Persona series is a part of Japanese franchise Megami Tensei and is famous for its anime-like visual style. Persona 5 follows the unnamed main character, a high school student who was falsely accused of assault. He joins the Shujin Academy where he becomes the leading member of Phantom Thieves of Hearts. They are a gang of vigilantes who can to control their Personas and use them in a fight. The Personas are manifestations of people’s personalities that look like fictional characters. The Phantom Thieves accompany the main character in his battles as a party.
The world of Persona consists of two parts. One is the modern Tokyo, in which the main characters live their daily teenagers’ lives. This is the place for most character interactions, including romancing. The other part is Metaverse, a parallel supernatural world that contains Palaces, which are manifestations of people’s malicious thoughts and desires. By day, the main character and his friends attend school and meet friends, and by night, they fight villains in the Metaverse to steal treasures from their Palaces. Battles are turn-based, and characters use a variety of weapons as well as their Personas that provide them with battle magic.
The world that this game creates is one I now feel extremely close to. I think back to moments in the story with nostalgia, as if they happened in reality. Over the 90 hours it took me to complete the game, I've grown so attached to the cast of characters. The feeling this game gave me is one of pure joy, and it will stick in my memory forever.
This is truly an exeptional game. You'll spend no less than 70 hours on it, but the feeling of living a different life in a country far far away, with school friends and epic events will haunt you for months after the game is finished.
Persona 5 is the best JRPG of all time. It achieves this by not overloading itself with unecessary mechanics and giving every element of the gameplay enough purpose to not have anything truly obsolete. The social link system and the fixed time-frame of the protagonists day, helps the game pace itself perfectly. The visuals are stunnig and the aesthetic of every piece of UI and other in game graphics are loud and unusual but harmonious, and this can be said about sound design aswell. The whole look and feel has a unique character. The characters are relatable and not too anime. The story, while sometimes predictable for fans of the series, is executed exeptionally and the player never feels lost in the narrative. This makes Persona 5 enjoyable, even if you´re not to much of a anime fan yourself.
Certainly, if you are ready to steal some hearts, Persona 5 is there to take you on a ride.