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The story, about a small group of kids fighting a much larger and more powerful army of magical creatures, suggests that teamwork, friendship, and tenacity can make the difference in overcoming the odds. The turn-based combat rewards patience and tactical thinking.
Positive Role Models
The main characters -- a group of teenage students -- are loyal to each other and feel duty bound to help the rebels restore freedom to their realm. They each have distinctive quirks, such as mild belligerence or a slightly snooty air, but they're well-meaning people at heart who're brave and want to do what's right.
The primary characters are a mix of light-skinned male and female Japanese teenagers.
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Ease of Play
Turn-based combat is explained through in-game tutorials, and doesn't require any fast decision making. Difficulty can be adjusted from a very easy story-focused mode to a much more punishing hard mode.
Violence & Scariness
The player's characters use melee weapons, guns, and magic to fight humanoid magical creatures in turn-based battles. Interactive combat has no blood or gore, but non-interactive narrative sequences show important characters bleeding, with blood pooling under them.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Cartoonish humanoid female monsters appear topless, but without physical details. Sex and nudity is referenced in text dialogue (a character mentions he'd be interested in seeing "nude models" in a book).
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Text and spoken dialogue contains occasional profanity, including the words "s--t," "ass," "damn," and "hell."
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Products & Purchases
Add-ons, including DLC and weapons packs, are available for purchase separately.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A non-player character appears drunk and talks about rice wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know Persona 5 Tactica is a turn-based strategy game and spin-off from the Persona series. Players navigate through the game as a group of likable Japanese teenage boys and girls who've been transported to another dimension under the control of a magical dictator. As experienced fighters, the heroes feel duty bound to help the local resistance rise up and overthrow their oppressors. Combat is turn-based, with the heroes using guns, melee weapons, and magic to attack fantastical monsters. The graphics are cartoonish and there's no blood or gore while fighting, but non-interactive narrative sequences show important characters wounded and bleeding. Parents should be aware that some female monsters appear partially naked from the waist up (without physical details), and that dialogue contains profanity, including the word "s--t."
Is It Any Good?
This traditional tactical role playing game doesn't forge much new ground for the genre, but fans of the Persona 5 cast are bound to enjoy getting to spend a little more time with these lovably flawed teens. Like other games in the series, Persona 5 Tactica offers limited dialogue options in its lengthy exposition sequences, few of which actually have any impact on how the story unfolds. That said, the writing is wry and snappy enough that it's still plenty of fun to tap through, with a story that delivers ample twists and chapter cliffhangers to keep players interested and engaged. It doesn't tackle the kind of serious teen issues found in the original Persona 5, but it does tell a compelling tale of dogged rebellion in the face of overwhelming odds. Erina, leader of the Rebel Corps, is an especially fun addition to the group, helping to keep up the team's morale while demonstrating a willingness to sacrifice in order to help others.
Combat, meanwhile, should be very familiar to anyone who's played strategy games like Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope or XCOM 2. Moving from cover to cover for tactical position and making wise use of special abilities is key, as is taking advantage of flanking moves to encircle enemies, which allows multiple heroes to attack at the same time. The battles may seem a little short and simplistic for veterans of the genre, especially at the start, but they gradually become more challenging and rewarding as the game unfolds. Persona 5 Tactica may not deliver the best story or play in the series, but it's still a welcome addition to the growing Persona 5 universe.
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