Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
Published by: Sega
Developed by: Atlus
Import Price: $69.99
Say what you will about the Persona series, but Atlus has been doing a whole lot of experimenting over the past few years. We’ve seen everything from fighting games, to anime series/films, and now 1st person dungeon crawlers and rhythm games. It feels like they’re trying out every single genre of video game in an attempt to see what sticks and what doesn’t. Some folks aren’t super happy about that, but I don’t necessarily think this is a bad thing when you consider their output over the past few years.
Despite being a relatively tiny Japanese studio, Atlus released the giant (and fantastic) Shin Megami Tensei IV, multiple Etrian Odyssey games, completely re-tooled Persona 4, and co-developed Persona 4 Arena. All things considered, this is a pretty damn solid line up that doesn’t even include the western titles they’ve published.
It’d be easy to pass Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth off as a cash in to raise P3/4 awareness and maybe even reinvigorate the Etrian Odyssey series. At first glance, you could be forgiven for thinking it’s just an EO game with a shiny new paint job. The fortunate reality is that Persona Q is a game that’s had a whole lot of love poured into it from both the EO and Persona sides, making for an experience unlike either.