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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. 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. Jun 2, 2019
    10
    Spoiler free.

    I'm a long time jrpg fan, but this is time i play a game from the Shin megami tensei series. This game is one of the best
    Spoiler free.

    I'm a long time jrpg fan, but this is time i play a game from the Shin megami tensei series.
    This game is one of the best jrpg i ever played, hell probably on of the best game i ever played in my long years as a gamer, and here is why.

    - The gameplay
    For a turn based jrpg, this seems like a very fresh take on the turn based combat system.
    There are a ton of little things that make the fights enjoyable: from exploiting enemies weakness for an extra action (and the possibility to pass it to another character), to the possibility to negotiate with the enemies if you corner them (or recruit them, or destroy them with an oll out attack), to giving a big role to ambush or being ambushed from the enemies in the map.
    All the enemies are visible on the map, and approaching them in the right way (or avoiding them) is the key to success (or failure).
    The fact that you can recruit all the enemies (with the exception of boss enemies), and fuse them to create new summons or useful items is also a very good mechanics.
    Half of the game is a social simulator, with you deciding how to spend your limited time: you can spend it activities that will increase your social stats (that you'll need for events and confidants) or in confidants (people which will unlock useful abilities the more you become closer to them).
    This part ask for a lot of thinking on how to manage your time the best way, but it is also very enjoyable.

    - The visuals
    Cutscenes are done with anime (a very good looking one).
    The ingame graphic is not top edge, but is very polished and interesting.
    The characters are memorable without looking unrealistic.
    The menus are stylish as hell.

    - The music and voice acting
    This part of the game really shines. The music is great. There are a lot of song with vocals, and they are pretty great. Just search for the battle theme "last surprise", it's something you will never be tired of listening to.
    The japanese voice acting is very good, i don't know about the english one since i played it subbed (not dubbed).

    - The story
    The story is good, like very good, from start to finish. I think there are very few games with a story as good as Persona 5, and it is good from start to finish.

    - The longevity
    This is a very long game. If you rush it maybe you can finish it in about 95 hours, but i spent 150 hours in it for a single full game run where i did all i could thing of.
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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. Mar 4, 2021
    10
    After 105 hours it took me to finish the game i can say i wanted more.
    Great story which deploys really nice and characters you can relate
    After 105 hours it took me to finish the game i can say i wanted more.
    Great story which deploys really nice and characters you can relate with.
    I really liked the turn based battle even if i am not a strong fan, great variation of enemies and bosses.
    Only the last boss was not as great but the whole ending sequence is too good to let you abstract a point.

    Solid 10/10
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  5. Apr 4, 2017
    10
    Persona 3 is one of my favourite games of all time, since then Persona has been something i love but not as much. Persona 5 is out and i'mPersona 3 is one of my favourite games of all time, since then Persona has been something i love but not as much. Persona 5 is out and i'm enjoying it so much, thank you atlus, tank you for give me that feeling again. Expand
  6. Dec 20, 2021
    9
    Advantages: quite good and interesting story, great combat, awesome music, awesome style, awesome UI, great characters, great gameplay,Advantages: quite good and interesting story, great combat, awesome music, awesome style, awesome UI, great characters, great gameplay, interesting boss fights, stylish palace designs, great game mechanics.
    Disadvantages: boring mementos, Okumura's palace, annoying Okumura story arc.
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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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