Published on June 14th, 2012 | by Davis Fan0
[Video Spotlight] Teddie and Pals Teach Us Persona 4 Arena
I’m usually not one for tutorial videos of fighting games. Don’t get me wrong; I’m all for players watching them because it spares me the trouble of explaining how to do a simple fireball. However, having played competitive fighting games since the days of Capcom vs. SNK 2, I guess it’s my ego speaking when I scroll past videos that explain game mechanics to me. But after watching Atlus’s tutorial videos for the upcoming Persona 4 Arena, I had a change of heart.
Perhaps it was out of boredom or the sheer hype I have for the game, but I opened up the videos. I was impressed to say the least. Every aspect of these videos are so well crafted. While I also applauded Aksys Games for their own tutorial videos of BlazBlue, these tutorial videos outshine them on presentation alone. The on screen buttons are a great help to anyone who wants to get a grasp on how the game will feel, whether it’s easy button combinations like A+B or the more awkward combinations like A+C+D. On top of that, they’re simply fun to watch whether if I was an expert on the game or not; who couldn’t enjoy Teddie’s voice as he’s explaining a fighting game?
With every new fighting game comes a slew of new systems that players must learn. Though I’ve played everything that Arc System Works has put out since the Guilty Gear X, this game’s tutorial still managed to surprise me with the new ailments and maneuvers that simply left my jaw dropped. There’s just so much more to learn in this game that nobody should skip past this video if they plan on playing the title, competitively or casually.
It would be a mistake to skip past this video and onto the match videos, even for veteran gamers. There’s simply so much to be learned here and Atlus has done a great job presenting it in a manner that is both accessible and entertaining. Also, this is kind of a cheat, but both part one and two of this series are being spotlighted on this week, because they’re both so informative and essential.