Persona 3 Dancing in Moonlight is the latest game in the popular Persona series. This one isn’t a mainline game but a spin-off. Unfortunately, Persona 3 Dancing in Moonlight is one of the weaker Persona titles, and it’s a shame Persona 3 had to be brought back like this Atlus usually pump out great Persona spin-off games that are met with excitement and are fun to play until the next big hitter arrive. We saw this with both Persona Q and Persona 4 Arena. Both great games to hold us over until the eventual release of Persona 5. Persona 3 Dancing in Moonlight isn’t as disappointing as Persona 5 Dancing in Starlight, but there is still significant room for improvement. Atlus barraged us with three dancing games on December 4th (If you include the Dancing all Night PlayStation 4 Port) and Persona 3 Dancing in Moonlight is a stronger game than Persona 5 Dancing in Starlight but weaker than Persona 4 Dancing All Night. It’s a shame this game released like this, but I guess you can’t pump out smash hits after another.
Gorgeous Visuals And Some Nicely Remixed Tracks
Persona 3 Dancing in Moonlight is a beautiful game, and it really sets things in place for grand Persona 3 remake. I would really like Atlus to remake Persona 3 using the assets from this game, and it’s nice that we can finally see the Persona 3 gang in high definition. Truly something revolutionary in my opinion and if Atlus knows what is right, they would kindly remake Persona 3. It would be spectacular.
The remixed tracks in this game are pretty good, and they are significantly better than the ones we got in Persona 5 Dancing in Starlight. I really felt Atlus put in a bit more effort into Persona 3 Dancing in Moonlight compared to Persona 5 Dancing in Starlight. When it comes down to it though other than Persona 3 having the better music both of these dancing games share the same problems.
All three of the Persona dancing games have very simplistic gameplay and do absolutely nothing to push this genre forward. I’ve played my fair share of rhythm games, and when I was playing through these games, I was like “I’ve seen that, and I’ve done that” it also does not help that both Persona 5 and 3 Dancing played very similarly to Persona 4 Dancing all night. It’s almost like Atlus didn’t put more thought into evolving the gameplay in this new pair of dancing games.
The gameplay isn’t bad, but it’s incredibly mediocre. Sure you’ll get a bit of fun from it for a while and some of the tracks can be very tricky but not impossibly hard, but I personally found it became extremely repetitive and boring after a few hours and it doesn’t help that both Persona 5 and 3 Dancing are severely lacking in content and music.
Overall these Dancing games remind me of ham and cheese sandwiches. It doesn’t taste bad, but it’s uninteresting and “safe”.
A Significant Lack of Content
To be honest, I cannot believe Atlus €53 charged for these games. It would have been fine if it was for both games but charging €53 for one of these games is shocking and just disappointing. If you want to experience both games, you must pay €88. Luckily I bought the Endless Night edition for less than that but charging that much for games with very little content is very below the usual Atlus standard and it’s a massive disappointment in general.
Both of these games only have about 25 tracks each. And if it’s Persona 5 Dancing in Starlight, then most of these tracks are appaling. It’s also really disappointing that these games individually have less content than Persona 4 Dancing All Night and fewer tracks.
There is a very limited story mode in both 3 and 5. Yes, Persona 4 Dancing All Night rocked its awful story mode, but it at least had a full complete story. Something both of these new dancing games lack. Persona 3 Dancing in Moonlight is a mediocre game at best, and it could have been something more.