This week, Persona 5 Royal will be available on PC, and here's why it's still the JRPGking

This week, Persona 5 Royal will be available on PC, and here's why it's still the JRPGking

I''ve been debating whether or not the original Persona 5 was complete four years ago, and it immediately earned my most coveted award: Edders Really liked This A Lot, Perhaps More Than Anything Else. I''ve been hesitant to try again once more into the new version of the Phantom Thieves, but it''s just because it blew me away the first time.

Now, I feel wreaking. After seeing Persona 5: Royal again this week, including PC, my goodness me, it''s wonderful to be back in Shibuya with the gang. Already it is the Persona 5 I liked, with new cutscenes and pacing adjustments to make it even better. Have you ever played Persona before? Yes, yes!

Persona 5 is about a guy, codenamed Joker, who relocates to Tokyo following an ''incident.'' He joins Shujin Academy as an outsider, and becomes a member of The Phantom Thieves, a group of high schoolers who attempted to cut the dark hearts of twisted people. It''s a one-part social simulator as you partake in the incredible highs and lows of a high school year, and a one-part dungeon-

And the whole "Royal" is how Atlus have always handled their Persona catalogue, making adjustments, adding new bits, and assembling all previously released DLC in reworked packages. So, Royal is Persona 5''s definitive edition, much like Persona 4: Golden is Persona 4''s updated equivalent.

I might talk about the turn-based combat of the Persona 5 Royal, which is just the right amount of complex that anyone can overcome in ever stylish ways. And the fact that it''s a JRPG with party members to manage, and a deep well of stat-boosting equipment to dress them with. You may grind a demonic underground for loot, spraying out some healing potions in the process, then navigate a dungeon to alter events in the real world.

For sure, you''ll get a good traditional video game here, in the sense that you''ll defeat enemy weaknesses and shore up your own with EXP. However, what makes Persona 5 so so memorable is how its traditional video gamey elements are intertwined with the passing of time. Progression is divided into days where you must prioritize your to-do list, whether it''s to go to town to buy a ticket or to study hard for upcoming exams.

By splitting the Phantom Thieves'' odyssey into days, the game can separate an expansive JRPG into manageable chunks, but it also gives you true freedom. I may be skeptical, considering that "aren''t these chunks restrictive and therefore the total opposite of freedom, ED?" or that it''s possible to select the activities that you want.

Yes, you''re not entirely let off the leash from the start. I''ve seen a lot of people say that it takes a long time to "open up" Shibuya, and I''m aware that it''s not uncommon to gradually prize open those doors to Shibuya, but that is, only allowing you full access once you''ve understood that the foundations of your friendships require thorough management.

Spending time with Ann down the mall or Makoto doing your homework enables you to develop stronger connections for stronger buffs, but they''ll sincerely become a circle of individuals you''re grateful for, according to the play. To play Persona 5 is to be rewarded for simply following a slew of traits, like the brash Ryuji who calls "For Real?!" lots, or the quiet Haru who prefers to jump and see flowers, or Royal''s Hifumi,

Returning to Persona 5 through Royal is a series of NG+ remixes, where I''m simultaneously recieving the game''s small details and anticipating an even more enticing moment. However, I''ve never seen many of Royal''s substantial tweaks yet, but I''ve learned a few new tweaks that help fill some gaps. And if you''ve never touched the game before, you can''t get a much better first experience than Royal, which removes many of the

Persona 5 Royal or otherwise is a joy to be a bit surprised if putting your hands along the edge of a physical copy demonstrated its inner workings like a watch''s back being cracked open, with all its springs and ribbons ticking in unison. All the game''s components tie together to create a world that just feels like it''s meant to run alongside you.

Persona 5 Royal is available on GamePass, Steam, your PlayStations, and your Switches, and it''s a game that''s always been there. The Steam Deck has a distinct appearance.

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