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Generally favorable reviews- based on 3811 Ratings

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  • Summary: Beneath the veneer of typical urban high school life, a group of teenagers mask their mysterious alter egos, their "phantom thief" side. Who are they? Why are they dressed as such? What are their motives? And... why are they being pursued? A picaresque coming-of-age story, Persona 5 brings aBeneath the veneer of typical urban high school life, a group of teenagers mask their mysterious alter egos, their "phantom thief" side. Who are they? Why are they dressed as such? What are their motives? And... why are they being pursued? A picaresque coming-of-age story, Persona 5 brings a new twist to the RPG genre. Assume the role of a second-year high school student who becomes a Persona-user through an unexpected incident. Having moved to Tokyo just before the start of the school year, he finds residence at a cafe run by his parents' friend, and is about to get his first taste of school life in the big city. The protagonist seems quiet and well-mannered at first glance, but gives a completely different impression once he has donned his "phantom thief" guise. What is the motivation of his alter ego...? Arsene is the protagonist's initial Persona, characterized by a mask-like face and a pair of huge, black wings. Some suspect an association between its name and the famous gentleman-thief, Arsene Lupin. What is the origin of this Persona, and what power does it hold? This is an account of the wild adventures experienced by a team of young misfits, who grow dramatically along the way. While attending Shujin High School, the protagonist will encounter a number of individuals, each with his or her own distinctive personality and charm. School life in the city is full of surprises and interesting events! It will most definitely be a fun year for the protagonist, living as an ordinary student. However, he and his friends become involved in an incident which leads to the awakening of their Personas. No one would ever suspect that these adolescents will eventually shake the world... Welcome to the next iteration of the Persona series, boasting a brand new metropolitan setting, all-new cast, and fresh, original story. [Atlus]
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 98
  2. Negative: 0 out of 98
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    May 15, 2017
    100
    The brilliant Japanese RPG, which nails you to your chair for a hundred hours, and you still feel it's not enough. Finally, the whole world will learn about the exceptionality of this series. [Issue#274]
  2. Mar 29, 2017
    100
    Girls and boys, Persona 5 is simply the new king of Japanese role playing games, and it may even be 2016's game of the year. The story is so deep, the battle system is so well-executed, the art direction is so amazing and the music is so groovy! I instantly felt in love with this game and I am pretty sure you will too.
  3. Mar 29, 2017
    97
    Persona 5 is full of style and confidence. Persona 5 knows that it's special, and you'll soon know it, too.
  4. Mar 29, 2017
    92
    The last chapter of one of our favourite series improved over the previous chapters in every, possible way. The storyline is unique and much more consistent, and the production values (art direction, soundtrack, dubbing, graphics) are simply top-notch. The fact that the dungeons aren't randomly generated anymore is just the cherry on top.
  5. May 2, 2017
    90
    Its Atlus's watershed moment—which is to say, the moment they allowed the Persona series to truly grow up and earn that “M for Mature” rating.
  6. 90
    It’s a spectacular RPG experience that is truly in a league of its own, and fans of the series and the genre in general owe it to themselves to check it out.
  7. Jun 12, 2017
    65
    Persona 5 is periodically fascinating, but it’s unable to maintain the required level of interest and energy over such an extended running time. If it were half as long and cut out most of the repetition, it’d be a much tighter, more enjoyable experience. As it stands, adventuring with the Phantom Thieves sags way too often to be a heartfelt recommendation.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 766
  1. Jul 17, 2017
    10
    Hmmmmm, its difficult to put into words what exactly stands out about persona 5 (especially with games like horizon and zelda out this year).Hmmmmm, its difficult to put into words what exactly stands out about persona 5 (especially with games like horizon and zelda out this year). Ofcourse, the characters, story, visuals, style, music, and gameplay are all uniquely breathtaking, however what really left me astounded was the underlying themes and messages that this game dares to tackle, the beautiful sense of nostalgia, shock and awe it left me with, and the amazing attention to detail ATLUS put into making this game just that much more hearty. It does consume a lot of time yes, but who wants to live in the real world when you can be a phantom thief in an anime world. Expand
  2. Apr 4, 2017
    10
    Nowhere near done but truly one of the best jrpg's ive ever played. Perfectly executed. The art style the combat everything is so engrossing.Nowhere near done but truly one of the best jrpg's ive ever played. Perfectly executed. The art style the combat everything is so engrossing. Top of the list for 2017 for sure. Expand
  3. Jun 19, 2017
    10
    I've never played a Persona game before this. Finished this two times with 220 hours played, bought a pstv and played ps4 with other 100I've never played a Persona game before this. Finished this two times with 220 hours played, bought a pstv and played ps4 with other 100 hours.
    The story is excellent, the combat never boring, the graphic, the UI and UX of the game is one of the best i've ever seen.
    If you don't like the visual novel game it's roughly 60-70% of the game so maybe this isn't for you, but i moderately liked that and i found i love how is put in the game, even if it's not my cup of tea.
    I would have reviewed 9 for the depth of character (now playing persona 4 i feel those were more deeply included in the game) but as it is the game that made me discover the franchise i put a 10 out of 10.
    Buy this game, it's one of the best ever come out and you will enter a new world, you will want to play the previous games, see the movies, download wallapers and dream about it.

    11/10
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  4. May 16, 2017
    10
    Brilliant game. Spent 100 + hours in it just the first time round and have gone back into New Game + and still love it as much. I did loveBrilliant game. Spent 100 + hours in it just the first time round and have gone back into New Game + and still love it as much. I did love Persona 4 more but P5 is bigger in every way possible, I can only hope there's spin off games in its future along side a full length anime adaption like P4 Expand
  5. Apr 4, 2017
    10
    It's creative. It's intelligent. It's witty. It's powerful. It's moving. It's thought-provoking. It's all you ever need in a video game forIt's creative. It's intelligent. It's witty. It's powerful. It's moving. It's thought-provoking. It's all you ever need in a video game for ages to come. Expand
  6. Apr 4, 2017
    9
    Take to account that English is not my native language, so it may be a bit wonky at times.

    Okey first of all i am not a all that familiar
    Take to account that English is not my native language, so it may be a bit wonky at times.

    Okey first of all i am not a all that familiar with the Persona games, i have played some of the third one, and seen a friend of mine playing nr4.

    But as a J-RPG it's legit, fun battle system, cool personas and mildly enjoyable characters.

    Tokyo looks awesome, and thanks to the cell-shaded graphics everything looks super crisp

    the music is a sweet mix of synth flow and electro jazz with some more rock inspired riffs boosting battles.

    but as it is an J-RPG it's pretty slow in the beginning, with alot of dialog and exposition to set the story on track.

    but if you enjoy games like persona or rpg's over all i highly recommend you check this game out because it is allot of fun.

    (again sorry for my broken English)
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  7. Sep 4, 2019
    0
    This is such a meh game, I can not understand the hype around it, It does not excels in anything, is pretty but no different from many otherThis is such a meh game, I can not understand the hype around it, It does not excels in anything, is pretty but no different from many other arts I've seen in other Japanese games, and that this level of graphics are running in 30 fps is just a shame. Expand

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