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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
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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 20, 2019
    10
    Persona 5 is represents what a modern JRPG should be.
    This is the latest installment of the Persona series and I suggest just playing this
    Persona 5 is represents what a modern JRPG should be.
    This is the latest installment of the Persona series and I suggest just playing this one since it's the best and most accessible out there. Although 30 fps, the graphics are stunning from the anime avatar and scenes to the stylist menus and interface. Implanting a turn based combat is hard nowadays but Persona 5 is able to make combat so much fun. The music, weakness mechanic, varieties of personas, voice overs, and battle animations makes grinding the dungeons much more tolerable. The non-combat life gameplay is also just as good. There's enough places from Japan, activities, and people to bond with to distract you each day since the game goes by day to day. The moodiness story gives the atmosphere a sad feeling but gets more joyful and intense as the story progress. I'm also fond of the characters and their (English for me) voice actors that are correctly spaced out throughout the game. Easily this game takes up 100+ hours to finish from start to finish and you will get addicted. Persona 5 is perfect for anime JPRG fans and I think even if you aren't, there should be something appealing you will get if you decide to embark on this long and rewarding trip. P.S: Can't wait for the Royal Edition to come out, which would probably enhance the game more than I think.
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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 27, 2020
    10
    One of the best games I've ever played. It is even better then P5R, because the story makes more sense in the original and it isn't overloadedOne of the best games I've ever played. It is even better then P5R, because the story makes more sense in the original and it isn't overloaded with to much content. 95h is long enough. Expand
  4. GVB
    Mar 12, 2021
    10
    I don't know what to say except that it's almost a perfect game. The feels... The feels!! Endearing characters and moments that you will notI don't know what to say except that it's almost a perfect game. The feels... The feels!! Endearing characters and moments that you will not be able to get out of your head, outstanding music and plot and a lot of interesting mechanics. The Persona games are the true evolution of jrpgs! Expand
  5. Apr 5, 2017
    10
    Best JRPG to come out in a while. One of those rare games that defy the current trend of action rpgs and open world games. It goes to showBest JRPG to come out in a while. One of those rare games that defy the current trend of action rpgs and open world games. It goes to show that you don't need realistic graphics to be a great game. The story is great and the characters are likable. Easily a 2017 candidate for GOTY.

    This is a great game to get into for new and old fans alike.
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  6. Feb 20, 2022
    9
    Took me a long time to get through but I enjoyed the whole thing. Some segments drag and there are some instances of terrible writing, butTook me a long time to get through but I enjoyed the whole thing. Some segments drag and there are some instances of terrible writing, but it’s flaws mostly get obscured amidst all the good. Expand
  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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