Yume: The Forgotten Best | FGC Legends

Yume: The Forgotten Best | FGC Legends
Date Published: 2 June, 2021

The Persona 4 Arena series is one which has traditionally taken a backseat to other Arc System Works mainstay titles, predominately the Guilty Gear and BlazBlue franchises respectively. Although the series had a respectable competitive run from 2012 to 2016, it was never truly recognized by the wider circles in the FGC, and was even perceived by some as an inferior version of a fighting game title than what Arc System Works traditionally was known for developing.

However, despite being overshadowed in an era that had giants such as Ultra Street Fighter IV, Mortal Kombat 9, The King of Fighters XIII, and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 drawing the majority of headlines in the fighting game community, on the evening of July 12th, 2013, a somewhat mysterious figure only known by the alias—Yume, delivered one of the most impressive performances on the EVO grand stage the FGC had witnessed to that point. Continue reading “Yume: The Forgotten Best | FGC Legends”

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax | Review

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax | Review

Initial NA Release Date: September 30, 2014
Review Date: June 6, 2020
Reviewed on: Xbox 360
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

After a successful debut to the fighting game genre with Persona 4 Arena (P4A), the beloved universes of Persona 3 and Persona 4 collide once more, however, this time, in much more of a comprehensive fighting game experience—Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (P4U2).

With a solid blueprint to follow, a sequel to Persona 4 Arena seemed to be destined for success, however, with a seasoned developer in Arc System Works at the helm, P4U2 not only emphasizes on the aspects that made its predecessor great, but also innovates on its mechanics, both with additions, and improvements. Continue reading “Persona 4 Arena Ultimax | Review”

Why I Love Persona 4 Arena’s Elizabeth

Why I Love Persona 4 Arena’s Elizabeth
Date Published: 25 December, 2019

Soft spoken, calm, yet, always finds the humor in either the most benign or tense situations. The lethal elevator attendant—Elizabeth, is arguably one of the most likable characters in the Persona universe.

In a complex nature of being both so inquisitive of the things transpiring around her, yet still maintaining an air of mystery with regards to her own personal narrative, the always captivating Elizabeth is anything but ordinary. Continue reading “Why I Love Persona 4 Arena’s Elizabeth”

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”

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”

The Future of the Persona 4 Arena Series

The Future of the Persona 4 Arena Series
Date Published: 15 November, 2017

It has been over three years since the western release of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (P4U2)—the second title in the Persona 4 Arena series, and one which has seen little developer support post launch, aside from an update that only reached Japanese arcades in January of 2015.

That same update, while it reinvigorated the game within the Japanese arcade community, was a major factor in the demise of not only the game’s western community; who never received the update, but also played a hand in the rapid decline of high level Japanese players the game was once full of. Continue reading “The Future of the Persona 4 Arena Series”

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?”

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