After earning every achievement and playing for more than 60 hours I think I’m finally ready to give my official review of Persona 5 Strikers.
A lot of people made the mistake of comparing this game to Hyrule Warriors or another warrior-type title from Omega Force. Persona 5 Strikers is not a Warriors game. It’s its own thing. It’s actually a legit Persona lite title with some quality of life improvements over the main game. The biggest improvement is the combat.
I love some turn-based combat, but I never knew how well real-time action combat would work in a Persona game until I played this one. The amazing part is that it’s still flashy as hell (probably more so) when compared to the original Persona 5 game. Every character feels distinct from each other and brings something useful to the table. Haru with her powerful AOE attacks, Fox with his insane DPS, or even the main protagonist himself, Joker whose essentially a jack of all trades.
Collecting new personas has also been streamlined. You don’t have to have a dialogue with them in order to add them to your team. All you’ve gotta do is beat the living hell out of them and hope that they drop a card for you to add to your collection. The more cards you have the more Persona Points you’ll have for fusing, leveling up, etc. It’s a really neat system and I think I prefer it over the main Persona games. I went out of my way to get every single achievement for this game. The last time I did that was with Bloodborne. That’s how much I enjoyed playing this game.
Persona 5 Strikers is a real sequel to Persona 5 and it’s a damn good one. It never felt too long or rushed. It’s a story-heavy game with a ton of dialogue and everyone felt important to the story being told. My girl Haru even played a good role after she was overlooked in the original game.
Persona 5 Strikers is a beautiful game that ran like a dream on my PC. My FPS never dipped a single time in over 60 hours of gameplay and my only real complaint is that I crashed to desktop about 3 times. That pales in comparison to games like Nioh 2 and Outriders. Persona 5 Strikers is a very stylish game. It’s just as stylish, maybe even more so than the original Persona 5 game, and the visual feedback you get from pulling off these stylish moves is incredible.
The various different characters are designed really well and animated beautifully. I do wish that Omega Force would’ve taken a page out of Tokyo Mirage Sessions book and gave everyone different outfits to wear as the story progressed, but that’s just a nitpick and not a real criticism of the game itself. The only real complaint I have is that the first few jails in this game don’t look as unique or creative as the Palaces in Persona 5. Jails didn’t start looking awesome until about 20 hours in the game for me.
Persona 5 Strikers takes place 4 months after the main game. It’s summer vacation and you’re heading back to Tokyo for a reunion with your fellow phantom thieves. Things don’t really go as planned and you’re forced to travel all around Japan while trying to solve the mystery of the jails. I really enjoyed the story, new characters, (Sophia!), antagonist, and getting to know the phantom thieves again. I thought the story was well told and Sophia is definitely in my top 3 favorite characters in this game from a story and gameplay perspective.
I don’t believe in spoilers here so I’ll leave it at that. All I’ll say is that I really, really enjoyed the story and I totally called who the main villain was very early in the game.
What’s one thing every Persona game has in common? Awesome soundtracks and that’s no different here. This game mixes classic Persona 5 tracks with the newly added ones and they’re all awesome. At first, I thought everything would guitar-heavy since this is Omega Force we’re talking about here, but to my surprise, there was very little of that here when compared to other games that this team has worked on. When Rivers in the Desert started playing I jammed out while beating the living crap out of the boss in front of me.
This game has excellent voice acting across the board in both English and Japanese. I prefer the English voice acting. We even got some lines from Joker himself!
Every Persona game has good replay value. This one does too. After I completed the game I unlocked a new difficulty and new game plus. After getting my party ready to tackle the hardest difficulty I jumped in and got one shot from a Pixie. I was level 75 and got one shot from a Pixie. I had to change my tactics up and I prioritized hit and run tactics until I unlocked Lucifer. Then I went on a murder spree.
The replay value in this game is good. New game plus is a major selling point for me and I’m glad it’s here for when I’m ready to finish my merciless playthrough.
Bugs & Glitches:
The worst thing that happened to me in over 60 hours of gameplay is 3 or 4 crashes. One of the crashes wiped out over 3 hours of progress and I almost rage quit when I had to run through an entire jail again. Other than that it was actually a pretty smooth experience from beginning to end. I didn’t experience any frame drops or screen tearing at all.
No Romance Contiuition:
This is a sequel to Persona 5, but it is missing one major feature. Romance. You can’t pick up where you left off with any of your romantic interests from the previous game that I think that’s a pretty big missed opportunity. Romance does not play a part at all in this game even though you have the option to go out on a date with Makoto nothing ever comes of it. So why is it there?
Persona 5 Strikers is better than I ever imagined it would be. Omega Force is an incredibly underrated game developer and this is probably the best game they’ve ever made that’s not Dynasty Warriors. Persona 5 Strikers is an excellent game that every Persona fan should experience. It’s not a mindless Dynasty Warriors clone and it deserves a look if you thought it was.
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