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Generally favorable reviews- based on 3691 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: 33 out of 738
  1. Jan 31, 2018
    10
    The best ps4 rpg and one of the best of all time. Unique and fun battle system. Excellent RPG!
  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 15, 2017
    10
    Awesome game, with awesome mechanics.
    The kind of future for the turn bases jrpgs, its just a fresh game, of course it´s not perfect, but
    Awesome game, with awesome mechanics.
    The kind of future for the turn bases jrpgs, its just a fresh game, of course it´s not perfect, but what the game do fine it does it perfect.
    Good Story, good characters and a freakin awesome soundtrack the best of the year in mi opinion.
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  4. Apr 4, 2017
    10
    The best Persona game, one of the best SMT games and probably the best jrpg we will see this generation. Beautiful art, beautiful soundtrackThe best Persona game, one of the best SMT games and probably the best jrpg we will see this generation. Beautiful art, beautiful soundtrack and a new improved battle system that builds on an already great battle system. Good plot and interesting characters as always. Easily over 80 hours of gameplay. We waited too many years for the 5th entry and oh boy does it deliver. If you are a fan of anime and jrpgs, just buy this game. If you are a fan of anime, just buy this game. If you are a fan of jrpgs, just buy this game. Expand
  5. May 5, 2017
    10
    I've been playing Persona since 3. I freaking love this series and this one does not disappoint (despite a certain cat's nagging). This gameI've been playing Persona since 3. I freaking love this series and this one does not disappoint (despite a certain cat's nagging). This game absorbed my free time unlike any other story driven game has in a long while. I appreciate that they take on some uncomfortable topics, and attempt to show them with some tact, bringing a maturity to the series in contrast to the happy go lucky feel of 4. I love how Persona games are always super stylized, and I must say this one brings style in spades. Expand
  6. Apr 26, 2017
    9
    If you like great characters that are relate-able, and a "complete" and satisfying story. Buy this game.

    If you don't enjoy anything anime
    If you like great characters that are relate-able, and a "complete" and satisfying story. Buy this game.

    If you don't enjoy anything anime related, if you don't enjoy single player games, if you prefer call of duty games over a well told story, don't buy it.

    After being disappointed with FF15, this game filled that void for me.
    9/10. It's not a prefect game, but it's just as good as the classic JRPG's for me. It brings back memories of why I loved playing JRPG's in the 1990s. Thank you Atlus.
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  7. Nov 15, 2018
    0
    Extremely overrated: the story is bad and it pales in comparision to Persona 4, superior to it in all possible ways. The gameplay beingExtremely overrated: the story is bad and it pales in comparision to Persona 4, superior to it in all possible ways. The gameplay being uninspired doesnt help either but I'd forgive it if the story was at least all right. Expand

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