Game Info: (Box Display)
- System: PS4, PS3
- Developer: Atlus
- Developer: P Studio
- Release Date: JP: September 15, 2016, WW: April 4, 2017
- Genre: M
- Pricing:Role-Playing Games (RPG)
- Official Website: http://atlus.com/persona5/
Who it Caters to (intro to readers)
Having been in the works and suffered from several delays, Persona 5 is one of the most awaited entry into the series. The long wait has done nothing to dampen the anticipation and here at Honey’s we can tell you one thing right off the bat. Believe the hype. Persona 5 does almost everything right and the few flaws it has feel more like minor gripes in the face of the game’s grand scale and design. Basically, Persona 5 will feel like a dream to any RPG fan, and might even appeal to those who have never had any inclination to pick up a RPG game. This is definitely a good game to start with if you want to get into RPGs anytime soon.
What to Expect
When you’re not fighting the shadows that crawl in the night, you’re doing your best to live a fulfilling life. Studying, exercising, working part time; these are all activities that you partake in to make yourself better as a person. You will also try to deepen the bonds between you and your confidants, digging deeper into their personalities and stories. Living a fulfilling life has a direct impact on your battle ability. Getting closer to your confidants will give you abilities that will make everything go that much smoother. Basically, Persona 5 is one interconnected web of mechanics that work together to bring you the best gameplay experience possible.
Persona is well known not just for its story but for its characters as well. This time, the cast that supports our protagonist hit very similar tones as the ones in previous games, but stand out enough to be memorable. None of them are truly irritating, but you’ll most likely have favourites amongst them. Each and every villain is a horrible person. This is the darkest Persona game yet with themes such as abuse, sexual assault, and politics. So don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of motivation throughout the game to punch their faces in.
The soundtrack of Persona 5 is better than ever. There are plenty of good songs that are on par or better than those of previous games. At the very least, you’ll never get sick of hearing them like “Reach Out to the Truth”. This time around, the game gives you the option of English voices or Japanese voices (Free launch day DLC). If you want to be a weeaboo-desu and listen to Japanese voices the whole game whilst reading subtitles, that’s an option. It really helps that the Japanese voice acting is stunning as a whole. The English voices are good too, bringing back some familiar voices like Matthew Mercer, who voiced Kanji Tatsumi in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax and Persona Q.
Persona 5 is not an easy game, but it’s not a hard game either. It can be initially overwhelming even for veteran players due to the wide array of elements it introduces, but you’ll get used to it in time and the game will feel challenging but not frustrating. Dungeons are hand crafted instead of randomly generated this time around. This creates a more wholesome feel, making the whole dungeon seem more alive and interconnected. In conjunction with the dungeon design is the new stealth mechanics. As our heroes of the game are the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, they will of course be stealthy. You can hide behind walls, corners and sneak up on enemies to get the advantage of them. The stealth mechanic remains controversial, with some hating or loving it, but we personally enjoyed the feel of being a Phantom Thief.
The battle menu is a big step up from the previous series. Instead of scrolling through a list of commands, you will use all the buttons. For example, X is attack and Triangle is Persona. Congratulations Atlus! You’ve finally learnt that there are more than 3 buttons on the controller! Sarcasm aside, this is a good step up, and it makes the whole experience much smoother.
The bosses are moderately difficult, with each having a gimmick that will wreck you real fast if you aren’t careful about it. The game will give you an option to send off one of your party members to mess with the gimmick, essentially making you one man down until he/she succeeds. Hold out successfully however, and you get an advantage over the boss for the fight. This risk reward system in boss fights brings a breath of fresh air into the series, making it less of a slug fest.
Honey’s Gameplay Consensus (Important):
For the long-time fans of the series, Persona 5 is simply a no brainer. Just get it above anything else. Even if you don’t think this is the best game of the series, it is at least near as good as Persona 3 and Persona 4. If you’re new to Persona, or even JRPGs, Persona 5 is an excellent place to begin. The game assumes you’ve never played Persona in your life and guides you through its many mechanics. You’ll never feel too lost, despite how big the whole game world is.
- The best looking and stylish game in the series
- Easy battle interface
- Gripping story
- Can be tedious at times
- Stealth mechanics might be frustrating
- Tutorial is too long
Honey's Final Verdict:
If you enjoyed previous Persona games, JRPG games or are just a massive weeaboo-desu, you are most likely going to enjoy Persona 5. It really gives a bang for your buck, being the longest Persona game yet (we clocked in around 80 hours). At the end of the day, Persona 5 simply proves to us that Persona will be a long running series which will never die.