A few years ago, the fantastic 'Persona 5' left us with a good taste in our mouths. Atlus's work has easily become one of her biggest commercial and critical successes, and the developer has known she couldn't miss the chance to make the most of this installment. An expanded version, a dance title, multiple crossovers ... The Phantom Thieves have managed to make their mark on the world.
But in this time we have been missing a sequel. The original plot was well closed, but 'Persona 4' had two plot sequels. How to take advantage of this pull while advancing the story before making the leap to a sixth installment? The answer was obvious and still surprised us. 'Persona 5 Strikers' is the next logical step for the franchise, although with some slip along the way.
The Phantom Thieves need no introduction at this point. After the adventures of the first installment and paying the consequences of his actions, Joker returns with his family to enjoy one last summer together. What they do not expect is that the group of evildoers will be needed as soon as they get together for the reappearance of the Metaverse, as well as new monarchs who take advantage of the human psyche for their immediate benefit.
Hopes for a new beginning
The great grace of 'Persona 5 Strikers' will not be in his script, but his combat borders on brilliance. The musou genre is like Oreo cookies - it's hard to find something it doesn't match, even fast food. It turns out that the Person formula is perfect if we vary it a little bit than usual.
The idea is to take the turn-based fighting from the original and transform it into an immediate ARPG. Not a musou, beware: the aspect of defeating gigantic hordes of enemies is left aside to face small groups of enemies. We must crush the shadows by concentrating in group after group, and the tactical methodology of the Phantom Thieves works perfectly in this section. We must advance surprising the enemy little by little. If we do not have the advantage of the surprise attack we will have to fight with a significant disadvantage due to the aggressiveness of our opponents and their numerical superiority.
As a sequel, 'Persona 5 Strikers' works on what it needs. Its renewal in the gameplay and revisiting old ideas in the gameplay make this a more than enjoyable title for fans of the first part. If we add the dubbing and charisma of the Phantom Thieves there is no reason to miss this installment. Of course, pay attention to its not so powerful script and the lack of depth in some mechanics: this is not a game as solid as the original. Hopefully it will serve as the basis for another future Omega Force and Atlus collaboration, because if so we could have something brilliant on our hands.