In this post I’m going to be reviewing Persona 5 for the PS4. I’m going to try to answer the following question: Is it worth the price (if you don’t have a lot of time)?
I have never really been into turn based combat or JRPGs, so I wasn’t excited for Persona 5 at all. I had no idea what the Persona franchise even was and I had no intention of finding out. That all changed when I saw video after video on YouTube praising the game. I saw people that I followed on Twitter praising the game and I wanted to see what I was missing out on. I requested a copy of the game to review in May (big thanks to Matt from Deep Silver for hooking me up), but I had no idea what I was getting myself into.
I had heard that the game was large and it took over 80 hours to complete, but I thought that was just the estimated amount of time it would take slowpokes and people bad at games to beat it. I want to clearly say right now that I have not finished this game. I usually like to finish a game before I review it, but with my current schedule I only get to play Persona 5 for a few hours at the weekend and at this pace my review would be released mid next year.
I’m going to tell you guys what I think of the game so far and letting you know if it’s worth the price even if you don’t have the time.
There are 2 main sides of Persona 5. There is the part of the game where you live as a schoolboy, organising your schedule and choosing when to study, work or hang out with friends. There is also the other side where you battle shadows in the metaverse using turn based combat. I’ve got to be honest and say that I enjoyed both sides of the gameplay.
The two sides of Persona 5 also interlink with each other. While you’re in the real world you can forge relationships and level those relationships up. Those relationships will give you different perks depending on the person. These perks can help you with battling shadows in the metaverse by granting you new abilities and XP bonuses when you fuse new personas.
There are honestly so many aspects to the gameplay in this game, so we’re going to stick to discussing the 3 main gameplay loops: the real world, the metaverse and collecting personas.
When you’re not fighting shadows and stealing treasure, you need to go to school and basically live the life of a schoolboy. You are usually able to choose what you want to do each day, but sometimes you are forced to do something for story purposes. You can generally pick around 2 activities to do a day - one after school and one in the night (some activities are limited to daytime or night-time).
These activities usually either help you increase 1 of your 5 social stats or help you get closer to a confidant (a character in the game you can befriend), which can help you with things in the metaverse.
You’ll also have to take school tests each term which test your memory. Throughout the term you’ll be asked a few questions in class which test your knowledge (knowledge which I didn’t have). I saw many questions about things like Japanese history and culture, so Google answered all my questions for me. If you get these questions right then you’re given a stat boost to your knowledge, so instead of guessing I chose to choose what I thought the answer was in my head and then use Google to find the right answer and enter that option.
After you answer the question in class, your teacher will expand a bit on the subject and you’ll generally find that subject brought up again in the tests.
The metaverse is where you tackle the main missions in palaces or side missions in mementos. Palaces are curated, themed multistage dungeons, while mementos are randomly generated dungeons with multiple floors.
In palaces you are tasked with getting deep into the palace and stealing the treasure of the owner of that palace. There are usually various simple puzzles and enemies to fight along your way. There may also be a miniboss or two and the palace will end with a boss fight.
Combat is turn-based. I’ve never been a fan of that style of combat, but I became a fan after playing this game. The combat is largely centred on the strategy of finding your enemy’s weaknesses and using those to your advantage. If you know your stuff and you play well, you can get away from a lot of battles without even letting the enemy have their turn. In the boss battles this generally changes because some bosses have no weaknesses and you’re forced to fight and keep your party alive until the end of the fight.
You can have a party of 4 members at all times. Your party members have their own specific persona while your main character is able to use multiple personas. Personas are kind of like Pokemon in the sense that they have elemental attributes and attacks as well as a variety of skills you can choose to use in battle depending on the persona.
The tutorial system in the game is done very well. New aspects of the game are introduced over time so they don’t overwhelm players like me who have never played a Persona game or a game like this before. These tutorial messages can be accessed at any time from the menu (which looks great, but we’ll get to that later).
I also always felt like there were new additions to the game and the game was expanding. It’s unfortunate that I didn’t get to finish the game for this review, but I have no doubt that more gameplay features would have been revealed down the line. This truly is a big game.
Personas are kinda like the Pokemon of the spirit world and in this game your personas are stored in masks instead of a poke ball. Each persona has its own weaknesses, strengths, abilities and personality.
Fighting a new persona for the first time and trying to figure out its weakness is an exhilarating feeling, especially when that persona is kicking your ass and you accidentally use an ability that heals it.
If you target a persona’s weakness you can do something called a “hold up”. This results in you surrounding the enemies and pointing your gun in their face - at this point you can negotiate with the persona. You can either try to win the persona over to your side or you can extort it for some cash and items- all in a day’s work.
Collecting personas is a fun part of the game. I found myself wanting to find new interesting personas to add to my catalogue or combining the personas I had to make new ones. You may also find yourself trying to obtain certain personas just so you can combine them with other personas to get the end result you actually want.
This serves as a fun little meta game that appeals to the completionist within me.
Persona 5 has an overall story that we’ll touch on in a bit, but the main bulk of Persona 5 focuses on the individual stories of the characters you meet.
I found some of these stories very interesting and others not so much. I really dislike the Ryuji and Mishima characters, but I pretty much liked everyone else. However, you must remember that I didn’t finish the game so maybe those characters became less annoying and redeemed themselves later on. Although, if you’re an annoying character 60+ hours in then I don’t really have much hope that you’re going to turn it around.
I think Makoto was probably my favourite character and Yusuke was also a cool dude.
The overall story is something I really don’t want to spoil. The basic summary is that you were sent away for being a bad kid and there’s also some strange happenings going on in the city. People are having “mental shutdowns” which results in people suddenly losing their minds and committing suicide.
After every palace is completed, you are able to read a recap of the story up to that point. This is VERY valuable to people like me who don’t have a lot of time and may have to put the game down and come back in a week.
Overall, I found myself very interested in the story and many of the characters. I am still burning to know how the game ends and I will probably create an updated review after I fully complete the game.
The graphics are okay. They’re certainly nothing special, but they don’t really have to be. In the in-game cutscenes the lip-syncing and character models leave a lot to be desired, but everything works well in combat. The animated cutscenes are great too - I just wish there was more.
There is a little voice acting, usually when you are doing something important to the story otherwise you’ll generally have to read the dialogue yourself. The voice acting is pretty good, but keep in mind that if you HATE reading you probably won’t enjoy this game.
The menus are something that many Persona 5 reviews have touched on, and yes the menus are cool, but when I play a game I don’t play it for the menus. I play it for the gameplay and story, so I don’t really care that much about how great the menus are.
The music was cool, I really liked the main theme and the music in boss battles although I could’ve used more variety. As far as I remember there are only a handful of tracks that you hear for the majority of the game and that can get tedious to listen to.
First of all, if you have the time and you like JRPGs, then this is 100% worth the price. The amount of content you get here for the price is amazing. If you’re like me, however, and you don’t have a lot of time then I’d still suggest you grab this game. It has the story recap option for you to remind yourself what’s happening and the sheer amount of content is wild. Remember though, it can take you over 80 hours to complete.
If you don’t like JRPGS or you’ve never played one before, this seems like it could convert you or act as a good starting point. I never thought I’d enjoy turn based combat in my life, but now I really don’t mind it and I may even play other games that use turn based combat.
Here are some pros and cons to help you make the decision for yourself:
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For the past year, I have survived being self-employed. It wasn’t easy and it’s been a lot of work, but I love it. I’m far from rich or where I want to be in my career, but I have survived and I continue to survive.
Being an entrepreneur can look fun and easy from the outside looking in, but when you have no starting capital because you were raised in a low-income household and you didn’t receive a small loan of a million dollars it’s a lot of work.
I’m lucky enough that I LOVE being an entrepreneur. I am extremely passionate about building my businesses and my personal brand. If you approach entrepreneurship half-heartedly then you’re probably going to quit.
I have been an entrepreneur since I was in primary school. I remember trying to sell scoubidous and comics to my classmates. In secondary school, they forced me to do work experience in Iceland and I quickly realised that being someone else’s employee was not the path for me.
These days I work harder than anyone I know with a 9-5 job (for considerably less money) and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Even when I’m barely surviving, living on a tiny budget and grinding like my life depended on it (because it does), I am happier than I would ever be working for someone else.
I would love to recommend the entrepreneurial lifestyle to everyone if I could, but the truth is that it’s not for everyone. If you prefer freedom over security and stability then you might be a suitable candidate, but I don’t want to create any illusions that this life is easy. You will begin by working for free, then working for next to nothing and eventually you might make a reasonable income.
Below you’ll find my daily routine. This is how I can manage to release valuable content on many platforms on a daily basis. Sometimes I work for longer, sometimes less. I try to take at least one day off on the weekend but even on that day I generally work. Some things in my daily routine are done at set times but most things are flexible and may be completed out of order. That’s why there’s a lack of time-stamps.
As you can see, my daily routine is quite packed! I highly recommend getting a Filofax or some sort of planner to stay on top of things. Having a physical planner that I can look at and write in has helped my organisation and productivity a lot.
If you want just want to get a free digital notebook then I suggest getting Evernote. Evernote is one of my favourite apps and I use it alongside my Filofax to stay on top of my daily tasks and remain productive.
What does your daily routine look like? Leave a comment down below!
Good collaborative albums are few and far between. In light of that new Future X Drake album What A Time To Be Alive, I’ve decided to share 5 collaboration albums I want to happen ASAP.
Both The Weeknd and Lana Del Rey make very gloomy atmospheric music. The Weeknd sings about taking drugs and hanging out with broken women whilst Lana sings about being a broken woman. It’s a perfect match that’s sure to make you spend all night crying into your pillow.
These guys know how to make catchy bangers all day. Quavo’s been honing his craft for years being the best of The Migos (in my humble opinion) and Travis seems to have been learning a lot under Kanye West’s tutelage. They both bring the hype, and Travis Scott’s vision can ensure the album is musically sound. The one song I’ve heard from them was enough to inspire me to write this post. This album would be the soundtrack to all my turn up activities for the foreseeable future.
Here we have Drake, arguably the biggest rapper out right now, and Childish Gambino, arguably the most underrated rapper out now. Both of these guys know how to craft great songs, they both rap well and they can both sing. I mean, how can this collab not be sick? I hope they at least make a song together because they’re both phenomenal artists.
What do you think of these? What collab albums do you want to happen? Tell me on Twitter.
I’ve been blogging regularly for about 3 months, so – I mean – what do I know right? Well, if you’re reading this post then I probably have 3 months more experience than you. But I’m not going to judge you like you judged me earlier, I’m going to share my knowledge with you now so you don’t have to wait until months down to learn this stuff yourself. Here are my tips to get into blogging:
When I first began blogging I was very inconsistent and that didn’t go very well. I would write a new post maybe once every two months. The key to maintaining a good blog is consistency, and the best way to ensure consistency is to blog every day for at least a month. This will imbue you with magical blogging powers that will allow you to easily put out 3 posts a week in the next month. Building up this ability to write regularly is a must.
Running out of blog ideas is the worst. Writing down all the post ideas I think of, whenever I think of them, has helped me out immensely when it comes to blogging consistently. I usually have a list of post ideas to choose from before I even sit down to write.
— Jay Carteré (@JayCartere) April 28, 2015
A lot of bloggers, or anyone trying to promote something, think it’s a good idea to constantly churn out promotional tweets and links to their website… it’s not. Nobody wants to follow someone, or a brand, they don’t already know in order to receive a bunch of advertisements – it’s annoying. Instead, make an effort to be entertaining on Twitter; post funny pictures, ask questions and generally be social on these social networks.
I am definitely guilty of not doing this enough, but do as I say, not as I do. Reading other blogs will help you understand the way things work in this part of town. It’s always good to do your research before venturing into new territory. See what other bloggers are doing, take note of what works, what doesn’t and anything inbetween.
This is key. Blogging about something you’re not passionate about will get annoying real quick. Make sure you can see yourself writing about this sort of stuff in the years to come. That doesn’t mean you have to be limited to one subject though. Just make sure you know what type of thing your target audience is into and write about that. Your target audience is usually a representation of yourself, so if you like it your fans will probably like it too.
Spamming takes a lot of time, it’s annoying and it will make 99% of people hate you. Do you want 99% of people to hate you? Spamming may help boost your traffic in the short run, but in the long run you’ll burn a whole load of bridges and end up making yourself look like an amateur.
Posting useful and insightful comments on other peoples blog is just a nice thing to do. But you’re not here for the nice thing to do, are you? You wanna know what’s in it for you right? Well okay, if fuzzy feelings aren’t good enough for you then keep in mind that posting a good comment on other blogs will allow many people to see your name and possibly check you out. You might also form a relationship with the writer of the post you’ve commented on, which is cool if you like having friends.
The headline is one of the most important elements of your blog posts. Some would say it is the most important, but I’m not saying that. I said it’s one of them and we’ll leave it at that. Whatever the scale of importance of a great headline, there is no denying that a great headline is definitely important. Read a few articles and posts, take note of the headlines that grab your attention, pick them apart, see if you can emulate the effect and keep on practising your headline writing. Alternatively, you could just take the easy way out and download my list of headline templates below.
Did this post help you out? Are you starting a blog, or trying to improve your current one? Let me know in the comments section below.