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Persona 5 is just brilliant. Not only is it the best exclusive on the PS4. It's also one of the best JRPG’s of all time.
Persona 5 is almost a perfect game and P Studio's best entry in the series, making it a must-buy PlayStation console exclusive. Thanks to an excellent story, charismatic cast of characters, a perfectly calibrated combat system, quality dating sim mechanics, amazing soundtrack and art direction, topped with a monstrous lifespan thanks to a New Game+, Persona 5 might be the best JRPG of 2017, if not the best game released so far.
Persona 5 surpasses its predecessors through some well-made changes and makes it way back to the top of the JRPG-Chain. Besides a small feeling of an outdated Gameplay you'll get probably one of the best JRPGs of the last years that even will surprise some of the older Persona Fans. If you haven't got into JRPGs yet: This is your best entry point.
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Persona 5 pulled me in immediately, with stylish visuals and music, some fresh ideas on gameplay and of course what always carries this series: characters I truly grow to care for. I struggled to put down the controller for any length of time and I frequently found myself asking 'what if I had chosen to do this instead?'. All clear signs that I was invested in this RPG masterpiece.
I could nitpick about small issues, like some textures that are painfully blurry or a handful of quirky localization issues. Those issues fade into the periphery, however. What doesn’t is simply this: Persona 5 is a triumph of game design that stands apart from other JRPGs. RPG fans owe it to themselves to drop what they’re doing and play now. You won’t regret it.
Overall, Persona 5 has really captured my heart. With 70+ hours of gaming, I haven't had this much fun since the last Persona game. I will definitely keep playing it and will even play it into the New Game+. The New Game Plus allows you to keep certain items that you have gotten from the game but it resets your relationship meter with the characters among other things. If you are into old school JRPG, this is definitely the game you have been waiting for. At its price point the game is totally worth it and even more. I am even willing to spend for this game's DLC. It's just that good. Now let me get back to the game and see if I can pass this school exam.
Persona 5 is a great game that sets a high bar with its amazing visuals, audio, gameplay, and story. It is a definitive purchase for anyone who finds themselves to be a fan of role-playing games, Japanese or otherwise.
If you even have a slight interest in RPG’s, Persona 5 is easily a recommended must-have. At over 100 hours, you’re definitely getting a whole lot of game, but everything from the production value to the battle system and even its painfully relevant story about the devolution of the human race make Persona 5 a staple of this gaming generation and more than justifies the series as the king of JRPG’s.
Make no mistake about it, this is one game that will steal your heart from your chest. If this is the future of Persona, I can’t wait to see where Atlus takes us next.