While the staple games in the Persona series cover some heavy topics, the Dancing games are all about fun. The Persona: Endless Night Collection includes Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight, Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight, and a download of Persona 4: Dancing All Night.
Atlus, the developer of the Persona: Endless Night Collection graciously provided a review copy for the PS4
Persona 5 is one of my favorite games of all time. The characters are relatable with struggles that need to be brought to light. Seeing and interacting with all the Phantom Thieves once again felt like I was reuniting with old friends. I’ve never played Persona 3, but after meeting the cast of characters in Moonlight, I’d love to play it and get to know them.
Seeing and interacting with all the Phantom Thieves once again felt like I was reuniting with old friends
The gameplay in both Moonlight and Starlight is pretty straightforward. I have a music-heavy background, so following the rhythm wasn’t terribly difficult. But even for those who haven’t taken any formal dance or music lessons, as long as you can count to eight, you’re set. I like that the positioning of the rhythm commands onscreen correspond with the location of the respective buttons on the controller. It prevents the frustration of not remembering where a particular button is situated that comes from playing on Nintendo, Playstation, and XBox consoles, all which have varying controller layouts.
Aside from hitting the beats on the D-pad or button selection, flicking either control stick at particular times during a song is how you achieve Fever, or it grants a “Scratch” as a bonus. You won’t be penalized for missing a Scratch, it’s just for extra points. However, it is possible to go into the custom settings and make Scratch a requirement, if you really want to amp up the difficulty.
I appreciate that Moonlight and Starlight are more streamlined than Persona 4: Dancing All Night. My biggest issue with Dancing All Night is that the cutscenes between songs are far too long. The Social Events feature in Moonlight and Starlight is a nice change which helps with the pacing. Rather than being forced to sit through a 30 minute cut scene just to advance to the next song, the Social Events are gradually unlocked, and then you can go back and enjoy the character interactions at your leisure.
As an incentive to view Social Events and partake in an endless night of dancing, there are costumes, accessories, and challenge modifiers to unlock. The costumes and accessories range from everyday fashion, to fan-service, to just plain goofy. I didn’t find the modifiers to be all that exciting, but I am addicted to collecting all the costumes and accessories!
The Persona series has some pretty great music, and Moonlight and Starlight give those songs a high-energy remix. While it does make the songs more danceable, they end up all sounding the same. I love that the dance styles of the characters match their personalities. Sweet Haru coming from an affluent family does perfect fouette turns, and the adorkable Futaba goes for tap and jazz.
the dance styles of the characters match their personalities
I’ve only run into a few issues, both related to how fixated I have to be with the onscreen commands. I keep wanting to watch the characters as they are dancing, but when I do, I get distracted and end up missing a beat. To remedy this, there is an option to simply watch the dancing without playing. My eyes also tend to dry out about halfway through a song, especially if I have contacts in, because I’m so focused on the upcoming beats, and then I can’t see anything. This may be just a “me” thing, though.
Is the Persona: Endless Night Collection filled with groundbreaking Game of the Year-worthy content? Of course not, and that’s okay! But if you’re looking to have some fun and blow off steam, which is exactly what the characters in the game are doing, then definitely give this one a shot. You’ll at least put the controller down in a better mood than you were when you picked it up.
|Score||Similarity to Zelda games|
|7.5/10||Tingle’s Balloon Trip of Love – ▲▲△△△
Tri Force Heroes – ▲▲△△△
Breath of the Wild – ▲△△△△