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|System(s): PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4|
|Publisher: Atlus (US, Japan), Deep Silver (Europe, Australia)|
|Developer: P Studio|
|Number of players: 1|
Taking place in current day Tokyo, Persona 5 starts with a rather dark premise. Elections are coming up and random people around the city suddenly fall under coma or die outright. Many experts claim that this is a side effect of intense pressure the Japanese society puts on an average individual.
The main character is a high school student who is under probation after being sentenced for a crime he didn't commit. After meeting his legal guardian and attending his new school, he accidently travels into a dream-like world called "Meta-verse" in which creatures called "Shadows" ,who born from people's fears and frustrations, roam freely.
After being taken prisoner by Shadows, he is rescued by a talking cat named "Morgana" and learns that the area he is in right now is called "Palace", a type of metaphysical location of someone who is keeping his secrets subconsciously. He later learns how to use powers of his "Persona" a suppressed part of his personality which is capable of superhuman feats and can only be unleashed in the meta-verse.
Over the course of the game, the protagonist recruits more companions and forms the "Phantom Thieves of Hearts", a vigiliante group to stop powerful and corrupt people from hurting others by making villains face their actions.
He eventually finds out that sudden deaths occuring all around the city are not random incidents but rather actions of a secret group within the Japanese government, who are manipulating the politics and population from behind the scenes.
The Phantom Thieves eventually resolve to face this secret organization and make them pay for their crimes before country fall under rule of a corrupt, power-hungry politician.
Persona 5 is a turn-based JRPG. The game has a "social-calendar" system which was first introduced in Persona 3, in which players are tasked with balancing their social lives and their struggle against Shadows.
In the real world, players can wander around the Tokyo, purchase items and other equipment, improve relations with certain characters and take sub-quests to gain money and experience. Certain actions can also increase playable characters' stats.
The Social Link system from Persona 3 also returns: Increasing level with certain character will give player passive bonuses such as new tactics to use in battle or other passive bonuses that will help player. Reaching maximum level with a social link unlock a very powerful skill or a powerful persona for main character or companions.
The main character also has social stats levels. By increasing these stats, player can unlock more social links, advance other links and gain other passive bonuses that will help them over the course of the game.
Exploring the meta-verse occurs in real time. Unlike previous games in the series, players can use stealth based gameplay to launch suprise attacks or avoid enemies althogether.
Combat occurs in turn-based fashion. Players take turn depending on their speed and can use melee, ranged attacks, use persona magic and skills or use items. Certain new actions and tactics can be unlocked by improving social links. Hitting weakpoints of enemies and protecting your characters' own weak points is an important part of the game. Hitting the weak point will result in a critical hit and gives the attacker an extra action.
Similar to the other games in the series, players can improve or create personas thanks to the series' staple; Blue Room.
|Protagonist (Akira Kurusu or Ren Amamiya)|
|A high school student who is on probation after being sentenced for a crime he didn't commit. His life once again turn upside down after finding himself in meta-verse and ends up fighting against the organization that is manipulating the Japanese government.
As the main character, he must remain in the team at all times. He is the only character can switch personas.
Melee Weapon: Knives
Ranged Weapons: Semi-Automatic Handguns
Personas: Arsene, Sataniel (Any other non-companion Personas)
|A somewhat prickly but likeable talking cat with anthromorphic appearance, who turns into a regular cat in real world. Morgana seems to have an amnesia and cannot recall his past. After helping the main character, Morgana joins the fight as a combatant and advisor until Futaba is recruited. He plays a much larger role in the story than he lets on. He also thinks himself bit of a ladies man (cat?), even though he is only person who thinks so.
Melee Weapons: Swords
Ranged Weapons: Slingshots
Personas: Zorro, Mercurius
Powers: Wind based attacks, Recovery
|Ryuji Sakamoto "Skull"|
|A delinquent who used to be a star athlete until a certain incident forced him to quit the sports. Short-tempered, somewhat immature and prone to fights but at least his heart is in the right place.
Melee Weapons: Clubs and Bats
Ranged Weapons: Shotguns
Personas: Captain Kidd, Saiten Taisei
Powers: Physical attacks, Lightning
|Ann Takamaki "Panther"|
|Quarter American from her grandmother's side, Ann is a part time model who seems to be going through tough times with her best friend Shiho. It will take some digging to figure out what is bothering her. Somewhat tomboyish, likeable and tough. Disregard the cat-suit.
Melee Weapons: Whips
Ranged Weapons: Submachineguns
Personas: Carmen, Hecate
Powers: Fire Attacks, Status Effects
|A soft-spoken artist who is taken under his teacher Madarame after the untimely death of his mother. Yusuke is very passionate about art and often seeks inspiration where ever he goes. He joins up with the team to find out the truth about her mother's death and the mysterious painting she left behind.
Melee Weapons: Japanese swords
Ranged Weapons: Assault Rifles
Personas: Goemon, Susano-o
|Makoto Niijima "Queen"|
|Daughter of a police officer who was killed in action, Makoto is the younger sister of Prosecutor Sae Niijima who is investigating the events in the Tokyo. Makoto is the valedictorian of her school and constantly pressured by her demanding and seemingly callous sister to graduate as soon as she can. One of the best companions, even though her personality leaves a lot to be desired.
Will Phantom Thieves will be able to convince her to do the right thing rather than go on with her unhappy existence?
Melee Weapons: Gauntlets
Ranged Weapons: Single Action Revolvers
Personas: Johanna, Anat
Powers: Physical, Nuclear element attacks, Single character recovery
|Futaba Sakura "Oracle"|
|A hikikomori who shuts herself in after witnessing the death of her mother. She is the adopted daughter of Sojiro, main character's guardian. Futaba, because of the trauma she experienced, does not attend the school or even leave home. She communicates other using her cell phone. Futaba initially blackmails the Phantom Thieves to help her find the truth about her mother's death and later joins them as their navigator.
Personas: Necronomicon, Prometheus
Powers: Passive abilities, random stat boosts during combat
|Haru Okumura "Noir"|
|Heiress to the powerful Okumura group, Haru is an exact opposite of her father: Polite, calm, compassionate and kind. After being forced to enter an arranged marriage, Haru initally teams-up with Morgana and later joins Phantom Thieves.
Melee Weapons: Axes
Ranged Weapons: Grenade Launchers
Powers: Psionic attacks
|Goro Akechi "Crow"|
|A celebrity who is nicknamed "Detective Prince", Akechi is a high school student who uses his genius-level intelligence to help the police to solve crimes. He becomes a temporary companion during one of the last dungeouns.
What's that you ask? Oh no, he is most definetely not a closeted sociopath or a spy/assassin for the bad guys. He will most certainly not betray you.
Melee Weapons: Rapiers
Ranged Weapons: Mauser Pistols
- Main article: Persona 5/Achievements.
The game was first mentioned as being in development in the August 2011 issue of Famitsu, in which it was confirmed that Katsura Hashino would return as director, Shoji Meguro as composer and Shigenori Soejima as character designer. At that point the team had already outlined the game's theme, with them planning on challenging more new things than Persona 3 did back when it was released. Unlike the team's previous game, Catherine, Persona 5 uses a new internal engine.
After a 72 hour long live stream counting down to the announcement, The game was officially announced for the PlayStation 3 with a teaser trailer on 24 November 2013. This was after a live stream that counted down to the announcement for 72 hours, with Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth and Persona 4: Dancing All Night being announced during the stream. The teaser revealed that Atlus planned to release the game during the winter of 2014. On 25 February 2014 it was confirmed that the game would be released in the United States as well in 2015.
A second teaser trailer was released during Sony's Tokyo Game Show press conference on 1 September 2014, revealing that the game was delayed to 2015 in Japan and that the game would be released on the PlayStation 4 as well. Then on 17 September 2015 the game was delayed once again to Summer 2016 in Japan, and in the United States to the same year. While there were no more delays in Japan, the game's western release did receive two more delays. One to 14 February 2017, and later to 4 April 2017.
- Main article: Persona 5/Downloadable content.
- Main article: Persona 5/Magazine articles.
PlayStation 3 version
|PlayStation 3, AU|
PlayStation 4 version
|PlayStation 4, ES|
|PlayStation 4, AS†|
- Official website
- Official website (Japanese)
- Persona 5 on PlayStation.com: PlayStation 3: JP, JP (digital), JP (20th Anniversary), US; PlayStation 4: JP, JP (digital), JP (20th Anniversary), US
- Persona 5 on PlayStation Store: PlayStation 3: JP, JP (Special Edition), US, UK, UK (Ultimate), AU, AU (Ultimate); PlayStation 4: JP, JP (Special Edition), US, US (Ultimate), UK, UK (Ultimate), AU, AU (Ultimate)
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