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Home Gaming Review: Persona 5 Strikers - Much More Than Your Average Musou Spin-Off

Review: Persona 5 Strikers – Much More Than Your Average Musou Spin-Off

Screwball Scramble.

Persona 5 Strikers, otherwise known as Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers in Japan, finally blasts its way onto Switch consoles in the west and, if you were expecting this Atlus/Koei Tecmo crossover to be a straight-up Musou style spin-off, a Dynasty Warriors-esque effort with a fancy Persona skin hastily slapped on top, you’re in for a bit of surprise. What we’ve actually got here is a slick and exciting action RPG that manages to keep plenty of the Persona series’ signature conversations, characters and camaraderie intact while fusing it successfully with hack-and-slash combat that’s a little more strategic and varied than we expected it would be.

Persona 5 Strikers is a direct sequel to the events that transpired in Persona 5 – although not those that occur in Persona 5 Royal, which it rather annoyingly chooses to fully ignore – that opens with Joker and Morgana on a return trip to Tokyo where they aim to catch up with the rest of the Phantom Thieves on a summer camping trip which the whole gang are thoroughly looking forward to. Of course, just as they go about laying out their vacation plans, our heroes are dragged into yet another life or death battle in the Metaverse, this time involving a popular new phone app, EMMA, that’s somehow being used by a bunch of high-profile public figures in order to steal the desires of hapless citizens, imprisoning them in enemy-infested jails – this game’s version of P5’s palaces – which the thieves must now battle their way through in order to save the day.

Read the full article on nintendolife.com

Screwball Scramble.

Persona 5 Strikers, otherwise known as Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers in Japan, finally blasts its way onto Switch consoles in the west and, if you were expecting this Atlus/Koei Tecmo crossover to be a straight-up Musou style spin-off, a Dynasty Warriors-esque effort with a fancy Persona skin hastily slapped on top, you’re in for a bit of surprise. What we’ve actually got here is a slick and exciting action RPG that manages to keep plenty of the Persona series’ signature conversations, characters and camaraderie intact while fusing it successfully with hack-and-slash combat that’s a little more strategic and varied than we expected it would be.

Persona 5 Strikers is a direct sequel to the events that transpired in Persona 5 – although not those that occur in Persona 5 Royal, which it rather annoyingly chooses to fully ignore – that opens with Joker and Morgana on a return trip to Tokyo where they aim to catch up with the rest of the Phantom Thieves on a summer camping trip which the whole gang are thoroughly looking forward to. Of course, just as they go about laying out their vacation plans, our heroes are dragged into yet another life or death battle in the Metaverse, this time involving a popular new phone app, EMMA, that’s somehow being used by a bunch of high-profile public figures in order to steal the desires of hapless citizens, imprisoning them in enemy-infested jails – this game’s version of P5’s palaces – which the thieves must now battle their way through in order to save the day.

Read the full article on nintendolife.com

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