Persona 4: Dancing All Night is a rhythm based game for the Playstation Vita. It’s based in the world of Persona 4 and includes familiar characters and music from the Persona universe. With a Story Mode and Free Dance that will keep you entertained way past the first play through, it includes 29 songs that you can unlock through Free Dance mode and eight chapters of story with multiple stages each. The Story Mode tells the tale of idol Risette’s comeback performance. She’s invited all of her old friends and they’ll be performing with Kanamin Kitchen at the Love Meets Bond festival. There’s a problem though; some fans say that the festival’s website is cursed. Anyone who watches the site at midnight will see the ghost of a dead idol and get taken away! You’ll get to play as the members of the Investigation Team and try to save the rumored missing idols and the festival through the power of self expression. This midnight stage has you dancing to express your feelings to the shadows to break their forced bonds. Can you convey your emotions well enough to set everyone free?
Game play is easy to learn and stays challenging as you advance through the different difficulty settings. Players try to match the rhythm of the song while pressing up, down, or left on the d-pad and the triangle, circle, and x buttons. Notes are either hit with a single press, using two buttons at once, or by holding and releasing them at a certain time. Players beat stages by keeping the crowd entertained through the end of the song. There are bonus notes that appear as rings which can either be scratches which earn you extra points, or fevers. Missing either of them won’t hurt your performance, but if you manage to hit three fevers rings in a row (either by flicking the analog stick, or pressing the upper triggers depending on your preference) you may be able to trigger Fever Mode! In Fever Mode, the dance will get more intricate on-stage and you may even be able to have one of your fellow characters join you in your dance. It’s really cool looking, trust me.
In Free Dance you’ll be able to pick your difficulty setting and play through any songs you’ve unlocked. The songs all have a character chosen for them already, but you can change up their costumes and accessories to whatever you have unlocked. Players can unlock more options for costumes and accessories through the Shop using P$ or through DLC. P$ are earned through both beating the Story Mode and finishing songs in Free Dance. The Shop also has Items which can alter the game play through various effects, making it easier or just changing things up a bit. The DLC shop includes a few things for free and occasionally they offer promotions. There are also bonus songs you can pick up to extend your game play even further.
Finally, there’s your Collection. In this area of the game players can see all sorts of things they’ve unlocked. These things include; “Sound” where you can listen to all the tracks you’ve unlocked, “Character” where you can see details about the characters in the game, “Graphics” which includes images and animations, “Score” where you can see all your awesome high scores, “Replay Stage” that shows your replay data saved from score rankings, and the “Data Base” that contains information on the tracks and terms used in the game. It also has “Medals” which are the ten main achievements you can unlock.
Persona 4: Dancing All Night is a fantastic game. It’s story is sweet, the songs are catchy and fun to listen to, and the game play is engaging. I would recommend it for Persona fans and rhythm game lovers alike. The characters are true to the ones you remember and it’s really entertaining to see their unique dance styles and to watch them solve this new mystery. Pick it up for your Playstation Vita today and get dancing!