Persona 5 Review – Back To School

What a bunch o’ jokers…

Developer: Atlus
Publisher: Atlus
Format: PS3, PS4 (reviewed)
Released: April 4, 2017
Copy provided by publisher

It’s not often I sink 120 hours into a game in just two weeks, and usually doing so feels like an absolute chore pushed through solely for work purposes. Honestly, I really didn’t mind spending almost all day, every day, for multiple weeks being a magic Japanese school boy. Persona 5 made trading any semblance I had of a social life for a fake one full of talking cats and jock punks seem like a worthwhile and valuable use of my time.

God It feels weird to have finished something that consumed my life so fully.

Persona 5 is an RPG where you play as a japanese teen who, after preventing a powerful politician from sexually assaulting a woman, finds that same politician framing him for the assault. As a result he’s kicked out of school and sent from his small town to Tokyo, and a big city school that’s better equipped to deal with “problem students”.

He meets an eclectic group of archetypical classmates, then bumps into a talking magical cat and realises that he’s going to have to split the next year between managing a standard life as well as fixing some otherworldly bullshit. In that regard, it’s pretty standard Persona series fare.

If you’ve ever played a Persona game before, the core flow of the game here is largely unchanged. You have to split your time between managing your social bonds, attending school, practicing for tests, earning money at a part time job, reading books to beef up stats and tackling the occasional long form story dungeon.

There are only so many days available in the game, with certain events locked to set date ranges, so it’s highly likely on a first playthrough you’ll in some ways fail to utilise your time perfectly, and I certainly feel some room in P5 to come back a few months down the line and try refocusing my time in certain parts of a repeat playthrough.

If you’ve not played a Persona game before, don’t stress about the 5 in the name, it’s a completely stand alone title.

The most notable way Persona 5 differs from past entries in the series is the vastly improved approach the game has to dungeon design. While Persona 3 and 4 featured randomly generated labyrinth style dungeons that largely gated progression through sheer forced grinding and did little to clarify intended paths of progression, Persona 5’s dungeons are unique crafted spaces.

This shift from randomly generated content to actual designed levels helps a lot with the overall quality of the design, taking areas from grind fests to spaces that felt like I as a player could actually plan paths of least resistance and work towards a known goal.

The shift away from randomly generated labyrinths also allows for areas to be a lot more visually and thematically tied to the unfolding story, acting as mirrors of areas from the game twisted in interesting ways. This really helps the dungeons to feel more tied into what’s happening in the rest of the game.

The combat flow inside of dungeons is also considerably altered in P5 with a focus placed on successful stealth before engaging in combat.

Here’s the short version – If you fight an enemy without sneaking up on them, or are caught mid-sneak, a bar within that dungeon fills by 15% and if you defeat a set of enemies it drops by 5%. If the bar hits 100% then you are booted out of the dungeon for that night, meaning that you’ll need to spend an additional in-game day attempting to complete the dungeon rather than making any other uses of your time.

The stealth system on the game is simple and stylish with easy options to hop behind cover and lunge at enemies that will likely pose no mechanical interest veteran stealth game players. Someone like me, who sucks at stealth mechanics, gets to feel consistently cool and in control. So long as I took a few seconds to think about where I was heading and my route there, I was able to avoid the vast majority of non stealth encounters with relative ease.

The use of lost time as a punishment for failed stealth feels like a brilliant level of punishment because of how keenly aware I was at all times of the feeling I was already missing content passing me by in game.

However, if you are a fan of those randomly generated dungeons or just want to grind out levels in an environment that isn’t a fixed story environment, Persona 5 does include an optional way to experience that content in the form of Mementos.

Mementos are endless randomly generated dungeons that remove the stealth elements from dungeon traversal, allow level grinding without having to revisit old environments, and allow the story dungeons to be made more story tied and tight while not closing off the old style dungeons as an option for players. I really feel like in that regard Persona 5 fit in the best of both worlds.

The combat in Persona 5 is still largely the same turn based combat system from earlier Persona games with a few minor tweaks that I think largely benefit the overall flow of the game.

The biggest of these combat changes is an increased focus on elemental attacks. If you successfully work out an enemy or enemy type’s elemental weakness and attack them with it you’ll knock that enemy down allowing for an out of order followup attack. If you can successfully knock all enemies in a fight down simultaneously you can either finish them off with a cool team wide finishing move or talk to them.

Previously employed in the Shin Megami Tensei series but not in the last couple of Persona games, talking to a group of downed enemies will allow you to attempt to recruit them as Pokemon style summons for the protagonist, as well as asking them for money or items. This is done via a slightly wonky dialogue tree that requires some guesswork to ascertain what sort of response will get the enemies to co-operate rather than run, but it does feel cool to occasionally add a badass creature to your toolset mid dungeon.

I do however wish working out what to say to enemies was a bit more clear and less convoluted.

Outside of the mechanical stuff which all either is as it was in Persona 4 or improved, the overall presentation in Persona 5 is pretty stellar. While it’s not a technical powerhouse in terms of pushing the PS4 to its limits, the bright crisp over the top art style really gives P5 a solid unique identity. It’s the kind of game I could be hard pressed not to recognise from any given screenshot. The music is also some of the best the series has seen, mixing jazz, classical, orchestral rock and J-Pop beats into a catchy blend I’ve been listening to on loop while writing my review.

The writing is up to the Persona series usual high standards. It’s a slow burn of a game, the kind of game you need to be willing to sit down and focus on to experience properly rather than just rushing through dialogue.

While some are going to be annoyed by the sometimes glacial pacing, I personally loved the day to day flow the same reason I tend to enjoy my first few weeks with an Animal Crossing game. I got quickly invested in the game’s wider cast, the ways their day to day lives evolved, and I was more than happy to sink countless hours into delving into building relationships with a fascinating group of people.

Honestly, I only have one major gripe with Persona 5, and it’s a gripe that I’m not sure is unfair or not. A big part of my ability to invest as much time as I did into Persona 4 Golden was due to it being playable on the Vita, a portable system, and Persona 5 being locked to home consoles (PS3 and PS4) does somewhat hamper my ability to integrate it into my life. While I usually want to be playing the game’s big sprawling dungeons on a TV, the slow intricate social life management sections of Persona are honestly perfect fodder for playing on the sofa while watching TV or on a quick bus ride to pass the time.

As someone who has spent a lot of time with the Switch recently, and who loved the hell out of the Vita during that year or two it was getting regular games released on it, I really did find myself at times wishing this game had some kind of portable version. It just felt like the social life aspects of the game might have been more at home when I experienced them on the Vita in P4G.

Still, the fact that’s my biggest complaint in 120 hours of JRPG says a lot. I was damn impressed by Persona 5, and will certainly be returning to it once I’ve had a few months to decompress from this super concise playthrough. I played 120 hours in just a couple of weeks and damn it was a lot of fun.

8.5/10
Great

Mongoose
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Mongoose

Besides the dialogue tree being kinda weird which has been a complaint for the Shin Megami Tensei series in general, what other major criticisms were there besides it not being portable? I want to understand why a 8.5 or not a 9 or a 10. In my eyes giving it a 8.5 means that it has one or two major things holding it back but they don’t seem to be mentioned. I’m just curious since I do love the Persona series but I’m not blind to how wonky it can be.

Fallen Prime
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Fallen Prime

Slow pace and dialogue with enemies.

Veo Kye
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Veo Kye

So… being a Persona game is what is holding it back? Pacing has always been an issue. Dialogue… has always been an issue as well when it was added in the older games.

Fallen Prime
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Fallen Prime

Like I said further down, it’s those little touches that may make Persona less appealing to others.

But yeah, the wonky dialogue trees, enemy dialogue confusion and molasses pacing contributed to the score, as did the lack of a portable version.

Tord Laudal
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Tord Laudal

hmm… i didnt have much problems with either dialogue or pacing in p3 fes or p4g .

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown

It’s simple. She’s saying that this game is exactly the same as Uncharted 4.

Mongoose
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Mongoose

Uncharted is a very shallow game imo.

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown

That’s fine, but we’re not discussing opinions. We’re discussing review scores which as we all know are objective fact and can be used to compare wildly different games with exact precision.

Ryan
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Ryan

Man i wish if Atlus bring this to Switch,P4G is my favorite handheld game of all times

George
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George

apparently they are making shin megami tensei 5 for the Switch.

DickardDeckard
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DickardDeckard

Good read.
Thanks, Laura!

Mattux
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Mattux

OH NOES WE GOT A LOW LOW SCORE OF…
…8.5?
Really guys? I love Persona as much as the next guy, but let’s not get into the Zelda BOTW levels of salt here.

RaikuNH
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RaikuNH

The first few lines made me think she was going to hate it. Glad that’s not the case.

Mattux
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Mattux

Same here, I’m glad that the “lowest” score for this game right now is an 8/10

Ryan
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Ryan

Persona 4 is better than any Zelda title …..

RaikuNH
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RaikuNH

Them’s fighting words.

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown

Well, this one is objectively better than Breath of the Wild clearly. You can’t fight that, it’s math.

RaikuNH
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RaikuNH

Damnit, you’re right. Still not as good as LttP.

Tord Laudal
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Tord Laudal

haha off topic, but i actually started lttp for the first time yesterday and played alot today… dont see it beating p4g or p5 if as good for me tough.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

There is a great deal of hyperbole going on in this comment section. Both positive and negative.

Tord Laudal
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Tord Laudal

fair enough

RaikuNH
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RaikuNH

To be fair, it was my first game. So there’s some noatalgia there.

Tord Laudal
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Tord Laudal

fair enough , nothing wrong with that really. Alot of older games i prefer over new once, i love deus ex, planescape torment , suikoden 2, mother 3 etc. Even tough on most days i would argue p4g is my favourite game ever… but then again i am carefully about saying best game because thats more like and opinion based and there cant be a game that everyone will agree that is the best.

Tvirus Getz
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Tvirus Getz

Persona 4 legitimately bored me to tears by the halfway mark

3 was better

RifleAvenger Sashiro
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RifleAvenger Sashiro

Only if by “3” you mean “P3P.” Base P3 is painful between horrible social links on the real world side (“heeeeey man, wanna score some older women with me?” guy and the garbage bin of shit B-character waifus, while having 0 social links with male party members) and your party being controlled by pants-on-head AI in the dungeon crawls.

Tvirus Getz
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Tvirus Getz

dunno about the original, but yeah, P3P is the one i played

Mongoose
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Mongoose

Still I just wonder what were the things holding it back besides the wonky dialogue tree and it not being portable.

Mattux
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Mattux

Most games won’t appeal for everyone dude. This game will probably be a fucking 10/10 for me, but I do understand that it won’t be the same for everyone. Maybe there were times she felt something was wrong, but at the time of writting couldn’t remebember what it was? In any case the most important thing to remember is that the review was still positive and that is all that matters.

Tord Laudal
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Tord Laudal

yeah true enough, i guess thats why ppl keep saying persona is niche or whatever

Jokerman89
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Jokerman89

A thejimquisition review once again sitting on the bottom of metacritic, makes them seem out of touch.

Mattux
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Mattux

Edge gave it an 8/10, the review just isn’t out yet.

JonnyDoLake
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JonnyDoLake

-0.5 than a bunch of other reviews. Definitely out of touch…

Ketsuban
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Ketsuban
Or, crazy idea, thejimquisition actually uses all the numbers in a grading scale. 8.5 is “Great”. You can go look at the score guide, it’s better than “something that could prove immensely enjoyable to a majority of people, if not everybody” with “one or two noteworthy blemishes on their records, something holding them back, but nothing so major as to not be worth a lot of peoples’ time and energy” but worse than “excellence in almost every area, or at least a consistently delightful experience from beginning to end” with problems “of a negligible variety… such as ‘I wish there… Read more »
Mando44646
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Mando44646

I’d die to have a portable Persona 5 on Switch

Astralfury
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Astralfury

I feel this would be a poor bargain for you but everyone else would appreciate your sacrifice

BrunoXX
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BrunoXX

Will never happen….ATLUS told already: Only PS3 & PS4, to stop the rumors about a switch version (I think that Sony paid some money for this).

Sned
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Sned

Please can everyone actually read the review before commenting. Laura has many more criticisms other than “It’s not portable”. Don’t think like that’s only reason she knocked it down a couple of points.

Veo Kye
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Veo Kye

Can’t… wanna avoid spoilers… Nothing against her, of course, but since the review was released several days ahead of the game, it’s to be expected. Even so, 8.5 is a good score in my book and I was going to play the game even if it had a 0.

Tord Laudal
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Tord Laudal

i read it and i only found two gripes that and having some probably with what to say to the enemies still 8,5 feels a bit strict ,but hey is opinions and if is better then 4 golden , then i wont complain either way as 4 golden is my fav game so.

Emily Richards
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Emily Richards

Review is kind of disappointing. Not because the score. But because I don’t feel she did a good job explaining what the games flaws were. She spends like 2 paragraphs talking about it not being on Vita.

Don’t get me wrong, I put easily 200 hours on my vita for Persona 4 and Golden. I understand why she would want this on Vita. I get it. But this literally has no bearing on the game itself.

I’m about 15 hours into the game, and there is just so many things to talk about, that isn’t in this review.

FireEmblemFan
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FireEmblemFan

Flaws in a persona game?

RaikuNH
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RaikuNH

They exist. The first one did not age well IMO.

John Mark
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John Mark

But it CAN be on Vita with remote play. She should try that.

Fallen Prime
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Fallen Prime

Fifteen hours into a game that comes out next week? Is there something I’m missing here?

CitizenErased
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CitizenErased

Some already have the game, imported or otherwise.

Alex
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Alex

I had an anxiety breakdown at the end of 2008 and never finished Persona 4. I like to think I’ll finish Persona 5. If I wasn’t busy with the Great Gaming Flood of 2017 I’d try to go back and finish P4. (I’m juggling Horizon, Zelda, Pokemon, and Nier.)

RaikuNH
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RaikuNH

Good luck!

Tvirus Getz
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Tvirus Getz

yeah, I wish it were portable too
having played 3, 4 and Q all on handhelds, having to play a persona on console is gonna feel weird

Alex Olinkiewicz
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Alex Olinkiewicz
I HATE YOU LAURA…. No, not because you gave the Sequel to my 2nd Favorite Game of All Time a 8.5. But because you got to fucking play the Sequel to my 2nd Favorite Game of All Time, while I still have to wait 6 MORE FUCKING DAYS to play the Sequel to my 2nd Favorite Game of All Time!!!! Though personally I’m not bothering to read your review, because I have been avoiding every Trailer and Article about P5 like the Plague, the less I know the better my first experience I’ll get will be. But man, this has… Read more »
Fallen Prime
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Fallen Prime

I’m just resigning myself to be the “it’s Laura, not Jim” guy for the thread.

Alex Olinkiewicz
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Alex Olinkiewicz

Opps, didn’t know Jim had others doing reviews on his site as well.

Fallen Prime
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Fallen Prime

Not regularly, but this one was outsourced. This is her… third, I wanna say.

Gurphardt
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InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

I love your FFXV screenshot! How far were you from Hammerhead when you took that?

Alex Olinkiewicz
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Alex Olinkiewicz

Granted, I kind of glad Microsoft decide to make there games available on both Xbone/PC, because sense I have a PS4 and Gaming PC (college work), I really don’t have any reasons to by an Xbone.

Tord Laudal
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Tord Laudal

what is your favourite game of all time? p4g is that for me. So this is good new that most if not all seem to consider this better

Alex Olinkiewicz
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Alex Olinkiewicz
BioShock is my #1 Favorite Game of All-Time, besides from being an amazing game, it’s also the game that turn me into the gamer I am today. Before BioShock, I never was that interested in games, back then I have played games, but I always felt they were nothing more then time wasters (like how we view mobile games), it was only when I gave BioShock a try that I was shown what Video Games are really capable of and now Video Games are part of my life and I’m even taking college classes on Game Development. Also Persona 4… Read more »
Tord Laudal
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Tord Laudal

thanks i was just curious. BIoshock 1 is indead fantastic. Dont quite top 10 for me but ,still one of the best from last gen. I see why some would have it by all means.

Nice i see, yeah p4g is a pretty good entry. There alot of good jrpg , suikoden 2 etc or mother 3 witch i finished a couple of days ago.

But, yeah is good that it turned you unti a gamer or the gamer you are today

Alex Olinkiewicz
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Alex Olinkiewicz

Yep, and hopefully in a few years up, I end up creating a Game that can hold a candle to the likes of BioShock and P4G in greatness

Tord Laudal
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Tord Laudal

wow , good luck. Damn your making games? Sounds cool. Yeah lets hope so , or for that matter persona 5 now as it seems to be even better then golden. But, yeah lets hope you do , good luck, really.

Alex Olinkiewicz
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Alex Olinkiewicz
Tord Laudal
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Tord Laudal

wow nice. Damn these are pretty damn good. The first gif or what we call is just cool. Loving the second picture. And the third one is to fantastic. Yeah you really seem to have a great, great talent.

Alex Olinkiewicz
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Alex Olinkiewicz

Thanks, shows what 1 person is capable of when they have the passion for what they love, unlike those stupid Asset Flippers.

Tord Laudal
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Tord Laudal

true, but to be honest i actually cant recall to have heard of asset flippers.. but yeah fair enough

Alex Olinkiewicz
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Alex Olinkiewicz

Oh you never seen any of Jim Sterling videos ? Check out his recent Jimquisition video, he talked about Asset Flippers.

Tord Laudal
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Tord Laudal

i have seen some of his videos, some of them are pretty good. Not really agreeing with his review except perhaps undertale, but yeah i cant recall seeing that one, but yeah perhaps i should do that

Cheesy12
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Cheesy12
Alex Olinkiewicz
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Alex Olinkiewicz

LMFAO… I didn’t notice that my face was PhotoShop…

Though truth be told Nier: Automata would be missing, because I made the hard choice, but to trade-in with Amazon. I mean I enjoyed the game, and happy to have supported the Developers for creating the game, but the game just didn’t fully grab me.

Xyra
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Xyra

Great review, I am really looking forward to sinking my teeth into this game.

And 8.5 is probably well deserved if P3 and P4 are anything to go by. There are definitely dead space moments of dungeon crawling and repetitive gameplay loops in the older games that really hold them back.

Gurphardt
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It would be really cool if one of these Persona games people seem to hold in such high regard came out on a platform I actually own.

Fallen Prime
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Fallen Prime

To future commenters on this article who see the 8.5 as some kind of personal slight: I’m sure Persona is near and dear to you. It certainly is to Laura, and she gave it a great score to reflect her enjoyment of 5. So please, for everyone’s sake, DO NOT ZELDA THIS UP.

dougalicious
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dougalicious

Spends 120 hours playing it over 2 weeks.

One major gripe is it’s not portable.

Considering I couldn’t give less of a shit if a game is on a portable system, this basically equates to a 10/10 review for me.

Fallen Prime
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Fallen Prime

She does explain WHY it’s a gripe for her, though, and goes into other details that, while not WHOLLY gripes, could sour the experience for others.

Reading more than the last two paragraphs is key.

Seth Davies
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Seth Davies

It’s almost like the content of the written review is more important than the score… bonkers!

Tord Laudal
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Tord Laudal

yeah i wont be suprised if i give it myself, both p3 fes and definitly p4g was that for me

Joe Keckley
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Joe Keckley

Love the review, but i never want portable games if i can help it. As someone who has no time to do anything outside. I’m driving, shopping for groceries, or at a theater. I’ve no time for portable games, and my 3DS is squarely locked to it charger when in use. So, i don’t have a portable life..

I want more portable games to be TV games.

Omega068
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Omega068

Thanks for your perspective Jim! Looking forward to playing this one myself. And yeah I hope it gets a Golden style remake on a portable system, maybe the Switch, at some point.

And guys, don’t get mad if you don’t like the score. He recommends we play the game pretty overwhelmingly. That’s all that really matters.

Fallen Prime
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Fallen Prime

“Thanks for your perspective Jim!”

*Laura

BrunoXX
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BrunoXX

To his excuse: at first I also thought the review was done by Jim….

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

Wow, early review. Nice.

Davorbasic
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Davorbasic

I demand her head on a platter jk

CaptainDustTree
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CaptainDustTree

Before this gets too far out of hand, thanks Laura for a great review. It really showed the genuine enthusiasm you had for it.

Rehanlbp We'd
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Rehanlbp We'd

Burn her … Kappa

Shui Gor
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Shui Gor

That’s unfortunate about your gripe, but if Persona games being ported to handheld is any indication (except the Arena spinoff), chances are P5 will eventually hit the handhelds.

BrunoXX
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BrunoXX

Atlus said: only PS3 & PS4, full period, stop.Definite no Switch,

Beej
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Beej

So who here read the first line in reyn’s voice from xenoblade?

MajorKoenisch
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MajorKoenisch

So your only gripe with the game is that its not portable? Are you fucking serious? Ever heard of Remote Play?

Sned
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Sned

-Someone who only read the last two paragraphs

MajorKoenisch
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MajorKoenisch

Yeah, I want to spent as little time possible reading this in order to maintain my own sanity.

Fallen Prime
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Fallen Prime

Hear that?

That’s the sound of you needing to fix that before making comments like that.

Yes, it DOES sound similar to snide judgment.

MajorKoenisch
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MajorKoenisch

And risk getting spoilered because the reviewer felt like telling me something I’d rather not know? Eh, no thank you.

That’s literally what a synopsis is for. The fact that she repeats the same point twice, pointing out that this is her one major complaint in the game, is telling me all I need to know.

Fallen Prime
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Fallen Prime

I don’t see anything covering the story beats of Persona 5. Just Laura’s short synopsis at the top of the article, which explains the concept of the game and virtually nothing else.

MajorKoenisch
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MajorKoenisch

From another comment here: “Your 3rd and 4th paragraphs are direct story beats that would have been better to find out in-game. Most reviewers think it’s alright to spoil the first few hours of the game, which doesn’t make any sense to me.”

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

Because you take what was said as a spoiler based on word of mouth, I can only assume you also don’t read the back of game boxes or the digital storefront descriptions. Because that’s basically what she did: marketing copy in her own words.

Fallen Prime
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Fallen Prime

Well, having neither played the game nor followed its development/marketing, I have no idea what has or hasn’t been said about the plot. But it LOOKS like a really basic outline.

Gurphardt
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Is finding out someone doesn’t like a game as much as you REALLY so damaging to your psyche that you can’t even be bothered to read their reasons?

Xyra
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Xyra

That is honestly a reasonable gripe. Persona games often get ported to handhelds later down the line, and Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden are both largely better games than their console counterparts. Laura isn’t bringing up portability just because.

Emily Richards
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Emily Richards

It really isn’t though? It has no impact on the game itself.

Xyra
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Xyra

It is a 100+ hour game for the average playthrough with its gameplay loop cut up into smaller segments. The Persona series plays GREAT on a portable system. In fact, the repetitive nature of these games occasionally makes it a slog to stay in front of the TV all day to finish it. I love the Persona games but wanting it as a portable game is totally reasonable.

Also “not a portable game” is probably far from the only reason why Laura rated this an 8.5. Which is still a great score.

Justin Graham
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Justin Graham

Remote play isn’t the same thing as a game designed specifically for portable.

MajorKoenisch
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MajorKoenisch

Its a turn based JRPG, the hell are you talking about? There literally IS NOT A SINGLE GAME more suited for that functionality on the system.

Justin Graham
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Justin Graham

Remote Play isn’t the same thing as a native Vita game, is what I’m saying.

MajorKoenisch
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MajorKoenisch

But come on: It’s at least _something_. Sony already went the extra mile.

Justin Graham
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Justin Graham

Sony hasn’t given a legitimate shit about the Vita in years.

dougalicious
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dougalicious

Seems like a random and inappropriate thing to dock points over.

Kain Klarden
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I can see how that would be. I never finished P3 and 4 to this day just cause I somehow never felt that invested in playing it on a home console. I probably should give the PSP and Vita versions a go, I bet I’ll be able to finish them much sooner. But Persona does feel like something that should fit portable system perfectly, it being more visual novel-y and slow burning.

Cheesehenderson
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Cheesehenderson

This. This right here shows why “not being portable” is a real problem.

Abdeel Morales López
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Abdeel Morales López

wtf? only 8.5? for not being portable?

Justin Howe
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Justin Howe

Hey, an 8.5 is pretty damn good. She evens says that it might be unfair to even count that as a gripe.

Elias T. Pappas
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Elias T. Pappas

But she still does… Loool.

Justin Howe
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Justin Howe

True, but its not like its the end of the world.

Kain Klarden
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you do realise that “biggest complaint” doesn’t equal “only complaint”, right?

Max Smith
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Max Smith

What’s the other complaints?

Fallen Prime
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Fallen Prime

From the looks of it, a couple of not-for-everyone things. “Glacial pacing” stuck out to me, more for the phrasing.

CaptainDustTree
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CaptainDustTree

Opaque requirements for talking to things as well.

Gurphardt
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TRY READING IT.

Sned
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Sned

“slightly wonky dialogue tree that requires some guesswork to ascertain what sort of response will get the enemies to co-operate rather than run”

“I do however wish working out what to say to enemies was a bit more clear and less convoluted.”

“some are going to be annoyed by the sometimes glacial pacing”

Are these enough for you?

Emily Richards
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Emily Richards

Maybe she should do a better job going into her other complaints then. If your readers don’t exactly know how you arrived at the score, there is a problem with the review.

Score itself is fine. But I don’t actually know enough to understand why she arrived at that specific score (and I feel she doesn’t go into much details about the positives either).

Max Smith
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Max Smith

I agree. The review seemed Overwhelmingly positive.

Kain Klarden
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I’d agree if not for the fact, that most of the comments might’ve just read the last paragraph and the score. Because some reviewers do the full summary of Goods and Bads there. Some don’t (I usually don’t mention anything or just one particular thing, like Laura did in this case, for example). Cause… well, that’s why review is being written – so you read it from top to bottom and think “hey, that sounds like something I’d like to check out”, or otherwise.

George
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George

Read Jim Sterling’s score guide on this page. It has a break down and will probably answer the question.

Fallen Prime
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Fallen Prime

Hey, look at it this way.

Persona 5 is as good as Uncharted 4.

Axel Tidehorn
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Axel Tidehorn

They’re essentially the same game.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

Which means Quantum Break is blatantly better than both of them.

Tord Laudal
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Tord Laudal

yeah well for me if is better then p4g i will be happy as p4g is litteraly my favourite game ever so.

HvnlyDaze
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HvnlyDaze

you’re acting like an 8.5 is a bad score lmao

dougalicious
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dougalicious

Yup. I hope the same standard is held to every console or PC release she reviews afterwards.

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