Persona 5 is a game about the internal and external conflicts of a group of troubled high school students – the protagonist and a collection of compatriots he meets in the game’s story – who live dual lives as Phantom Thieves. They have the typically ordinary day-to-day of a Tokyo high schooler – attending class, after school activities and part-time jobs. But they also undertake fantastical adventures by using otherworldly powers to enter the hearts of people.
Their power comes from the Persona, the Jungian concept of the “self”. The game’s heroes realise that society forces people to wear masks to protect their inner vulnerabilities, and by literally ripping off their protective masks and confronting their inner selves do the heroes awaken their inner power, and use it to strive to help those in need. Ultimately, the group of Phantom Thieves seeks to change their day-to-day world to match their perception and see through the masks modern-day society wears.
Great story, fantastic RPG elements
Bringing back more of that JRPG goodness that the Persona series is well known for with a story that will just keep you glued to your seat playing for hours and hours. The wait for this game was absolutely worth it!
Persona 5 keeps the same kind of theme for its battle system from the previous Persona games with a few small improvements which still stands up today as being one of the best turn based RPG systems. Playable characters and NPCs are likeable and engaging, to the point where on your first playthrough you may spend far too much time in the games social side and neglecting the RPG grind.
- written on 22nd January 2020