Persona 5 Now Available On PS4 In North America
Persona 5 PS4
(Last Updated On: April 4, 2017)

If you didn’t already purchase the Japanese version of Atlus’ Persona 5 for the PlayStation 4, you can pick up the localized version of the game right now from participating retailers or from the PlayStation Store in North America.

The game launched back in September of 2016 in Japan, but it took a while for Atlus to get the game done right proper for release in the West.

Reviews for the game have been generally favorable, with the Metacritic rating sitting at 94% out of 100. Of course, you have to take that number with a grain of salt given the fact that you can’t trust video game reviewers these days, but you can trust Let’s Plays, which properly showcase the actual gameplay and offers a real-time look at the game so you don’t have to worry about ideologically-driven reviewers filtering the game through identity politics.

Anyway, Persona 5 features a group of students who moonlight as cerebral superheroes. The idea is to use the Metaverse Navigator smartphone app to infiltrate the mind Palaces of adults and use the phantom thief abilities to alter their hearts and veer them away from corruption.

If it all sounds a little too bizarre for words, you can check out the trailer below to get an idea of what Persona 5 is like.

The game is completely stylized with a mix of anime sequences, mini-games sprinkled throughout the city, and turn-based combat.

The game’s visuals fused with a story that mixes the slice of life genre with fantastical otherworldly adventures has managed to bring back old Shin Megami Tensei fans and lure in new ones as well.

You can pick up a digital copy of the game from the PlayStation store, or you can grab a physical copy from a local retailer.

If you’re into JRPGs the general consensus is that you can’t miss out on Persona 5. If you’re not into JRPGs, it’s probably best to catch a live-stream to see if it fits your flavor of gaming.

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  • Alistair

    I got a copy today in UK, haven’t played it yet.

    From the look of it from youtubers playing it, I’m worry that stealth censorship has creep in.

    They say it not censored, well censored can be many things. The first thing I notice is the characters portrait art. It can make all the difference in P3 and p4 the games does not shy away of showing girls in bikinis.

    But P5 is different as the portrait art is smaller so the characters male and female chest are of screen.

    Don’t know if that was intended or not.

    Either way you look at it, it not as balls as P3 and p4.

  • LurkerJK

    I love SMT games, i wish they would release them for PC instead of forcing me to use emulators, why wont you take my money Atlus ?

    oh well, RPCS3…

  • fenshing

    Persona 4 is one of my favorite games of all time, so I was waiting till midnight last night to play 5 and wasn’t disappointed.

    I also love that SJW are ranting against it! There is at least one scene with two gay characters who hit on the main character and his friend… to which they run away! Seems as though SJWs find that insulting and I find it funny. I’ve even seen people calling for boycotts! I hope it sells tons.

    Oh and on the Metacritic score, Yeah, critics are morally bankrupt but the game is not getting “generally favorable” reviews… it’s getting all positive reviews. Even Polygon gave it a 9 out of 10 and they had a side rant against it about not being able to be gay in the game and the running from gays part. I only know about this because I saw someone link to that review since I don’t care about the reviews, I was going to play it anyway. I did want to see the Metacritic score though. I figured it would get bad scores because it’s ticked off SJWs.. Its seems it’s not. It has the 3rd highest critic score. It means nothing really but I think it’s funny though.

    • Disqusted

      I figured SJWs wouldn’t like it because it covers the corruption they all seem to be heavily involved in. Figures they’d bitch about not being able to go gay. Even if you could, you’d know they’d still find something else to bitch about.

      Polygon still full of shit as always, I see.

      To be honest though, I was a little surprised you couldn’t romance the guy characters, because I got the impression that one of the guy characters really likes the main character. But it’s not something I expect to be in every damn game, nor do I even care about it.

      • fenshing

        Yeah, Ive read other say that about that one party member too.

        I am reminded of a question that the makers of the Persona games was asked by a fan in the past. The guide for 4 had some of them in the back. A fan asked about having gay relationships. They answered that in Persona 2 there was a scene they added, basically a male party member “liked” the hero, but it was an experiment. It was to satisfy the subculture of female fans that like to see males together and not “real life gay culture”. And that they had no plans for gay relationships in the future but it could happen. Though if it does it wont be “the principal axis of the game.” Which I am glad of. Add it in if you must but let me avoid it too.

        It’s kinda like the whole “Kanji is gay!” from Persona 4. His Shadow was very gay but he was just confused in real life and ended up really liking a girl by the end. So they try to say he is bi at least. But that comes from the idea that his Shadow is expressing how he really is… when everyone else’s Shadow is the opposite to how they choose to live in real life. An example is one girl who is set to inherit her families business and her Shadow just wants to run from it. By the end of the game she decides to except the responsibility and not run away from it. None of them are who their Shadows say they are… and so many miss that because they want there to be a gay party member so bad. When asked about it the makers in Japan said that it was up to fans to decide, a copout, but in the US Atlus said Of course he is gay! It’s just pandering. In the spin off games from Persona 4 Kanji hasn’t ever expressed feeling for anyone else but the girl he liked in the main game, as far as I know, still haven’t gotten to Persona Q yet. But to me that settled it.

        It’s like these SJWs wont stop till everyone in media is fully blown gay or at least bi… or gender fluid or whatever they call that now!

        • It’s like these SJWs wont stop till everyone in media is fully blown gay or at least bi… or gender fluid or whatever they call that now!

          It’s because they’re not confident nor self-assured in their own lifestyle choices, and so they need reinforcement from everyone else to feel good about those choices. Inculcating people through pop culture is a good way to force an issue to become “normalized” with the masses.

          • fenshing

            Exactly! They need to get right with themselves and leave everyone else out of it. I, for one, would not want to play as a character like me. When you do get to make your own character I normally play as a female. What can I say, I would rather stare at a woman’s butt the whole time than a guys in a 3rd person game! My girlfriend thinks its funny but she’s no SJW either.

  • SevTheBear

    Uh Yakuza 0 or Persona 5… which one shall win my gaming heart 😛

  • Gozu Tennoh

    I became an atlus fan after playing the last main number smt which was Nocturne in 2005 but since then it’s been these spin offs and handheld crap.
    While persona has never been terrible, I definately cant trust that 94% rating.

    Hopefully that new project they announced will be good because they’ve done nothing but dissapoint me for the past 12 years.

    • Disqusted

      I think Persona 5 does a very good job of portraying corruption, and how regular people are naive and ignorant about it. So if you like that kinda thing, maybe you’ll enjoy it. When I went through it, I kept seeing tons of parallels with reality.

      At one point, I looked up what Japanese people were saying about it, but I can’t clearly recall what they said now. I just remember people saying the play length was just right, and keeps players interested. They were also disappointed with the randomized dungeon.

  • Disqusted

    What I liked most about this game was the focus on fighting corruption in society, politics, school, etc, etc. But I didn’t feel as cathartic about the ending as the devs apparently intended for players to feel, because ultimately we don’t have special powers to solve the same problems in reality.

    Still a good game though. But I don’t think I could bring myself to play it twice because of how heavily the game is bound to the story. I feel the story kinda limits your freedom somewhat, especially if you’re aiming to complete stuff, you have to be kinda efficient with your time usage.

    I’m not into JRPGs, by the way. But this game just felt really good in general. The visual style is very satisfying to behold. One playthrough takes about 90-130 hours.

    • One playthrough takes about 90-130 hours.

      Yikes. I don’t think a walkthrough would really be possible then.

      • Disqusted

        A lot of it is dialogue, cutscenes, etc. I had to look up Japanese sites to get exam answers that I didn’t know, character relationship interactions, etc. Also had to look up what books, movies, part time jobs, restaurants, video games, DVDs, etc, etc increase which stats, and where to get those items, etc.

        Also had to look up which Personas are required to combine into specific Personas, some of which are required for one of the character cooperation rank ups. Character coops give you all kinds of super useful benefits, and also increase bonus EXP gained when combining Personas of that type.

        You can’t advance some character cooperation until you get certain stats. Kinda feels like the characters you meet near the end of the story are more difficult to advance coop rank, because you don’t have as much time to do it before the game ends, so you sorta need to have stats prepared ahead of time.

        The actual dungeons/combat are pretty straight forward. I think I may have gotten stuck once or twice, but not for long.

        Combat is mostly just… try to collect a decent skillset for all situations (some enemy debuffs are ultra cheap and can render you completely helpless), and then experiment to figure out weaknesses. The game remembers the weaknesses for you, and you can look them up easily at any time. Very convenient.

        Oh yeah, and in regards to relationships, you can apparently woo most of the females and have as many simultaneously active relationships as you want. You just need to pick the right dialogue options when you’re at around rank 9, and they will be registered as being in a special relationship with you.

      • fenshing

        The Persona games, for the most part, are very structured. You end up with a goal with a time limit, to not spoil 5 I’ll use 4 for an example. Someone will get kidnapped. Then you have a time limit to find them in the dungeon they are associated with. So you will have a few days, like two weeks, to get ready. Walkthroughs are normally set up like a date book. With listings of the days and what activity you should do to maximize your time spent out of the dungeons. Who you should spend time with, etc. So walkthroughs can take a lot of time to make since you have to know the ends and outs of every activity just about. Plus there is a randomness to some.

        This might sound really restraining, and maybe it is. The same way that a good book is restraining. That’s why I love RPGs like Persona. The narrative and the characters are what makes it shine.

        I have read that 90 hours is pretty normal for 5. I spent about that much time on my playthoughs of 4 and I grinded a lot, and I have read that 5 has less grinding needed. I could be wrong though. Plus you can just play on Safety difficulty, the Shadows are weaker and you get more money and exp. That will make the game a lot quicker but it’s still a nice size RPG.

        • Disqusted

          I didn’t need to grind when I played through 5. I did hang around some of the dungeons a little longer than I needed to, but it didn’t feel like I was grinding.

    • Gozu Tennoh

      Thats a hulking commitment for someone who doesnt like jrpg’s.

      I consider myself the hardest tier of jrpg-er and that estimate still makes my eyes pop out!

      • Disqusted

        A lot of it is really cutscenes, dialogue, etc. When you do get access to dungeons, you have a set amount of time to complete them or you get a game over (but the game lets you rewind a week). During that set time, you can progress through dungeons at your own pace, and intentionally drag things out to farm stuff.

        I think there are around 8-10 major dungeons (forgot how many), and there’s a randomized deep dungeon (that requires clearing the major ones to go further), but that was pretty boring to me, and is mostly there to gain access to enemies after major dungeons are cleared (you can’t go back after you clear them).

        Enjoyed the music a lot, but I’ve seen people saying it’s not as good as previous games. I haven’t played any of the others.

        I enjoyed “living” in the world presented in Persona 5. Lots of interesting, likeable characters. Lots of locations and stuff to do, but at the same time it sorta feels like a fancified visual novel.

        I wish there was a free mode, or more freedom, outside of the story. The story is okay, but the major points/twists are kinda obvious early, and then they intentionally mislead the player near the end by concealing crucial information/scenes.

        I actually broke the story near the end by intentionally getting a game over after an irreversible event, and an impossible scene played. Kinda funny.

        The game ends when the story finishes, so you can’t hang around. You have to replay from the start of the story, using new game plus.

        • Gozu Tennoh

          In terms of music they were probly talking about p3, the ost to that was just plain cool af. (Youtube: Iwao to Dai Bun Ryou, for example)

          Being able to live in it’s alternate world is the thing that allowed the spin off to become prominent in popularity over the main series in the west.

          If you enjoyed this then I highly recommend Nocturne. Not as cheery but alot more interesting.

          • Disqusted

            Thanks. Looking it up and stuff.