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Generally favorable reviews- based on 5156 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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  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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  1. Jul 14, 2019
    10
    This game is hands down my favourite game of all time, and I'd recommend it to anyone who is thinking of buying it. The characters, story,This game is hands down my favourite game of all time, and I'd recommend it to anyone who is thinking of buying it. The characters, story, combat, locations, the contrast between school/phantom thief life are just a few reasons why this game is an absolute gem.

    I'm usually not much of a turn-based RPG kinda guy (such as Pokemon) but everything kept me hooked. Sure, at the start of the game, it's a tiny bit of a slog to get through all the tutorials, but it's still a lot of fun.
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  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. Jul 21, 2020
    10
    oh hey look, it's joker from super smash bros ultimate. why isn't this game on the switch yet? do it you cowards.
  4. Jun 28, 2021
    10
    One of the bnest JRPG I have played in my life. Totally enjoyed it from beginning to end. They set a new standard in the industry.
  5. Apr 7, 2017
    10
    When I first played Persona 5 I didn't think it would be so good. Now that I have finished it it has become one of the best games I've everWhen I first played Persona 5 I didn't think it would be so good. Now that I have finished it it has become one of the best games I've ever played. Its charming characters, its enveloping setting, its amazing turn-based combat and its incredible OST makes it the pinnacle of the rpg genre.

    Persona 5 has become by its own merits in a must have not only for players of the rpg genre, but for all players who love videogames, and not only that, but it has also become the perfect entry point for new players of this genre.
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  6. Jul 29, 2017
    9
    Up to this point, I've never played the Persona games. Not that I've
    never heard of them, I just didn't pay attention. Then I saw the
    Up to this point, I've never played the Persona games. Not that I've
    never heard of them, I just didn't pay attention. Then I saw the
    trailer for this game and the stylish, animated segments and I knew I
    had to play this and was not disappointed.

    GAMEPLAY:

    The game is a combination of a traditional RPG and social simulator.
    Half-the time you're fighting monsters and the other half is spending
    time with people, working, studying etc.

    Doing everyday things doesn't sound fun in theory, but you soon become
    immersed in this world. All the characters you meet are interesting and
    you can see twelve people's personal stories unfurl. The world is
    varied with many things to do and places to visit. All these tasks will
    help either get more money, increase your statistics, or unlock new
    fighting abilities.

    The big frustration about the real world stuff is you won't have
    enough time to do everything. The game is on a strict schedule and you're
    expected to complete levels by certain dates. There is a + game that
    carries over your weapons, Personas, etc., which make things easier.
    However, considering that it almost took me a hundred hours to finish,
    you probably wouldn't want to replay anytime soon.

    I also find an aspect of the dating option uncomfortable. You're a high
    school student, but you can date three adults. Kind of creepy.

    The RPG section is fun, but can be a bit aggravating. I like that the
    game keeps to old-school turn-based combat. It kind of combines Final
    Fantasy and Pokemon. It has some interesting things I haven't seen
    before. Instead of merely defeating villains, you can also negotiate
    with enemies for the money, items, or for you to join them.

    The levels are all unique taking place in different formats, such as a
    castle, a museum, a bank, etc. They all offer unique aspects in their
    design. It's not just the same corridors.

    I commend the game for requiring more strategy than some RPGs. But fighting
    can be frustrating. There is a lot of level grinding in this. A lot.
    Difficulty can be inconsistent, foes can go from easy to hard at the
    drop of a hat. Though once you've leveled enough, things get fairly
    easy. The most difficult parts are the first level when you don't have
    much a chance of leveling up and the space level where the majority of
    villains are immune to physical attacks. (Plus the level is a bit of a
    slog in general. Prepare for some frustration.)

    GRAPHICS:

    The game looks great. It has an anime style to it as well as a lot of
    anime cut-scenes. It has this very stylish look to this. The monsters are all designed after mythological/religious beings and are both bizarre and impressive. The dungeon levels stand out as some of the most unique I've seen. They take place in the subconscious and have this fantastic quality to them. They also throw you in the deep end with this. Needed more in-depth tutorials. SOUND: This game has an acid jazz soundtrack and it sounds pretty cool and high-energy throughout. PLOT: Characters are strong. The theme of the story is them fighting corruption. Things get progressively tense as the threat rises and the plot points seem earned. Though a long game (the final bit really stretches out), they at least make your struggle worth it. (Unlike Ni No Kuni for instance). There a lot of animated cut-scenes and the ending is suitably robust. Persona 5 is a cinematic, immersive experience that I recommend.
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  7. Jan 12, 2021
    0
    개짜증나 진짜 ㅅㅂㅅㅂ 아니 게임 재밌게해서 로얄 샀는데 ㅈㄴ 후회중이다 존나 비싼데 컨텐츠 추가는 적고 어이없게 죽는게 너무 불공평함 진짜 ㅈ까라 내맘대로 평가할거니까개짜증나 진짜 ㅅㅂㅅㅂ 아니 게임 재밌게해서 로얄 샀는데 ㅈㄴ 후회중이다 존나 비싼데 컨텐츠 추가는 적고 어이없게 죽는게 너무 불공평함 진짜 ㅈ까라 내맘대로 평가할거니까

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