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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: 96 out of 97
  2. Negative: 0 out of 97
  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
    93
    If the opening hours of Persona 5 are like starting a massive novel, then the closing hours are like finishing one, complete with the bittersweet finality of turning the last page. But it also carries an immense sense of satisfaction. After 100 hours of playing, all of my big questions were answered. I understood the characters, I knew my way around the world, and I had fun almost every step of the journey. You become a resident of Persona 5 the more you play it, and it has the rare ability to transport in a way few games can.
  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: 32 out of 717
  1. May 3, 2018
    10
    best rpg i ever play so far. The art is unique and good, story is perfect and hype, game play is very "persona". It gonna be hard for everyonebest rpg i ever play so far. The art is unique and good, story is perfect and hype, game play is very "persona". It gonna be hard for everyone to love it but it is really good and i spend 120 hrs to play it 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. Nov 20, 2017
    10
    A beautiful game with a wonderful and long story.
    The game is fun, the game focuses on the cinematic sections, you have to watch the
    A beautiful game with a wonderful and long story.
    The game is fun, the game focuses on the cinematic sections, you have to watch the cinematic sections to understand the story.

    The game is beautiful and it takes a very long time to end it ..

    "The game is beautiful and you have to try it because it is a truly amazing experience.
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  4. 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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  5. May 23, 2017
    10
    This is my first Persona game, and although I was skeptical prior to purchasing the game, I can say with confidence (after about 60 hours ofThis is my first Persona game, and although I was skeptical prior to purchasing the game, I can say with confidence (after about 60 hours of gameplay and still much more to go since I believe I am a little above the halfpoint) that I do not regret the decision. I believe it has been a long while since I truly, genuinely enjoyed a game this much. Everything about it, up to the brilliantly addictive music, pleasing graphics, fun and unique game mechanics, incredibly deep and dark storyline, and the fact that EVERYONE has a story and isn't just some plain side character (which I find to be realistic in terms of real people each having their own story and baggage in their life) has helped me like the game more and more.

    My roommate and boyfriend have mostly been watching me play and everytime I pick up my controller to play Persona, they're quickly getting situated with me on the couch to watch me play and now they've started their own files on my game. One of my favorite things about Persona 5 is that some games promise longer hours of gameplay by creating irritating difficulty spikes as the story progresses to make the game longer, and yes Persona 5 does have one difficulty spike around the third dungeon, however it's easy to get over with a bit of grinding, and the gameplay is enjoyable enough to not mind much. But overall, the game itself is definitely long because the story itself is actually quite long, not just because gameplay and dungeon grinding is forced to be long. Additionally, there is a Casual, Easy, Normal, and Difficult setting to appease all types of gamers from the ones who would rather sit back and enjoy the story to those who prefer a challenge.

    I will say that some of the mechanics in the game are a bit frustrating to deal with, particularly the hiding/stealth mechanic. Although the hiding actions and movements are flashy and very cool, it's a bit stressful and difficult to position your character in the right way to be able to ambush enemies. I have found myself accidentally moving out of a hiding spot and getting spotted by an enemy more than once. However despite this, I feel like all of the other positives of this game definitely make up for the minor inconveniences.

    I personally also love games that allow me to appreciate and like most of the characters (or at least the cast of protagonists), and although I will admit that I am slightly bothered by the voice of one of the characters, I generally enjoy all of the characters' voice acting, personalities, and backstories. I thought some of the characters would fit into generic tropes, and although they did fit into tropes a bit, there was still some more added flavor and depth to the characters to avoid making the characters to bland and predictable.

    Overall Persona 5 has been crafted to fulfill the needs of many types of gamers, and I, as a casual gamer who usually plays games for likable characters and great stories, am very pleased and invested with this game, and I am excited to fully complete the game and unravel more of the story. This game is definitely worth trying out.
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  6. Apr 16, 2017
    9
    Game could easily be a 10 but i don't think anything is perfect but as my first persona game, holy **** this game consumed me currently at 80Game could easily be a 10 but i don't think anything is perfect but as my first persona game, holy **** this game consumed me currently at 80 hours play time and still not finished, literally i have played nothing but P5 since it released. Then there's has New game + which i feel is encouraged as i don't think you can max everything on one play-through unless you follow a guide, there's so much to do each day from building Social links with other characters and your party, grinding your social attributes and smaller tasks like training to build up HP or crafting tools for dungeons.

    There are so many personas too, i love finding a new one and capturing it or fusing personas i already have to get a new one. Each of the party members/other characters are interesting (personally some more than others feel fleshed out or likeable). I love the themes that come up in this game in each story arc, they're pretty twisted like the first dungeon being a Teacher who thinks the school is his own castle and thinks of the female students as his playthings.

    At first i thought the time restrictions was annoying as it holds your hand quite a bit at least until after the first dungeon or palace as they're called in game but once it passed this point i had this "need to just get to the next day" because i could rank up a character social link or a twist in the story happened like that "one more episode" feeling when you watch a TV series and before i realised it was 3am....

    P5 is easily worth its price for the time it will take to complete if you're into J-RPGs i feel i could play through it at least a 2nd time upon my first completion but possibly even a 3rd with everything maxed out as it is just so addictive.
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  7. May 19, 2019
    0
    Wayyy to addicting. If I didn't take a few breaks here and there, I would have been sucked into the game. It handles the turn-based combatWayyy to addicting. If I didn't take a few breaks here and there, I would have been sucked into the game. It handles the turn-based combat system the best out of probably any game. It has an amazing story of which characters you feel personally related to. You have a million things to do in town and the best of all, amazing waifus. Expand

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