Why I love Persona 4 Arena’s Sho Minazuki

Why I Love Persona 4 Arena’s Sho Minazuki
Date Published: 5 November, 2018

Although he somewhat operated behind the scenes in the Persona universe for quite some time, the reveal of Sho Minazuki was one that finally put all of the pieces of the narrative puzzle together.

The violence seeking, pun master isn’t the most recognizable character in the series, but his impact as a villain both in arrival and exit was one great enough that actually triggered cooperation of both members of S.E.E.S. (Persona 3) and the Investigation Team (Persona 4). Continue reading “Why I love Persona 4 Arena’s Sho Minazuki”

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The MacSplicer Podcast #48 – Everything FGC ft. e4io and Roscoe G

The first ever two guests on The MacSplicer Podcast, as I’m joined by good fighting game friends and fellow FGC members, e4io and Roscoe G as we talked about the fighting game landscape as a whole, some specific likes and dislikes about various fighting games, and wrapping it up with some listener questions.

Topics on this week’s show include:

  • The fighting game landscape in 2018
  • Modern fighting game design and direction
  • Fighting games and esports partnership
  • Listener questions

Why I Love Persona 4 Arena’s Labrys

Why I Love Persona 4 Arena’s Labrys
Date Published: 17 September, 2018

Despite not technically being a legacy character in the Persona universe, Labrys’ debut to the series is quite the memorable one. On the surface, Labrys is perhaps looked at as “Just another android in a school uniform”. However, as the main focus of the original Persona 4 Arena, Labrys proved she is no ordinary robot-girl.

Although she makes it clear she abides by many rules that include decency, respect, and of-course, righteousness. Two things are for certain when it comes to Labrys, she does not tolerate anyone who hurts her friends, and her strong character stacks up to just about anyone’s. Continue reading “Why I Love Persona 4 Arena’s Labrys”

Why I Love Persona 4 Arena’s Yu Narukami

Why I Love Persona 4 Arena’s Yu Narukami
Date Published: September 4, 2017

There isn’t anything fancy about him, relatively speaking, everything about Yu Narukami points to him being a fairly generic character. He’s not a physical specimen, nor a speed demon, nor does he hold an unorthodox fighting style.

Frankly, he’s not much for even opening up his personality if not bothered to. However, what makes Narukami such an icon within the Persona universe, as well as fighting games, is his calm and collected demeanor, combined with a traditional yet effective katana based fighting style. Continue reading “Why I Love Persona 4 Arena’s Yu Narukami”

The State of the FGC in 2017

The State of the FGC in 2017
Date Published: 
May 22, 2017

The Fighting Game Community (FGC) has experienced quite the change as of recent years, with 2015 perhaps having some of the most memorable moments in the competitive landscape, and 2016 elevating the exposure of fighting games primarily due to increased marketing and financial support from Sony and Capcom in regards to the release of Street Fighter V.

While we’re only at the midpoint of the year, how things play out in the second half of 2017, could very well be a tell on what the future holds for the FGC. Therefore, it would be a good time to take a closer look at the fighting games that headline the FGC in 2017, and how they impact the landscape, be it for better or for worse. Continue reading “The State of the FGC in 2017”

Will Persona 5 Arena Happen?

Will Persona 5 Arena Happen?
Date Published: 
October 19, 2016

It was unexpected, but not out of the realm of possibility that another fighting game spin-off would happen with the Persona franchise. However, if Persona 5 Arena is in the works, there’s questions about how the fighting game would turn out compared the series’ preceding spin-offs; Persona 4 Arena and Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. Continue reading “Will Persona 5 Arena Happen?”

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Review

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Review

Initial NA Release Date: September 30, 2014
Review Date: October 4, 2015
Reviewed on Xbox 360
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

They did it again.

Atlus and Arc System Works have brought us yet again another outstanding 2D fighter packed with all the persona action and glory that the original JRPG fans of Persona 3 and Persona 4 wished for.

As a big fan of the original game in the series, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (P4U2) was going to be a game that wouldn’t have to change much from the original Persona 4 Arena formula to sell me on it.  Arc System Works may have known that coming into making the sequel, but instead of playing it safe, they delivered an exceptional game that introduces new game mechanics as well as touching up the areas where Persona 4 Arena (P4A) needed improvement. Continue reading “Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Review”

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