Persona 5 on PlayStation 3

Inside a casino, during one of their heists, the group known as Phantom Thieves of Hearts is cornered by the police. Unable to escape, the leader of the group (the game's protagonist) is put under arrest, and goes into interrogation. Thus he begins to tell his story. After defending a woman from being harassed by a powerful politician, the 16-year-old protagonist is charged with assault and put on probation, which results in expulsion from his school. Following this, the protagonist is transferred to Shujin Academy in Tokyo, being forced to live at a coffee shop by the name of Cafe Leblanc, under the supervision of a friend of his parents, Sojiro Sakura. After going to school and making a couple of friends, is when the story truly starts.

Persona 5, like its predecessors Persona 3 and Persona 4, takes course during a whole school year and has elements of both social simulator and dungeon crawler. During day time, the player must attend classes, and can choose to spend his free time doing various side activities, like playing sports, fishing, exercising at the gym, watch T.V., going to the movies, going out with friends, taking part-time jobs and so on. There is a new game mechanic, the Confidant system, which is akin to the Social Link system present in previous games, whose sole purpose is to increase interaction with other characters and building relationships. The stronger the bonds with others, the stronger the benefits (usually related to the Personas themselves). This time around, and in reference to older entries in the Shin Megami Tensei franchise, the Personas are obtained through the negotiation system, where the player characters speak with the demons that are fought, and try to persuade them to join the party, through several dialogue options. Players can also demand money or items from the creature instead. The Persona fusion system is still in place, allowing the player to create more powerful Personas by fusing existing ones, while in the Velvet Room. Personas are obtained by visiting Palaces, the dungeons in this game, which are areas given physical form by the desires of corrupt individuals. Unlike previous entries, these dungeons are not procedurally generated, thus having the same layout each time they're visited. Also returning from the first Persona game are guns, which have limited ammo.

The visual presentation is based on the picaresque theme on which the story is founded upon, and is very blatant in the U.I. screens. The thematic color for Persona 5 is red, just like Persona 3 had blue for its main color theme, and Persona 4 had yellow. The game's soundtrack incorporates acid jazz elements, as well as hard rock elements during boss battles, making it distinct from previous titles.
Persona 5 takes place in Tokyo, and follows a silent protagonist after their transfer to the fictional Shujin Academy after being put on probation for an assault he was falsely accused of. During the course of a school year, he and other students awaken to their Persona powers, become masked vigilantes dubbed the "Phantom Thieves of Hearts", and explore the supernatural Palace realm to steal ill intent from the hearts of adults. As with previous titles in the series, the party does battle with supernatural enemies using manifestations of their psyche called Personas. The game incorporates role-playing elements and dungeon exploration alongside social simulation scenarios.

Preparatory work began around the same time as the development of Persona 4, with full development beginning after the release of Catherine in 2011. Returning prominent staff from previous games included director and producer Katsura Hashino, character designer Shigenori Soejima, and composer Shoji Meguro. The game's themes revolved around attaining freedom from the limitations of modern society; the story was strongly inspired by picaresque fiction, and the party's initial Personas were based around the theme of outlaws. First announced in 2013, the game was delayed from its original late 2014 release date so its quality could be further improved. Persona 5 was met with critical acclaim upon its release, with many deeming to be one of the greatest Japanese role-playing games of all time.

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RGuilhermeAPFebruary 26, 2018 @ 10:11 am
This game is beatiful and a masterpiece, it has its flaws but the quality of the game make you forget about them.
Snivy102August 30, 2019 @ 2:54 pm
Presentation: 10, Soundtrack: 10, Gameplay: 9, Story: 7, Fun-Factor: 6. OVERALL: 8.4
Game Information

Platform
PlayStation 3
Developer(s)
P-Studio
Publisher(s)
Atlus
Genre(s)
Action, RPG
NA Release Date
April 4, 2017
JP Release Date
September 15, 2016
EUR Release Date
April 4, 2017
AUS Release Date
April 4, 2017
ESRB Rating
M
PEGI Rating
16+
CERO Rating
C
ACB Rating
MA 15+
MVGL User Score
9.2 by 262 User(s)
MVGL Difficulty Rating
Medium by 87 User(s)
Composer
Shoji Meguro
Official Website
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579 User(s)

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