Game Review - Persona 5 Royal on PlayStation 4

Written by Shadushio on April 13, 2020 @ 9:43 pm

Persona 5 Royal is an updated version of the original Persona 5. It adds remixed palaces (the game's name for dungeons), new locations, multiple new smaller mechanics, a new confidant line for Akechi, two new characters that add to the story immensely, and adds an extra (unlockable, but missable) semester to the original game. A few story inconsistencies are fixed as well. They help the original game's content mesh well with the two new characters and transition into the new content without any major road bumps.

The story of the original P5 - engaging, emotional resonant, slow-burning and distinctly anime-like - is here in its entirety, and now has the above aforementioned additions which help to really show and highlight the game's premise and message which I don't wish to spoil. You'll experience a story where you meet several characters, go through many arcs with them and make choices along the way.

As a whole, Persona 5 Royal is an immensely deep RPG. It has a social system built into it where you grow your bonds with characters and receive powers and abilities by doing so. You also grow your skills by doing activities, while managing a Pok?mon-like system of using beings known as personas to fight for you. You can create them and level them up. They fight with a system similar to Pok?mon as well, but with multiple party members, physical weapons, guns and extra mechanics such as knockdowns and interrogations added to the mix. The game also allows you to decide how you spend your character's limited time, and also allows you to make potentially game ending choices. You play the role of character who has limited time due to events I don't wish to spoil, recollecting events to another character.

The graphics aren't anything too special, but they aren't bad at all either. They are perfectly serviceable. Persona 5 Royal runs at a decent framerate, and the loading screens aren't too long either. They seem to have been sped up compared to the original, but that is just anecdotal conjecture on my part. The soundtrack though, is not just serviceable, but one of my absolute favorite video game soundtracks. It is diverse and accompanies the game extremely well. Most of the songs in Persona 5 Royal are from the original P5; but one of my new favorites is the track 'Colors Flying High' which accompanies Persona 5 Royal's new opening cinematic.

This, in my opinion, is a strong upgrade from the original.

Gameplay Rating: 8
Story Rating: 9
Graphics & Visuals Rating: 8
Sound Rating: 10
Overall Rating: 9

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Game Information

Alternative Titles
Persona 5: The Royal
Platform
PlayStation 4
Developer(s)
Atlus
Publisher(s)
Atlus
Genre(s)
RPG
NA Release Date
March 31, 2020
JP Release Date
October 31, 2019
EUR Release Date
March 31, 2020
AUS Release Date
March 25, 2020
ESRB Rating
M
PEGI Rating
16+
CERO Rating
C
ACB Rating
MA 15+
MVGL User Score
9.5
Composer
Shoji Meguro
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