Suit Up Thieves: 5 Reasons to Check out Persona 5

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The Persona series is one of my favorite JRPG franchises to date. Once known as the Shin Megami Tensei series, it still shares the moniker, this spin off iteration has fans at hype level 100. Set to drop on April 4th, 2017 for both the PS3 and PS4 here are 5 reason why players should check out the Persona 5.

It has a Rich History

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As mentioned above, Persona is an offshoot of the Shin Megami Tensei series. As the 5th installment in the franchise, this game that started out as a dungeon crawler dating/social sim is still delighting fans today. Most fans may have come in with Persona 3 but most know Persona 4 and Persona 4 Golden for the Vita. This series has earned it’s stripes and definitely has earned the love of the fans that it has today. Not to mention it has spawned several spin offs in the form of a fighting game, SRPG and rhythm game that are all all canonical so yeah, all the Persona you could ask for.

It’s Not Ashamed To Be Turn Based

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That’s right, this is a reason to be hyped for the game. It has long been stated that turn based combat is outdated and has lost its luster with gamers but Persona proves otherwise. Not only does it have turn based combat but it’s unapologetic about it. The combat is fun and keeps you on your toes even though it’s not a hack and slash fest. All combat types have their place but it’s refreshing to have one of the JRPG staples present in a main stream game again.

The Game is Super Stylish

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The art style of the game has only improved with each generation and has made it mark by retaining it’s signature look in each installment. This time around the game almost has a comic book super hero art style along with the signature portraits for each main character. The graphics are ps3 era fare but it’s polished and smooth so even graphics enthusiasts can enjoy it.

The Music is Awesome

The music is so great in the series that it spawned a rhythm game using the Persona 4 soundtrack called Persona 4: Dancing All Night. It doesn’t matter what you are doing in the game there is always a tune to hum in your head. Even if you’re tackling the same content over and over again it never becomes grating on the ears or annoying. The battle music for the game has me excited to bash shadows in the face. This game has a reported 100 or more hours of game play so I’ll probably be very familiar with the soundtrack when its all said and done.

It’s Not Afraid To Tackle Mature Themes

Don’t let the anime style and dating sim fool you. This game is not for children and can appeal to the real life scenarios

If you’re not familiar with the series, Persona has had a tough time being sold in the states. In Persona 3 in order to summon your persona the players simulated suicide by shooting themselves in the head. Yikes. I was intrigued by the dark theme of the game even though there was a dating/social sim connected. In Persona 5, players become a group called the Phantom Thieves with the goal of reforming the corrupted hearts of adults by stealing them. The previous games have discussed survivor guilt, addiction, sexual orientation etc. You name it and it was probably in Persona with more to come. Don’t let the anime style and dating sim fool you. This game is not for children and can appeal to the real life scenarios

Let Persona 5 Take Your Heart

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Are you excited for Persona 5? Have you played a Persona game before? Have you played the Japanese version of the game and can attest to it’s awesomeness? Let us know in the comments below before we all disappear on April 4th. You can find more details about the game at the Atlus website.

I Was Right: Persona 5 Has Been Delayed

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A few months ago I wrote an article that I got a lot of hate for. In my article “There’s No Way Persona 5 Comes Out This Year” I said that, “Considering that we haven’t really seen much of the game, and that it had no large presence at E3, it seems like the game isn’t close to going gold.” These comments gave me a lot of hate mail on sites like N4G and Reddit saying that I was wrong, and how dare I say that the website that said “Coming 2015” was wrong.

Well at TGS a new trailer released (Wooo! I still can’t wait for this  game) but Atlus also announced that the game was being pushed for a Summer 2016 release.

I understand why people are upset about this delay, but this is good news. This means that Atlus isn’t going to release a game that’s not ready. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather wait until next summer too play it than play it this Winter with it having a bunch of glitches and graphic/frame rate drops.

Also, on a personal note this news gives me some form of validation for all the crap I have to put up with when submitting articles to N4G.

That aside, I have no doubt that Persona 5 is going to be anything short of amazing, and this delay will help the game achieve that. I love Persona and wish nothing but the best for the franchise and it’s fans.

Expect more news on Persona 5 in the upcoming months.

There’s No Way Persona 5 Comes Out this Year

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According to the official website for Persona 5 the game is still coming out this year, which is simply untrue. 2015 is too vague and is more likely a placeholder date until Atlus gets a better idea of when the game actually comes out.

Considering that we haven’t really seen much of the game, and that it had no large presence at E3, it seems like the Persona 5 game isn’t close to going gold. There are still two more opportunities within the coming months to make the announcement, during Gamescom or TGS. However, those two shows focus on European and Japanese releases respectively and we are unlikely to get a North American release announcement for any game out of both of those shows. There is still a chance for the game to be released in Japan this year, but considering the time a game takes to go through a translation, the task of releasing this game this year in other countries seems impossible.

The only real chance of this game being released in 2015 is if Atlus has been doing a ton of work on the game with no press bothering them for announcements, but by now something would’ve leaked online. Personally, I love this series more than any other turn-based JRPG series, so I would love for this game to come out this year, I just can’t muster the strength to get my hopes up.

That being said, if in a few weeks there’s an announcement on an exact, North American, 2015 release date I will immediately write a follow up article to this with the headline simply being, “I Was Wrong, Take my Money”.

Vgamerz Three Frontrunners For Potentially Winning GOTY

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It’s only March but Vgamerz are already thinking about this years potential game of the year. I know it’s early but that’s because we have an abundance of fantastic looking games coming out this year, from Bloodborne to Battlefield: Hardline and Final Fantasy Type-0, but for Vgamerz there are three frontrunners for this years game of the year.

3. Persona 5

Persona 5 is a role-playing game developed by Atlus. Although not much has been revealed about this game yet, one of the biggest things that get’s me excited about this game is the pedigree that it brings with it. Playing Persona 4 Golden was an absolute pleasure, and it was certainly a memorable experience too. With a fantastic cast of characters and a brilliant story to boot, Persona 4 Golden was arguably the best game Ethan from Vgamerz played last year. Even grinding for experience in the dungeons wasn’t boring. Persona 4 has made us extremely excited for Persona 5. Persona 5 will be set in Shibuya and other locations in Japan. Unlike the previous Persona games, your character will be a criminal.

2. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Ah Metal Gear, a series that has stolen many hours of people’s lives. Now however it’s time to close the circle that is Metal Gear Solid, with The Phantom Pain being Hideo Kojima’s last Metal Gear game, and which also acts as a prequel to the first ever Metal Gear Solid, and it also closes Big Boss’ story. The Phantom Pain is an open world stealth game set in Afghanistan and parts of Africa. Weather and time of day will effect how you can approach missions, for good and bad. A brand new engine has been created for The Phantom Pain, the Fox Engine. The Metal Gear Solid story can be extremely confusing at times, but it is truly brilliant and one of the best video game stories ever. Finishing it will be sad, but it will most definitely be worth it. Also Metal Gear Online will launch alongside The Phantom Pain, which is a 6v6 or 8v8 combat multiplayer game mode, where players will need to work in a team to complete their objective.

1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is by far the game which has Ethan most excited this year, and arguably ever. It’s another game which will be extremely sad to finish, considering it’s the last in the series, but it’s one that deserves to be finished because the story has always been fantastic. Ciri and Yennefer (two huge characters from the books) makes their debut into the game series, and Geralt returns better than ever, with the addition of ranged weapons and the ability to traverse the large world on horseback. The game is set in a huge open world, and looks absolutely gorgeous. Over 100 hours of gameplay await within the game giving the player plenty of things to do before they have to finish the last game in the series, but not before every ounce has been squeezed from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

These three aforementioned games will all be truly fantastic, and everyone at Vgamerz cannot wait to play any of them. A common theme of all of these games is that they all have pedigree due to previous games in the series, and therefore the creators can use them as inspiration and create the best game from each of the own series.  All of the games, and reasons, are chosen purely based on Ethan’s opinion.

5 Reasons Why Persona 5 Is Worth the Wait

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Being a bit hesitant to jump on the bandwagon of any new tech update (and also being a huge cheapskate), I’m still holding on to my good old PS3 with a vice grip. ‘I’ll buy one when Uncharted 4 comes out,’ I assure my weary friends after they question my life decisions, new copies of Dying Light perched securely in their hands. Yet behind my characteristic thrift lies another reason for my hesitance: I’m just not excited enough to buy one.

That was, at least, before I saw the new trailer for Persona 5 (you can check it out below in case you’ve missed it). Please excuse me while I do some online shopping. Of course, Persona 5 is also coming to PS3 but what I watched was unmistakably next gen, and now there’s no going back.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDIK6HVA9NY

Those of you who know and love the Persona series, in which certain people can create beings called Personas to protect them from danger, will probably empathise with me after seeing it. Essentially Persona is a turn based RPG, where the strength of your relationships with NPCs reflect the strength of your character. It’s always been a cult classic.  Big in Japan, with a relatively small, but loyal, following in other countries, the Persona games in their various forms have always retained a fantastic sense of humour and explore the theme of personal identity, as well as revolving around a mystery plot.

For all the series’ merits, the fact is that we’ve been waiting one hell of a wait. Apart from a series of (admittedly enjoyable) Persona 4 spin off titles, we haven’t seen a true sequel since 2008 when Persona 4 was released, meaning that game creator, Atlus, have a lot of patient fans to please.

Here’s my list of reasons why Persona 5 is in fact worth the wait, using observations from the new gameplay footage.

You don’t even need to know what Persona is.

You really don’t. These are new characters in a new setting, no doubt with a new mystery to solve. Persona 5 looks like it’s going to draw in new audiences as well as bring back loyal fans of the series, which means fans of the series can introduce their friends to the franchise with what looks to be an accessible introduction to this classic RPG. If you need any convincing to give it a go, just look at that amazing HD Catherine-style animation art that the whole thing is presented in. It’s okay if you judge this book by its cover.

We’re out of the dungeons!

These environments are colourful and lively. In the previous games, the dungeons (or grinding areas) looked more like randomly generated mouse traps than actual levels. The trailer shows real, dynamic environments, filled with enemies that fit the theme of that environment. Dungeon crawling is inevitably going to be a part of the game, but these scenes hint at a new possibilities. Possibilities that hopefully lead to a less tedious grinding experience.

Signs of effort can be seen… everywhere.

Did you see those menus?!

There’s action outside of the turn based battles?

There’s a short scene around one and a half minutes in that shows the main character stealthing around that lush hotel/palace area. That’s not typical Persona dungeon crawling. Is it just a new feature to the combat? Or are Atlus planning introducing something different all together. The new hero looks incredibly like some kind of master thief/cat burglar/ masquerade enthusiast, so does this mean we get to stealth around and steal things? There’s also the fact that all the characters are very acrobatic in the trailer, which could also signify a possible new element in the game.

There’s something wicked about our new hero

If you watch all the way to the end you’ll see our hero’s manic smile and his face being engulfed in blue flame. Considering the fact that previous protagonists have taken a form more like blank canvases for you enact your choices out with, a character with a strong personality, let alone a kind of menacing characteristic, would be a refreshing change.

Did you catch anything revealing from the trailer? What would you like from a new Persona? Leave your comments below.