Fans of the Persona Series won’t have to wait much longer for the sixth entry in the series. Persona 5 will once again let players dive into the lives of students, this time adopting the guises of thieves. Long term fans might notice a suspicious lack of demons in this description, but don’t worry, they make an appearance soon enough. The game will be in Japanese with English Subtitles and will be priced at S$79.90. You can buy it at either physical copy in retail stores or from the PlayStation store. If you want to pre-order, you still can by following this link.
Persona 5 and the return of the RPG
The Persona series is a long established franchise, going as far back as 1996 for the original PlayStation in Japan and the United States. Anyone who has played the series before will need no motivation to check this next instalment out. However, if you have never tried a Persona game before, this might be a good starting point. Much like the Final Fantasy series, the titles are not connected, with only references to the past game.
More importantly, however, it scratches that RPG itch which might not have been achieved so far in 2017. Mass Effect: Andromeda has been met with a collective internet shrug. The latest Zelda game Breath of the Wild has received glowing praise but required buying a Nintendo Switch. Other titles carry the moniker RPG but do not truly deliver on what makes an RPG great: immersive stories with a plethora of characters with independent character arcs. If that is what you want, Persona 5 might well be the game for you. Especially if you like your RPG mechanics and plot to be mixed with high school drama and a coming of age story that deals with the escape from societal pressures.
Critical Reception of Persona 5
Whilst the game is still a week away, Persona 5 launched in Japan last September to very high review scores. The first English language review, which was published in the Offical PlayStation Magazine – UK, which gave it a perfect 10/10. Reviews from other outlets will be coming within the next couple of weeks, but it looks like this is going to be yet another well-received entry into the franchise.
To add to any excitement you might have, this is the first Persona game to get a current gen release, as Persona 4 was first released on the PS2 and then ported to the PS Vita. If you have been holding off on buying a console so far, this might be what finally sways you one way or another. Or just have a look at the positive responses the game has enjoyed so far on the official Reddit page.