The Persona series has been touted as one of the most popular Japanese RPGs in recent memory. The latest entry, Persona 5, is regarded as one of the most hotly-anticipated titles of 2017. We got a chance to play the English version of the game relatively early, and needless to say, it has already taken our hearts.

Persona 5 Ann Ryuji and MC

Dark and Edgy the Fifth time around

The Persona series has been quite known to fans as one of the “darker” RPGs out there, and Persona 5 continues on that trend. In Persona 5, you mainly play as a 2nd year high school leading a group called the Phantom Thieves (sidenote: you can actually change their group name). The Phantom Thieves mainly go around stealing the desires of their targets, some of which are pretty evil. The game does a pretty darn good job of depicting the environment in the game: there’s a lot of adult assholes abound, high and mighty rich folk, two-sided bitches, corrupt people in power and their ilk. It may be a little too rooted in reality, but it just works. And the game is rated M (for Mature) by the Entertainment Software Rating Board for a reason: one of the first few animated scenes depicts a teacher apparently hooking up with a female student in a suggestive manner.

Persona 5 School

Exudes in Style

The presentation in Persona 5 has been clearly thought upon by the developers. From the way the menu is presented to the transition animations between areas, it is clear that they wanted to follow a particular aesthetic for the game. Similar to say, the band A Perfect Circle doing a concept album. There’s a lot of things in Persona 5 that is pretty unconventional, yet it works in the overall scheme of things. It may not be for everyone though, and some newcomers to the genre might get turned off by this style, but right now it’s one of the things Persona 5 does to stand out from the rest.

Persona 5 Late Day

Substance and Style in one Package

Just like in the last two entries, Persona 5 lets you live out the life of a high school student outside of your Phantom Thief adventures. Unlike Persona 4 though, there’s already a lot of things to do within the first few hours of the game. The way the story is presented brings intrigue to the player, as you trace your steps in becoming the ultimate Trickster. This somewhat visual-novel style of progression may also turn off new players, though it is recommended to go through the daily rigors in order to enhance your character’s, well, character. Shoji Meguro’s music is on point as always, adding to the interlying theme in the game.

The Take Your Heart Edition

We’ve barely scraped the barrel of what Persona 5 can offer, however we can confidently say that Persona 5 might just be the definitive JRPG in this gaming generation. Give it a shot, and enjoy the ride.

Persona 5 is available right now from your favorite game retailer.

 

 

Much thanks to Pax-Corp Games for our copy of Persona 5!

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