Glorious role player
MANY gamers love a good roleplaying game. It enables them to experience what it’s like to live in a fantasy world where physics and logic don’t necessarily apply, which lets us forget about the real world, if only for a brief moment. The massively popular Persona 5 is one such game.
One fine night, the protagonist is walking around and hears a pedestrian calling for help.
It is from a woman who is being harassed by a drunken man. Feeling obligated to help, he strikes down the aggressor. Turns out, the man has political connections and decides to sue the protagonist.
Sometime later, the protagonist is forced to move to Shujin Academy and assume a new life due to the incident. On his first day at school, he finds himself transported to a different realm known as the Metaverse, a demonic version of the usual realm. The Metaverse was originally a realm of hopes and dreams but became corrupted by adult authority figures.
The protagonist then finds himself with a newfound ability to battle the twisted realm — persona powers.
By a twist of fate, he meets a group of people in Shujin Academy who possess the ability to restore the Metaverse to its original realm. Together, they form a vigilante group known as the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, and it is up to them to save the people from corruption and reform the city.
A THINKING GAME
The great thing about Persona 5 is that it has a new setting and story, so you don’t have to worry about playing through all the previous installations to get a clear idea of the game. Despite its name, Persona 5 is actually the sixth entry in the Persona series as there are two Persona 2 games — Innocent Sin and Eternal Punishment.
Persona 5 is a role-playing game that can be stressful at times. You have a specified time to do things and once it is over, there’s no way to go back. During the daytime, you will be going through the game as if you’re playing a student simulator game. This means taking part-time jobs, sitting for exams, and choosing who to spend time with. What you choose to do here can severely affect the outcome of the game.
Night is when you traverse through the treacherous Metaverse, which is also where the bulk of the game’s mysteries come from. This part of the game is more straightforward as it just means going through the dungeons. However, if you end up making mistakes over and over again, there is an in-game threat meter that will continuously increase. The moment the meter fills up, you will be forcibly transported back to reality.
In other words, you can’t just carelessly go through the game if you want a good experience. You need to carefully think about every step you should take, and choose your words wisely. The last thing you need is ending up in a bad situation with no hope of returning, as it means having to start the game all over again.
TURN-BASED COMBAT STILL WORKS With so many technological advances in today’s gaming industry, many believe that turn-based combat systems are obsolete. This is also why many role-playing games now are resorting to a more action-based combat system like Final Fantasy XV. Not only does Persona 5 prove that turn-based combat system still works, it also does an excellent job of it.
In battles, you can have up to four characters in a party at once. Each will have a set of actions they can perform. You have basic commands such as Attack, Guard, Items, and Order (change tactics). Then you have the Persona command that can vary from character to character. With the exception of the protagonist, each character has their own unique Persona. The protagonist can have multiple personas that can be equipped.
You can think of Personas as similar to pokemons; akin to a pet with its own unique set of skills. When you strengthen the Personas, the character equipping it will also become stronger. This is especially important for the protagonist as different Personas will yield different results, allowing for personalisation to fit your play style.
Later on, each character will gain the “Gun” ability, an attack that will have a limited number of bullets that can only be refreshed once you’ve exited a dungeon. Why do you have so many different attacks?
That’s where the weakness system comes into play. If you successfully exploit enemies’ weaknesses, they will be temporarily stunned so you can initiate even more commands.
If the entire enemy party is stunned, you will access a special mode where you are allowed to do combination moves, bribe enemies, or even capture them as part of your Personas. There’s so much depth in the combat system that it takes time to learn it. Once you get the hang of it, it can become quite addictive.
Persona 5 is one of the best Japanese roleplaying games around for the PlayStation 4. It’s no wonder why people all over the world are so excited for the game to be released. The story can be a bit slow in the beginning but once the important plot points start to hit, you will be completely immersed - and it will be tough to stop playing.
To be frank, it’s not a role-playing game for everyone. If you don’t like playing games that require a lot of thinking, it’s best to avoid this. However, if you like a good challenge, this will definitely not disappoint.
Storyline that will keep you hooked into the game
Addictive combat system.
Combat system has plenty of depth, which keeps you from getting bored. Entertaining cast of characters. Choices made by players can have an effect on the story.
Has good replay value.
Story starts out a bit slow in the beginning.
Limited time to do things can be stressful.
Requires a lot of thinking, which can leave players feeling tired.
Gamers need to invest a lot of time into the game to get the full experience.