Recently, Atlus’ Persona 5 has received a 9.5 score from the GamesMaster magazine. The review claims that this upcoming Persona title is better than its supposed September 2016 release rival, Final Fantasy 15. Will Persona 5 have a streak of good reviews after the review embargo lifts this March 29?
Reddit User superalinkrc posted a scan of the GamesMaster magazine page that contains their rating for Persona 5. The Atlus title was given a 95% and considered to be better than Square Enix’s Final Fantasy 15. GamesMaster affirms that Persona 5 has great characters, stylish look and music, and its overall school life-battle gameplay is compelling. The review only lists one weakness: the game’s dragging start as it teaches you how to manage things in Persona 5.
Better than Final Fantasy 15
In GamesMaster’s review, they highlighted the game to be worse than Suikoden 2, but better than Final Fantasy 15. “Final Fantasy XV is a decent attempt at reinventing the JRPG,” the reviewer stated. “Persona 5 doesn’t revolutionize the genre, but it still feels fresh and innovative.”
OPM UK’s Persona 5 review also said Atlus’ entry significantly better than Final Fantasy 15. The UK magazine said Persona 5 is “the most accomplished, accessible, precocious modern JRPG out there.”
As of writing, Final Fantasy 15’s PS4 Metacritic scores round up to 81. Persona 5 will have to beat that score to know if it really is better than Final Fantasy 15. Final Fantasy 15 was supposed to be Persona 5’s September release rival in Japan up until the release date delays for the Western regions.
Start of a Streak?
As of previous high review score releases like Team Ninja’s Nioh and Guerilla Games’ Horizon Zero Dawn, games with high scores tend to sell well in the market. The qualities of these games are still subjective, but many players tend to try out games if they’ve scored extremely well on reviews. If Persona 5 manages to score well from other critics, it may have huge sales on its Western release. A game that sells well migh also lead to troubles on procuring a copy off stores during its first few days, like with Nioh. Somehow, good reviews are double-edged swords for the players and consumers.
The Persona 5 review embargo for its Western release is slated to be lifted this March 29. Once that day lands, all media outlets will be free to reveal their full impressions. If Persona 5 receives good reviews, expect both the celebration of the fans looking forward to a great game and the struggle to buy an early copy if they didn’t pre-order it. If not, this JRPG series may stay between the niche and mainstream area.
Persona 5 Release Date
Atlus’ Persona 5 Western release is on April 4. Media reviews will come out exactly a week before its release. Fans and interested players can use that time to think if its worth to buy this upcoming game. Stay updated with more Persona 5 news here on TheBitBag.