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Generally favorable reviews- based on 4078 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: 37 out of 853
  1. Nov 15, 2019
    10
    Excelent game, i love the music and the character development. Definitely Atlus's masterpiece
  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. Oct 8, 2019
    10
    Honestly the best game I ever played. The style is amazing, the plot just perfect and characters are awesome, the gameplay is pretty clearHonestly the best game I ever played. The style is amazing, the plot just perfect and characters are awesome, the gameplay is pretty clear too. Should be top tier in best games ever Expand
  4. Apr 5, 2017
    10
    Engaging, good looking and an improvement on everything from the last main series release. With over 100 hours for a single play through,Engaging, good looking and an improvement on everything from the last main series release. With over 100 hours for a single play through, there is plenty of value in playing this awesome game. Was hooked early on and couldn't wait until i could play again after each time i put the controller down. Expand
  5. Apr 11, 2017
    10
    Ohhhh boy where do i start.
    40 hours in and i do not want the game to end. This game is addictive. i did not even finish the game but i
    Ohhhh boy where do i start.
    40 hours in and i do not want the game to end. This game is addictive. i did not even finish the game but i already prepare for the second playthrough for min max purpose.

    Go get this game , after finish HZD i am glad choose this game over Mass effect.
    Its a 9,5 game.
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  6. Apr 29, 2017
    9
    An amazing game that will almost certainly take regular players over 100 hours to complete. Apart from a few pacing issues here and there (andAn amazing game that will almost certainly take regular players over 100 hours to complete. Apart from a few pacing issues here and there (and general repetitiveness), this game is addictive and unique. The cast of characters and story, plus the addictive and rewarding game play makes this game shine. Yes it does get repetitive, but the rewards whether that be for the perks for hanging out with friends, or grinding for better personas, the repetitiveness for me was worth it in the long haul. Plus the majority of the side stories (hanging out with confidants) are truly interesting. Now the core gameplay consists of traversing about 8-9 dungeons, each truly unique and different from each other, until you reach the end boss. Combat consists of turn based gameplay, you either grind away or target enemies weaknesses, forming your own team of "personas" (or pokemons per say) and controlling what skills and fight moves you want. It's a lot of grinding but again to me it's also rewarding and addicting. Difficulty is about average even a little easy if you know what you're doing, but some bosses do present a good challenge. The only thing I truly hated about this game was the chatting after finishing each dungeon, sometimes it takes me a couple of hours of "cutscenes" to advance to the next dungeon to progress the story. But overall as a newbie to jrpgs, I truly enjoyed this game, so much so I bought a vita to play persona 4. Pros: great story, amazing cast of characters, addictive and rewarding game play, general combat. The so-so: can get repetitive for some, most will finish game in 100 hours +. Cons: pacing issues, too much letter box chatting sometimes. Expand
  7. Dec 2, 2019
    0
    READ THIS BEFORE PLAYING. Understand what a calling card is before you play because it completely ruined my experience. I lost 10 hours on myREAD THIS BEFORE PLAYING. Understand what a calling card is before you play because it completely ruined my experience. I lost 10 hours on my first palace because the game never explains what a calling card is until you are nearly finished. You need to use a calling card for every palace which will take an extra day before your deadline. THIS IS NEVER STATED ANYTIME BEFORE. What the hell. I grinded the palace my last week and the game makes me completely revert my whole playthrough because of a mechanic they never explained. Terrible game design and glaring flaw in this system. Explain the damn calling card beforehand Atlus. So disappointing. Expand

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