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Persona 5 Strikers Review: Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There!



Published by: Atlus
Developed by: Omega Force and P-Studio
Platform(s): Playstation 4
Genre(s): JRPG
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90/ 100

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Posted March 15, 2021 by

This direct sequel of Persona 5 is an action role-playing game developed by Omega Force (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, Dynasty Warriors) and P-Studio (Persona series) and published by Atlus.

Contrary to the typical JRPG Persona game with intense life simulation and massive dungeon crawl, Persona 5 Strikers is a cross-breed of the real-time action combat of Kingdom Hearts with the jazzy flair of the extensive role-playing aspect of a Shin Megami Tensei game.

Baton PassPersona 5 Strikers, alternatively known as Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers in Japan, takes place four months after the events of Persona 5, the protagonist and Morgana return to Tokyo for a reunion with the other Phantom Thieves to spend their summer vacation together on a camping trip. To determine the camping preparations, they use a popular application called EMMA. While going to Shibuya to buy the necessary tools, they pass by a rising idol, who gives the protagonist a card requesting them to input “Wonderland” into the EMMA app for a special event she is holding. Upon entering the keyword, our Phantom Thieves of Hearts find themselves returning to the Metaverse.

Same But Different, Different But Same

Instead of going day-by-day over the course of a year, P5S is packed into a summer vacation road trip that takes the group all across Japan. It’s a fun twist on the previous structure, and the primary story is genuinely great. It repurposes some core aspect of the first game in a way that generally feels like a reference to it rather than it’s just it. Confidant System which is the social aspect of the game has been rebranded as Bonds that help you in-game with passive abilities that make exploring the dungeon quite easier as time went on. Thus, making itself a different escapade while tying into the previous one enough to feel like a proper sequel.

Persona 5 Jail

Boomer Hands Beware

The combat system of P5S takes a bit of a toll from a turn-based savant to a mechanically inducing action combat that the game itself offers but it breaks down great fights into discreet encounters triggered by stealth attacks on lonesome enemies, into a mask shattering explosion that turn them into a whole horde of shadows giving you a pre-emptive strike before they actual hack and slash.

Aside from the combat aspect of the dungeon crawl, the entirety of the map to be explored can be quite challenging to a new one out there but once you complete the first Jail, it will come naturally on what and where to check to advance.

Persona 5 Hack and Slash


This summer road trip with the Phantom Thieves is essential for fans of the vanilla Persona 5. Its lack of Persona’s signature social and calendar systems is the only aspect of its spin-off status that becomes a bit of a letdown, but even replacing turn-based combat with real-time action doesn’t stop it from recapturing the hearts of its predecessor overall. Its structure is far closer to action-JRPGs, but the varied playstyles of each character, passive abilities through Bonds, fantastic jazz sounds and the story that pulls them all together made the fairly simple act of hacking and slashing through shadows and Monarchs enjoyable to the very last surprise.


Crisman Malahito



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