Alana Hagues
E3 2018: Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight Hands-On
Express your feelings with dance moves, just like me!
06.15.18 - 8:50 PM

At Atlus' booth during E3, Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight were the centre of attention. Crowds of fans gathered around to get their boogie on to their favourite trip-hop or acid jazz tunes, depending on your favourite game. Both entries retain the look, feel and gameplay of the first rhythm spin-off, Persona 4: Dancing All Night. If you were a fan of that game, you might want to check these two out.

Persona 3 Dancing in Moonlight Screenshot

There are very few differences between the two new releases, but one thing that is absent from these is the removal of story mode. Instead, a new mode has been added where players can get closer to the casts from each corresponding Persona game. You can then assign a partner for each song, and depending on their feelings, they will change their choreography for you.

We got a chance to try out both demos: Moonlight and Starlight. The core gameplay is identical to the original Dancing All Night, with commands locked to up, left, down, triangle, circle and square. Each song has three difficulties which reward veterans with a decent challenge. You can also use the analogue stick to scratch when a blue light spreads across the screen. The controls were a little bit finicky, but with a little bit of practice it's easy to see why people fell in love with the Persona 4 iteration. Mass Destruction — with both the Persona 3 FES and P3P versions back to back — was fast-paced and frantic, whereas P5's Last Surprise was much more rhythmic and easy to follow. And all the time, your favourite Persona characters are flexing their dance moves in the background, for your viewing pleasure! Just make sure you don't get distracted.

Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night Screenshot

The popularity of these games is down to their killer music, and I can't wait to hear more of the remixes from the game. With the removal of story mode, I have to wonder if there will be enough content to keep players satisfied, but if you're a fan of the series or love rhythm games, this is something worth taking a look at. Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight are out in the West in 2019 on PS4 and Vita, so you've got until then to brush up or your moves.