The 20 Biggest Games to Play in 2017
By GameSpot Staff on
The Persona series has a track record of expertly grafting seemingly disparate things: a traditional, turn-based RPG in the mold of Shin Megami Tensei and a high school student simulator. The student part manifests itself as a blend of the mundane--you go to class and answer questions, get a part-time job, and so on--and the improbable, like taking part in a murder investigation only you and your friends can hope to solve.
Persona 5 continues that, but with new wrinkles. You still build social links with friends and acquaintances by going to movies, visiting cafes, and other things in the real world. But this time around, you're in the shoes of a high school student who leads a group of "phantom thieves" that set out to help change the world for the better. The dungeon-esque Palaces you visit now include environmental puzzles and new ways to navigate. Rather than the more confining layout of previous games' dungeons, you'll find things you can jump on to maneuver around enemies, and a cover system lets you stealthily bypass foes. Similarly, combat introduces new mechanics, such as letting you high-five a teammate to pass a character's turn and give your ally a boost.
Oh, and let's not forget the game's visual style. The menus are perhaps the most stylish in any game ever, and what you'll see in combat is no slouch either.