Persona 5 Review Roundup

Persona 5, the latest entry in Atlus’ acclaimed RPG series, launches on April 4 and ahead of its launch reviews have been published.

As always, we’ve collected together a number of reviews and put them below so you get a good sense of its critical reception. It seems Atlus has delivered another superb experience, as the general consensus looks to be overwhelmingly positive.

In GameSpot’s Persona 5 review critic Lucy James awarded the game a 9/10, saying it is “stuffed to bursting point with gameplay ideas and presentation flourishes.”

She continued: “There’s an overwhelming level of artistry in every part of Persona 5, making it a truly standout entry in the series. It’s a refined, effortlessly stylish RPG that will be talked about for years to come.”

Take a look below to see what everyone else thinks and head over to GameSpot sister site Metacritic for a broader look at the critical reception.

  • Game: Persona 5
  • Developer: Atlus
  • Platform: PS4, PS3
  • Release: April 4
  • Price: US$ 60 / £50 / AU$ 90

GameSpot — 9/10

“Persona 5 is a game that shouldn’t be missed. It’s stuffed to bursting point with gameplay ideas and presentation flourishes–there’s an overwhelming level of artistry in every part of Persona 5, making it a truly standout entry in the series. It’s a refined, effortlessly stylish RPG that will be talked about for years to come.” — Lucy James [Full Review]

Polygon — 9/10

“It’s been almost a decade since the original release of Persona 4, a game that introduced many players–including myself–to this series. With that amount of time, with the amount of energy and passion a lot of Persona 4 fans put toward that game, it would have been easy for Persona 5 to be a letdown. Instead, it successfully pushes this series to new heights of polish, allure and charm. It has a few blemishes, enough to distract a bit from the intriguing and weighty themes that the game wrestles with. But even through the rough patches, Persona 5 doesn’t give up a drop of its colorful personality.” — Phillip Kollar [Full Review]

Eurogamer — Essential

“Persona 5 is unconscionably sublime. Every beat, every subtlety, every movement of the camera – it all translates into a kinetic masterpiece, strung together with the best visuals this side of Atlus. Persona 5 won’t change your mind on JRPGs if you lack a taste for the genre, but if you’re in any way a fan, well why the hell are you still reading this? Go forth and damn well purchase.” — Cassandra Khaw [Full Review]

Kotaku — No Score

“This game will take many, many hours of your time. In exchange, you’ll get a terrific, pulpy story told with style to spare. Persona 5 took nearly 100 hours of my time, and I gave it gladly.” — Kirk Hamilton [Full Review]

Game Informer — 9.25/10

“If the opening hours of Persona 5 are like starting a massive novel, then the closing hours are like finishing one, complete with the bittersweet finality of turning the last page. But it also carries an immense sense of satisfaction. After 100 hours of playing, all of my big questions were answered. I understood the characters, I knew my way around the world, and I had fun almost every step of the journey. You become a resident of Persona 5 the more you play it, and it has the rare ability to transport in a way few games can.” Joe Juba [Full Review]

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