I have a confession to make: I didn’t play Persona 4. Nor Persona 3. In fact, outside of “Arena,” of all games, my experiences with the Megami Tensei catalog are extremely limited. I’ve seen colleagues fawn over the series while looking over at their desks, only to see repeated protagonists hanging out in school, learning school stuff in Persona. I knew there was something special in the series, yet I didn’t have 100+ hours, nor the patience to wade through the waifu wars, to investigate why. I just didn’t get it.
The Persona 5 gameplay trailer dropped today. I totally get it, now.
Ripping to a lively, funky track, our first extended look at the world of Persona 5 sees our protagonist live an extraordinary high school life. Mixing in gorgeous, animated cutscenes with an updated look on standard gameplay, we know that there’s more to life than just taking the train, sleeping in class and have the teacher throw chalk at your head. Teaming up with a blonde boy, girl and a ferociously cute cat, the crew is seen hanging out and looking over an unknown building’s schematics.
It’s only later on that the dots are connected, where we see our Persona 5 cast take on what appears to be the first look at a game dungeon. Comprised of enemies loitering in an elegant ballroom, our protag can use his abilities to jump between chandeliers, as well as quickly dash between sets of covers. Finally, the last major gameplay tease sees our hero shoot at enemies to a scene of busy combat animations and flashes.
The gameplay of Persona 5 may not hold as much action and excitement over the course of the entire game’s length (playing more to its sensibilities as a lived-in, realistic world playing host to a JRPG), but damn if it doesn’t get the blood pumping. I can now understand why people are so excited over Atlus’ newest entry, and why some are clamoring for it more than the long-in-development Final Fantasy XV.
Persona 5 will be released for the PS4 and PS3 in Japan later this year. The release window for a North American release has not been confirmed at this time.
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