Within the unique ending to Persona 5, the Phantom Thieves lastly completed their mission and had been primed to lastly chill out after a long-fought battle. The bottom recreation’s spin-off, Persona 5 Strikers, is supposed to be a follow-up to that scene. Veterans of the unique Persona 5 get a uncommon alternative to spend much more time with the Phantom Thieves, the heroes of the JRPG that has since exploded in reputation. Some might have anticipated some further confidant routes, doubtlessly further romance scenes and/or choices, amongst many different issues. Persona 5 Strikers is a really totally different recreation, and whereas it actually has some parts of that, they’re few and much between.
Whereas this can be disappointing to some, it is the fact of the state of affairs as a Persona 5 spin-off recreation. There’s simply no different recreation moreover Persona 5 correct that is going to supply the identical character and relationship growth, even when Persona 5 Strikers might be thought of a sequel or epilogue. With a totally separate story to inform, alongside a a lot shorter timeframe to inform it, Persona 5 Strikers merely does not have sufficient narrative house all through its 50-60 hours playthrough. There are little touches right here and there all through Strikers that permit for some fan service, however it’s an unlucky compromise that Strikers‘ comparatively quick story wanted to make.
Sadly, as a result of narrative tempo of Persona 5 Strikers, there actually is not any time accessible to dedicate to true-to-form confidant routess or romances. Persona 5/Royal has the luxurious of an entire yr to meaningfully develop these friendships and relationships over time. Strikers does its finest to stability that every one into the course of a single summer season, and does a beautiful job at that regardless. Designed precisely as a sort-of prolonged epilogue for the Phantom Thieves, and Persona 5, the restricted time with the acquainted heroes nonetheless brings many iconic moments with the Phantom Thieves. Persona 5 Strikers is a microcosmic model of its supply materials, which is not a nasty factor.
The general BOND system provides up sufficient over time, and does a serviceably good job to contextualize development amongst all characters all through Strikers. Moments in and outdoors of the Metaverse all increase the BOND rating, which applies to totally different talents that embody all the Phantom Thieves. There are separate requests for sure members of the Phantom Thieves that gamers can fulfill, however they don’t seem to be almost as in-depth as confidant routes. On the romance aspect, properly, there’s actually not many alternative for creating a relationship. There’s just one apparent date alternative all through Strikers, and relationships do not prolong a lot farther after that.
It’s a disgrace that Persona 5 Strikers is not in a position to match the identical character growth and freedom that Persona 5 correct has, however it additionally was by no means going to. Even within the theoretical risk the place there’s loads of time so as to add issues like confidant routes and in-depth relationships, it nonetheless does not actually make sense for Strikers. With out diving into any story spoilers, the reality is that Strikers‘ narrative merely does not have sufficient wiggle room to sensibly inform any form of complicated side-stories like that. The whole recreation takes place slightly over the course of a month, contextualized by the same old Persona-style calendar that, this time, has no actual impact on the plot.
Moreover, Persona 5 Strikers is all concerning the Phantom Thieves coming again collectively one final time, with out taking a canon stance on any attainable Persona 5 choices. Amongst different issues like personas, talents, stats, and so forth., relationships and confidant progress do not carry over into Strikers both. From a personality development standpoint, the sport is totally standalone from any choices made in Persona 5, which is a suitable compromise for a sort-of pseudo-sequel like Strikers. Identical cope with relationships, the Phantom Thieves’ romance choices all exhibit the character developments they’d from Persona 5, free from any romantic influences from gamers.
The one romantic second within the recreation, the Ferris Wheel scene, really is a pleasant contact regardless of not being any extra concerned than that. On the very least, it harkens again to Persona 5‘s deeper character involvement, although does not essentially delve any deeper than a pleasant little bit of fan service. With the ability to decide any romantic possibility with none preconceptions is good, and does a minimum of add a enjoyable little factor of alternative that may a minimum of theoretically remind gamers of their time throughout a Persona 5 playthrough. It is unlucky that there actually is not way more functionality for Strikers to dive any deeper than that, however the breakneck pacing of the sport makes it arduous to implement.
Persona 5 Strikers releases on February 23, 2021, for PC, PS4, and Nintendo Swap.