Genres: Role-playing, Social simulation
What is it about?
Persona 5 is a fantasy based on reality which follows a group of troubled high school students: the protagonist and a collection of compatriots he meets along the way. These disturbed and troubled teenagers gradually realize that they are living in a toxic and dangerous world resembling a prison full of slavery, oppression and injustice, ruled by corrupted and twisted adults. They can’t live with the system and can’t live without it, and simply existing means they are at risk of being doomed and condemned to a life of slavery.
In order to seek freedom, liberation and justice, they live dual lives as rebellious Phantom Thieves of Hearts. Using a mysterious smartphone app, they undertake fantastical adventures by using otherworldly powers to enter the hearts of people (specifically, corrupt adults in positions of power) in order to re-shape and transform them. The Phantom Thieves realize that society forces people to wear masks to protect their inner vulnerabilities, and by confronting their inner selves and by literally ripping off their protective mask do the heroes awaken their inner power, using it to help those in need. Ultimately, the group of Phantom Thieves seeks to change their day-to-day world to match their perception, end slavery and see through the masks modern society wears.
What did I think?
Usually I only review anime, but I thought I would also review a game for a change. Now in my opinion Persona 5 may be a game, but I kinda just feels like one big anime.
So P5 I obviously a game just made for Otaku, so I definitely liked the genre. I liked the main storyline. I really liked the art style (so dramatic) and the background music is great.
I like how much you can do in this game, how much story there is. And off course because I played the royal there is even more story. There is definitely enough to do and all characters go through significant character changes. Not one of the characters could be called superficial.
The end had also a good (although slightly predictable) plot twist. And definitely the big ending boss fight felt like the conclusion of a long anime. (loved that !)
The anime feeling was even bigger when we got to the obligatory pool/beach scene that every slice of life anime has. 😀
So there was a lot of story and there were a lot of things that you could do. Maybe sometimes a little bit too much. There was a lot of story and some of it was just not important to the story line, so from time to time I would actually find myself completely skipping some dialogues.
Also, I’m the kind of person who likes to clear everything in a game, clear all the side quests, find all the treasure, play every mini game, get all the trophies, … And in Persona 5 Royal there is just no way of knowing if you cleared all of it ! When I played the game for the second time, I actually found a new confidant that I completely missed the first time.
The fighting was the right amount of challenging . you definitely had to think about what to do, but it was not impossibly hard. The boss fights were also always challenging (at least when you try to play it without hints on how to do it from the internet), but still fun to do. Well, all boss fights except one that was just ridiculously difficult (those of you who have played P5 will know which one I mean).
So in conclusion : fun game, good story, good fights, just be prepared to spend A LOT of time playing this game.