Video games are starting to change. Micro transactions, loot boxes, and pay-to-play features have begun to dominate the traditional video game industry. Video game companies are making more money than ever off of this new, exploitative style of gaming, and major names like EA and Bethesda are ripe with controversy and customer dissatisfaction. We are going to talk about a good video game that manages to stay outside of this new trend in consumer gaming: Persona 5.
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It is refreshing to see a new game release that stays outside of the dangers inherent in promoting gambling and pay-to-play features. Persona 5 is not misleading in its advertising either, loading the game with everything that is promised and more. While this game entered the global market in April 2017 (right in the middle of the hard-hitting critique concerning EA’s Star Wars Battlefront and the loot box controversy), Persona 5 managed to stay clear of these underhanded design flaws.
So, while Persona 5 and the game production company, Atlus, manage to stay away from these unpopular, profit-driven design flaws, is the game content itself worth playing?
This article is going to take a good look at what Persona 5 has to offer, whether or not the game play is engaging, and how its story, combat style, and overall aesthetic compare to similar games on the market.
What Is Persona 5?
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Persona 5 is a role-playing video game, or RPG for short, that is part of an ongoing series called the Megami Tensei franchise. It was developed by gaming company Atlus and released first in Japan in 2016 then later globally in 2017.
The story takes place in modern-day Tokyo and follows protagonist nicknamed Joker, who is wrongly accused of assault and put on probation. Joker is transferred to Shujin Academy during his probation, during which time he and companion students develop special Persona powers.
All of the students who are awakened to these new powers form a vigilante group. They join together to fight shadow creatures and physical manifestations of their Psyches (called Personas) that are born from the Metaverse. The group of students call their vigilante band the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, and you battle as the main protagonist through mystic dungeons of the Metaverse with a cartoon sidekick, a cat.
In short, you are a part of a motivated, magical student group fighting the evil that manifests in the collective human psyche in order to replace it with good intention. You do a lot of the exploring and fighting in the Metaverse, during which time your character grows and develops in the game with each new fight and story level.
The game design is incredibly interesting. It is drawn and designed as an anime, and when you are not fighting in dungeons, you are walking through the streets of modern day Tokyo. All of the background, characters, and fighting is drawn in the traditional anime style. For those in love with anime, this is an extra fun feature. Art design was directed by Shigenori Soejima, who worked on the last two main Persona titles.
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Since the game has been out for a few years, it is now on sale via Amazon. You can get the same game used from third party sellers for a bit affortable price , or you can step into a local GameStop as well and get a used copy for the same price. Upon its first release, the game was price at a costly price. Games naturally depreciate with time as their popularity declines.
What is nice about Persona 5 is that you put a solid, initial investment down, and there are no later purchases required as part of the gaming experience. You can trust that you get it all in one purchase, something that is unfortunately becoming rare in the video game world.
How It Compares
We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare. Each one of these games offers you a similar glimpse into the world of Japan. They provide you with a whole, fun experience while flying you from your home to the wild, neon streets of Tokyo.
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Persona 5 is an all-inclusive RPG designed in the traditional anime drawing style. It follows the protagonist named Joker as he and his fellow students develop special persona powers and battle evil manifested in the Metaverse. The game is incredibly popular in Japan with a growing global market. It is available for PlayStation 4 users.
Customers and avid gamers absolutely love how the game flows. While not everyone is a fan of turn-based fighting systems, those who are will find a lot of enjoyment in this game. The game play is easy to understand and pick up while keeping the player fully engaged in the story. Big fans of RPGs absolutely loved the game-play.
As mentioned, if you are not a fan of turn-based fighting in video games, then Persona 5 might give you a more frustrating than rewarding experience.
While it does offer a plethora of in-game features, it comes up rather short when it comes to online, multi-player services. These are substantially limited and put a strong limit on game play with friends. Features in the game are fantastic, however, and give the gamer a fun, rounded experience.
Persona 5 is only compatible with Sony PlayStation consoles. It can not be played on Xbox.
If you purchase the hard disk copy, there is little to no installation necessary on your console to start playing. If, however, you download the game from the PlayStation network servers, you have to download and install the game on your console, which, of course, eats up a fair bit of memory space. No matter what method you choose, installation is easy.
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Like Persona 5, this game sets you in the middle of Tokyo’s bustling streets, except for this time, you are an integral part of the red-light district, Kabukicho. Yakuza 0 follows a story involving the infamous underground mafia of Japan, the Yakuza.
The story is set in 1988 and follows two gang members, Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima, as the two get caught up in a bitter war between two rival gangs. The story is full of traditional mobster themes: car bombings, blackmail, betrayals, and street violence. The plot is incredibly well written, flushing out the dramatic lives of Tokyo’s underground society.
It does all of this while simultaneously painting a very real representation of the red-light streets. You can hop into a hostess bar and play mini games; you can go drinking at a local izakaya. While the graphics itself are a little blocky, the game portrays Tokyo magnificently while sweeping you into a dramatic story.
The game play and fighting are well streamlined and broken up in order to instill variety. The combat itself is brutal with context-sensitive finishing moves that make ending a savage fight rather satisfying. The fighting is not as smooth as it could be, however, as the counter system is noticeably lacking.
Despite this brutal combat, the two main characters never actually kill any rivals. All of the game is in third person. Despite the sometimes chunky graphics, it still plays really well.
The game came out on the cusp of the console transition between PS3 and PS4. This means it is missing a lot of the online features we treasure in games released solely for the PS4 console.
It is compatible with PlayStation systems, both PS3 and PS4, and PC.
Little to no installation required.
This game has many mixed reviews. While most avid gamers say this got off to a great start in the first act, the story and game play seemed to plummet going into the second act. You play as a goofy mad scientist named Rintarou Okabe who does his own time traveling experiments that end up going terribly wrong. The story follows Rintarou, or Okarin, as you try and get out of the time traveling mess you created. It is a wonderful mix of pop culture references and legit time traveling theoretical science.
In the second half, however, the story takes a weird, forced sexual turn, and the relationships between characters feels vapid as dating and romance nudges its way into the main characters’ lives. So, while this may be drawn in anime style and offer a wild, fun story, the second half talks a turn that very few fans were in love with.
Gameplay is third person and incredibly easy to pick up. This game is more story than combat focused. Each decision you make in the game alters the story, providing you with a whole host of different endings depending on how you play the game.
It is not loaded with many special online features.
PS4 and PS Vita compatible.
Little to no installation necessary.
- Save your city and become a star in this shamelessly over-the-top RPG by cult-favorite developer Atlus
- Destroy elaborate enemies with powerful, flashy, entertainment-themed attacks
- Fuse items to craft increasingly strong weapons and abilities
If you are looking for a game that is purely lighthearted while offering you a glimpse of Tokyo streets, then Tokyo Mirage is just for you. This is wholly different from Yakuza 0, which follows the darker side of Tokyo nightlife. In this video game, you walk around the streets of Tokyo and are exposed to all of the silly facets of modern day pop culture. Over-the-top animations showing a girl riding a wave of nuclear colored soda are integral parts of the battles, which take place on a circular stage.
You fight gloomy Dark Clerics and Bloodwing Knights with very simple fighting mechanics. You use wacky combo attacks called Sessions in combat, which are strung together using passive skills that allow characters to string together multiple attacks. Alongside this fun, unique combat system are long exploration sessions and hard puzzles to solve.
While the combat is fun and engaging, the game play is broken up with tedious exploration sessions and sometimes too-hard-to-solve puzzle requirements.
Comes with a decent amount of features for co-op and multi-player.
Only compatible with the Nintendo Wii U system.
No installation necessary for Nintendo Wii U consoles.
While all of these games are a fantastic look into Tokyo life, only the Yakuza 0 and Persona 5 games manage to craft a flawless story, create likable characters, and paint a realistic portrait of ordinary, day-to-day life in Tokyo.
The story in these games rarely falters, and both give you characters that you come to adore. So, if you are looking for something unique in the video game world and want to stay away from shady pay-to-play features, take a look at either Persona 5 or Yakuza 0.
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