Persona 4: Dancing All Night

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Slightly mature dance game promotes being true to yourself.

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Positive Messages

Helping others, learning how to express your feelings in a positive, creative way.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Protagonists a group of friends who selflessly work to save those in need, show them how to be true to their inner selves.

Ease of Play

Challenge is to keep up with beat of music, using either touchscreen or button controls to match rhythm. All about timing.

Violence

Characters fight an ominous force, but there's a strict rule of causing no harm to others. That being said, non-player characters have been kidnapped, are constantly attacked, dragged away against their will.

Sex

Many female characters' outfits include short skirts, cleavage, with option to purchase more revealing outfits in-game. Some scenes include sexually suggestive scenes, including a shower scene with strategically placed steam clouds.

Language

Frequent use of "damn," "s--t."

Consumerism

Spin-off of popular Persona series (itself a spin-off of the Megami Tensei series), which includes multiple games, manga, anime series, other merchandise. Includes a fair amount of paid, downloadable content, including new songs, outfits, characters.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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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Teen, 13 years old Written byHacker264 January 2, 2016

Persona 4 promotes being true to yourself

It is a great game for teens with its fun rhythm and songs it isa great game! The only thing is there is one shower scene with no nudity and talk of an idol who... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it means to be true to oneself. What are the differences between who a person is and how he or she might appear to others?

  • What are some positive, constructive ways to express one's feelings?

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