When Persona 5 Strikers was first introduced, it was a giant shock. It was like Atlus had taken a leaf out of P5’s most well-known anthem Last Surprise to ship an announcement that followers would by no means see coming. The Persona franchise is well-known for its creative spin-offs, from rhythm motion dancing games to on the spot cult traditional combating games.
But even so Strikers nonetheless appeared to be a shock departure.
Maybe this was partly due to followers pondering this Koei Tecmo-made Persona recreation could be extra Hyrule (*5*) than P5.
Flash ahead over two years on since the preliminary reveal and any trepidation followers could have felt initially wasn’t wanted.
Persona 5 Strikers is much less of a musou-game, and extra like another Persona recreation – albeit with a special battle system.
The battle system in Persona 5 Strikers is not the senseless button bashing you’d see in some early (*5*) games.
What we get in P5S is extra akin to the battle system in Final Fantasy 7 Remake.
It’s a mix of real-time motion in addition to conventional JRPG fight.
Players can string collectively combo assaults with a lot of X and Y button presses. But the motion can be briefly halted when deploying magic assaults.
There are a lot of different layers to fight too – baton passes may be carried out at any time to change between social gathering members, whereas enemies even have elemental weak spot which you’ll be able to exploit to knock them down and ship an All-Out Attack.
While there’s additionally a meter operating in the background that builds up, and when full will allow you to launch a spectacular Showtime assault.
There are lots of transferring components to every battle – not to point out having to heal up social gathering members and having to dodge enemy assaults, which is particularly necessary for highly effective foes.
While some battles towards weaker enemies you may get by means of by mashing the assault button, this may not be the case for lots of the enemies you face.
The battle system in Persona 5 Strikers is clearly lots sooner paced than the turn-based battles seen in P5 and Royal.
And whereas I personally favor the old style turn-based fight, the musou-esque battles in Strikers are lots of enjoyable – albeit fights towards weaker enemies which may simply be brushed apart can really feel a bit of repetitive.
Elsewhere, there are lots of similarities between Strikers and different P5 games.
Both games work on a calendar system, have an engrossing story that includes heartfelt moments and a beautiful cast of characters.
But there may be one different notable distinction to level out. And that is with the life sim features. Unlike Persona 5 or Royal, with Strikers you do not want to fear an excessive amount of about time preserving.
Part of the Persona expertise is managing your diary so you’ll be able to slot in all you want to do.
And organising your schedule so you do not miss levelling up your relationship with different characters, constructing budding romances, creating character abilities which can be wanted for progressing in relationships, in addition to merely levelling up your characters in battles and progressing by means of Palaces may be an amazing and – at instances – worrying expertise.
So it makes a pleasant change that the life sim features in Persona 5 Strikers is much more pared down.
You do not want to fear about Confidant rankings anymore, with this changed with a extra simplified Bonds system that gives gamers unlockable abilities after moments in and outdoors of the Metaverse.
And whereas there are optionally available moments the place you’ll be able to hang around with members of the gang, you do not want to fear about doubtlessly lacking out on these eventualities.
You are largely at the beck and name of no matter Strikers dictates you’ve to do one given day.
This could restrict participant freedom, but in addition means Strikers has a way more honed-in, targeted life-sim facet to it.
The trade-off to that is much less participant freedom, however for me it made a pleasant change of tempo.
I reviewed the Nintendo Switch model of Persona 5 Strikers, and suffice to say the PS4 and Steam variations will look higher.
In handheld mode that is particularly obvious, with character fashions at instances showing fuzzy and missing element.
The visuals are higher when the Switch is in docked model, however the PS4 and Steam variations will nonetheless be a giant step up.
By no means does the Switch model look unhealthy although. And you could be keen to make this type of commerce off to play Strikers on a handheld.
The earlier Persona 5 games have been unique to PlayStation consoles, with Persona 5 first launching on PS4 and PS3 with Persona 5 Royal releasing in a while as a PS4 unique.
So, Switch and Steam followers who’ve by no means performed P5 or Royal earlier than could also be questioning whether or not it is value them leaping in?
If you have not performed both Persona 5 or Royal earlier than then Strikers will spoil sure issues.
Not straight, however you may most likely have the opportunity to guess just a few important plot beats for P5 and Royal should you play Strikers first after which head to these games in a while.
So I personally would not advocate taking part in Strikers with out taking part in P5 or P5R.
You’ll get a lot extra from Strikers should you’re already invested in the world of Persona 5 and its characters.
Part of the pleasure of Strikers is simply getting to spend time with this cast of characters you’ve beforehand spent dozens of hours getting to know and love.
And that may be misplaced should you simply jumped straight into Strikers.
For some folks, this is probably not a difficulty for them and so they could be interested in P5S and fancy taking part in a brand new JRPG.
If you fall into that camp then a Cliff Notes method to make amends for P5 is to watch the anime.
But once more, I’d advocate simply taking part in Persona 5 or Royal first as the anime does not go into practically as a lot depth as the supply materials.
What I do know for positive although is you’ve already performed Persona 5 or Royal earlier than, Strikers is a necessary buy.
It’s a nigh-on perfect sequel, which has vastly exceeded my expectations in each form or kind.