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  • Summary: The sequel to the international smash-hit Persona 5 (3.2 million copies world-wide) is now available as the series' first action RPG! Featuring an all-new story set up half a year after the events of P5!
    Travel Japan!
    Following the events of P5, the Phantom Thieves of Hearts gather
    The sequel to the international smash-hit Persona 5 (3.2 million copies world-wide) is now available as the series' first action RPG! Featuring an all-new story set up half a year after the events of P5!
    Travel Japan!
    Following the events of P5, the Phantom Thieves of Hearts gather once more during their summer break to solve the mystery behind new change of heart cases that are occurring all over Japan!
    Persona 5 is now an action RPG!
    The new action battle system makes hitting enemy weak points to activate a 1 More or All-Out Attack, which fans have come to love, even easier!

    You can even use Baton Pass to play as other characters!
    In the newly introduced Jails, you can switch controls between characters at any time! Clear the game with style by using different characters in unique situations!
    New character!
    Who is this new mysterious girl you meet in the Shibuya of the other world? Find out as she fights alongside you as the newest member of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts!
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Feb 9, 2021
    100
    Persona 5 Strikers delivers the meaningful story, relateable characters, and complex mechanics fans expect from mainline games but switches the gameplay up to focus on action over time management.
  2. Feb 9, 2021
    85
    Persona 5 Strikers is a successful crossover, bringing a true sequel to iconic JRPG. Among other things, it'll allow fans to learn more about the high school band led by the Trickster. With Strikers, Omega Force delivers: it's a demanding title, particularly enjoyable and complete enough to take you on a road-trip for countless hours.
  3. Mar 28, 2021
    85
    Persona 5 Strikers is a great Musou game, and even though for veterans of the series it might feel intimidating but it’s worth it for the plot. The game runs so well on PC but it does beg the question: why isn't Persona 5 on PC yet? It’s time to bring it to other consoles other then the PS4 so more players will get to experience the full story.
  4. Feb 9, 2021
    80
    The Phantom Thieves arrive on PC in a more streamlined form than the main Persona series, but an equally engaging one that's as stylish as it is action packed.
  5. Feb 10, 2021
    80
    Early on in Persona 5's development, P-Studio had considered an action-RPG format for the original Persona 5. While the Phantom Thieves debut maintained Persona's traditional JRPG framework, Persona 5 Strikers showcases what could've been in an overall successful manner. There are kinks that could've been worked out, with battles lacking a significant degree of player feedback that unnecessarily inflating the game's difficulty. Strikers' story also takes a little too long to hit its stride, but it does reward players who stick around for the long haul. Acting as a sequel to the critically acclaimed JRPG, Persona 5 Strikers is a fantastic continuation for the Phantom Thieves.
  6. Mar 17, 2021
    70
    It is hard to say this is a great Persona title. The combat is fun and punchy, the story cool and on point, and there are some attractive design sensibilities. Unfortunately, the overall experience doesn't feel as cohesive as it could. At its core there is a great Persona story and experience but the move to the new systems and Omega Force's take on the series highlights why it is that Persona needs its turn-based combat and carefully considered character narratives. This is an excellent title in its own right and probably Omega Force's best work yet. It's just lacking that special something that would make it a stellar Persona title. It might have worked better as an expansion to the original Persona 5 as the story is awesome.
  7. Edge Magazine
    Feb 25, 2021
    60
    The ingredients might sound tasty in isolation, but the recipe isn't quite right, leaving us with a dish best described as an attractive hotchpotch. [Issue#356, p.100]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Nov 11, 2021
    10
    For real an amazing game, it doesn't feel like a cheap spinoff just using the same characters from the amazing Persona 5 game, it does feelFor real an amazing game, it doesn't feel like a cheap spinoff just using the same characters from the amazing Persona 5 game, it does feel like a complete game, just a different, but very fast and exciting gameplay. This is an amazing sequel. Tons of fun, and the fact that you fight a ton of shadows really does add to the fact that The Phantom Thieves are experienced in defeating shadows by now. Expand
  2. Apr 1, 2021
    10
    worthy sequel for p5, amazing game, i totally recommend it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. Apr 9, 2021
    10
    First things first this game is not a sequel to be taken lightly and is far from shallow or "easy going" compared to the original game asFirst things first this game is not a sequel to be taken lightly and is far from shallow or "easy going" compared to the original game as claimed by some reviewers. The rest of the Persona spin-off titles pale in comparison to this masterpiece truly worthy of the Persona title. I wouldn't even call this a spin-off but this is a true sequel in my books.

    The games "social" system might not be as deep as in the original game but for what it's worth it does its job well letting you do optional quests for your companions and encounter in optional dialouge during your spare time and you'll be constantly interacting with you companions throughout the story.

    If you have played the original Persona 5 Game this is a must play. A true masterpiece with a deep plot and good mechanics

    overview:
    + Deep and well crafted engaging plot that is simply outstanding
    + Combat is very fun and at times very engaging
    + Persona Creation and modification feature is well crafted and goes as deep as you're willing to go
    + Atmosphere and environments are outstanding
    + soundtrack is excellent
    + Character encounters throughout the game are enchanting and deep
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  4. Mar 11, 2021
    9
    Story: 9/10, a wonderful and worthy sequel to the original but it IS significantly shorter if you've played p5/p5r. in fact you'll probablyStory: 9/10, a wonderful and worthy sequel to the original but it IS significantly shorter if you've played p5/p5r. in fact you'll probably finish it in less than half that time. Be aware that playing p5/p5r is not absolutely necessary but should not be ignored either.

    Gameplay: 9/10, action and combat is superb while posing a certain level of challenge that's equally rewarding. However, expect frequent crashes on 1.00. I myself have had 8 crashes from start to finish.

    Presentation: 9.5/10, as pretty as p5r on ps4 pro even at 1080p. UI is slick and wonderfully crafted. Other than resolution and rendering scale, there's not much of a graphical difference between min and max.

    Sound design/Soundtrack; 10/10, every single attack, menu shuffle and many others sound amazing. Most if not all the tracks you loved return with their own variations for this game, with the BGM dlc you can change it up with music from past games and you can even listen to them in the menus.

    Lasting impressions/appeal; 9/10, a great game to play imo and rivals that of something like nier automata. Many people might complain the other games are not on pc but what can you do.

    Overall: 9.3/10
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  5. Apr 3, 2021
    9
    Your enjoyability of this game will depend on a few key things:

    If you've previously played persona 5 or persona 5 royal you will enjoy and
    Your enjoyability of this game will depend on a few key things:

    If you've previously played persona 5 or persona 5 royal you will enjoy and understand the story in a much more meaningful way.

    If you like action RPGS and don't mind that persona 5 strikers has an overhauled combat mechanic were turn based gameplay has been removed in favour of action orientated combat.

    Finally if the dating simulator and confidant are key to your enjoyment of persona 5 then it might be that persona 5 strikers is not for you since it lacks these features.

    HOWEVER I do want to say that persona 5 strikers is a great game and any fan should be advised to play it. My review is now below if you want to read it.

    A Trip to Remember

    Persona 5 strikers changes a lot of things for the phantom thieves, your school, schedule and confidants are absent, but you get the chance to go on a road trip with all your friends. Never has a game been more on the edge between a sequel and a spin off, but strikers delivers were it counts.

    The combat is entretaining and challenging, just as you would expect from a persona game, the only change this time is that the combat is in real time and you fight hordes of enemies. There was a time were rumours of persona 5 was being developed as an action RPG instead of the turn combat system that we got, and I feel that a lot of the ideas for strikers were taken directly from the attempts the developers did during that time.

    Combat is smooth, responsive and fun. Giving you plenty of depth whilst keeping the simplicity of the persona series. Of all the action rpg games I've played, the gameplay of strikers is definitely up there with the greats. Only issue that I had was ocassional camera control problems, were it was difficult to track the enemies. Additionally another small problem that occurred during gameplay is that the screen can be filled with effects during intense combat. However this never was a longstanding issue and I enjoyed my 40 plus hours I spent whilst completing the game.

    The lack of confidants is a bummer and I do wish that we had more of a chance to spend time with our faves, however the game does deliver on the emotional character development and arcs of previous persona titles and I was roped from the first hours up till the end of our long road trip.

    I would like to say that persona 5 strikers is not for everyone, I would not recommend this game if you haven't played the past persona 5 games, but for everyone else I think you owe it to yourself to experience the game. Get a demo and try it for yourself, see if this game is for you. There is plenty to love and to do in Strikers and I'm sure that those persona fans will appreciate a final send off for the phantom thieves.
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  6. Feb 26, 2021
    8
    Really great sequel, the combat is great and they implemented Persona 5 mechanics way better than I thought they would. The combat is moreReally great sequel, the combat is great and they implemented Persona 5 mechanics way better than I thought they would. The combat is more complex in Strikers but it lacks when compared to everything else in P5. No social links, shorter dungeons, simpler story with less characters, etc. But if you were a fan of P5 you'll love Strikers as well. Expand
  7. Mar 15, 2021
    2
    The combat is good, quite fun to have the action rpg combat style but its way too easy because of the ability to dodge. Once you master thatThe combat is good, quite fun to have the action rpg combat style but its way too easy because of the ability to dodge. Once you master that one technique literally nothing in the game presents a challenge on any difficulty. Dodge can dodge everything in the game and auto counters if you can even kind of land it. Additionally because there is no restriction on using items (it stops combat to use an item), and no restriction on leaving the dungeon, full healing and just comng back in... its just way TOO EASY. Overall its not great enough combat to justify the existence of the whole game but would be awesome to see it utilizied in future Persona titles like P6. Hopefully they can utilize it for certain scenarios and events in dungeons.

    The music is also banging... but most of it is just Persona 5's music, many of the new songs come off as quickly made video game music that doesn't have that same flair and doesn't mesh with the game llike most persona titles soundtracks.

    Now for the bad; The story is appalling; the new characters is a bait and switch literally because subverting expectations (in and of itself) means you've succeeded at writing. Its kind of insulting seeing them just pretend nothing came of the first game. Cops know the Phantom thieves and are willing to pin any crime on them at the drop of the hat. Good to know we didn't fix anything in the justice system. Politicians and CEO's are as corrupt as ever, basically you made no impact on the world and nothing has changed... good starting point. The game starts by informing you the player that everyone (except the lovely ann) has basically forgotten about you and puts no effort into maintaining your friendship. All those confidants just immediately were like pish posh to that **** So now you get an AI friend to do everything cause plot would be hard to write so we'll just quickly exposition all that away with this AI can solve everything. If you know anything about how AI's work this **** will be laughable to you, its so like AI = GODs that its impossible to take it serious. The villain is also using AI's... AI's everywhere because; again, writing anything would be hard, so just add AI's and make them "Deus Ex" everything that would normally be plot.

    I consdered Persona 5's writing a downgrade from 3 and 4 and this stuff is a far leap lower than that, Id be really shocked to hear any of the writers say they tried with the story, I like to imagine they'd be open to saying "yeah we kinda slapped it together to meet a deadline."

    Now for the true reason Im giving it a dog**** score... My game has crashed roughly 20 times, for some reason loading screens have a roughly 10% chance to just turn the game off... this is extra frustrating because the game doesn't have any sort of autosave feature. There isn't any reason for it to use the old school JRPG "you have to save manually" model of saving. There aren't decisions to be made about how you spend your time... they just kept mechanics for a different type of game in this new game... could you imagine playing Dynasty warriors or Hyrule warriors and having to manually save constantly during missions and after missions and on menus, its just stupid. So i have to constantly save to not risk losing any progress made but consistently have to redo 5 to 10 minute bursts because I have to get from one save point to another. (Don't bother blaming my build, its literally the best of the best available, i cannot upgrade any piece of the build as no better hardware exists at the time of writing this.)

    If you want to play it... go for it, but pick it up on console they seem to be more stable. The frequency and sporadicness of the crashing make me question any review that doesn't notate it, Not one person i know has played without a crash on PC and its so bad for some they've completely abandoned the game. I know someone playing on PS4 with 0 issue so thats a good platform as I hear it.
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