Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
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  1. 100
    Thankfully, the design is very, very good.
  2. Nov 27, 2018
    85
    Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight knows its audience within its audience. It's one of the more engaging rhythm games I’ve played to date, even if I wish it was open from the start and had more to do. Like the Phantom Thieves, I have to follow my heart; and it sides with the music.
  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 28, 2018
    80
    Person 3: Dancing in Moonlight and Person 5: Dancing in Starlight are both great rhythm and musical games. Albeit the two lack some aspects from Persona 4. Dancing All Night like an Story mode or even a wider variety of tracks, both titles offer enough of content to please fans of the series and, especially those who love the work of the composer Shoji Meguro.
  6. Nov 27, 2018
    80
    Based on the lore of Persona, the gameplay is intuitive and its difficulty will meet all kinds of players' skill.
  7. Nov 27, 2018
    80
    For Persona 5, the love and polish is there in equal amounts, but the somber jazzy style of the original game just doesn’t translate as successfully to a loud and groovy rhythm game experience.
  8. Nov 27, 2018
    80
    The masterful fusion of jazz, pop, metal, and rock make for a great playlist that feels like a trip through the struggles and triumphs of Persona 5 all over again.
  9. 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.
  10. Nov 27, 2018
    80
    Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight is a rock solid and super stylish rhythm game. Its jazzy remixes are top notch and its presentation is excellent, resulting in a good-time-title that keeps you coming back for more. Approachable controls and concepts make it easy to learn, but a steep difficulty curve -- perhaps too steep, in some cases -- makes it very hard to master. Put in the practice, though, and you'll be rewarded with an immensely satisfying experience.
  11. 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.
  12. Dec 3, 2018
    75
    Its main gameplay mechanic - the actual rhythm gameplay - does get in its own way. But if you’re just wanting to experience more stories and groove to the amazing soundtrack, Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight is definitely a good place to do so.
  13. Nov 27, 2018
    75
    Dancing in Starlight is a heedless trip back to the Persona buffet for seconds thirds fourths. You wanted more Persona 5? You got it. Chew the fat. Pretend the calories aren’t empty. Pray you won’t get sick. Somehow, despite the intemperance, I still feel fine.
  14. Dec 3, 2018
    70
    We miss things like a Story Mode or more (and better) songs, but it is a great rhythm-based game Persona fans will love.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Nov 27, 2018
    70
    For an odd spin-off to an RPG series, Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight is very well executed. Its song library is more than a little sparse considering how many of the tracks are remixes, but each song offers its own challenge and is fun once one gets into its groove.
  18. Nov 27, 2018
    70
    As long as a lack of a formal campaign isn’t a total deal breaker, Persona 5 fans should have enough here to enjoy themselves. Enjoy the extra time you’ll get with the Phantom Thieves and try not to think too much about the scrapped story mode.
  19. Nov 27, 2018
    70
    Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight is a rhythm game that is very good but one that should've been released later on so it could've had a more varied soundtrack with better remixes.
  20. Nov 27, 2018
    70
    Persona 5’s soundtrack helped define its captivating sense of style when it released last year, and Dancing in Starlight is a good celebration of it. The clumsy dancing interface and short tracklist make it fall short as a rhythm game, but some great remixes and fun progression hooks make it a worthwhile way to revisit the look, feel, and sound of one this generation’s most stylish RPGs.
  21. Nov 27, 2018
    70
    Those who have already had their hearts taken by Persona 5 will enjoy their time with Dancing in Starlight, but those less familiar with the Phantom Thieves may be disappointed at its small song count and lack of extra content.
  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 29, 2018
    60
    Persona 5 Dancing is a good rhythm game, but lacks of content and has a poor playlist.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. Nov 27, 2018
    60
    Dancing in Starlight pays a loving tribute to Persona 5, but without a stronger setlist it doesn’t stand alongside its fellow rhythm game spin-offs.
  27. 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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User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 72 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 72
  2. Negative: 12 out of 72
  1. Dec 4, 2018
    8
    If this game interests you, it will certainly be worth it... simply because these 2 games are love letters to fans. Fun interactions betweenIf this game interests you, it will certainly be worth it... simply because these 2 games are love letters to fans. Fun interactions between characters, beautiful graphics and EXTREMELY good soundtracks. If you aren't interested in Persona... why buy these? I suppose as a music game it still stands up decently well but... it's pretty clear who these games are made for, so as a fan, I'd say these are quality games... if not a bit short. There's plenty of interactions to move through, and achievements to unlock (not trophies)

    Here, I'll make it simple, if seeing these characters in newly unlocked costumes excites you, buy this game. Otherwise, think twice. There's a very specific audience.
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  2. Dec 4, 2018
    8
    It should be noted that someone is exploiting Metacritic's user score. The number of negatives keeps rising gradually and its the same on theIt should be noted that someone is exploiting Metacritic's user score. The number of negatives keeps rising gradually and its the same on the page for the other game. They're at the same number and rise at the same incrimates and have been for hours now. Also the negatives for P4D rose by 100+ overnight even though that game is much older than these. Full Review »
  3. Dec 4, 2018
    10
    @soss Hey kid, don't know why you're so butthurt. You didn't play all three games and even if you did, you just wrote the same review. It'll@soss Hey kid, don't know why you're so butthurt. You didn't play all three games and even if you did, you just wrote the same review. It'll get better little baby. :) Full Review »