|a game by||Atlus|
|Platforms:||Playstation 4, Playstation 3|
|Editor Rating:||8/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||10.0/10 - 3 votes|
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|See also:||RPGs, Anime Games, Persona Series|
The Persona series is one of the most revered in the JRPG space and Persona 5 takes all to a whole new level. Once again, you step into the shoes of the main character, a teenage boy who finds himself on the wrong side of a lawsuit after attempting to rescue a woman being molested. In an attempt to carry on with his life, his family sends him to Tokyo to live with the only person who will take him. It’s there where the veil of reality is lifted and a shadowy world influenced by human emotion is revealed. Through the new friends the MC makes, he will form the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, a group aiming to used this alternate world to do good in a world filled with lies and corruption.
More Than an RPG
As a spin-off of the Shin Megami Tensei series, Persona has always been a JRPG at heart, but with a twist. By adding a robust set of social simulation features, Persona games are more than just about levelling up your party through battle. Persona 5 is no different. Beyond the battles through dark dungeons, known as Palaces, you’ll also need to spend time with your party members. The deeper your bonds, the stronger you become.
Every member of the Phantom Thieves has their own set of abilities thanks to their Persona, a spirit-like being that’s a manifestation of their rebellious nature. The MC, though, can have more than one Persona, meaning he has access to pretty much any attack and element in the game. You can collect new Persona’s in Persona 5 by negotiating with enemies. On top of that, you can fuse and upgrade your Personas to make more powerful ones to take into battle.
The Phantom Thieves in Persona 5 are on a mission to change the hearts of the corrupt. In order to do this, they must infiltrate their Palaces, a twisted image of how these evildoers view the world around them. It won’t be easy, though. Each Palace is filled with enemies to take down and puzzles to solve. By reaching the end and defeating the boss of the Palace, a shadow version of its master’s personality, the MC and his group can steal the Palace Treasure, forcing the master to confess their crimes in the real world.
The Bottom Line
Persona 5 is one of the best JRPGs of 2017 for a reason. Its engaging story, relatable characters and deep gameplay all make up an experience that other games struggle to replicate.
Compared to Final Fantasy VII, Persona 5 sticks closer to the classic turn-based combat roots that made Japanese RPGs legendary.
- An enthralling story filled with twists, turns and plenty of memorable moments
- The collect and upgrade mechanics for the MCs Personas feel like a spin on the Pokemon formula
- A high energy jazz-inspired soundtrack you’ll want to listen to over and over again
- Some may find the story too long
- The combat can feel too easy after the first few hours