Persona 4 Arena
My GOTY 2012
This is the first fighting game I've picked on day 1 and the first Persona game I've ever played. As a newcomer to both worlds I can say that P4A is incredibly accessible and at the same time packs a ton of content to keep you hooked for weeks.
I've been playing P4A every day since it came out, because between the story and arcade modes, challenges, score attack, and incredibly smooth netplay I haven't had the chance to bother with any other games. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes GOOD games.
First region locked game, with no warning.
This can't be played on Japanese PS3's, which may be a problem if at any point you imported one. This has been confirmed to be the only Region locked Ps3 game in existence, yet there was absolutely no warning or mention of this either on this site, or on the promotional stuff.
Great series exciting venture
This has to be one of the best series out there today! I am certainly excited to play a fighting game with such great characters, I've said it before and I still believe it to be true, the measure of how good a fighting game is, is greatly tied to how invested the player is in their characters. With Persona I believe they have a great foundation for this connection and they have a well rounded cast of characters I can't wait to play. From the previews I've seen I am certainly excited for this series as we should all be.