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.