Persona 5 Strikers launches February 23 on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC, and reviews have already gone live for Atlus’ action-focused sequel to Persona 5. Even though Strikers switches gameplay styles from its predecessor, most critics agree that the Phantom Thieves’ return is a triumphant one.
Set during the summer after the events of Persona 5, Strikers sees Joker and the gang set out on a cross-country road trip, and this latest adventure has resulted in mostly positive reviews from various outlets.
In GameSpot’s Persona 5 Strikers review, we scored the game 8/10. “For all its shortcomings, Persona 5 Strikers reminds me why I loved the Phantom Thieves to begin with and shows how they’ve matured since we last saw them,” critic Michael Higham wrote.
We’ve got several reviews listed below from other outlets, and you can also check out GameSpot sister-site Metacritic to read up on what other critics have to say.
- Game: Persona 5 Strikers
- Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Switch
- Developer: Omega Force, P-Studio
- Release date: February 23
- Price: $60 / £50 / $68 AUD
GameSpot – 8/10
Once you get your head around it, the action-RPG combat is a challenging thrill, and no one can pull off flourishes in the same fashion as these characters. I almost forgot I was playing a musou-style game developed by Koei Tecmo and Omega-Force, and I think that’s a testament to how sharp Strikers is as a Persona game. If you have any love for Persona 5, what say you save the world one more time with some old friends? — Michael Higham
IGN – 8/10
Its lack of Persona’s signature social and calendar systems are the only places its spin-off status becomes a bit of a letdown, but even replacing turn-based combat with real-time action doesn’t stop it from recapturing the feel of its predecessor overall. Its structure is far closer to action-JRPGs like Kingdom Hearts than the musou’s Omega Force is best known for, but the varied playstyles of each character and the story that pulls them along made the fairly simple act of hacking through shadows enjoyable to the very last surprise. — Tom Marks [Full review]
Game Informer 8.5/10
While not every disparate element comes together as well as it did in Persona 5, I was more than happy to go on another adventure with the characters I developed such bonds with back in 2017. The action may play out completely differently, but the heart of the series remains intact. — Brian Shea. [Full review]
Eurogamer – No score
There’s a whole lot of good here that easily balances out the bad if you’re already a fan of Persona 5, and I’m pretty sure that if P-Studio made approximately 5 more sequels we would eventually arrive at the perfect version of Persona 5. There’s just always so much of everything, from plot strands to enemies to fight and food to eat, that I had a great time while simultaneously feeling pretty exhausted by it all. Though that’s just videogames for you. — Malindy Hetfeld [Full review]
Dualshockers – 9/10
Persona 5 Strikers may look and feel a bit different from the original, but at its heart, it still revolves around the Phantom Thieves that we know and adore. As a love letter to a group of characters and setting that I quickly grew attached to, having the chance to jump back in and steal some hearts with Joker and the crew is entirely worth the return trip to Japan. For that, Persona 5 Strikers is a fitting reunion for players that are looking for one last surprise from everyone’s favorite Phantom Thieves, no matter where the road takes them next. — Ryan Meitzler [Full review]
Polygon – No score
Now when I look forward to Persona 6 or the next adventure of the Phantom Thieves, Strikers will remind me that the speed of the combat doesn’t matter, as long as there’s a new heart to steal. — Ryan Gilliam [Full review]
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