Persona 5 Strikers is the sequel to Persona 5. Don’t get it confused with Persona 5 Royal which is just a retelling of Persona 5 with an extended end game. They’re two very different games. Strikers are advertised as the Persona 5 sequel and it takes place after the main game.
I knew nothing about Strikers going in. I only knew that it was a Persona 5 sequel and that I wanted it (on PC) because it’s more Persona on a platform that’s not Playstation. I’m having a blast with Strikers right now and I think a common misconception is that this is just another Musou game. It’s not. The thing it has in common with a Musou game is the developer. Omega Force. This is a Persona game first. You can add new Personas to Joker as you play as well as bond with your companions in a new bonding mechanic that adds passive abilities to you and your party.
The bond system is a nice change of pace from the confidant system in Persona 5. I don’t have to spend hours upon hours getting to know every companion (because they already know each other from the previous game) anymore. Instead, all I have to do is have a few conversations, that’s pretty hard to miss, and battle in the various different jails. There’s a lot to like here. Strikers aren’t as deep as the main Persona 5 game and that’s not entirely a bad thing. For starters, there’s no romance this time around. That was a bit of a bummer for me at first, but since the story is so well told I can give this a pass… for now.
I’m not very far into the game yet. I haven’t even unlocked side quests yet. The jails are a lot longer than I thought they would be. I’m 14.8 hours in and only in my second jail. This is a really grindy game. I had to keep repeating the first jail until I was strong enough to tackle some of the tougher enemies on the map.
The biggest difference between Strikers and Persona 5 is the gameplay. Strikers is an action game while Persona 5 is turn-based… and I fucking love it. I thought going in that this would just be another Hyrule Warriors or Fire Emblem Warriors. It’s not. It’s leagues better than both of those games. This is a Persona game. A legit Persona game with action gameplay.
It’s not a mindless button smasher like Fire Emblem Warriors and Hyrule Warriors. Button mashing might work on the easier enemies on the map, but it’s a quick way to die against strong enemies. You’ve got to use your Persona abilities, combo attacks, and even your environment to your advantage.
During battle, you can switch between 4 characters on the fly. Joker and three other companions. This game even introduces a brand new playable character that wasn’t around in Persona 5 or Persona 5 Royal and she’s equal parts adorable and badass. While exploring jails you’ll find yourself constantly switching between all of your companions while you explore.
Once someone runs out of stamina or hp falls below a certain point you’ll want to swap them out for a different companion. This can be done at any time you want so you’re not stuck with the 3 companions you choose to take with you. Some companions are more useful than others in certain jails, but none of them are useless. I like to keep at least one healer in my party at all times and, thankfully, you get three characters that can heal the party. Panther, Morganna, and Sophie. 5 if you count Queen and Joker. I personally like to use Queen and Joker as DPS classes. Healing with Queen isn’t the best way to use her in my opinion.
I have this game on PC and I’ve got to be honest with you. It runs like a dream on my system. My framerate never dips, but I have experienced some pretty nasty crashes. I crashed 3 times in 14 hours and each time I did I lost progress and had to repeat what I was doing. It was nothing major because I make it a habit to save as often as I can, but it’s super annoying and you should know about it if you’re going to decide to buy this game on Steam or not.
The battle system in this game is incredible and I never realized how awesome an action-based Persona game could be until I played this. It’s not a half-assed Musou game (Age of Calamity) and it’s not a brain-dead hack and slash. Strikers is a legit Persona game and if I didn’t know that Omega Force made this game I would’ve sworn that Atlus themselves did it. That’s how well made it is. It feels like a legit action Persona game.
It’s filled with cutscenes, dialogue, city exploration, and just about everything that you would expect to find in a legit Persona experience. The big difference is the combat and it’s a really nice change of pace from having to play a 100+ hour turn-based JRPG. If you’re a fan of Persona get this game. If you’re thinking about buying this because you love Dynasty Warriors you might want to do some research first. This game is very different than what we usually get from this developer. Even then I would at least recommend checking it out for yourself because it’s a really well-made game with awesome characters and gameplay.
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