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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Persona 4: Dancing All Night is a rhythm game spin-off from the Persona role-playing game franchise. In the story, characters are on a rescue mission to save a kidnapped pop idol group from supernatural forces, all with the power of dance. The characters use dance to express their inner feelings and encourage others to be true to their inner selves. Some of the female characters wear revealing outfits, and some of the scenes show suggestive images. There's some profanity in the game's story, and one of the male characters, Kanji, has a penchant for swearing. Since this is part of a popular franchise, players may find themselves interested in the other titles in the series. The game also provides a lot of downloadable content, including new songs, characters, and outfits.
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What's it about?
Taking place after the events of Persona 4, PERSONA 4: DANCING ALL NIGHT brings the Investigation Team together again, this time to participate as dancers at the upcoming Love Meets Bonds Festival. When one of the pop idol groups scheduled for the show goes missing under supernatural circumstances, the Investigation Team jumps to the rescue. Crossing over to the Midnight Stage, a strange world filled with shadowy creatures, the team must use its new dance moves to fight off the encroaching dark forces and rescue the missing pop stars.
Is it any good?
Although it takes a bit of time to find its groove, once it does, this game doesn't miss a beat. The first time you play through a song, or even a remix of one you've already encountered, it likely will take some time to find the right rhythm, but whether you're playing the game via the Vita touchscreen or the buttons, the controls are tight and responsive. If you miss a note, you have no one to blame but yourself. Luckily, things start off pretty forgiving, and it's a smooth learning curve from there. Just try not to get too distracted by the game's amazing visuals; it's easy to get caught up in the character's dancing and forget to pay attention to the on-screen cues.
One of the more surprising aspects of Persona 4: Dancing All Night is its Story Mode. This plays more like a visual novel, sometimes laying out 20 minutes of plot before ever playing a dance. Though it's hard to imagine a rhythm game having much of a plot, Dancing All Night manages to spin together a complex tale with lots of character development and plot twists. It's hard not to get attached to the game's unique cast and to find yourself anxious to see just what happens next.
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- Platforms: PlayStation Vita
- Price: $49.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Atlus
- Release date: September 29, 2015
- Genre: Music & Dance
- Topics: Adventures, Friendship, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Music and Sing-Along
- ESRB rating: T for Language, Mild Blood, Mild Violence, Partial Nudity, Suggestive Themes
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