Persona 5 Dancing in Starlight is the latest game in the popular Persona series. This one isn’t a mainline game but a spin-off. Unfortunately, Persona 5 Dancing in Starlight is probably the most disappointing Persona spin-off to date. 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 5 Dancing in Starlight honestly does nothing for me. Atlus barraged us with three dancing games on December 4th (If you include the Dancing all Night PlayStation 4 Port) and Persona 5 Dancing in Moonlight is by far the weakest of the bunch. It’s a shame this game released like this, but I guess you can’t pump out smash hits after another. 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. 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
Dancing in Starlight
The most disappointing thing about this game is its remixed soundtrack and just how cheap it all sounds. Compared to Persona 4 Dancing All Night and Persona 3 Dancing in Moonlight this has the weakest soundtrack and music in general of the bunch. When I played through this game, I felt that Atlus put in more effort with Persona 3 in the music department. Persona games usually have fantastic soundtracks, and honestly, I cannot think of a single Persona game with a poor soundtrack — not a single one. So this game is a first, and it’s a shame that this spin-off had to ruin that status because the music in this game is definitely not good.
The main reason why I was interested in these Dancing games was for the music. Rhythm games are the one genre of video games where music is the most important, and if the music isn’t good in a rhythm game, then that’s a huge blunder in my opinion. It’s not like the gameplay in this game is brilliant or top tier or anything. It’s not that great for a Rhythm game, and this isn’t an exclusive problem to Persona 5 Dancing in Starlight. Both Persona 3 Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 4 Dancing All Night have this problem too, but at least those games have good remixes going for them. Something Persona 5 Dancing in Starlight lacks.
Dancing in Moonlight
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”.
Endless Night = Definitive Edition
The Endless Night collection is basically what this mess should have been. Persona 3 and 5 shouldn’t have been separated and this is why the Endless Night is the definitive edition. The Endless Night collection is a $100 collection that should have been $60. In this collection, you’ll get both Persona 5 Dancing in Starlight and Persona 3 Dancing in Moonlight. You’ll also get the pre-order characters like Akechi and Shinjiro. The best thing about this collection is the inclusion of a PlayStation 4 version of Persona 4 Dancing All Night.
Overall I wouldn’t recommend getting any of the dancing games and that includes Persona 4 Dancing all Night even though it is the best of the bunch. This Endless Night Collection can’t save the mediocrity that is these dancing games. Yes, the content is more but instead of getting one mediocre game (Persona 3 Dancing or Persona 4 Dancing, though Persona 4 Dancing is a little bit more than mediocre) or one bad game (Persona 5 Dancing) we are getting 2 mediocre games and one bad game in a collection.
If you are looking for a good Rhythm game then I recommend you look elsewhere. I don’t recommend any of these games really and if you had to play one of them then maybe check out Persona 4 Dancing All Night.