Persona 5 Image
Metascore
93

Universal acclaim - based on 98 Critic Reviews What's this?

User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4876 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • 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]
    Expand
Buy On

Trailer

Play Sound
Please enter your birth date to watch this video:
You are not allowed to view this material at this time.
Persona 5: The Phantom Thieves Go to Work in the Story Trailer
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.

See all 106 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 55 out of 970
  1. Jul 28, 2019
    10
    Persona 5 is MASTERPIECE.

    If you're new to the franchise don't be afraid to try P5. I hesitated to buy P5 because I had never played a
    Persona 5 is MASTERPIECE.

    If you're new to the franchise don't be afraid to try P5. I hesitated to buy P5 because I had never played a single Persona game and I didn't enjoy turn-based games as much as I used to. However, this game changed my perspective.

    P5 reignited my love for single-player games. I had forgotten how fun turn-based games really were.

    As much as I love Final Fantasy and Pokemon, they've clearly lost their touch. I recently played P3 and P4. I was suprised on how games from 10 years ago is still better than the newer games of this generation.

    Persona 5 is the gold standard for JRPGs. I'm really excited to see if the next Persona game can live up to the standard set by this wonderful game.
    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. Jun 24, 2020
    10
    The only game that i have played for a whole week non stop and never got bored of which was fascinating to me because i can never play gamesThe only game that i have played for a whole week non stop and never got bored of which was fascinating to me because i can never play games for more that 4 hours without getting bored or being to lazy to finish it Expand
  4. Jun 21, 2018
    10
    From a guy that has never played any of the previous Persona games, this game has replaced my previous favourite JRPG. Not many JRPG can matchFrom a guy that has never played any of the previous Persona games, this game has replaced my previous favourite JRPG. Not many JRPG can match up to this one. Every character is amazing and you get really invested into the long story. The game is without a doubt clearly over 100 hours long. The artistic work in this game is on point to perfection! The turn-base system is very smartly executed and you will need to think about what moves to use on certain enemies since every enemies has different element weakness.
    You can pretty much do anything and you have to use your time of the day wisely. You can get a job and earn money, and do many other things.
    This is the dream JRPG game that every fan wanted!
    The soundtrack is on a league of its own! By far the best soundtrack in ANY video game ever! There has been no other game that I can think of that can come close to this full soundtrack list. From the song 'Last Surprise' to 'Life will change' to a simple area map song called 'Price'
    Clearly game of the year for 2017! It's going to take a lot to surpass this as my favourite JRPG.
    Everything about this game is a clean 10/10! I would give it a 11/10 if I could.
    Expand
  5. Apr 10, 2017
    10
    What makes Persona 5 great is its ability to make you live in an entirely different world, in which none of it is spent feeling pointless.What makes Persona 5 great is its ability to make you live in an entirely different world, in which none of it is spent feeling pointless. This game is the king of JRPGs. It encompasses everything that makes a role-playing game fun and puts it into an emotional roller coaster life of a high school gang and their shenanigans against society.

    If you own a PS3 or PS4 this is probably one of the best games you will play, but I put it at a 9 because turn based fighting is not everyone's cup of tea, and there are some issues with transitions between combat and exploration. To me though, this is what an RPG should be. I would say the only thing that may be missing is the ability to customize your own character and have preferences in that regard, but it's the best RPG game I've played in a while.
    Expand
  6. Jun 7, 2017
    9
    Atlus brings us another installment in the Persona series, this being my first time playing in the history of the franchise, should thisAtlus brings us another installment in the Persona series, this being my first time playing in the history of the franchise, should this prevail justice or should it have just stayed in Momentos? let's find out.

    In Persona 5 you play as a high school boy who has just been transferred to Shujin Academy in Tokyo, forced to leave his home after being put on probation for being framed for assault of which he did not commit. Your character stays with a guardian by the name of Sojiro, and upon arriving there you realize there is a strange looking eye app on your phone and you delete it and unfortunately, it keeps popping up on your phone. When you arrive at Shujin Academy you are pretty much the most hated student there because of your criminal past, it isn't until the second or third day you meet Ryuji and Morgana; you are on your way to school and somehow the eye app on your phone activates itself taking you to another world where people who need a change of heart are showing their distorted desires and showing what they think is rightfully theirs, in this case, a palace so your job is to go through the palaces and steal their treasures to change their hearts. After the first occurrence, Morgana explains to you how you are a phantom thief, someone who can go to another world and change the hearts of others, but it is a little more complicated than that in this case, you have to find your next target whether it be a big time crime boss, politician, teacher or hacker; find out where their palace is, invade it, find the treasure, send the calling card, fight this person in order to steal their treasure and this will change their heart. As you progress through the game you will find more companions to go through the palaces with you, Seven others if I am not mistaken.

    The Gameplay in Persona 5 is nothing like I have ever seen before when you are in the palaces you use stealth a lot to ambush your enemies, once you get into a battle it is turn based. This Persona is a bit different from what I have heard you can not grind in 5 as much as you could in others which is unfortunate especially when you want to level up; not only do you level up but your companions do as well and your personas. When you are not out changing the hearts of authority figures you are living your life like a normal high schooler, studying, hanging out with friends, holding down a job, having relationships, taking school tests and exam, and so much more. As you progress through the game you will see your relationships increase with your friends and others which give your perks in and out of the castles.

    Persona 5 was one of those games if I was not playing it I was thinking about it or talking about it, a great game that really brought me into the love of the JRPG world.

    Persona 5: 9.5/10
    Good Job Atlus
    To rent or buy Persona 5 go to gameaccess.ca Canadas number one video game rental service
    Expand
  7. Sep 16, 2020
    0
    The worst Megaten game ever lmao I felt so disgusted with the pedo **** in this game Ugghh

See all 970 User Reviews

Trailers

Related Articles

  1. Metacritic Users Pick the Best of 2017

    Metacritic Users Pick the Best of 2017 Image
    Published: January 5, 2018
    See which albums, games, movies, and TV shows ranked among our users' favorites in 2017.
  2. The Best Videogames of 2017

    The Best Videogames of 2017 Image
    Published: January 2, 2018
    We reveal the best games for each platform in 2017 and see how releases for each console compared last year.
  3. Most Anticipated Video Games of 2017: Sequels, Remakes and Adaptations

    Most Anticipated Video Games of 2017: Sequels, Remakes and Adaptations Image
    Published: January 18, 2017
    In part 1 of our 2017 preview, we look at the 20 most-anticipated videogame sequels and remakes of the year ahead.
  4. Most Anticipated Video Games of 2016, Part 1: Sequels, Remakes and Adaptations

    Most Anticipated Video Games of 2016, Part 1: Sequels, Remakes and Adaptations Image
    Published: January 19, 2016
    Preview 25 notable videogame franchises returning with new titles in 2016, including Uncharted, Mass Effect, Dark Souls, Legend of Zelda, and more.