Friends! The time has finally come… I’m reviewing Persona 5. Everyone who knows me, knows that I am a big fan of Persona. I remember picking up my friends Ps Vita and trying Persona 4 Golden; and from there I was hooked. After that, I followed on with Persona 3 and lastly, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. I pre-ordered Persona 5 within seconds of the announcement and I finally have it in my hands. As I went in totally blind, I had no idea what to expect – and I was utterly shocked. Everything about Persona 5 is absolutely perfect – and there is so much to do, you’ll be left in a state of wonder. You’ll be smiling the whole way through.
In Persona 5, you play as the leader of the Phantom Thieves, a group of high-schoolers who steal people’s hearts. You are betrayed by a teammate and end up arrested. The sequence of events that unfold after this is entirely in your control. I am currently over 100 hours into the storyline and I haven’t finished it yet. Persona 5 will take up a hell of a lot of your time – which is something I am definitely not complaining about. Persona 5 is so full of life and character, you’ll find yourself smiling and becoming attached to every character you interact with. It will become your life; and I guarantee you will not care one bit.
Persona 5 is definitely home to one of the most complex and interesting storylines in the history of Persona. In comparison to past Persona games, there are some major changes to the battle system and social stats. One thing I found really irritating with past entries in the series is that if you want to switch someone out of your battle party, you had to go back to the start of the dungeon and switch there. In Persona 5, you’re able to switch people in and out of your party during battles. It is the handiest thing, because you’re able to switch in and out whoever you like with no limitations. In addition, there is a new option called Baton Pass. If someone in your team hits a weakness of one or more shadows, you’re able to give your turn to someone else on your team. This makes conserving your SP with all team members super easy, as spreading out the weightload of battles doesn’t seem too taxing and reliant on one individual member. Now, lets move onto the social stats!
For Persona veterans, you’ll know that building relationships with your classmates and people around your city helps you out a lot in the game and allows you to create stronger persona’s, along with levelling up your teams personas. In Persona 5, you’re able to level up your Kindness, knowledge, charm, guts and pro-something, which in turn will give you more options to explore and build higher relationships with your teammates.
The characters in game are so much more fleshed out than in previous games – even if they don’t seem that way at first. Along with uncovering your own backstory, you’re able to follow your friends stories too, all while building up your relationship with them. Who knows – maybe you’ll become more than friends with someone. I chose Ann as my S.O, because holy moly, why wouldn’t you? Although, on my next playthrough I think I’m going to go for Makoto. You will become attached to each and every character you meet and their relationships with you will feel almost too real. You will want to spend time with each one of your friends and it never becomes a chore.
In comparison to Persona 3 and 4, where the dungeons were very repetitive and easy to follow, Persona 5 turns it on it’s head and adds in puzzles and complicated sequences that make going through each one a complete pleasure. In P5, you have only a short amount of time to complete a palace (main storyline dungeons) before they collapse after the heart of the target has been changed – so you would think that grinding your levels would be a lot harder; but you are wrong! The Phantom Thieves are able to utilize a long, deep and dark tower called Mementos. you are able to go as far in as you like and grind for those levels, items and persona’s.
Persona 5 is incredible. Almost a little bit too incredible. It is, in my book, the perfect game. It has everything from gripping gameplay, rollercoaster storyline and interesting characters – there’s so much to do in such a short amount of time that you’re kind of spoilt for choice – which is not a bad thing, but annoying if you wanted to max out your skills and complete tasks at the game time. But you can overlook that easily and settle with as much as you can do, because it is a masterpiece. It is exactly what us JRPG and Persona fans needed and wanted from it. So, Atlus… thank you for Persona 5. It is perfect.
Have you guys played P5 yet? Let me know what you think in the comments – I can talk for days on end about the Persona series!