Persona 5 Review

After the protagonist defends a woman from being molested by powerful politician Masayoshi Shido, Shido uses his connections to have the protagonist charged with assault and put on probation, resulting in expulsion from his school. The protagonist is sent to Tokyo to stay with family friend Sojiro Sakura and attend Shujin Academy during his year-long probation. After his arrival, he is drawn into the Velvet Room, where Igor warns him that he must “rehabilitate” to avoid forthcoming ruin, and grants him access to a supernatural mobile app that leads the protagonist into the Metaverse and the Palace of the school’s manipulative volleyball coach Kamoshida. The protagonist meets Morgana, who convinces him to change wicked people’s hearts by stealing their “treasure”—the emotional root of their behavior—from the Palaces ruled by their Shadow selves. After successfully reforming Kamoshida and having a second brief encounter with Shido, the protagonist and Morgana form the Phantom Thieves, stealing corruption from the hearts of adults in an attempt to reform the city.

The founding members are the protagonist, Morgana, Ryuji and Ann. On subsequent heists, they are joined by Yusuke, Makoto, Futaba and Haru. As their numbers and successes grow, they attract the attention of public and police including public prosecutor Sae Nijima, Makoto’s sister. They learn that a secret conspiracy is manipulating events behind the scenes, and is directly connected to some of the Phantom Thieves’ reasons for joining. Haru’s father tries to reveal this group’s leader after he is reformed, but an assassin kills him. In their pursuit of the conspiracy, the group is joined by Akechi, and goes on a mission into Sae’s Palace when she discovers their identities. Following her defeat, the group is forced to split up when they are confronted by police, and the protagonist is arrested. Akechi is subsequently revealed to be a traitor working for the conspiracy. The protagonist hatches a scheme to use the reality within Sae’s still-intact Palace to save himself when Akechi attempts to kill him in a staged suicide. Failure to complete any Palace prior to this point results in Akechi killing the protagonist.

Escaping into hiding with Sae’s help, the protagonist convenes with his friends, Sae, and Sojiro; they determine that the conspiracy’s leader is Shido, who has been using Akechi’s ability to infiltrate the Metaverse to remove obstacles to becoming Prime Minister and imposing his reforms on Japan. The group infiltrates Shido’s Palace, and there they face Akechi, revealed to be Shido’s illegitimate son bent on revenge towards Shido for his years of neglect. Once defeated, Akechi sacrifices himself to allow the Phantom Thieves to reach Shido. Shido is defeated, and in the real world confesses to all his actions. The game then skips forward to just before Christmas; the general public has turned on the Phantom Thieves, and Sae’s efforts to prosecute Shido are failing. The Phantom Thieves make a final heist to seal the Treasure of the Mementos, the people’s Palace at the Metaverse’s core. Inside they find the imprisoned Shadows of their targets and other Tokyo residents, who have chosen to give up making their own decisions. The Phantom Thieves are then ejected from Mementos by the Treasure—a giant Holy Grail—and subsequently vanish after witnessing the Metaverse merging with reality.

Fan Review: 78% EXCELLENT
Good: 13% | Average: 0% | Poor: 9%

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