Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight Review

Alyscia Lee-Ann Patton, Reporter

Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight is a Japanese rhythm game released by Atlus. It comes from the game Persona 5. It was released on May 24, 2018, and was made for Playstation 4. It takes place in the protagonist’s mind, in a dream, with all of his friends having the same dream. The pair of twins who had brought him there competed with their older sister and made Ren, the protagonist, the one who had to compete. The whole game is the characters dancing, while the player is hitting the rhyme on the beat. 

I can admit if the player hasn’t played Persona 5 or Persona 5 Royal, they won’t understand much of what the characters are saying. A lot of the game is after events that happened in the other two games, and it might leave the player lost, especially on social events. There’s a lot of social events with ‘inside joke’ type dialogues that refer to the previous games. Though, the player would not have to play the other game to enjoy this one.

My favorite part of this game was getting to watch my favorite characters dancing. It made me laugh, as well as feel better if I was upset or stressed. I also really liked listening to the songs. It has my favorite songs from Persona 5 Royal! The other day when I was playing, I played the same song about 6-7 times in a row! The costumes the characters get to wear are also really cool! The costumes differentiate based on the character. There are different versions of each costume for each character. One set is the ‘Phantom Thief’ set. Each of their thief forms is different, such as Yusuke having a fox mask and Futaba having a set of goggles. 

I really liked the different social events too! As the player plays through more songs and uses more accessories and outfits, they unlock social events. These social events give the player more things to choose from whether that be outfits or game settings. During these events, the player can meet and talk with each of the other characters and spend time getting to know them. There are 8 social events for each character, besides the protagonist. In order to finish the game, the player will have to view all of Caroline and Justine’s socials. After that, they should unlock a new song to play. 

There’s also a ton of DLC packs, and not just from the Persona 5 series. You can buy songs that are from Persona 3 and 4 to play in this game, and whatever I bought went to both Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight and Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight. An example would be ‘Will Power’. This pack was about $5 and it came with the song, the character Goro Akechi, and a few of his outfits. There are also voice lines that make him able to communicate with different characters while I play different songs. It was unexpected though, so when I heard him for the first time I messed up. 

This is one of my absolute favorite games! I play it almost every opportunity I get when I’m not busy with other things. I definitely recommend it.