July 23, 2019 at 1:23 AM #950
Rating: 5.0 – Flawless
Stole my heart!
Before I start, I just need a moment to say that I’ve played many games over time, but nothing has ever come close to making me feel just how Persona 5 has made me feel. If you’ve been on the fence about this game, don’t hesitate, go out and buy it right now. You won’t regret it.
I’m going to avoid spoilers as much as I can but I will be talking about the first couple weeks of game time just to talk about the story. The story starts out in the middle of everything. The first thing you do is run from a bunch of men in suits across the top of a casino. After you run from them all Joker (MC) jumps out of a window into an ambush and gets caught by the police. A woman from the Public Prosecutors Office comes and interrogates him in the police station after they beat and drugged him. Most of the rest of the game takes place as a flashback. That’s all I’m willing to say about the story but that’s the set up and goddamn it’s a good one. The story is great and has many twists and turns throughout that threw me for a loop. The ending is perfect though and I won’t let anybody try to tell me differently. The lead up to the final boss along with the aftermath and the very end (Valentine’s Day being a particularly great moment) all felt like a perfect way to wrap up this story.
This cast needs its own section because they are amazing. Now I don’t want to delve into spoilers too much so I’m just going to give a brief overview of most of the characters. Joker is probably the best (mostly) silent protagonist I’ve ever seen. Ryuji is the first of the Phantom Thieves that you meet and is actually my favorite character despite the hate he gets. He honestly feels like the most realistic character I’ve ever seen in a game and I commend Atlus for being able to make a character like him. Morgana is the token mascot character that I actually enjoyed having around all the time. Ann is my quarter American model waifu that I enjoyed being with in game to the point that it’s going to be hard romancing another girl in New Game Plus. Yusuke is a very eccentric artist who strives to see the beauty in everything. Makoto is the model honor student/student council president that turns out to be rather badass in game. There also Futaba who is adorable as hell but I can’t exactly talk about her much without spoilers and also Haru (worst girl) but again I can’t talk about her much without a ton of spoilers. I know me describing them like this doesn’t do them justice but it’s the best I can do without spoilers.
The "Press Turn" system is back from previous Persona games and goddamn it’s still amazing. If you don’t know what this is, you basically exploit the enemy’s weaknesses to knock them down, and then you get an extra turn. Once you knock down all the enemies you go into a hold up which is literally all the party members surrounding the enemies shoving their guns in their faces. From there you can either go into a conversation which allows you to capture that demon as a Persona, rob them for money and items, or just mess them up with an All-Out Attack. Using this system is satisfying as hell and it feels great to be able to knock down every enemy in one attack and go straight into an All-Out Attack. Now dungeon-wise, everybody is covered. There’s the linear, hand crafted dungeons known in game as Palaces, and then there’s the randomly generated dungeon, Mementos, that takes after Persona 3’s Tartarus. The Palaces are the manifestations of people’s distorted desires and, as such, are all very different and very unique. Now Persona 5 has two halves, the dungeon crawler that I’ve been talking about, and the more visual novel side of things. You spend your days going to school, hanging out with friends, and living the life of a normal high schooler. During this time you can raise Confidant Links, which show how deep your bond is with that person, by spending time with them. During the different Confidant levels, you unlock new things such as the ability for party members to cure each other of status ailments, or the ability to cook SP recovering curry. I honestly enjoyed this part of the game more than the dungeon crawling on the sole reason that the world just oozes style and it’s relaxing to just run around Tokyo doing things.
This game oozes style. Everything from the soundtrack to the HUD to even the menus, is stylish as hell. If we’re just counting raw polygons then yeah it’s not that impressive but everything comes together to create a perfect presentation. The game runs at 1080p/30fps on PS4 and 720p/30fps on PS3.
I just spent 201 hours and 57 minutes with this game and I’m honestly sad to see these characters go. I’ve never grown attached to characters in anything quite like this. These characters have grown to feel like family over that time. I just hope Persona 5 gets 5000 spin offs just like Persona 4 did.
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