Release date: Fall 2014 Pre-order it now on Amazon
The Persona series is known for its RPG dungeon crawling, turn-based combat, and focus on creating social bonds. If none of that sounded like the ingredients of a good fighting game to you… well, you're probably right. Last we checked, trying to kill someone is one of the worst ways to make new friends.
Fortunately, the Persona 4 Arena games, developed by the team behind Guilty Gear and BlazBlue, take quite the departure from the series' roots in the interest of 2D fighting action. The upcoming edition maintains many of the mechanics that made the original a fan favorite while introducing new characters, balances, and shadow-types--palette swaps of old characters that greatly transform their fighting strategies. And hey, if nothing else, the story between bouts may give you an appreciation for RPG plotlines.