You may have noticed that I play a lot of Shin Megami Tensei games. I have mentioned before that Final Fantasy and Shin Megami Tensei are my two favorite RPG franchises, and I’m going to take a stand here and say that I actually think that Shin Megami Tensei is the better franchise. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Final Fantasy, and I directly credit that franchise for getting me into gaming in the first place, but I also believe that Shin Megami Tensei as a franchise takes more risks, creates more interesting and more believable characters, and forces gamers to ask a lot of really important questions about life, the universe, and everything. SMT games are also typically dark as fuck, and explore heavy themes like loss, sexuality, self-identity, and even suicide. They’re also mechanically complicated games that never bother to hold your hand through difficult dungeon-crawling that is at times punishingly hard, but never unfair and always rewarding. I’ve played almost every game in the franchise since Nocturne, even the obscure PS2 releases like Digital Devil Saga and both Raidou Kuzunoha games, and I always enjoy myself immensely. Persona 3 and 4 are two of the best RPGs of all time, no question.
SO I WAS SO EXCITED WHEN THE PERSONA 5 TRAILER HIT HOLY SHIT YOU HAVE NO IDEA JUST LOOK AT THIS SHIT
AAAAAH THAT WAS SO AMAZING I AM GOING TO WATCH IT AGAIN
So there’s a lot going on there, and this trailer gives lots more information about the world of Persona 5 than last year’s creepy teaser.
If you’d like a really in-depth look at the trailer, head on over to Kotaku’s super-thorough frame-by-frame analysis.
MY thoughts while watching this include:
-Are we going down some kind of path that includes enacting some revolutionary vigilante justice with Personas, V-for-Vendetta-style? Because that was my first thought upon seeing that mask, and I am SO ready for that.
-The cast looks much smaller this time around, which could be a really good change. One of the most difficult things about Persona 3, 4, and Q was ensuring that your huge party was equally leveled and adequately equipped. Only having four characters to worry about would streamline that process greatly.
-Does the dungeon-crawling include some platforming and cover mechanics? That could be super fun, assuming the controls don’t suck. 3D platforming can be a disaster if it’s not handled carefully, but I trust you, Persona Team!
-I love the design asthetic, marrying the griminess of a lived-in city with the candy-color-stylishness of the most recent Persona games.
Needless to say, I am STOKED about this game. I am also grateful that Atlus is planning to release the game on both the PS3 and the PS4. I’m going to upgrade eventually, but I’m too broke to do it right now.