Evo 2013: Yume Dominates in Persona 4 Arena Championship

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evo logoA competitive Top 8 in Persona 4 Arena came to an anticlimatic end as Yume handled Lord Knight convincingly in the Grand Finals. Lord Knight was coming from the losers bracket, so he had a huge battle ahead. That was especially true since it was Yume that had sent him into the losers bracket to begin with. Things didn’t go any better for Lord Knight in the rematch. Yume wasn’t having any bracket resets, taking three straight games.

Lord Knight had to play defensively for the entire match, Yume getting his rushes in with Aigis seemingly at will. Lord Knight, using Mitsuru Kirijom dropped a combo that ended any offensive hope for him. Yume’s response was swift, severe and brought home the championship.

Persona 4 Arena is a spinoff from the popular Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 RPG. It features characters from the third and fourth installments. The twist in this fighter is that players can summon their “personas” to fight for them. Reviews called it a game that could satisfy both casual players and competitive fighting game crowd. Fighting game champion Justin Wong noted that the gameplay has a lot in common with Arc System Works’ revered Guilty Gear XX Accent Core.

Its presence at Evo confirms the tournament crowd has embraced it. Publisher Atlus USA has called it the “most important title” of 2012 for them, and so far they have stepped up to support it. That includes a tutorial series with Cross Counter TV.

There is still a lot more Evo goodness to come this weekend. In additions to championships in games such as Super Street Fighter IV, Injustice and Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, we’re going to get news on upcoming fighters. There will also be an Injustice presentation in which NetherRealm studios is expected to give us DLC news. Keep it locked to GamerTell for the latest and greatest on your favorite fighting games.

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