What a great way to end Nintendo 3DS era, one of the best handheld gaming! Atlus surely wants to give a good farewell for Nintendo 3DS and will make you grace it back one more time with a sequel to a spin-off Persona series, Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth.
Check out the Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth – story trailer below:
For those who don’t know, Persona Q2 is a sequel to its 2014 predecessor, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. Unlike the main series, Persona Q seems like the developer’s, Atlus, Etrian Odissey series in case of gameplay, which is a unique RPG, dungeon-crawling adventure developed by the developer itself.
If you are interested in buying the game, Atlus offers 2 different edition for you to choose, Launche and “Showtime” Premium edition. For the launche or standard edition, you will have to pay 39.99$ to preorder the game. For the “Showtime” Premium edition, it will cost you 69.99$. Well, I’d say the price is a bit too much for a 3DS game, but, Atlus will never disappoint their fans.
- System : 3DS
- Release Date : 4 June 2019 (English Version)
- Developer/Publisher : Atlus
- Main Series : Persona/Persona Q
The main setting of Persona Q2 is in a theatre or cinema world. The story starts when the Morgana Car getting out of hand while going through Mementos. Lost in a mysterious environment, the Phantom Thieves escape from unknown enemies to a movie theater without a way out. Meeting new characters that ‘knows’ about the cinema, the team strives to get out through labyrinths and somehow get to know with the protagonists from other Persona series.
Personally, I feel like the story started out weird. But, after the third dungeon, the plot starts to get compacted through explanations I need to actually understand the game’s story. Until the end of the game, you will be given an interesting and intense story since then. Overall, the story is one of the most appealing things of the game even though I need to get a bit longer into to understand it.
As a spin-off Persona series, in Persona Q2, you have the chance to play the characters from the Persona 3, 4, and 5. The Persona 3 portable characters are also making appearances into the game it means that it has more playable characters compared to Persona Q with the addition of Persona 5 and P3P characters.
At the beginning, the party only consists of the five Persona 5 characters. Later into the game, you will have the P3P characters, followed with the Persona 4, and lastly the Persona 3 full casts. So, in order to experiment the full gameplay and strategy, I need to get far in the story and have all the playable characters given.
As stated earlier, Persona Q combines the gameplay of the original Persona series and the Etrian series. Well, of course it works great for the game in my opinion. In Persona Q2, there are some additions to enhance the combat system with four new elements to use and the baton touch ability.
You can also equip both main-Persona and sub-Persona to assist you in battle. You can also fuse personas and mix-and-match skills and abilities to give you the upper ground in battle. These features will surely make you attached to get the best possible strategy in combat and defeat the bosses.
Graphics, Music, and DLCs
As a 3DS game, I don’t expect too much with the graphics. The characters are shown in a chibi style 3D model. Maybe it will not give your eyes a pleasant vision when playing. But, I am sure the story and gameplay will make a patch of it.
For the music, I can’t say much but I feel a bit hyped with the soundtracks. Maybe, Persona Q2 music is the reason I like the genre even more. On top of that, I think it is a good music genre to play in the background.
For you who want to get a complete feel about the game, you need to pay extra money to get the DLCs. I say, there are tons of DLCs that you can buy with price range around 0.99$ – 2.99$. Some of the DLCs, like sub-Personas, are maybe quite useful and have good impact to the game. But, the rests are just BGM and voices, so, I don’t have to buy all the DLCs to get the “complete” feel about the game.
I say, the game is worth to buy for those who love the Persona series and have the 3DS console. The gameplay, great deal of playable characters and strategies to have, and music are the real appeals to Persona Q2. The story is amazing when you get to the mid-story until the end of the game. The only con is maybe at the graphic since it is launched in a, can I say outdated console, 3DS? Overall, if you still have 3DS and a fan of Persona franchise, Persona Q2 is a must have and worth the efforts.