「クソみたいな大人とか。。。社会？そんな奴らを全員改心させっちまいんじゃないかと思ってよ」 – 坂本竜司、 ペルソナ5
“Those rotten adults…or even the society itself? I’m thinking of reforming them all” – Sakamoto Ryuuji, Persona 5
Persona 5 is a game that we’ve been waiting for a very long time. It was first rumored to be released for PS3 on Winter 2014. And then delayed once again to Winter 2015 for PS3 & PS4. And then it got delayed the third time & lastly to Summer 2016 and then was released on 15 September 2016 as a PlayStation 4 Exclusive.
Before we go into an in-depth review of the game, please take a look of the trailer below to get the “feel” of the game.
Alright, you have seen the trailer of the game, are you excited about the game? Of course you are! By the way, you can’t take screenshots or record video in-game 5 minutes after the prologue. And then i need you guys to look at another video before we go into the actual review. It’s the first 17 minutes of the game, it’s free of spoiler.
Have you seen it? Yes, this time the theme is about the “Phantom Thief”. Okay let’s get into the in-depth review
If you already watched the video above, you’ll see that the main character, Kurusu Akira, is jumping around the top of casino, running away from enemies, but then he ends up getting caught by a group of police. Once Akira is awake, he is being roughed up by the police and later on is being interrogated by some woman called Niijma Sae. And then she’ll ask Akira about how he end up here. This is where the story really begins. The game starts as a flashback events during the interrogation.
Akira is your normal country boy. Due to an “incident”, he has to move to Tokyo & Under the protection of Sakura Soujirou, Akira will start living his life in Tokyo for 1 year, where he will encounter many events and meet many friends.
In Persona 5, adults are defined as rotten, and the society is broken. And they make a great job that. Literally every adults that appear in the game seems like they are “bad”. Either their rotten attitude or their rotten heart. The game actually made me think, “Wow, adults are really rotten to their core”. I can’t talk much about the plot of the game, but if you ever played Persona 3 & 4 before, it’s the same routine all over again. Find an objective, met a new party member, he/she awakens their persona, finished the objective, move to the next chapter. The main plot starts pretty weak in my opinion, and then it will rapidly become stronger, and then Atlus will drop a plot twist bomb on your head which was really interesting, at least for me. Also the new social link is called Cooperation. Each cooperation has it’s own story, kind of like a sub-story. Each characters has an interesting Coop story. From an ex-councilor to a “Death” doctor. As per now, there are no indication that there is a “True” Ending for Persona 5.
P.S. : Try completing the Coop Story of Futaba & Soujiro. It’s really good.
A 9/10 for the story.
If you played Persona 3 & 4, you probably know how this game goes. Your days are actually numbered by the calendar & you only have 1 year to spend (although it will be shorter than that due to story events). You’ll have an objective that you have to finish before the deadline. This has been the same since Persona 3. And during that time, you are free to do what you want, including finishing the story dungeon.
You can explore lots of area this time. And some of the place has similar resemblance to the original place. Such as Shibuya (They will have a hachiko statue as well
with a different name)You can open new area by reading magazine that you can buy from the book store. There are Harajuku, Shinjuku, Shibuya, etc. All of the area resembles the original place in the real Tokyo. There are so much things you can do in your free time. You can hang out with your friends, read books, study, watch DVDs, play video games, Batting Center, Food Challenge, Hot Springs, etc. Each actions will increase your “Human Parameter” in some ways, and you can even do Part-time jobs. Oh, and you’ll go abroad for School Trip. Like outside Japan, which is awesome.
Dungeons are divided into 2 types now. There are “Palace” & “Mementos”. “Palace” is a dungeon made for the story events. You can never return to the “Palace” once you’ve completed the objective.
“Mementos” is kind of like “Tartarus” from Persona 3. It’s a long dungeon that you explore over and over again, so try going until the deepest you can go. That’s right, with Mementos, we are going down. You have to wait for the story to move on, before you can go deeper.
The battle isn’t that much different from the previous game, but is it just me or they added new elements to this game? And also “Shoot” category which includes firearms as your side-weapon. The game is actually much easier than the Persona 3 & 4. Why is that? If you miss an enemy during a multi-enemies weak point magic attack on Persona 3 & 4, you won’t get an extra turn. But in Persona 5, you will still get an extra turn even if you didn’t hit all of the enemy with their weak points. So, in some sense it’s much easier. Also, it’s really hard to replenish your SP. The only thing you can do is to equip an accessory that will regen SP every turn. If you are used to playing Shin Megami Tensei series, then this game probably is too easy for you. You can get persona by talking to enemies and ask them to join you. This too, was a thing back on Persona 1 & 2, and they bring it back once again on Persona 5.
Cooperation is an important part of the game. Cooperation Max Rank is 10. Every cooperation character has “skill” that you can unlock after they reach certain rank. And each skills are really useful. And it’s not only your party member, but also the NPC. For example, the Tower Arcana Coop, Ota Shinya, will teach you some “Shooting Skill” that is useful in your actual battle. Also if you Maxed out your party member Cooperation, their Persona will Evolve when you reach Cooperation rank 10.
A solid 10/10 for the gameplay. Why? because it’s fun!
As you can see that it has a very-very stylish art, even the party menu is stylish.
Not only that, the game also has a very beautiful art. You can see some of it on the trailer as well. The town looks really beautiful, even a normal town part resembles the real area in real life.
I think Atlus did a really good job for the graphics, although sometimes the pedestrian looks like ghosts. They have no face and can disappear suddenly. I know that this is put less burden for the rendering, but it could be better. I think they’re trying to implement something they used on #FE Tokyo Mirage.
Another 9/10 for the Graphics
There’s no doubt that the musics are top-notch. I mean, it’s composed by Meguro Shoji. Nuff said. From the normal town exploration to an intense battle, every background music is just awesome.
One of my favourite is “Life Will Change”. Check it on the video down below.
A solid 10/10 for the Music.
- The Verdict
Persona 5 is what i called the game that exceed my expectation. It’s the 2nd JRPG on PS4 that is worthy to be called as an JRPG game (The first one is Tales of Berseria, based on the release date order). Persona 5 is by far the best JRPG on PlayStation 4 at the moment. It brings out the best of Persona series + adding new elements to the series (including Stealth). The story will caught you off guard, intense battle, great exploration, + so many things to do in the game. Finished the game in 110 hours. It was a great experience playing Persona 5.
The Score : 9.5 / 10
Two great JRPGs in a row after Berseria. Doesn’t matter if you never played Persona series before. It’s not related, so you can start right away. If you’re looking for an awesome JRPG with great story, fun gameplay, & awesome music, then start Pre-order the game on your nearest retailer. Only 3 months to go.