Persona 4: Dancing All Night is a pretty huge game. 26 songs may not seem like a huge tracklist, but a Story Mode that will take at least 10 hours to complete and a lot of extra difficulty levels, costumes, and accessories help keep someone coming back. Especially since some items can’t even be bought right away, even if you have earned enough in-game money.
Costumes and accessories are a draw, because who doesn’t want to see Yu, Yosuke, Chie, Yukiko, Kanji, Rise, Naoto, Teddie, Nanako, and Kanamin in different outfits? In many cases, money and time are the answer. Initial outfits, like the Yaso High Jersey, Winter Clothes, and Summer Yaso Outfits will be available immediately, but other outfits will require specific outfits to be purchased. Sometimes, a certain number of outfits will have to be cleared, Story Mode beaten, or a set number of tracks cleared in Free Mode.
Extra accessories are obtained in a similar matter. Everything starts with purchases of Bear-Made glasses, with things like headphones and Tanaka Masks unlocked along the way. Spending P$300,000 seems impossible at first, but it will happen. Trust me.
But costumes and accessories aren’t the only Persona 4: Dancing All Night items to unlock. There’s a lot to earn in this dancing game, and only the most dedicated members of the Investigation Team are going to get absolutely everything.
For example, Kanamin, Nanako, and Margaret are unlockable. The first two and their various costumes are acquired by completing Story Mode. Margaret is a little more difficult, as you need to need to complete Story Mode, then give Tanaka P$10,000 for the Spiral Broach under Items. Once this is purchased, “Electronic in Velvet Room” becomes available in Free Dance. This also unlocks the Velvet Room outfits for other characters for P$15,000
There are also special items and another All Night difficulty level to grab. There are an assortment of ways to unlock items. Some are immediately available. Others, like the Tatsuhime Charm, require someone to clear 3 tracks in Free Dance on Hard or higher. There are also books that alter the game settings that unlock. For example, the first available is Life Reversals, which makes the notes move in an alternate direction. This boosts the score, but also makes a track more challenging. New books only unlock after clearing songs with other Game Settings. To get All Night, you must have unlocked and purchased every item.
Then, there’s the bonus chapter. I don’t want to get into spoiler territory, so here’s a hint for everyone picking up Persona 4: Dancing All Night. Beat the Story Mode and beat every Free Mode song once.
Persona 4: Dancing All Night is coming to the PlayStation Vita on September 29, 2015.