Persona 5 PlayStation 4

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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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  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
    At its core this is a spectacular work of contemporary young adult fiction, one with a strong moral core, angled yet never didactic, expansive yet always focused.
  3. Mar 29, 2017
    98
    This is one of the best games we've ever played. We thought the series had peaked, but Atlus has proved us wrong. Unless you hate RPGs, you shouldn't miss it.
  4. Mar 29, 2017
    93
    If the opening hours of Persona 5 are like starting a massive novel, then the closing hours are like finishing one, complete with the bittersweet finality of turning the last page. But it also carries an immense sense of satisfaction. After 100 hours of playing, all of my big questions were answered. I understood the characters, I knew my way around the world, and I had fun almost every step of the journey. You become a resident of Persona 5 the more you play it, and it has the rare ability to transport in a way few games can.
  5. Apr 30, 2017
    90
    Persona 5 is certainly one of the sleekest and most polished JRPGs I’ve played in years, crowned by intriguing themes, enjoyable plot twists and uplifting moments that will make you smile. While the formula did not change that much since Persona 4: Golden, this is an instant classic that I’ll remember for a long, long time...Persona 5 made me fume, cry, smile and laugh all the way through the 166 hours I played it, and that is doubtlessly a testament to the exceptional experience this ultimate Japanese high schooler simulator provides.
  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. Apr 12, 2017
    80
    The game’s core message feels weak at times, but Persona 5 more than makes up for that with its style, and by showing players a damn good time. Is it the best Persona game we’ve seen yet? Not quite, but it sure is the best-looking one to date.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 363
  1. Apr 5, 2017
    10
    Style - check
    Attitude - check
    Humour - check Story - check Addiction - check Amazing RPG mechanics - check Multiple Playthroughs -
    Style - check
    Attitude - check
    Humour - check
    Story - check
    Addiction - check
    Amazing RPG mechanics - check
    Multiple Playthroughs - check
    BEST JRPG Ever created - check

    GET THIS GAME ASAP!
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  2. Apr 4, 2017
    10
    Persona siempre se ha caracterizado por una narrativa fuera de lo común y cliché, siempre mantiene elementos distractivos que lo diferencianPersona siempre se ha caracterizado por una narrativa fuera de lo común y cliché, siempre mantiene elementos distractivos que lo diferencian del resto de jrpg y siempre apuesta a lo alto. En esta nueva entrega, cada detalle está cuidado a más no poder; todo es brillante y genuino. Nos encontramos con personajes entrañables y carismáticos, una banda sonora destacable, un manejo de colores y del hud de lo mejor que se ha visto hasta la fecha y una historia que ata sus hilos de gran manera. Para cualquier fan de la saga, este juego será completamente de su agrado, y encantará con sus innovaciones sin perder el sello de la saga. Y para los nuevos, será una experiencia única, digno de un juego más que cuidado con pasión y esmero. Verdaderamente, una obra maestra y un juego que no puede faltar en cualquier colección. Expand
  3. 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
  4. Apr 6, 2017
    10
    This could be my favourite game of all time. I don't take this statement lightly. There has been a lot of talk in the media lately about adultThis could be my favourite game of all time. I don't take this statement lightly. There has been a lot of talk in the media lately about adult themes in video games and Persona 5 sets the new standard for what this should mean. Usually adult content refers to harsh language, soft sex scenes or strong horror content. Persona 5 however, takes an adult approach to story telling. Although this is a JRPG it totally bucks the trend of the genre. You will not be searching the land of Xania for the magic crystals to stop lord evil face from destroying happy town. In persona 5, the villains are everyday people.

    Within the first 10 hours of play, the game intelligently covers the topics of assault, child exploitation and most importantly, stereotypes and the way we judge people on the stories we have heard about them/the way they look. I have never seen these kinds of issues explored in such a thought provoking way..... in any medium. The characters are fantastically written, to the point that they actually feel like people. I came to Persona 5 straight from Mass effect: Andromeda and the difference in character development is night and day. the characters here want to go the cinema! they want to talk to you about home work. They text you randomly about what's going on at the moment. They convincingly become your friends. I cannot stress how much i loved these characters. I can't go into specifics as it would be a disservice to anyone you wants to find out the intricacies for themselves but these people will get under your skin at some point in your play-through and stay with you

    I thought i would put an emphasis on the story here as the gameplay mechanics have been discussed extensively in the reviews from sites like IGN, Gamespot etc. I wanted to get the things across that made this a special experience for me personally. So, here we go:
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    1. The most unique and compelling story telling i have ever seen in gaming. If you had the chance to go into someones thoughts and change the way they see the world, would you?

    2. A sense of Style that effortlessly blends Anime, spy movies, teen drama and acid jazz without skipping a beat.

    3. It feels like the developers loved the product they were making. Its oozes out of every corner of the game. Everything has a purpose, there is no fetch quest busy work here. Triple A western developers could learn a lot from Atlus. They have shipped a game that is finished. A rarity in this day and age. its reeks of play testing and quality control.

    4. This is the biggest point. Nothing feels any thing like Persona. I am suffering ( as i am sure many people are ) from open world game overload. The last 3 games i have played ( Zelda, Horizon and Mass effect ) have all had the big world map that you open and sigh at the sheer volume of pointless stuff you still have to tick of the list. Admittedly, Zelda handled this fairly well but every game seems to want you to collect 900 random doodats and visit 19 towers which in turn shows you another 90 things you have to find. I could not finish Mass effect because of this. I got the jungle planet and one of the first side quests asks you to find the missing cargo from a crashed spaceship. upon opening the map there were around ten of these i needed to find. I was supposed to be finding new settlements for the human race, why am i finding your ships lost DVD collection or whatever it is ? Persona doesn't feel like this at all. If there is a crises the party will feel tense, they will tell you that "now is not the time for a visit to the public baths, we are in trouble!" etc. It just feels fresh.

    I don't want to spoil anything so i am going to stop here. Sorry about the random rambling about the game. It just feels special to me. I hope this convinces a few people to take a chance on something different. I promise you won't play anything else close to this on the current generation of consoles. this is a "once every 10 years "kinda game.

    Enjoy the ride
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  5. Apr 29, 2017
    10
    I can't say enough good things about this game. Graphics are bright, Music is perfect for a JRPG of this age and the game continues the legacyI can't say enough good things about this game. Graphics are bright, Music is perfect for a JRPG of this age and the game continues the legacy of the series. I'm only 35 some hours in and barely scratching the surface. Thats a good thing!! Expand
  6. Apr 14, 2017
    10
    Best game ever, mejora P3 y P4, poco mas se puede decir, 100 sobre 10, deja en ridiculo a bazofias como Final Fantasy XV y eleva el género aBest game ever, mejora P3 y P4, poco mas se puede decir, 100 sobre 10, deja en ridiculo a bazofias como Final Fantasy XV y eleva el género a otro nivel. Expand
  7. Apr 22, 2017
    0
    This game is the most absolute piece of **** ever produces. The combat system is terrible, while the story is passably ok, the combat systemThis game is the most absolute piece of **** ever produces. The combat system is terrible, while the story is passably ok, the combat system just makes the game feel drawn out and boring. Expand

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