The Phantom Thieves’ road trip through Japan is truly epic!
Sequences in pop culture are always risky, especially when the original product was a smash hit with a closed story. And while the Persona series is no stranger to the spinoffs of your games, you can still be on your back when you hear that Persona 5 has won a sequel that changes several key aspects of the first game.
But calm down: the new Phantom Thieves adventure has hit the nail on the head with sensational play for fans of the original and for those new to the universe.
We’ve played Persona 5 Strikers, and after many hours of playing and traveling across Japan, here’s our full review of the game – no spoilers for the story.
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What is Persona 5 Strikers?
Persona 5 Strikers is the new game from P-Studio, now in partnership with Omega Force studio – responsible for the Dynasty Warriors franchise – which follows the story of the original Persona 5, from 2016. Distributed by Atlus, Strikers was launched in February 2020 in Japan and only a year later on February 23, 2021 in the west, available for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC and portability on PlayStation 5.
In Strikers, the Phantom Thieves reunite 6 months after the Persona 5 events, during summer vacation, and plan a trip across Japan. However, an epidemic of transformed hearts takes the team by surprise, and with the help of Officer Zenkichi and a special new member, they must face this new threat that now haunts the whole country.
Taking a different path from Persona 5, Strikers relies more on a more dynamic narrative, swaps the turn-based combat system for real-time action inspired by musou styles – a specialty of the Omega Force studio – and hack n ‘slash and present new elements in the group’s relationship with the metaverse.
What did the Legion think of the Persona 5 Strikers?
Last year Persona 5 caught me off guard. I’ve always heard of the game, but since it’s one of those with over 100 hours of playtime to complete – without much exploration – even my love for JRPG failed to buy time for the title. But when I finally managed to give the Phantom Thieves a chance, love was the first step. Because of this passion, I was a little afraid of the Persona 5 Strikers.
Strikers offers to continue a closed story, modifying central elements of Persona 5, adding new characters, enemies, changing the dynamics of the metaverse … If you are a fan of the original, it’s hard not to be a little scared, right? Fortunately, however, the game proved to me, right off the bat, I didn’t need to heat my head with it.
A lot of people were worried about the musou elements – those pure dynasty games, like Dynasty Warriors, in which your character fights against real hordes of enemies – but Strikers’ new combat system is truly amazing and fits the bill perfectly. action of the Phantom. Thieves.
It’s not really a musou or a hack n ‘slash; it’s a flood of enemies, but the interaction between your team, your characters with the Personas, the gun breaks and everything in between makes it taste different. It’s a dynamic, mind-blowing, absurdly fun battle, and an incredible addition to the game.
This more energetic spirit was applied throughout the game; the narrative flows faster than in Persona 5, the ‘chapters’ of the story are more concise, and even the prisons – the version of the palaces here – seem more lively, though they also appear to be more extensive than the dungeons in the original. This doesn’t make Strikers better or worse than its predecessor, but different, perhaps more accessible to Western audiences who aren’t that big on turn-based battle.
All of this dynamism also happens because you have your full team right from the start – unlike P5, where your fellow Phantom Thieves are part of the group throughout the plot. And it’s great, it’s almost like Persona 5 is a super team movie and now they’re professional heroes. Our heroes remain as charismatic as before, gain new layers, new drama, and never lose that charm from the moment we met them.
However, these are not just familiar faces. In fact, one of the best additions to Strikers are the new partners of the Phantom Thieves: Sophia and Zenkichi, who drive the story and work flawlessly in their relationship with the team. In fact, Zenkichi takes it a step further and shows that the story of Persona 5 is trying to mature.
That’s because he’s the first “decent” adult in Persona 5, who doesn’t need to be convinced or transformed to be a nice guy. At times, P5 seems a bit too childish in the Phantom Thieves’ relationship to the adult world, but Strikers starts by changing that with Zenkichi and adds plot elements that show an evolution of that worldview – not least because , Makoto, Haru and Yusuke they are already entering adulthood and the others are also close.
It’s worth saying that Strikers retains some aspects of P5, but has adapted to the energy of the new game. You still earn points for cultivating the relationship with your friends, but it’s something faster and which gives you skills for team and exploration. The ordering system – for side quests – is also returning, but coming directly from Sophia, who also controls most in-game item and weapon sales. Yet the prison format is almost a mix of palaces and memories of Persona 5.
The story told through the Phantom Thieves’ journey through Japan is too beautiful a balcony. It gives the atmosphere of a fun and light travel film to the game and serves to present the Japanese sites in the West in a very unique way. Can’t wait to find out what’s next and what the new city has to offer. In times of social isolation, it’s a sure-fire way to get to know the outside world a little bit, isn’t it?
Not to mention that Strikers improves on the best ingredients of the P5, without losing the essence of the original. The visuals follow the same aesthetic as Persona 5, but improved by the advancement of the power of the consoles; the animated scenes are as epic as before and a pleasure every time they appear; and P5’s absolute soundtrack won new songs and alternative, more energetic versions to match the mood of the game.
What is the score of Persona 5 Strikers?
Wow, but without flaws? Every game has its bugs and issues – although I’ve seen a minimum of them here – but Persona 5 Strikers doesn’t have anything that affects its gameplay or compromises P5’s legacy. Maybe realtime battles aren’t your style or leave you a little confused at first, but nothing that is a real problem.
To be fair, the only flaw with the P5S was that it took so long to get to the West.
Thus, Persona 5 Strikers takes the best score of the Legion. 5 stars for ghost thieves! It’s an amazing game, fun, addicting, and even better dosed than the original. The new characters are sensational, the combat system is absurd, and it’s one of those sequences worthy of a major milestone in pop culture.
So, have you had the chance to play Persona 5 Strikers? What do you think of the Persona series? Do not forget to comment!
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