Codex Gamicus
Advertisement

Persona 5 is a role-playing game released for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. It is the sixth entry in the Persona series. The game is set in modern-day Tokyo, and follows the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, a vigilante group of high-school students who work to reform society by stealing the desires of corrupt adults.

Persona 5 is considered to be one of the greatest role-playing games of all time.

Gameplay[]

Like other games in the Persona series, Persona 5 features a silent protagonist, whose real name is chosen by the player.

Plot[]

Joker (whose real name is determined by the player), the leader of the "Phantom Thieves of Hearts", is arrested during a heist. After being beaten and drugged by the police, Joker is interrogated by prosecutor Sae Niijima about the group and their mysterious exploits in "another world".

Six months prior, the high school student who would become Joker arrives in Tokyo. Wrongly charged for assault (in actuality, he protected a woman from a drunken man on the street, who injured himself and sued the boy out of pettiness) and expelled from school, the protagonist has been put on a year-long probation in Tokyo. He is placed under the supervision of Sojiro Sakura, the owner of Café LeBlanc, and enrolled as a second-year student at Shujin Academy. A number of strange events occur upon his arrival: besides a mysterious app appearing on his phone, he enters the "Velvet Room" in a dream, where he is warned by its proprietor Igor that he must "rehabilitate" himself to avoid ruin.

Kamoshida Arc[]

On his way to the first day of class, the protagonist encounters two fellow students, part-time model Ann Takamaki and track athlete-turned-delinquent Ryuji Sakamoto, as well as the school's volleyball coach, Suguru Kamoshida. After Ann is somewhat unwillingly driven to school by Kamoshida, Ryuji walks with the protagonist to school. However, Ryuji's mutterings about Kamoshida connect with the app, transforming Shujin into a mysterious castle. Soon after, the boys are attacked by guards under the command of a being resembling Kamoshida. On the verge of being killed by Kamoshida's forces, the protagonist awakens to his Persona power, Arsène, and flees with Ryuji. As they search for an exit, they rescue a strange cat-like being named Morgana, who leads them out of the castle in return. Finding themselves late for class, they realize that Shujin has returned to normal.

The next day, Ryuji convinces the protagonist to return to the castle to investigate both its connection to the school and the possibility of other students being trapped inside. After realizing the app's use, the two return to the castle, where they encounter Morgana again.

Development[]

Reception[]

Spin-Offs[]

Advertisement