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Across a whole lot of genres and console generations, we just can't get enough of this oddball series that loves to fuse dating sims, monster raising, real life high school simulations, and JPRG combat.


With all these titles, you could lose yourself in Persona for countless hours before even diving into the other spin-off series!


What did you think of our listing, and how would you rank your favorite Persona games from best to worst?


Worst: Persona 4 Arena


Like the previously mentioned Ultimax, this is a fighting game spin-off, but it's not quite as polished or interesting as its sequel. It is notable for more of a heavy rock soundtrack than the other games in the series, whoever.


Frankly, other than the bigger focus on story and the presence of Persona characters, this isn't really ground breaking as a fighting game and can probably be safely skipped.


if you don't want to play a fighting game but want to know how this tale fits into the Persona universe, you can easily find all the story segments strung together at YouTube.



Persona Q


Persona goes chibi on this lone DS entry (for a look that I'm not crazy about) where the series managed to break away from Playstation to hit a Nintendo handheld for no apparent reason.


It also fuses characters from P3 and P4 into an alternate dimension taking place between those games, offering a new take on those familiar storylines and NPCs. How much you are going to dig this one depends on how much you like the handheld RPGs, as this is very much Etrian Odyssey meets Persona


Personally, it felt a little too familiar for me, and I'd have rather seen a completely different game with totally new characters, but if you can't get enough of the Persona 3 / 4 crews, then this may be worth it for you.



Persona 4: Dancing All Night


Wait, what the hell, there's a dancing rhythm game spin-off as well? Eh, after the fighting game, I guess why not just go with it?


Like with Arena and Ultimax, the bizarre PS Vita entry Dancing All Night has way more story than you'd expect from something in the same category as Guitar Hero and Dance Dance Revolution.


This one takes a minor character from Persona 4 and spins off in a new direction, taking the series into the world of J-Pop. Its more fun than you'd expect, but honestly I have a hard time taking this one seriously.



Revelations: Persona


I fully came into this list expecting to put this entry all the way at the top, having very fond memories of playing this as a kid. The totally different setting from your typical fantasy RPG set Persona drastically apart from the pack.


This was also definitely the first game I played where negotiating with demons before fighting was an option, with violence completely avoidable in many random battles.


Between the game starting with a bunch of kids messing around with summoning demons, and one character's fondness for explaining the flaws in Western religion's theology, I had to play this one on the down low when my religious parents were around -- which of course just increased its mystique.


While ranking these games I went back to the original PS1 edition and a sad realization dawned on me: this game has not aged well.


Though groundbreaking at the time, It's kind of difficult to play at this point due to the clunky controls, and some of the graphics (particularly when navigating outside or through the labyrinthine hallways of high school dungeons) are sort of spectacularly bad.


Some of those kinks are worked out with the '09 PSP port, although going that route also loses some of the charm of the original sounds and cut scenes.



Persona 4 Arena Ultimax


Wait a minute, this is... a fighting game? Unlike the super ill-fated D&D fighting game spin off, this one is actually worth playing for beat 'em up fans, although maybe less so for the Persona die hards who prefer a JRPG experience.


Oddly enough, this is actually the SECOND fighting game in the series, following the previous Persona 4 Arena. What sets Ultimax apart from anything else in the genre is that there's a whole lot more story going on here than you'd expect from a Street Fighter style game.


That could be good or bad depending -- good for Persona fans who want to see these characters, but probably bad for fighting game fans who don't want to read screen after screen of text.


This one's better than its predecessor, but at the end of the day anyone playing is going to have to  ask themselves: just who is the target audience here?



Persona 2: Eternal Punishment


This forgotten classic of the series was released at the very tail end of the PS1's life cycle as the PS2 was coming to dominance, so Eternal Punishment didn't make as big an impact as it could have were it released earlier in prime PS1 RPG time.


Eternal Punishment was still figuring out its various systems and hadn't perfected them yet, but was a big jump up from the original game. Its also interesting to note that it wasn't actually the second Persona game -- it was the third.


Previous game Innocent Sin didn't make it to the U.S. on the PS1 at all and in fact didn't arrive for North American audiences until 2011 on the PSP. Obviously, the story of Eternal Punishment could be confusing at times, since none of us had ever played its predecessor.


While it may have been a bit baffling at points, it was also incredibly dark (like Rule Of Rose dark) and will always remain with those who played through as kids and had no idea what they were in for. Horror fans will particularly note elements taken from the Cthulhu mythos, like a character named Nyarlathotep.



Persona 4


The position this game takes is really a matter of personal preference, and I suspect may have something to do with which game you played first and where you started in the series.


Some fans will fight to the death over their preference of Persona 4 to Persona 3 -- and vice versa. I'm more in that second camp that prefers the earlier game. Not that there's anything particularly wrong with this entry (note its high ranking in this list), but the characters, music, and style of 3 just edge this one out.


This one had a bit of a different tone than the previous games, being more of a murder mystery. It's also notable for taking the social link system from the previous game and expanding it even further.


While Persona 4 originally came out for the PS2 all the way back in '08, a remake titled Persona 4 Golden was released on the PS Vita in 2012, bringing the series back to the forefront in the long, long wait for Persona 5.



Persona 3 FES


This entry is when the North American audiences really started to take notice of the series, which had a cult following prior but really wasn't on the same level as anything like Final Fantasy.


Persona 3 is where the series hit its stride with managing relationships to increase rankings in various abilities and in splitting your time between monster raising, battling enemies, and being a high school student in the day. While more accessible than the earlier PS1 entries, Persona 3 is also notable for being quite difficult if you were trying to do everything.


Some of those requests from Elizabeth were incredibly hard, and there were a few boss fights that could easily wipe you out if you weren't holding a guidebook in your hands letting you know which specific Persona to be fusing ahead of time.


What always strikes me most about this entry is the incredibly memorable music that bucked the trend of what you'd hear in a typical JPRG. From the "baby, baby, baby, baby" of the combat music to the operatic take on the Velvet Room, you won't ever forget these tunes. Even the high school hallway theme had an electronic beat you can't get out of your head.


It wasn't all sunshine and gumdrops when Persona 3 was first released however, as the title caused some controversy. Characters point a gun at their foreheads and pull the trigger in a representation of the death of self to release a secondary inner persona. Needless to say, parents weren't stoked about imagery of teenagers repeatedly shooting themselves.



Best: Persona 5


The latest (and many are saying greatest) entry in the series was bestowed on Western fans a full half year after the Japanese market got ahold of it. It's been a tense six months for those of us longing for more Persona, but now that it's here, the wait was worth it.


We've covered the game extensively, and for good reason: Persona 5 takes everything that made the earlier games memorable and fun to play and cranked that all up to the next level.


This entry is incredibly stylized, and every single element of the game - from conversation to crafting to battles -- just constantly keeps that style front and center, with the themes of the story constantly woven into absolutely everything the protagonist does.


Part 5 is also easily the best instance of the time management aspect of the series, where you are trying to both be a successful student with interpersonal relationships, jobs, study time, etc. and a Phantom Thief hero battling Shadows at night. Blessedly, the game also doesn't take 40 hours to give you a story like Persona 3.



For those not familiar, Persona is a totally different beast altogether than other prominent JRPG series like Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest.


Frequently focusing on high schoolers on Earth rather than knights in fantasy worlds, the series is known for button-pushing dark themes and stories that delve into the metaphysical and the philosophical. Throw in monster raising and some light dating sim elements, and you've got the Persona franchise.


Here we're going to cover all the games from best to worst to let you know which titles are worth your time and which can be played later after getting to the good stuff first. "Worst" may be a bit of a misnomer however, as there really aren't any actively bad Persona games, even if some are clearly better than others.


We're trying to be as complete as possible in this list, but a few spin offs are getting left out, like the defunct browser game or several Japanese-only mobile titles. Although they are closely connected, we're covering exclusively Persona branded games here and not any of the Shin Megami Tensei or Devil Summoner titles.


If you go all the way back to the series beginning in the late '80s on the Famicom, there are just way, way, way too many to cover, and many of them never got English translations. For those who ever played them though, please feel free to comment with your favorites!

10 of the Greatest RPG Boss Battle Themes Wed, 14 Sep 2016 06:11:14 -0400 Patrick Cottingham

In an RPG, a boss battle is like a punctuation mark at the end of a dungeon or event. They can be a defining moment of a game, creating tense feelings in a player who may not have been expecting a tough battle or driving the narrative through an encounter with the primary antagonist. You tend to remember boss battles more than others, and you usually spend a lot more time in a boss battle than your run-of-the-mill encounters.

This is what makes a great boss battle soundtrack all the more important. The change from the standard battle theme to something more intense can give the player a real feeling of "shit just got real." Below are ten examples of some of the greatest boss battle themes.

Warning: This list contains mild to severe spoilers, read at your own risk.


Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium

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When this song starts, you know you're in for the real deal. The rockin' beat of the synthetic instruments playing the foreboding melody of this song really gets you amped up. You can just feel the intensity of this boss battle just from the song, and if you haven't been properly training or preparing for a tough boss fight this is certainly going to be the song that heralds your Game Over. I hope you saved recently!

Fight With Seymour

Final Fantasy X

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Nobuo Uematsu really knows what he's doing, and this is why he's considered one of the most legendary video game composers in the business. Final Fantasy X features one of the greatest boss battle themes in the entire series, "Fight with Seymour". The spine-tingling electronic buildup at the beginning of the song that leads into the operatic vocals and finally into the intense percussion just gets you fired up when the blue haired antagonist of FFX engages you for what promises to be a challenging battle.

The pacing of the song keeps it upbeat, but the underlying theme of a dark and foreboding ambition really sinks in as the song progresses. There's nothing bad to say about this song, except that it only plays once or twice in the entire game.

Best Friend

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth

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With a title like "Best Friend", how could you predict such a dark and ominous song would follow? This song plays as you battle the boss at the finale of the first half of Persona Q. In a game as difficult as Persona Q you know to look forward to bosses, and the game adequately warns you as you approach the chamber of each boss, providing a save point and a chance to return to the shops and heal up. However, when "Best Friend" starts playing at the beginning of the battle with this boss, you know something is seriously different.

Compared to the previous bosses, this one is no joke, and you better take it even more seriously than the others. The dread this rock song instills in you will haunt you every time you hear it afterwards, even with the tinges of hope it might include with its more upbeat sections.

Battle! (Gym Leader)

Pokemon X & Y

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Pokemon games are about a journey through the land, taming wild creatures and bonding with them as you face the challenges of the gyms and the threat of the organized crime gangs you might encounter along the way. This journey culminates at the Elite Four, where you'll battle to become the champion of the league. This song is the anthem that plays as you battle your way through those Gyms, facing their various themed leaders.

The introduction of this song can get your skin crawling in anticipation of the challenge you're about to face from some of the most skilled trainers in Kalos. The meat of the song keeps up a steady toe-tapping beat and the uplifting music can help you focus on overcoming the difficult battle you're in. The excitement as it builds into a full fledged anthem can instill you with the confidence you need.

Dante Battle

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne

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Featuring Dante from the Devil May Cry series! This tag on the cover of the North American and European versions of Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne has spawned a meme that echos across the internet. However, Dante's addition to Nocturne added one of the greatest battle themes in the series to the game. The first time you meet Dante you'll have to fight him, in a very unexpected encounter.

When the song fires up you know the Devil Hunter means serious business, capable of clearing out your entire team in a single round if you aren't careful. In a game as unforgiving as Nocturne, this is a serious threat. The rock tune is very befitting of both games, I could easily picture Dante flipping around and juggling a half dozen demons with his signature stylish skills in his own game as well as I can picture the Protagonist of Nocturne facing up in turn-based combat with him.

Battle Conditions

Lost Odyssey

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Right from the beginning of this song you can feel the intensity, and it never drops. Nobuo Uematsu didn't screw around when he composed this brilliant piece for Lost Odyssey. Lost Odyssey can be a very punishing game if you aren't prepared properly for what lies ahead of you, and bosses are the prime example of such preparedness being mandatory!

When you hear this song kick in, you'd better hope your immortals are healed up and your mortals are well prepared to support them -- or else you're in for a beating that the main character, Kaim, will never forget. The frantic beat of the song is really emphatic about how desperate the struggle you're about to face could be, and it really sets the tone for the boss battles.


Xenoblade Chronicles X

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This is both the first vocally driven track and the first non-turn based RPG to pop up on the list. Xenoblade X plays this track whenever you engage in combat with one of the optional bosses wandering around the world of Mira. Ranging from small to exceptionally large, these creatures are all deadly for one reason or another -- and without proper care you can find yourself walking directly into the maw of a particularly deadly monster without realizing it.

Hearing this song start up as you're wandering around the world gives you a sense of panic as you try to gauge what your best option would be, running away or standing and fighting. The vocals are gorgeous, and you just can't help but sing along once this song buries itself into your ear. Just let the beat carry you as you struggle against the hostile world of Mira.

Battle of Tribulations

Bravely Second: End Layer

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I knew I wanted to include one of the various boss themes from the Bravely series but I had a hard time choosing, they're all so good. I settled for Bravely Second's "Battle of Tribulations", as I feel it emphasizes the mood of the battle the best. As your party struggles in battle with one of the various new Asterisk -- symbols of power that grant you the ability to use special jobs -- holders in the game.

The frenetic pace of the drums and the sense of desperation the song gives off is augmented with its operatic vocal backings and glorious guitar riffs. As the song goes on, you notice that there is an underlying tone of hope that builds the more you listen to it. This song just has the perfect blend of emotional messages in it that makes it so fitting for a boss fight. Instant classic.

The Edge of Green

Radiant Historia

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Radiant Historia is one of those RPGs I never hear people talk about in conversations regarding the best RPGs of all time. I don't think enough people give this game the credit it deserves, and this track is a perfect example of what the game is capable of.

This boss theme is mellow compared to my previous entries, featuring both piano and violin synchronizing in perfect harmony over a heart-pounding beat that leaves you ready to do battle with the deadliest foes. Yoko Shimomura's composing work is brilliant and this is just another note on the ever expanding list of fabulous work she has done.



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You know you're in for a bad time when you hear this glorious track. Honestly, I had a hard time settling on a song to pick from Undertale, as all the boss songs are just so great. They are all perfectly thematic for their respective boss along with the tone of the story at that particular point in the game. I decided to go with "Megalovania" for a couple reasons.

I feel as if this song really drives home my point about a boss song setting a mood that should make a player feel like something serious is about to happen. Additionally to my previous point, I feel as though this song is one of the best composed in the game, as well as being memorable for having appeared in Toby Fox's other work. It is simply overall just a great track, and the battle that goes with it is one of the most well coordinated and intense fights in Undertale.

These are just a fraction of the great selection of boss tunes out there to find in all the various RPGs available to us. Did I include your favorite game? Share some of your favorites in the comments.

Top 10 Cinematic RPG Introductions Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:52:55 -0400 Patrick Cottingham


1. Tales of Vesperia


The Tales series is a wildly successful RPG series developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment (formerly Namco). Tales of Vesperia is the tenth entry in the series and one of the most celebrated among them, even to this day. Released in 2008 for the Xbox 360 in both Japan and North America, it was later rereleased in 2009 on PlayStation 3 for Japan with exclusive content, characters, and additional story. Vesperia tells the story of Yuri Lowell, an ex-Imperial soldier who forms a guild called Brave Vesperia to aid a run away noble woman, Estelle. Together they travel the world challenging factions who seek to abuse a precious resource known as Blastia.


The game's theme song featured in the title sequence, Ring a Bell by Bonnie Pink, became one of her most successful singles, selling over 250,000 digital downloads in Japan alone and becoming Platinum certified by the RIAJ. The animation is done by famous anime stupid Production I.G. and was heavily influenced by cel-shaded animation.


Truthfully, there are a number of Tales games that could have made this list, but none of them are as well done as Vesperia. Bonnie Pink's musical talent lends itself perfectly to the visuals, which are so unbelievably well done that it's hard not to watch it several times just to admire all the little details sprinkled throughout. Right away we have an idea of the sort of magical and fantastic things our heroes will be going through on their journey. Estelle's scene in the field of flowers is beautiful. Watching each the characters participate in battle and showing off their skills, Yuri's confident smirk, the dark moments of Rita thinking to herself. It all comes together to give us a narrative that tells us we're in for something expansive and engaging. Watching the video while writing this article was enough to spark a desire to play the game. Here's hoping for a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One remastered edition!


YouTube video courtesy of Globsh


2. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth


A crossover RPG developed by Atlus, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth features gameplay and dungeon exploring elements from the popular series Etrian Odyssey and story and characters from the series Persona. Released for the Nintendo 3DS in 2014, it tells the story of an alternate dimension which has dragged the cast of both Persona 3 and Persona 4 into it. The motley crew sets out to determine who or what has brought them here, how they can escape their new otherworldy prison, and the origins of their new companions Rei and Zen.


Persona has a strange way of mixing familiar with the surreal in a spooky yet engaging way. The amazingly done animations of Persona Q's intro are colorful and engaging, showing off the entire cast of both Persona 3 and 4 in their highly stylized appearances exclusive to this entry in the series. We're shown hints at the mystery the gang has to unravel as well as the new characters they'll befriend in that time. The upbeat song, Maze of Life, has a rhythm and pace that can get you excited and really drills home the core values of Persona, that friendship and comradery will give you the strength to help you through the craziness of life. There's just enough here to wet your pallet and have you craving more before you dig into the treat that is Persona Q.


YouTube video courtesy of AtlusUSA


3. FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn


Final Fantasy XIV is a massively multiplayer online RPG developed by Square Enix and released in 2010 for Microsoft Windows. It was intended as a spiritual successor to Final Fantasy XI, however reception for the game was decidedly negative and many critics panned it for lack of depth, gameplay, and obsessive attention to graphical detail. This led to a premature closure of the service in 2012. However, from the ashes was born Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Under new management the game was taken in a new direction with a much bigger focus on gameplay, nostalgia, and story.


Released in 2013 for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 3, it was met with wide praise and acceptance. The story tells the tale of a Warrior of Light who assists the Scions of the Seventh Dawn in their efforts to stop the threat of Primals -- which are giant mythical godlike creatures -- and the Garlean Empire. The game has since gone on to release it's first major expansion, Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, and is expecting the announcement of another expansion soon.


The longest entry on the list tells the tale of a world in crisis and the heroes trying to save it. Once again, Square Enix gives us unbelievably detailed computer graphics to marvel over as we are treated to the hypnotizing audio of the song Answers, composed by series legend Nobuo Uematsu. We are treated to an all out battle that highlights both heroes and villains a like, giving a feel of tense fear and speculative hope as the dragon Bahamut descends to destroy the planet. The hopeful upbeat ending giving us a glimpse into the world the game will be taking place in. You really can see the attention to story and detail in this short movie, the wonder and adventure of a newly born world ready to be explored.


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4. Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland


The enhanced remake of Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland by Gust Co. Ltd. was released for PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3 in Japan in 2013 and in the west one year later in 2014. It features enhanced visuals, additional story elements, and cameos by characters in games that had come out as direct sequels to the original Atelier Rorona, such as the characters Meruru and Totori from their respective Atelier games. Following the story of a young alchemist apprentice, Rorona, you are tasked with clearing the debt of your masters atelier, an alchemy shop. With a combination of crafting and adventuring you set out complete the tasks set by the Crown before the rapidly approaching deadline. You must test your time management, adventuring, and social skills to succeed as an alchemist in the world of Arland.


Right away we're given a magical feeling thanks to the mystical sounds of the music and the various alchemical formulas and beaker. This sense of magic and scientic wonder continues through the entirety of Atelier Rorona's intro as we're treated to spectacularly animated visuals that show us not only the cast of the game but also give us a sense of what sort of world we're entering. You'll be itching to pick up the game and explore the mysteries of the atelier in a heartbeat.


YouTube video courtesy of KOEI TECMO EUROPE LTD.


5. Chrono Cross


Chrono Cross, developed by Square (now Square Enix), is a RPG released on the PlayStation console in 1999 in Japan and 2000 in North America. The sequel to Chrono Trigger, it follows the story of the teenage boy Serge and his journey between two parallel worlds. Faced with the reality where he died in childhood, he decides to seek out the answers for the other world's existence with the help of a thief named Kid and while being pursued by a dark villain named Lynx.


Another entry from Square Enix that takes full advantage of their skills at creating gorgeous computer generated visuals. Giving us a brief glimpse into the events of the game with clips from future cinematics in the story we have an opportunity to see what lies ahead of us. The sorrowful yet empowering melody of the song playing over the animation is punctual and it's hard not to keep your toes from tapping to the beat. We're also shown all the major players of the story, Serge, Kid, even the antagonist Lynx and his partner in crime Harle.


YouTube video courtesy of DestinStrider


6. Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix


Kingdom Hearts II, the second title in the popular action RPG series developed and published by Square Enix, released in 2005 for the PlayStation 2. Seeking to combine elements of Disney and Square Enix properties into a heartfelt kid-friendly adventure, Kingdom Hearts grew to become one of the most successful RPG franchises under Square Enix's lofty roof. Kingdom Hearts II is set one year after the events of previous games Kingdom Hearts and the companion game, Chain of Memories. It follows the story of Roxas and Sora, two boys who have an intertwined fate as they travel between worlds themed on various Disney and Square Enix properties to defeat the sinister Organization XIII.


Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix is the re-released international edition which was created to add additional features, content, and tie together loose ends of the story. Released in Japan in 2007 as Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+, which contained a copy of Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix as well as a copy of Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, a PlayStation 2 recreation of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories -- previously a GameBoy Advance game. Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix was released outside of Japan many years later in 2014 packaged as Kingdom Hearts HD II.5 ReMIX for PlayStation 3.


Introducing us to the game with an eerie yet heart warming tune and some heroic visuals is a great way to begin a game. Utada Hikaru's song, Sanctuary, is not only delivered beautifully but is also an empowering score that underlines the heroism of Sora in his quest to save his friends. The amazingly computer graphics visuals provide us a glimpse into the story that has unfolded in Kingdom Hearts thus far, as we're introduced to heroes and villains alike. You really get a feeling of friendship and struggle between Sora and his friends.


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7. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King


World of Warcraft has been a massive success in the Massively Multiplayer Online game market for more than a decade. The second major expansion of the game, Wrath of the Lich King, marked the end of the tale of Arthas Menethil, beloved Paladin of Warcraft III fame.


Releasing November 2008, Wrath of the Lich King was the high point of World of Warcraft's popularity. In the wake of the events of The Burning Crusade, the Scourge began a mass attack on the cities and towns of Azeroth. Forming a temporary truce, the Alliance and the Horde set out to Northrend to assault Icecrown Citadel, home of the aforementioned Arthas Menethil, now known as the Lich King.


In contrast to the previous entries we have a fully computer generated intro. Used as the trailer of the expansion during the days leading to its release it was also the prologue to the events. The narrative of Arthas' father, King Menethil is chilling and haunting, and the tale he tells is enough to break the heart of any fan of Warcraft III. The stunning reveal of Arthas' Scourge army and his frost wyrm are the cherry on top of this delicious feast for the eyes.


YouTube video courtesy of World of Warcraft.


8. Lunar Silver Star Story Complete


Our next entry was released originally in Japan as Lunar: Silver Star StoryLunar: Silver Star Story Complete is an RPG developed by Game Arts and Japan Art Media for Sega Saturn in 1996. A remake of the 1992 Sega/Mega-CD game Lunar: The Silver Star, it has been enhanced and ported a multitude of times. Eventually finding its way to the Sony PlayStation in 1998, it finally found its way to North America thanks to Working Designs one year later in 1999. 


The game follows the story of Alex, a young boy who is chosen as the heir of the title Dragonmaster, a guardian of the planet. He sets out to stop an evil sorcerer who was once a famed hero from taking over the world.


Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete received a sequel titled Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete. Beyond the sequel, Silver Star Story received two more remakes -- the first being Lunar Legend in 2002 for Game Boy Advance, which changes the game's story and removes several features from the game in order to fit into the very small 8-megabyte Game Boy Advance cart. The second, Lunar: Silver Star Harmony, was released in 2009 in Japan and 2010 in North America for PSP. It featured a revised and enhanced script, graphics, and new music.


The gorgeous voice of Jennifer Stigile is the most striking part of this intro. The lyrics really push the romantic and heroic adventure that you'll be participating in for the duration of this game's plot. Combined are these things with very crisp animated visuals and a look at a variety of whimsical and magical things we can expect from the game, such as dragons and magic. There's no doubt that you're in for a treat once you've laid eyes on this sequence.


YouTube video courtesy of Galaga Forever


9. Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice


Disgaea is a long running tactical RPG series by Nippon Ichi. The third entry into the series, Absence of Justice, released on PlayStation 3 in 2008 for Japan and North America and one year later in 2009 for Europe. The game takes place in a fictional school located in the Netherworld called, Evil Academy. It's a school where being bad is good and being good is bad, the biggest delinquents in school being those who show up for class on time and always do their homework. The player controls Mao, the son of the Netherworld's Overlord, who hatches a plot to dethrone his father by becoming a Super Hero.


Like Wild ARMs in the previous entry, Disgaea 3 has also received an enhanced remake. Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention -- also known as Disgaea 3 Return in Japan -- launched in 2011 for PlayStation Vita in Japan and 2012 for North America and Europe. It features enhanced gameplay, graphics, and the inclusion of all of Disgaea 3's paid DLC for free. In addition, it includes brand new story chapters focused on Mao's childhood friend, Raspberyl.


This intro feels like the kind of thing you'd see if Disgaea 3 were an anime, upbeat and silly visuals set to an over the top tune that romanticizes villainy and evil. This plays into the main character's nerdy mannerisms, the intro to his game feels like the opening sequence of what could be his favorite hero anime. Finally it also shows off a great deal of the cast and gives a general idea of what the world of Disgaea 3 is like.


YouTube video courtesy of OmegaBlades


10. Wild ARMs


Wild ARMs is a Japanese RPG developed by Media.Vision. It was originally released on the PlayStation in 1996 for Japan, 1997 in North America, and finally 1998 in Europe. It is a Western American-themed game that features 2D graphics for general gameplay and 3D rendered graphics for battle sequences. It follows the story of the Dream Chasers, who journey the world of Filgaia in search of fame and fortune. The player makes use of weapons known as Ancient Relic Machines (ARMs) which resemble firearms.


Wild ARMs received an enhanced remake titled Wild ARMs Alter Code: F which was released in 2003 for PlayStation 2 in Japan, and later in 2005 in North America. It featured enhanced graphics, an expanded script, remastered soundtrack, new characters, and new story and gameplay elements.


What makes this intro so great? The catchy whistled tune is perfect for emphasizing the western-american theme. The visuals are timeless as well with the classic 90s anime visuals that at the time really showed off the PlayStation's capabilities. Finally, it shows off a bit of setting as well, providing the player with a bit of wonder and mystery by showing them magic and danger in a neatly packaged two minute video.


YouTube video courtesy of Luna477


The title sequence, animated introduction, or what's sometimes called attract mode, is a long-standing feature of most RPGs. A flashy introduction sequence has the power to captivate and entice a player into trying a video game out. These intros usually take advantage of the highest quality visuals and animation the game can offer in an attempt to impress a player. Much like the opening sequence of your favorite anime or television sitcom, they show a variety of scenes and characters to give you a taste of what you can expect, often accompanied by the game's main theme song.


Within the RPG genre, which titles have some of the shiniest and most attractive title sequences? Here's my choices for Top 10 RPG Intros.

Persona Q 3DS Now Available Sun, 30 Nov 2014 07:32:27 -0500 TumsST

Fans of Persona Q will want to rush over to GameStop this holiday season. The video game specialty store is home to the limited-edition exclusive Nintendo 3DS system themed around Persona Q. For $200, you can get your hands on a new 3DS XL that's blue and pays homage to the game.

This will be the first time the Persona series comes to a Nintendo system, so what better way to celebrate the occasion than with a special 3DS themed around the game? This is a nice surprise for fans of the series, who didn't expect to get this system in North America.

The only issue is that the game itself needs to be downloaded separately, something Nintendo doesn't usually do. Usually Nintendo has the game that the system pertains to already on the system, or a code will come packaged in with the system. It looks like the Persona Q franchise already has a large enough following in the states that people will have already purchased the game to play on said system.

Final Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth English Trailers Released Thu, 06 Nov 2014 20:23:38 -0500 zoLo567

The final batch of English Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth trailers have released. The trailers feature Kanji and Rise from Persona 4, and Fuuka and Koromaru from Persona 3. Another video with an introduction to party forming released as well.

In Persona Q, players are able to form 5 person parties out of a pool of 20 characters from both Persona 3 and 4. Players choose their parties before delving into a labyrinth, and can only be switched after leaving the dungeon. Different parties have different tactics, and some combinations lead to special conversations.

Fuuka and Rise are special characters in that they fill the role of support navigator. In Persona Q, there are two support roles: one for battle and one for navigation. The battle navigator is able to use Leader Skills on the main character's turn, and provide abilities such as healing and exposing weaknesses. The Labyrinth navigator has passive support skills, such as higher spawn rates of rare monsters and lowering the encounter rate. You can check out the trailers below.

Here is the Party Formation video:

Here is the Kanji video:

Next is the Koromaru trailer:

Here is the Fuuka trailer:

And finally, the Rise trailer:

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth releases on November 25th in North America. The game releases in Europe on November 28th. You can check out a story trailer for Persona Q here. You can also check out more character trailers here.

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Receives New Story Trailer Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:28:37 -0400 Brian Spaen

A story trailer has been released for Nintendo's first installment of Persona on any of their hardware.

Click on the video above to watch the short trailer that explains what exactly Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth is about.

Essentially, Persona Q is a spinoff of the original Persona series. It has a mix of Persona 3 and Persona 4 characters. Both groups find themselves trapped inside Yasogami High School and eventually find a labyrinth underneath the school. Depending on who the player selects, they will use their characters to battle enemies and restore the memories of two new characters in the franchise.

Persona spreads into the Nintendo market

Persona Q is an old-school dungeon-crawler RPG that's already received much praise in Japan, where it was released earlier this summer. The game is being both developed and published by Atlus (NIS America for the PAL version) and will be exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS. This is the first time that a Nintendo console or handheld system has received a Persona game -- all the others have been Sony PlayStation hardware.

The game is scheduled to be released on November 25th in North America. Do you plan on picking up the game on Nintendo's handheld?

New Nintendo 3DS XL Designs Show Love For Smash Bros, Persona, and NES Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:30:10 -0400 WesleyG

Nintendo announced yesterday that it will be releasing three new designs for the 3DS XL. Each new design will be released at different times over the next couple of months.

Buckle up, it's time for a Showcase Showdown.

Super Smash Bros. 3DS

First up in our showcase is the Super Smash Bros. Edition Nintendo 3DS XL! This hot little number will be coming out in both fiery red and icy blue. This system will come out on Sept. 19th for the actual retail price of $199.99 dollars. Since the system will be coming out before the North American release of the game, it won't come bundled with a copy of Super Smash Brothers for the 3DS like its European counterpart.


Nintendo 3DS XL with NES design

Next up on the showdown is the retro-chic 3DS XL design based on the original NES controller! Be transported back into the bygone age of the gaming renaissance with this stunning recreation of the classic black/red/gray color palette. The actual retail price for this showcase is $199.99 dollars and will be released on Oct. 10th as a GameStop exclusive.

Persona Q 3DS

Ever feel like your 3DS XL doesn't look enough like a spellbook? Nintendo has you covered with this new GameStop exclusive design based off of the beloved Persona series! Now you too can possess your own Le Grimoire du Coeur (or "Grimoire Heart") on Nov. 25th if the price is right! That price, of course, being $199.99 dollars. Despite Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth being featured prominently on the box, the special edition 3DS XL will not come bundled with a copy of the game.

Please keep in mind that these new designs are not for the New Nintendo 3DS or New 3DS LL, which still does not have a North American release date as of this writing.

Check Out These Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth English Trailers Tue, 09 Sep 2014 19:18:12 -0400 zoLo567

We are inching closer and closer to the Western release of Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. The game has already launched in Japan, and will soon reach our shores. Until then, a set of English trailers have come out, helping sate us until the game's release.

The first trailer features the hero from Persona 4. Unlike in Persona 4, he has been given a voice actor. You can see the trailer below:

The second trailer is of another Persona 4 veteran and partner to Persona 4's hero, Yosuke Hanamura. Check out the trailer here:

The third trailer released is of swordswoman Mitsuru Kirijo. She is one of the main characters from Persona 3. You can see her below:

The final trailer is of the protagonist from Persona 3. Like the hero from Persona 4, he did not originally have a voice, but will be fully voiced in Persona Q. This is the first time that he is part of a mashup between the two games. You can see him below:

Persona Q is a mashup between Persona 3 and 4. It is not the first crossover in the franchise, Persona Arena served as a crossover, but it is the first to feature the protagonist from Persona 3. It is also the first Persona game to find its way onto a Nintendo system. Atlus announced Persona Q along with 3 other Persona titles, seen here.

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth releases in North America on November 25, and in Europe November 28.

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Will Reach North American Shores in November Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:34:54 -0400 zoLo567

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth is the latest in the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona series. A crossover title featuring characters from Persona 3 and 4, the game recently released in Japan. Today developer Atlus revealed the American release date for the title.

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth will reach North America on November 25 on the 3DS. In the game, players bring together characters from Persona 3 and Persona 4, and explore Etrian Odysssey-like dungeons. Unlike many other dungeon crawlers, players have to draw their own dungeon maps, all while exploring the game's world in first person and battling monsters. The player chooses to follow the protagonist from either Persona 3 or 4, with the story following that character's perspective. As with previous games, player choice will alter the game's story.

The game will ship with a standard edition, as well as a special "The Wild Cards" Collector's Edition. This edition will contain a set of Tarot cards from Persona 4, an art book, a 3DS XL case, and the game's soundtrack. A special Persona themed 3DS XL was released in Japan, but it is unknown if the system will make its way West.

Persona Q received an announcement for a North American release in February. Along with the title announcement of Shadow of the Labyrinth were three other Persona titles: Persona 5, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, and Persona 4: Dancing All Night. Persona Q will be the first game to release on the Nintendo 3DS, and a Nintendo system in general.

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth is definitely a title on my list of games for the remainder of this year. I love the Persona series, and I have had my eye on this title since I found out about it awhile back. I do not normally purchase the collector's edition of a game, but I may for this game. Persona Q will be the source of my Persona fix until Persona 5 releases in the West next year.

You can watch the opening sequence to the game below:

Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold Releases into Japanese Arcades Fri, 29 Nov 2013 10:18:33 -0500 Max Jay

After the announcement of the sequel to Persona 4: Arena a few days ago, Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold was released into Japanese arcades.

The title will eventually migrate to the PS3, but in the meantime it looks as though this will have to sate us.

Destructoid says the arcade was released alongside the opening cinematic for the game, which teases some story elements and gameplay.

It looks like we American consumers will have to wait until the release of the full title to delve deeper into the bizarre world of Persona. In the meantime, you can check out the reveal article for Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Holdas well as the reveal for Persona 5Persona 4: Dancing All Night, and Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth.

Sound off in the comments down below and let me know how bummed out you are that arcades are a thing of the past, and we have to wait for localization before getting our hands on what promises to be a competent and entertaining fighter.

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Announced for 3DS Sun, 24 Nov 2013 16:50:28 -0500 Max Jay

Atlus announced the first Persona 3DS game will be coming soon.

The new game, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, will be the first persona game to be on a Nintendo platform and will star the "chibified" cast of Persona 3 and Persona 4.

Few details were revealed on the game (of the few, none in English) but it has gotten a solid release date of June 5, 2014 in Japan. There was no mention of a Western release, but it is likely more information on that will come in the near future.

Atlus also announced three other Persona related games; Persona 5, Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold and Persona 4: Dancing All Night. so keep checking back to GameSkinny for all of the information you could ever need on those.

Sound off in the comments down below and let me know how you feel about the "cuteing-up" of the usually very dark atmosphere of the Persona games.

Persona Themed Rhythm Game, Persona 4: Dancing All Night, Announced Sun, 24 Nov 2013 16:41:26 -0500 Max Jay

Along with several other games, Atlus announced a new Persona rhythm game coming to the PlayStation Vita.

Persona: Dancing All Night is set to feature characters from Persona 4 and will take place in some form during the events of that game.

Atlus also released a small trailer with the game, and I have to say it looks awfully bizarre. The game is expected to release in Autumn 2014 in Japan, but there was no mention of a western release date.

Atlus also announced three other Persona related games; Persona 5, Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold and Persona Q so keep checking back to GameSkinny for all of the information you could ever need on those.

Sound off in the comments down below and let me know if you have any desire to play a Persona 4-themed rhythm game.

Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold Coming to PS3 Sun, 24 Nov 2013 16:33:48 -0500 Max Jay

During a Persona event, Atlus announced a sequel to the surprise hit fighting game, Persona 4: Arena; and let me tell you - the title is a doosey.

Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold will release in Japan sometime in 2014. No U.S. or western release date was mentioned, but given the success of the Persona series in the west, there is a good chance we'll hear about it sooner or later.

Atlus did release a short trailer, complete with bits and pieces of gameplay, but seeing as I neither speak, nor read Japanese, I'm not entirely sure of what legitimate information is being revealed about the story. Suffice to say it will take place in the Persona 4 timeline.

Atlus also announced three other Persona related games; Persona 5, Persona 4: Dancing All Night and Persona Q, so keep checking back to GameSkinny for all of the information you could ever need on those.

Sound off in the comments down below and let me know if you're excited to step back into the Persona 4 universe with the most ludicrous title in all of gaming.

Atlus Announces Persona 5 Sun, 24 Nov 2013 16:25:43 -0500 Max Jay

Atlus has announced the next installment in the phenomenally loved Persona series - aptly titled Persona 5.

Only a minute long teaser trailer was released, depicting 5 chairs with chains on them. Over the image text reads:

You are slave. Want emancipation?

Poor grammar aside, this will surely launch the Internet into rabid investigation to gleam legitimate facts from the otherwise bare trailer.

Persona 5 is set to release in Japan during winter 2014. There was no mention of a western release, but it's a near certainty given the loyal fanbase in the west.

Atlus also announced three other Persona related games; Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex HoldPersona 4: Dancing All Night and Persona Q so keep checking back to GameSkinny for all of the information you could ever need on those.

Sound off in the comments down below and let me know to what you think the chained-chairs could be referring. I can confidently say that I can't wait to emancipate.

Persona 5 Announced with 3 Other New Persona Games Sun, 24 Nov 2013 08:14:55 -0500 Ryan Kerns

Happy Persona day everyone! After a series of annoying countdown clocks and teaser sites, Atlus finally revealed what they were working on live across various events in Japan. It seems after Sega purchased Atlus, they've decided to put their most popular franchise to work.

The first game announced is Persona Q: Shadow of the Labrynth, which is an all new Persona RPG for Nintendo 3DS. The game features chibi versions of the Persona 3 and 4 cast along with a new storyline and a new villain. The release date given was 6/5/2014.

The second announcement was a game we knew existed, the arcade port of Persona 4 Arena called Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold. Besides revealing a few tidbits about the new character named Minazuki who cannot use a Persona regularly and the return of Adachi... an arcade release date of 11/28 was given. They also revealed the game will be coming to PlayStation 3 in 2014.

Announcement three was a game I'm sure nobody saw coming. P4D or Persona 4 Dancing All Night is a P4 based dancing game for Sony Vita. The game is being developed by Dingo and features Yu and Rise as well as a new idol named Kanamin. That game has an Autun 2014 release date.

Of course the big payoff was the announcement of Persona 5! (finally!) Very few details were given except for a teaser image and that its coming to PlayStation 3 in 2014.

I made an archive video of the stream that you can view below... it has a lot of additional features and info about the games: