Story - 89%
Graphics - 87%
Audio - 85%
Gameplay - 85%
Replayability - 85%
Heavily story driven with a great art style and audio to boot
Persona 5 is a JRPG with a Heavy story, with an anime on the way with the same name. I spent roughly the first hour just going through dialog and basic navigation. Not that this is a bad thing, in that time it was introducing the story to me. This helped a lot as I have not watched the anime nor have I played any of the previous titles as yet. Persona 5 takes you on the journey of a young second year student in high school who had the proverbial book thrown at him when he intervened on an assault of a woman. The guy trying to harass the lady got hurt in the process and took our protagonist to court. Because of this you are kicked out of school and sent to live with a gentleman who runs a coffee shop called Café LeBlanc and to attend the only school that will now take you in. The school seems harmless enough but strange occurrences begin to happen.
Other strange occurrences are also happening outside the school as well, where people are apparently losing their minds for no apparent reason. Accidents and casualties have put everyone on edge and everyone is seemingly suspicious of you. The very fabric of space is warped and twisted when you find yourself trapped inside a huge castle dungeon. You will need all your wits, Persona and a little help from an unexpected source to escape the castle. That is all I will say about the personas and the characters as they are awesome to see.
The visuals for Persona 5 are fantastic, full of vibrant colors and contrasts. As mentioned earlier, Persona 5 is heavily story driven showcasing scenes from actual anime artistry as well as some really impressive cinematic scenes. The story is also very in-depth with memorable characters. Persona 5 may not be suited to a younger audience; although fictitious it touches on some very concerning issues people are faced with in real life but is conveyed beautifully. The characters are vibrant and relatable as well. There is some language being used so be ready if you are sensitive to this.
Persona 5 is a jazzy and stylish telling of a master thief. I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good story and well balanced combat. The only issue that I do have with it was it took quite some time to get into things and may put off others who aren’t patient. Other than that this is a wonderful game with a huge amount of game time. I have been playing for roughly 6 hours and was surprised to see that my progress bar had only gone up 1%. This engrossing tale makes you want to come back for more.
Reviewed on: PS4
Available on: PS 3
Age Rating: 16
Publisher/Developer: ATLUS / Deep Silver
Estimated RRP: R 850.00
Release Date: 4th April 2017
- Beautiful art style
- Wonderful story telling
- Can take a very long time to get into
- Not for the impatient