Atlus has finally revealed the first Persona 5 gameplay trailer! Persona fans–let’s discuss our impressions and what we’d like to see in the next installment.
For those who missed it, here’s the trailer: ペルソナ５ PV#01
I’m loving that…
- It’s set in Tokyo proper. I appreciate the lengths Atlus has gone through to make Japanese culture palatable to western audiences in Persona 3 and Persona 4, but the fictional settings of both games are not that interesting. Tokyo, on the other hand, is absolutely spilling-over with culture and character. I’m curious to see just how many districts players will be able to explore.
- The characters appear to be delinquents. The developers have hinted that Persona’s 5 story involves fighting against an oppressive society, so it makes sense that your party is comprised of punks. It’s a nice change of pace from the casts of Persona 3 and 4, which for the most part are a bunch of do-gooders that are not the type to shake up the system.
- Your party are students by day, cat-burglars by night. This is an awesome concept! I like that the developers are rethinking dungeon traversal, which to this point has been pretty dry in Persona games. Hopefully the stealth mechanics shown will be well-implemented. Also, I can’t get enough of their costumes! They give me an Arsene Lupin vibe.]
Demons are back! Persona 3 and 4 have great combat systems, but I was kind of bummed how generic the “shadows” felt after some time. Fortunately, it seems that we’ll be fighting the standard SMT demons again, which raises the question of how players will recruit demons. Demon negotiation seems way too outmoded for a new Persona game.
It’s chock-stuffed with styyyyyle. Persona 5’s been cooking for years now and it definitely shows. Every facet of this game looks bright and expressive, down to the menu selection. Even though they showed only seconds of each sequence, there is already more going on per scene than in any previous Persona game.
How’d you all like the trailer? What are you looking forward to in P5?