Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth Review


June 22, 2019

CrispySinger

The cast from various Persona games make their return in Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth. I’ve only recently gotten into the Persona franchise with number 5, but I myself have turned out to be quite a big fan of it and that only helped get me hyped up for the latest installment on the Nintendo 3DS. Saying that, just because I had played Persona 5 prior to this, did not mean I was ready for this game. More so in regards to the difference in gameplay mechanics and formula. Which I’ll admit did initially throw me off, but shortly after I found myself really engaged with it and really enjoying it.

The game can be quite difficult, so if you want to ease yourself into it, I’d recommend playing it on the easier difficulty the first time round, saying that, if you chose to go wild there are five difficulty settings for you to dive into, especially if you’re looking for a real challenge that will punish you for even the slightest mistake. As that shift may not sit well with you if this is your first time playing a game like this, fortunately I have been playing Zanki Zero as well as of recent so I was somewhat warmed up to it so to speak. As I previously stated, the variety of characters throughout the series that star in this game was quite interesting and really has me wanting to try and get a hold of the earlier installments of the franchise to dig deeper into these characters.

 

Story aside, one of the games strongest points is the amount of content it offers. Easily spanning upto and over 40 hours worth of gameplay, depending how much you want to get out of it. I have not played the game prior to this one, nor other mainline entries other than 5 as I had previously stated but I could feel that there was a lot of fanservice going on here by the mix of characters from throughout a few of the mainline entries and that is something I can respect… it always feels good when the developers go above and beyond to create something special for their fans.

The gameplay and combat is solid, the overall story was excellent, and similar to Persona 5, I was hooked within a relatively short time, which not many games have been doing for me recently, other than “A Plagues Tale“. There was a solid variety of unique “Dungeons” littered with an abundance of hazzards, puzzles and enemies to tackle. “Dungeons” are where you will spend a lot of your time of the game in. As previously stated, the gameplay is quite different to other mainline Persona games, but if you have played games like Zanki Zero, Etrian Odyssey and Shin Megami Tensei, then you’ll be familiar with some aspects of this game. It’s been quite some time since I showed my 3DS any love, the last game on the system that left a real good impression with me was Tales of the Abyss. So I am quite glad that I got to wrap things up on the system with Persona Q2, which very well may be one of the last 3DS games to come out, unless Nintendo have any other gems up their sleeve.

Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth | Launch Trailer

The Verdict

"Take Their Heart"

The Story - 8

The Gameplay - 9

The Experience - 8

The Presentation - 8

The Sound - 8

The Value For Money - 9

I Give This Game A

8 / 10

With solid RPGs and in general, new and engaging games becoming more scarce on the Nintendo 3DS, Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth was welcomed with open arms and I took every opportunity to sink as much time as I could into it. If you’re looking for a solid story, hours of engaging, juicy RPG gameplay, then this is for you.

About CrispySinger

A Gamer who loves pretty much all genres of Games! (More so RPG, FPS, Survival Horror, Action Adventure etc.) Known to collect “Retro Games and Consoles” and also for being guilty of having an ever expanding back log of games. To get to know him better and see what he’s been up to, catch him online via his Gaming Accounts… You know what to do!

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