December 11, 2020 10:00 AM EST
With its release formally showed for Western areas in early 2021, Personality 5 Strikers turns out like a worthy follow-up the acclaimed JRPG.
As anyone that performed thru Personality 5 Royal over the summer season, I’ve persisted to omit my time spent with the Phantom Thieves after in any case finishing the sport for the primary time. Even in comparison to previous Personality titles, the solid in Personality 5 in point of fact grew on me in ways in which I didn’t be expecting, with the exception of the truth that by way of Royal‘s finish you’ll simply have spent over 100+ hours with them. Whether or not it used to be placing out with my non-public favourite Phantom Thieves like Makoto and Futaba or looking to defy Morgana and now not fall asleep, completing Royal most effective made me notice how a lot I longed to spend extra time with the buddies I made in Tokyo. Fortunately, Personality 5 Strikers–identified in Japan as Personality 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers–is in any case about to make its western debut, and it couldn’t have arrived at a greater time for the ones in need of extra from everybody’s favourite Phantom Thieves, with a little of a twist.
In a preview with Atlus, we had the danger to take a look at about half-hour of gameplay from Personality 5 Strikers, giving us a good suggestion of what to anticipate from the spin-off identify within the JRPG collection. As introduced previous this week by way of Atlus, Strikers takes position after the occasions of the unique Personality 5 storyline and is ready to unencumber on PS4, Transfer, and PC early subsequent yr, whilst taking a little of a distinct flip from the unique sport. Whilst Personality 5 Scramble has been to be had in Japan since February of this yr, Strikers will in any case deliver the identify over as a localized unencumber for western audiences, which incorporates complete VO in each English/Eastern and subtitle choices in numerous other languages.
A very powerful high quality to differentiate Personality 5 Strikers from the unique sport is that it attracts from “Musou”-style gameplay within the vein of Dynasty Warriors. In comparison to the turn-based RPG gameplay of the unique Personality 5, as a substitute Strikers is extra of an action-RPG the place gamers take at the function of the Phantom Thieves as they trek throughout other places right through Japan and check out to damage blameless captives from “Jails,” which might be Strikers‘ similar of the Palaces from Personality 5.
Historically, Musou video games have a tendency to pit gamers towards huge armies of enemies as they hack and slash their means thru huge open battlefields. Advanced partly by way of Omega Pressure, this in fact isn’t the primary time that the studio has taken the “formulation” of its Musou-style video games and implemented them to different franchises, as we’ve noticed in previous crossover titles like Dragon Quest Heroes, Fireplace Logo Warriors, and maximum not too long ago with Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.
“[Persona 5 Strikers] is each bit as trendy as Personality 5, and it’s transparent that Omega Pressure sought after to be as trustworthy as imaginable to the unique’s distinctive artwork route.”
Whilst in the beginning look it does characteristic a little of Musou affect, what I didn’t be expecting going into the preview used to be the truth that Personality 5 Strikers very a lot seems to be and looks like Personality 5 and not more like Dynasty Warriors. Similar to Age of Calamity is to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Strikers is meant to be a right away continuation of the occasions of the unique Personality 5 now not simply narratively, but additionally visually. From sections of the demo the place Joker is noticed strolling across the streets of Shibuya to coming into iconic places like Cafe Leblanc, Strikers is each bit as trendy as Personality 5, and it’s transparent that Omega Pressure sought after to be as trustworthy as imaginable to the unique’s distinctive artwork route.
Strikers‘ emphasis on keeping up consistency with the design and gameplay of Personality 5 used to be lovely transparent from the beginning of the gameplay we noticed all through our preview, which occupied with Joker and the Phantom Thieves infiltrating a Prison on the center of Shibuya in an amusement park-style surroundings. Similar to the Palaces in Personality 5, the Jails in Strikers serve as in large part the similar as gamers discover and in finding other pathways and hidden secrets and techniques to discover, all whilst looking to sneak round Shadows and different enemies. Even with the transition to extra action-oriented gameplay, stealth continues to play a task in exploring the Jails as gamers attempt to ambush Shadows, and while you’re in a position to get in the back of them and take away their masks, they’re going to burst right into a horde of enemies that may right away interact gamers in battle.
“Even with the transition to extra action-oriented gameplay, stealth continues to play a task in exploring the Jails as gamers attempt to ambush Shadows.”
Those battle moments made it transparent that Personality 5 Strikers is leaning a lot more into an action-RPG genre of gameplay, the place Joker and your 3 different birthday celebration individuals strike their means thru dozens of enemies at a time. Alternatively, the place Strikers in point of fact embraces the substance of Personality 5 is by way of having extra of a “hybrid” battle machine drawing from every of your birthday celebration individuals’ Personas, which gamers can name on to make use of particular talents and powers. Bringing a Personality into the combo will briefly freeze time and make allowance gamers to make a choice talents and skills that may wipe out waves of enemies simply or to supply strengthen to your different birthday celebration individuals. Further components from the collection’ RPG roots will even come into play like standing results, combo assaults with the opposite Phantom Thieves, and the flashy All-Out Assaults the place your birthday celebration can cross ballistic on a bunch of enemies.
From what I used to be to begin with anticipating, Strikers stuck me off-guard with the way it in point of fact looks like a real follow-up to the unique sport, even with its transition to a completely new genre of gameplay. Whilst it sort of feels that Strikers gained’t be incorporating any of the brand new tale components and content material from Royal, it makes up for that some recent additions of its personal, together with a brand new Phantom Thief named Sophie and the possibility of seeing places outdoor of Tokyo. Although our demo principally occupied with battle and exploring some of the sport’s Jails, I additionally hope that with the English unencumber we’ll get to peer a few of my favourite facets of the collection–development your social hyperlinks and managing your time with buddies–integrated into Strikers come what may, although it’s most likely they could take a backseat to the motion on show.
“Whilst it sort of feels that Strikers gained’t be incorporating any of the brand new tale components and content material from Royal, it makes up for that some recent additions of its personal.”
Having come to like the Personality collection inside of the previous few years, Personality 5 Strikers is already some of the titles that I’ll maximum be having a look ahead to within the early a part of subsequent yr now that it’s in any case showed for a Western unencumber. Whilst its emphasis on a extra action-oriented genre of play may well be off-putting to lovers of the unique sport, what we noticed to this point of Strikers must be reassuring that the center of Personality 5 remains to be very a lot intact throughout the sport. Greater than anything else I’ll be having a look ahead to passing some extra time with the Phantom Thieves, and on that entrance, Strikers turns out like it’s going to be definitely worth the wait.
Personality 5 Strikers will formally release on PS4, Nintendo Transfer, and PC within the west on February 23, 2021.