I beat Persona 5! What an absolute masterpiece of a JRPG. This is a prime example of just how fantastic this genre can get!
The story and characters are, without a doubt, the highlights of this game. The writing and overall story is top notch, in terms of quality, with a damn good english localization. I was constantly compelled to witness the next story event throughout my entire 120 hour journey, and I was just as compelled to hang out with the different characters (who each have their own unique stories to follow with just as unique rewards for completing them). The social link character sidequests are all a blast to do, especially if you adore the specific character whose quests you are doing. You really start to feel some strong connections with the different characters. On that note, getting romantically involved with a character is pretty much the most satisfying feeling ever (well, for the specific character that became my waifu, at least. Dunno how the others are in that regard). Now i'm wishing I had a waifu for realsies! D: is this the true power of a Persona waifu...?!
The music is also just fantastic. It has a distinctly funky vibe to it. The main theme of the game is a blast to listen to, with several of the in-game tracks being of the quality where I am listening to them on repeat as I do whatever things I need to do in real life. My favorite is definitely the song that plays when you are in the finale stages of storming a palace after you secure your route and are gunning right for the treasure. That guitar is just amazing~
The gameplay is also really fun as well. In the past several years, i've had a bit of a falling-out with turn-based combat, opting more for a more active style of combat in the games I wanna play. HOWEVER, Persona 5's turn based combat was SO DAMN FUN and satisfying. The right amounts of speed, flashy graphics, quality of life tweaks, and overall satisfaction has been wholeheartedly crammed into this combat system. I LOVED fighting enemies in this game. Every time you land a solid hit or kill an enemy, a wave of satisfaction just washes over you. Outside of combat, the dungeons (called palaces) are well designed and well paced with each of them having a unique atmosphere and art direction. There is an overall sense of stealth as you sneak on up to an enemy to ambush them, which always felt satisfying when you got that ambush (which you better always try to do or else you WILL be screwed). I really got into the idea of being thieves that were infiltrating into these different locations. It's just fun, ya know?
One last thing to note about the gameplay: there is no actual requirement to grind in this game. It is set up so that you should be around the proper level if you defeat all the enemies in your path. But that being said, if you start sneaking your way past a bunch of the enemies without fighting them, you might not get enough experience, which can come around and bite you in the ass HARD in the next area. So keep that in mind.
And of course, I have to just gush over the art direction of the game. HOOOOOOO boy that art is STRONG. The character portraits that show up during conversations are all lovingly detailed (and animated!), with the overall character, enemy, and palace designs being just FANTASTIC. I need posters, shirts, bags, JUST GIMME ALL THE MERCHANDISE! :'D
overall, this is a JRPG that is an utterly fantastic example of the genre. It does so many things well that any minor complaints one might get will be drowned out by everything else the game offers. This is an amazing game, I HIGHLY recommend this game to anyone who likes JRPGs, good stories, fantastic characters / writing, fun turn-based combat (or even those that had a falling out with that kind of combat like I had), or just video games in general.
I love this game. This game is awesome. Oh my god I am SO behind in my commission work now lol.