their dreams to get their groove on. The best way to think about it is Saturday Night Fever Persona edition since Elizabeth (P3) wants to settle a dispute with her younger siblings Caroline and Justine (P5). So who has the moves? Who has the groove? Who are the better dancers? Its anyone game in this dream world dance battle!
Okay, I lied. I’m just going to say this now, the Phantom Thieves ought to pack it up and go home. Those who get P5 Dancing in Starlight get ready for some serious laughter at the expense of the Phantom Thieves “moves.”
The gameplay to both P3 and P5 are the same except the only difference being the cast SEE and Phantom Thieves. Players play to the beat of the music while pressing a series of buttons that mimic the beat. The goal here is to keep the fever gauge filled and not to let it fall to 0. Players will use the triangle, square, circle, x buttons as well as the directional pad to dance to the beat as well as the analog for scratches. The scratches can be pretty annoying but luckily both games allow a player to change the button to L1 R1 buttons over the analog which improves things a lot.
Now while you are playing to the beat, the SEES and Phantom Thieves get their groove on by getting it on the dance floor to please the crowd. If their movies are spam flame emoji’s hot fire, then their dance partner will jump in and join in the grove fest. Once unlocking the partners assigned to each difficulty, players have the option of choosing from the list of partners for any level difficulty.
What makes this game different from other rhythm games is that the “social links” a unique feature from the Persona Franchises is utilized in this game. For those unfamiliar with the social links feature, it’s a feature in which players can interact with the rest of their party to build relationships. In the dancing games, players can view skits of characters interacting with each other to unlock new costumes, accessories, hairstyles, and settings for dance mode. They also get a chance to explore the other characters rooms to find hidden cards to unlock more things. What’s cool about this feature is there are instructions to follow to unlock high-level links for each character. Players can also play songs on various difficulties to unlock new songs and links.
When it comes to issues with the game I didn’t really have any. There were times that the background blended in too well with the notes and I messed up a few times. Mainly in P3 Dancing in Moonlight. Neon Blue on Neon Blue is a big no-no. I will say this, players may get distracted by the SEES and Phantom Thieves grooving. While the SEES are tearing it up, the Phantom Thieves made me mess up on many occasions. Especially Ryuji who dances like he had one too many and is white girl wasted on the dance floor. So this adds even more fun to the gameplay.
The Rhythm In the Details:
- Memorable Soundtrack – Return to the world of Persona 3 and Persona 5 and relive cherished memories with the games’ most memorable songs by Shoji Meguro, composed by Ryota Kozuka, as well as all-new remixes by ATOLS, Lotus Juice, ☆Taku Takahashi (m-flo / block.fm), Jazztronik, and more! Unlock a total of 25 fan-favorite tracks in each game.
- Dancing! – Choose from several difficulty levels and dance alongside the members of SEES and the legendary Phantom Thieves in a customizable rhythm game experience. Characters can tear up the dance floor with a partner by performing well during a song and entering “Fever” mode; try out some of your favorite character combinations!
- English and Japanese Voiceovers – Choose to listen to your favorite characters’ voices in either English or Japanese with dual audio options!
- Social – In “Social,” players can connect with their favorite characters and deepen their social bonds through conversations and mini-events. Fulfill character-specific conditions to unlock special events and unlock new items.
- Collect Costumes – Collect and equip a variety of costumes and accessories to create an even flashier dance experience.
- Pre-Order / Day One Edition Bonus – Digital download codes for the Shinjiro Aragaki (with Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight) and Goro Akechi (with Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight) playable dancer add-ons. Both characters are playable in both P3D and P5D.
Overall I really enjoyed this game. The graphics are great, the soundtrack is full of awesome remixes as well as the original tracks, there are tons of costumes to unlock and it’s challenging. The addition of the social links feature is what gives this game an extra kick. Since the Persona fandom loves its characters, it’s great that characters get to see more interaction and go rummage through their rooms appose to just adding a shop to unlock goods. I give this game a 5/5.
So if you’re in the mood the get on the beat, and love all things Persona, Persona 3 and Persona 5 Endless Night Collection are must-adds for this holiday season! As an added bonus if you pick up the Endless Dancing Bundle you will obtain Persona 4: Dancing All Night. This is a new port for the PlayStation 4. Get your groove on Gamers!