The "Persona 5" universe is incredibly popular among fans of Japanese role-playing games. Can Persona 5 Strikers keep up and convince despite critically eyed Musou content? We followed the thieves on their adventures again.

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What is Persona 5 Strikers?

After the JRPG Persona 5 caused a lot of joy in the hearts of Persona and RPG fans in this country, the phantom thieves are finally back with Persona 5 Strikers! When the action adventure was announced, many players took their breath away at first: A Musou-style persona game ?! For Strikers, Atlus teamed up with the developers at Omega Force to create a hybrid of popular "Persona 5" elements and action-heavy elements Real-time fighting in the finest Musou style to create. At first, it sounds like it doesn't go together at all, but it works great! The merging of the game genres creates a faster "Persona 5" experience, which turns the sometimes lengthy gameplay from the template into an exciting ride.

Which phantom thief do you want to sneak through the Metaverse with?

Whether you are "Persona 5" veterans or want to join the Japanese cult franchise from scratch: Persona 5 Strikers will surprise you. The phantom thieves of the heart who fought evil in Persona 5 in Tokyo are now traveling across Japan! A good six months after the events of the RPG, the friends actually only wanted to meet for a trip during the summer vacation and relax together. You can probably imagine that nothing will come of this: a wave of corruption that is sweeping across Japan from Tokyo must be stopped. And who would be better suited for this than that Phantom thieves of heartswho now take care of people's desires?

Are you ready for the first prison? (Almost) nothing can happen to you with Sophie.

Test conclusion with strengths and weaknesses

Can Musou slaughter fit into a story-heavy, in-depth JRPG with character development? Surprisingly yes! In connection with the personas and their specific skills, the "Hack'n Slay" battles are fast, full of explosions and a real challenge. It's a shame that due to the lack of clarity, you can sometimes only see little of it.

Persona 5 Strikers Limited Edition (Nintendo Switch)

Persona 5 Strikers Limited Edition (Nintendo Switch)

Strengths of Persona 5 Strikers

  • German subtitles
  • Story & gameplay much more linear than Persona 5
  • Musou style battles with strategic elements and action
  • Velvet Room & Persona Execution available again
  • All phantom thieves can be played directly in the Metaverse
  • Typically stylish "Persona 5" look
  • Two new phantom thieves bring variety to the cast

Persona 5 Strikers weaknesses

  • Fight confusing and with sometimes strongly fluctuating level of difficulty
  • In places unusable camera settings
  • Little social interaction possible
  • Answers do not affect the course of the story
A fighter in the dungeon, only an AI on the smartphone in the real world: Sophia supplies you with weapons and Co. from the black market.

The musou genre can be so cool!

Usually, the story is not necessarily the strongest element in Musou games and is a minor matter next to the beating against AI hordes. The developers of Persona 5 Strikers have completely broken this prejudice and simply add the fast and action-packed gameplay to their tried and tested RPG formula one. The result is an action adventure that "Hack'n'Slay battles with personas a strategic challenge. Smaller mobs can be done in seconds if you sneaked up on them and attacked them beforehand.

The situation is completely different with larger opponents who can only smile tiredly at your button mashing. Especially for these challenging enemies you have to strain your head a little and work with the elemental weaknesses of the opponents. As usual, the phantom thieves have a persona up their sleeve who masters numerous skills. In keeping with his name, protagonist Joker has an ace up his sleeve: He can command more than one persona and thus react optimally to most situations and opponents. As in Persona 5, you'll find stylish special attacks in Strikers that I wouldn't want to miss in a game of the genre. Sometimes you don't know exactly what just happened, but the main thing is that All-out attack blew the enemy, right? In the hustle and bustle of the battle, you will hardly have the opportunity to observe your opponents closely, but you can move on to the next enemy.

In the middle of the fight! Do you still see through?
In the middle of the fight! Do you still see through?

A journey that is fun, a journey that is beautiful!

Since corruption is not only spreading in Tokyo, but apparently has to be stopped throughout Japan, the phantom thieves are also spreading to other cities in the country. While at the beginning you spend a lot of time in Shinjuku, which was almost completely copied from Persona 5, you later end up in other, beautiful places, such as Okinawa. I wanted to take screenshots almost permanently so that I could use them as my desktop background later. It feels a bit like a tour of Japan where you jump back and forth between battling shadows and extensive shopping tours.

If you are not in the Meta Universe and use your strongest skills, you will spend a lot of time traveling with the phantom thieves. Numerous, incredibly long dialogues, which were much more extensive in Persona 5, pull you deep into the story. This may be a bit boring for one or the other, but it helps to really understand the characters and events. Whether you can partly clichéd characters Like it or not: They all constantly add their mustard and have an opinion on just about everything.

The two new characters are a welcome change. While you meet Sofia, an AI phantom thief who is only active on Joker's smartphone outside of the meta universe, very early in the game, the second newcomer will only join the game later. Both characters, like the original phantom thieves, can be played when exploring the dungeons (which are called prisons here) and in the battles. So, if you've always wanted to really hit Ryuji or swing Ann's whip, is Persona 5 Strikers your chance!

It burns in your head!

If you have played Persona 5, you will quickly feel at home: Talk to passers-by, go shopping and quickly discuss the plan in your hiding place before the shadows in the Metauniverse are turned into pulp. That you focus on your personas, the Raid techniques and can use the typical group attacks is quite helpful. Somehow, as a persona player, you know exactly what to do. Only the fast battles are completely unfamiliar at the beginning and quickly lead to a knockout if you don't use the dodge button.

So pink, so colorful, so crazy: I already loved Persona 5 for that.

Hopefully when you infiltrate the prisons (not like me) you will be completely distracted by the usual gaudy look. Another object shines and glows around every corner that you want to take a closer look at. Then there is the music, which is probably not everyone's taste, but which burns itself into the brain. The composers in Persona 5 were able to do this wonderfully and lead this positive one Catchy terror now skilfully continue.

While you can freely use the camera in many areas, some jump passages with a fixed camera are always centered on your figure, so that you have little opportunity to see what awaits you next. This is not only incredibly exhausting, but forces you to constantly rethink and run blindly into the next corner. But hey, at least you always have one thing with you: The catchy soundtrack from the first dungeon, deep in your head. And i love it.

The action adventure Persona 5 Strikers will be released on February 23, 2021 for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Steam.

8.8/ 10

"Persona 5 Strikers will completely cast its spell on fans, although glamor and style sometimes have to give way to confusion in fights."