Havent played an ArcSys game since Guilty Gear X2. I was a bit worried going in to the purchase - the game seemed to have a comparatively smaller cast, I wasnt sure about the size of the playerbase, and the graphics in videos gave me the impression that $60 seemed to be a bit high price for this game.
I have to say I’m loving the game. Funny that I was worried about the price, because this feels like the most complete fighting game I’ve purchased in awhile and was most definitely worth the money. No broken features, matchmaking works great the first try without those annoying retries, network performance is great. I never played the Persona games but the story mode actually gave me a good impression of who the characters were and had a pretty decent story. Has a replay feature, and other cool features that Capcom games I’ve played as of recent did not have (such as a separate ranked rating for different characters, which I thought was pretty cool).
But most importantly, the gameplay feels great. I haven’t been quite able to figure out if it’s the balance or the controls, but “something” is making it feel really good and result in a lot of great matchups. As uncomfortable as I am being so new to these controls (since I’m used to playing Capcom games… the hitstuns different, pacings different, combos are different, setups are different, recoveries… etc) I can actually hang pretty good with higher ranked players. Of course they win more than I do, but it’s a lot of fun close matches. And I’ve found matches with newer players could be pretty fun too. As long as they can get about 2/3 through the challenges for their character they could be pretty competitive.
The controls are simplified enough that anyone can pick it up easy, but the effects each characters attacks have make them unique and deceptively deep. As I said I don’t know if this is a result of the controls or the balance (I’m sure a bit of both) but it’s feeling great.
Having a good feeling about the future of this game so far, hope things stay positive for it and people get behind it more as time goes on, similar to KoF recently.