Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
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  1. 100
    Atlus has proven that Persona 4 DAN was not a one off, and while SEGA and Atlus seem to have lost the Hatsune Miku license recently, it is clearly not because the company has lost the ability to produce a sublime example of the rhythm game genre.
  2. Nov 27, 2018
    90
    Dancing In Moonlight is particularly special because of the strong remixes and remasters of familiar songs, recreations of places we've been, and reimagination of characters we've long known. You may find the overall premise a little strange, but if you let loose--just as the SEES crew has done--you'll find a brilliant rhythm game weaved into an amazing, evocative soundtrack.
  3. Dec 3, 2018
    80
    Those who simply love music rhythm games and haven’t got much experience with the Persona series, though, should probably just dip their toes in with Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight to test the water. And maybe wait for it to go on sale before they do so. Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight are both very good, but they don’t quite feel like they’re worth their asking price.
  4. Dec 3, 2018
    80
    At their core, both are solid, fun rhythm action games with kickass soundtracks that you can have a great time with, regardless of character knowledge, and despite the games being exact copies of each other. If you like the genre and have that itch, then get on your dancing shoes and enter the Velvet Room. The stage awaits.
  5. Nov 27, 2018
    80
    Based on the lore of Persona, the gameplay is intuitive and its difficulty will meet all kinds of players' skill.
  6. Nov 27, 2018
    80
    Dancing in Moonlight uses twelve years of songs to bring the Persona 3 cast the musical tribute they deserve.
  7. Nov 27, 2018
    80
    For Persona 3, it’s touching to see these characters, the wonderful music, and their original voice actors return after so long for one more group outing.
  8. Nov 27, 2018
    80
    While I still don’t know that the world needs dancing games based off of the Persona series, it’s obvious that Atlus could do way worse than Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight. Both games show clear effort in terms of visuals and animations, and if there’s any RPG franchise with soundtracks you’d want to groove to, it’s Persona.
  9. Nov 27, 2018
    80
    Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight has some of the best music on the PS4, and mastering its beats is immensely rewarding. It's a top tier rhythm game that's sure to strike a chord with fans of the PS2 classic, but more than anything, it's made us realise just how desperate we are for a Persona 3 remake or remaster.
  10. Dec 4, 2018
    75
    Despite the gameplay not being the best, the game is charming enough with its music and music videos to still be a fun time.
  11. Nov 27, 2018
    75
    It’s a question I’m still struggling with. I liked playing Dancing in Moonlight. I unlocked everything in the game and earned a platinum trophy. I liked seeing these characters and hearing their voices again; it felt like hanging out with old friends. Like most human beings, I appreciate it when a low-key thing I enjoy specifically panders to me. It feels great to be seen. When I finished playing Dancing in Moonlight, however, I suspect it only exists to take my money.
  12. Nov 27, 2018
    75
    Dancing in Moonlight is fun and addictive, and a great choice if you like rhythm-based games, although, obviously, Persona fans will find it more appealing.
  13. Nov 29, 2018
    70
    Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night had everything to be a great game, but sadly weird decision made by Atlus such as the lack of a proper solo mode, the addition of a lot of non-remixed tracks hurt the overall experience. Why tone down on the "Electro/Dancing" feeling that the first instalment had? That's a shame since the few remixes left are actually pretty good. Still a nice experience, but not as fullfiling as the first game.
  14. 70
    Persona 3 Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5 Dancing in Starlight are fantastic ways to explore their respective soundtracks from a new perspective. However, they lack the glue that a story mode brought to the previous game in the series that could have made it feel like a cohesive whole rather than a broad but disparate list of songs and customisations.
  15. Nov 27, 2018
    70
    If you're aching to go dancing with your favorite Persona characters, Persona 4: Dancing All Night remains the best choice for now. If you want to listen to Persona 3 or Persona 5 songs instead, opt to borrow these games if possible instead of investing in them for now.
  16. Nov 27, 2018
    70
    In the end, though, it’s the gameplay and music that’s king here, and both together make for a very enjoyable experience. It’s not worth the for $60 price tag for non-Persona 3 fans, but is worth trying after a price drop.
  17. Nov 27, 2018
    70
    Hardcore Persona fans are probably going to be let down that the story and character screen time takes a backseat in this one, but you’ll take whatever Persona you can get when you’re obsessed with the series like I am. The gameplay is still solid, and while the track list is a slight downgrade, it’s still decent enough, and enjoyable.
  18. Nov 27, 2018
    70
    Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight delivers upon expectations without quite surpassing them. It's a very welcome return for a great cast of characters with a fun, colourful, challenging rhythm-action game wrapped around their weird and entertaining universe. Though the price of entry is undeniably high, there is definitely a party happening in the Velvet Room, and few Persona fans in attendance will find themselves leaving disappointed.
  19. Nov 27, 2018
    70
    Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight is a fun rhythm game that could've been so much more but still manages to be well worth it for Persona 3 fans with some excellent music.
  20. Nov 27, 2018
    70
    If you’re eager to catch up with the cast or music of Persona 3, Dancing in Moonlight is worth a few excursions into the Dark Hour.
  21. Nov 27, 2018
    70
    Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight might not have the largest tracklist in the genre, but the remixed tunes and challenging gameplay ring true. Those that don’t mind a package that is a little on the light side will enjoy mastering its unique playlist.
  22. Nov 29, 2018
    63
    Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight and Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight could be two simple yet funny rhythm games, but they are held back by a severe lack of content.
  23. Nov 28, 2018
    60
    If you're looking for a Persona spin-off, Persona Q is a much better use of your time and money. Meanwhile, if you're looking for a rhythm game first and foremost, there are much better options for you to pursue. Persona 3 and 5 Dancing aren't bad, but in today's rhythm games climate - they needed to offer a lot more to stand out from the crowd.
  24. Nov 27, 2018
    60
    If you miss your S.E.E.S. pals or Phantom Thieves buddies, then look no further than the boogie bliss of Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight. While it's a rhythm game still best suited for portable, if you're a fan of the Persona soundtracks, it's a sweet way to enjoy its excellent music all over again. Though without a story mode unlike its predecessor and a so-so rhythm game still at its core, both games end up feeling a little lesser, reserving these entries for only the most dedicated and eager of fans.
  25. Nov 27, 2018
    60
    Taking time out from fighting shadows or stealing hearts, Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight give you a fun way to hang out with your favourite SEES members or Phantom Thieves, while the series' iconic music has lost none of its resonance.
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  1. Dec 4, 2018
    Even if you’ve never played up a Persona game, there is no barrier to entry. Don’t let the wordy names fool you. All you need is an appreciation for their music... and maybe a desire to craft the perfectly accessorized costume.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 30
  2. Negative: 11 out of 30
  1. Dec 4, 2018
    10
    A lot of fun for fans of Persona 3. A shame that someone is review bombing every smt and persona related game.
  2. Dec 10, 2018
    10
    I love this game so much. Got it with the endless night collection that also included 4 and 5 dancing. Im not a rhythm game guy but these areI love this game so much. Got it with the endless night collection that also included 4 and 5 dancing. Im not a rhythm game guy but these are fun as hell and it's awesome to see the old guys with up to date graphics and just talking to them again. Full Review »
  3. Dec 8, 2018
    10
    Enjoyable, it is very familiar if you played P4D, and as a rhythm game is as solid as can be with a great soundtrack. The lack of a storyEnjoyable, it is very familiar if you played P4D, and as a rhythm game is as solid as can be with a great soundtrack. The lack of a story though is mostly noticeable because of how unexpectedly good the P4 dancing and fighting game stories were for 'side' projects. Full Review »