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Persona 5 Strikers is An Exciting Reunion Tour for The Phantom Thieves

Picking up where the original left off, Persona 5 Strikers is an energetic action-RPG that also lets you reconnect with some old friends.

Even though I spent just short of 100 hours with Persona 5 Royal last summer, it was arguably the fastest 100 hours that I’ve likely spent with any game. Banding together with the Phantom Thieves to steal hearts and take down the most corrupt denizens of Tokyo never lost its charm thanks to its effortless style and memorable cast of characters. To be honest, I wouldn’t have minded spending even more time with Joker and the gang for a bit longer. That’s why I’m glad that Persona 5 Strikers is answering that call, and though it may look a bit different than the original, it has all the heart that made the Phantom Thieves’ first adventure thrilling to play through.

After our first preview of Persona 5 Strikers in December (when it was officially announced for a Western release), I’ve been able to get some hands-on time with the final version of the game before its release next month. Playing through the PS4 version (on PS5), the first few hours of playing Strikers gave me a much better feel for not only how it plays, but to see how it brings players back into the world of Persona 5 and reacquainting them with its familiar characters. Though it’s billed as a “spin-off” in the series, in nearly every way, Persona 5 Strikers feels like a true successor to Persona 5, even with a substantial shake-up in how it plays.

The storyline of Persona 5 Strikers picks up about six months after the events of Persona 5, with Joker and Morgana reuniting with the rest of the Phantom Thieves as they plan out a summer road trip across Japan. With the band getting back together for a summer of hanging out in various cities across the country, in true Persona fashion, things take a turn for the supernatural once several beings appear that are capturing the desires of others and spurring the Phantom Thieves into action to stop them.

Ryan Meitzler (2020, January 15)


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