Persona Dancing in Moonlight, Starlight Song Lists Can Be Filled Out…For a Small Fee

Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight are competent rhythm games, but they’re a bit lacking when it comes to the amount of game that’s actually available. This was more or less the conclusion reached after spending time with both titles. They run well, offer some goodies for die-hard fans of Persona 3 and Persona 5, are fun, but there just aren’t all that many songs to enjoy when it comes down to it. Each game has about 25 songs, plus one more for those who pre-ordered or bought it at launch and that’s it. There’s a decent amount of music if they’re treated as a set, but one can’t really do that when that set is $100. Of course with modern gaming being what it is, there’s also the option of simply buying more.

It turns out that both Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight have a set of three season passes available for purchase: the Costume Season Pass, the Accessory Season Pass and the Song Season Pass. The Costume and Accessory passes are specific to each game and cost $20 each; it’s a steep price for cosmetics, but neither game is hurting for those and every piece can be bought individually if one so chooses. The Song Season Pass is another story. This pass is $25 and adds another twenty songs to whichever game one has; it’ll even add them to both games for those who chose to get both. It might sound like a good deal, but remember that both of these games are sixty dollars and the collector’s set is $100. So even if one were to shell out full price to get both games, they still would have to pay another $25 to have more content than the average Guitar Hero or Rock Band Game.

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Persona 4: Dancing All Night had a similarly small sound track back when it launched, but that was augmented by an original story featuring the Persona 4 crew. Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight don’t have this feature. There’s nothing to support the sparse track list beyond a handful of brief and unrelated conversations. They’re enjoyable conversations to be sure, but not enough to replace an actual story mode. Yet both games are still sixty dollars and have what feels like the remainder of their soundtracks gated behind a not-insignificant paywall.

In our reviews it was recommended that those who aren’t already massive fans of the Persona games wait until these games see some sort of price drop before buying them, and that recommendation is further strengthened by this song season pass. These games are quite fun to play, but the value just isn’t there. Wait a month or two, pick them for thirty or forty dollars and then grab the DLC. It’s the best way to get a full sixty dollars-worth of value out of these games.

Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight are available on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.