The more I hear about Persona 4 Arena, the more I manage to stay excited. This week, we got some screen shots of the user interface in the game, and things are shaping up quite nicely. However, we can glean a bit more information than you might think you’d be able to from just a couple of screen shots. Check out the gallery below as I go over each of the pictures and discern some small features that can make a world of difference.
For starters, take a look at the second picture. This may not seem like much of a big deal to most players, but Persona 4 Arena gives you the option to reconfigure your button inputs by simply pressing a button as opposed to scrolling through a menu to match a command to a button. In a tournament environment, this makes the entire process of players setting their buttons extremely streamlined, saving time for everyone involved. Like I said, this may not seem like the most drastic and eye-opening change that players have been looking for, but attention to detail is always something I can admire.
Another feature that sticks out as being nice for the tournament or competitive crowd is the ability to change which side a player is on regardless of whether or not the console considers them the first player or not. Similar to my point on the control configuration, this is something incredibly minor, but it’s a nice added touch. Considering how fighting games have gotten increasingly popular over the past few years and that many players own special arcade stick controllers specifically for games in the genre, the process of swapping out controllers on modern consoles can make the process of knowing which side players will end up on a bit confusing.
Some of the other pictures might not show that much as far as new details go, but you certainly can’t deny the fact that Persona 4 Arena is looking good. I’m eager to get my hands on a copy of Atlus and Arc System Works‘ latest when the game comes out on August 8th of this year.