A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game features strong themes about the bonds of friendship, as well as the sacrifice and moral compass it takes to help those in need. There's also a heavy focus on dealing with one's emotions and not being controlled by them.
Positive Role Models
Though initially thrust into their current adventure, the Phantom Thieves tend to be honorable characters, fighting to free people often controlled by their darker emotions. Though the team has a range of personalities, they all band together as friends and put the needs of others above their own.
Ease of Play
The game blends hack-and-slash style gameplay with some of the more tactical role-playing elements that most of the Persona games are known for. During some battles, players can easily feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of enemies.
Violence & Scariness
Combat is constant, with players fighting against waves of enemy minions and oversized boss characters. Players use various blades, guns, and other weapons in combat, as well as magical "Persona" abilities. Most of the time, damage is represented with flashy effects and comic book-like animations, though there are some occasional splashes of blood shown onscreen.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Several female creatures and Personas feature partially exposed breasts, and one specific creature is designed to have an almost phallic appearance. There are also some dialogue references to sexual activity.
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Some strong profanity, such as "f--k" and "s--t" occasionally appear in the dialogue.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Persona 5 Strikers is a hack and slash action role-playing game available for download on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Windows based PCs. The gameplay combines elements of the Dynasty Warriors franchise with the characters and features of the popular Persona franchise. The story continues the adventures of the Phantom Thieves in a brand-new chapter. Gameplay involves constant combat, with players using a variety of weapons and magical abilities against overwhelming numbers of enemy minions and powerful boss characters. Although violence is persistent, most damage is represented by flashy artistic visual effects. There are occasional blood splashes, as well as a dungeon with bloody floors and walls. A number of feminine creatures and Persona avatars in the game appear with partially exposed breasts and one creature has a distinct phallic design. The game's dialogue also occasionally makes use of strong profanity.
Is It Any Good?
When is a sequel not a sequel? When it comes to the popular Persona franchise, it's usually through the wide range of various spinoff titles that continue their stories, but in completely new and unique ways, like the action found in Persona 5 Strikers. This chapter combines the characters, story, abilities, and personality of the Phantom Thieves' odyssey in Persona 5 with the fast-paced, hack and slash gameplay style of the Dynasty Warriors series. The result is a game that's more than the sum of its parts, playing like a true sequel that expands the Persona 5 universe while also bringing something completely new to the table.
Persona 5 Strikers is a much faster, more streamlined experience than the standard, more tactical RPG (role-playing game) fare the series is known for. Combat is a constant real-time battle against hordes of minions, giving players a lot of adrenaline-fueled, button mashing action. Making use of Persona (or summoned creatures) on the field switches the action to more familiar, menu-driven tactics. There are even some stealth elements at play as the Thieves sneak around, trying not to draw too much attention, before launching surprise attacks against the Shadow forces. While the gameplay might diverge from what fans are used to, the game's presentation and attitude are unquestionably Persona through and through. In fact, the game's style is the most polished in the series' history. And combined with its focus on a constant flow of action, Persona 5 Strikers winds up feeling more like living in an anime adventure and being an active member of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts.
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