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Fiona Nova just created a super sexy and epic cosplay of Ann Takamaki from “Persona 5”

I (Robin Ek, TGG) might just be one of the few in the world that hasn’t had the pleasure to play “Persona 5” just yet (don’t miss out on Jay’s PS4 review for “Persona 5”!). Nevertheless, I have indeed played segments of the previous games in the series. Furthermore, I have most definitely spotted a lot of cool P5 videos, drawings,… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!

Persona 5 Gets A Small Change To Avoid Further Controversy In South Korea

[Image: Atlus] When PlayStation Korea uploaded the Persona 5 title sequence for the game’s upcoming release in the country, fans noticed something: Ryuji Sakamoto’s shoes. As Record China reports, fans were upset that his shoes depicted a Rising Sun Flag motif. Obviously, due to historical associations Korean people have with that flag, there will certainly be greater sensitivity to that sort of imagery. Here’s a close up of Ryuji’s shoes in-game. [Photo: Kotaku] This wasn’t the first time his sneakers caused controversy in South Korea. Last year, when the game was originally released in Japan, the shoes were the subject of Korean internet articles and heated online discussions. (You can read more about why this character might have this imagery on his sneakers right here.) Advertisement Yet, the opening uploaded to PlayStation Korea’s official YouTube channel seemed to show that this element of the game wasn’t localized for Korean gamers—which was actually somewhat surprising. PlayStation Korea, however, has since re-upped the title sequence, and Ryuji’s sneakers no longer have the Rising Sun mark. Instead, they are completely white, as you can see below. PlayStation Korea told IT Media that it had accidentally uploaded the title sequence that wasn’t the Korean…


Here Is A Fun Thing To Do If You’ve Finished Persona 5

Say you just spent 100 hours finishing Persona 5. You feel exhausted, satisfied, probably a little sad. Here’s something fun you can now do. WARNING!!! SPOILERS FOR PERSONA 5 OMG !!! Now that you’re done, think back to a million years ago when you first started the game. You played through the first half hour, named your protagonist, and flashed back to his arrival in Tokyo. You went to bed for the first time and woke up in the velvet room. That’s when you first met Igor. Advertisement If you’ve played past Persona games, you probably heard Igor speak and thought… what? Why does Igor sound so weird? Did they re-cast him? Why? I miss the old Igor! If you had any friends who were playing the game along with you, you probably talked about it. Can you believe the new Igor? What the heck, right? Now that you’ve finished, of course, you know that was all a subtle joke. That wasn’t Igor! That was Yaldabaoth, the God of Control, pretending to be Igor. Advertisement Secure in that knowledge, it is fun to go on Twitter READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Persona 5 Confidants, Ranked

Persona 5 is a game entirely about making friends with magic teens and well-meaning (well, mostly) adults. Yet not all friends are created equal. Persona 5’s Sexual Relationships Can Get Complicated Most of the women available for romance in Persona 5 are your fellow high school students. But not… Read more In Persona 5, certain important figures are known as “Confidants”, and are the characters who you’re able to become close to—or at least form strong bonds with—and who over the course of the game will both aid you in battle (either directly or indirectly) and spend time with you revealing their personal story. Advertisement Advertisement As we’ve talked about, there are so many confidants in Persona 5, and so little time to spend with them all, that only the most dedicated (or those adhering closest to FAQs) will be able to max them all out to their fullest potential. For the rest of us, we’re left with a game full of choices: given your limited time over the course of one year, which confidants will you choose to spend your free days READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Persona 5's New Game Plus Is Great

I finished Persona 5 a few weeks ago and, unable to get my magical high school friends out of my head, decided I’d jump back in and give its New Game Plus mode a try. It’s not something I normally do with games, but I’m sure glad I did it here. Advertisement I don’t usually bother with NG+ modes in games because I don’t normally play games twice. I like to buckle up, enjoy the ride, get to the end of a story then move on to something else (I rarely rewatch movies or TV shows for the same reason). I’m also not usually bothered with the perks normally associated with NG+. If you’re someone who plays a game like Dark Souls to enjoy the mechanics, then I appreciate why you’d want to keep coming back to experience stuff like increased difficulty. But since I’m normally playing a game for its story rather than its challenge, there’s little point coming back for…the same story. But Persona 5 is different. It’s literally impossible to see the whole story on your first playthrough, as the game’s time limits mean you’re constantly having to juggle and prioritise your social schedule. Even if you…

Atlus Game Director Pens Letter Thanking Fans for Persona 5 Support

It’s no secret by now that Persona 5 is not only a critical darling, but also sold very well, too. In a rather awesome gesture, Atlus Game Director (and Persona series director) Katsura Hashino penned a lengthy letter thanking fans for their support of Persona 5. It’s a long read, but one that’s full of sincerity and should be appreciated by the Persona 5 community. As a developer, I’m very happy to hear that Persona 5 is being played by so many people overseas. To be honest, it’s really hard to gauge its popularity in the West when our team’s in Japan; we’re not able to see everyone’s comments and discussions. It’d be great to interact with the fans abroad, but sadly, I’m stuck in the development room slurping instant ramen (laugh). Persona 5 is a very “Japanese” story with some political aspects to it, so I couldn’t imagine how Western players would react to it. I did know, however, that Persona 5 was highly anticipated by gamers overseas even back when we were developing the game, so I was curious to see how its story would be received. I’m going off on a tangent here, but I think that…


Persona 5 PS4 review – Atlus does it again

I’m a “little” late to the game. I never got to play “Persona” 1, 2 or even 3 during the time they were relevant, but I got to try out a little of “Persona 4” about two years ago, and it wasn’t until I got “Persona 4 Golden” for the PS Vita that I got to finish the game. I… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!


Persona 5 Velvet Room Detailed in Latest Trailer

[embedded content] If you’re a Persona fan, then chances are you’re familiar with the game’s “Velvet Room”. Now, for those who aren’t familiar with it, the Persona 5 Velvet Room is where collected personas can be upgraded, turned into items and more. Check out the trailer above and there’s also the official description straight from the press release below, too. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Velvet Room, it’s a special area where personas can be… played around with. Basically, the room is where personas collected in the Metaverse can be upgraded, turned into items, or undergo fusion. Let’s start with the most morbid one, shall we? Fusion allows personas to be fused together to create a new, hopefully stronger, one. There are three ways to fuse personas, basic fusion lets any two be fused together, while advanced fusion is preset and require three or more. Oh, there is one little thing I should mention. Your personas will need to be executed via guillotine to undergo the aforementioned fusions, so always remember their noble sacrifice when Velvet Room wardens, Caroline and Justine, lets the blade drop (be wary of accidents though). The third method of fusion READ…


Atlus Wants to Know If Fans Are Interested in HD Remakes, Persona Spin-Offs

Atlus does a yearly survey to gauge fan interest in their various offerings, and the 2017 edition is now available to take. It’s worth noting that the survey is completely in Japanese, although I was able to take it pretty easily by using Google Chrome’s translation tools. It’s very long, however, so be sure you’re ready to commit 15-20 minutes of your time if you’re going to take it. The most interesting part of the survey is what it could mean for Atlus’ future plans. The survey spent a lot of time discussing the Persona franchise, and asks fans if they’d be interested in a number of potential new titles. These include a number of spin-offs (fighting and rhythm titles), HD remakes of past Persona titles, and a remastered version of Persona 5 featuring new scenarios and tweaked gameplay. While it’s highly unlikely that everything teased in the survey will happen, it would make sense that some of the suggestions are currently being discussed internally. Some of the more out there suggestions included a Persona board game, an online title, and even a Persona shooter. So, if you ever wanted to see Chie star in some sort of shooter game, I guess this is your shot to READ…


Persona 5 & Yakuza 0 Are Staying Exclusive to PlayStation, Atlus Clarifies

Following Sony’s recent 2017 PlayStation 4 exclusives video, which said Persona 5 was a “PS4 console exclusive,” Atlus USA PR Manager John Hardin clarified that both Persona 5 and Yakuza 0 will only be available on PlayStation: Persona 5 platforms: PS3, PS4.Yakuza 0 platforms: PS4. THAT’S. IT. No Switch. No PC. Idk about the box label, that’s a Sony thing. — John Hardin (@JohnLHardin) January 3, 2017 As for the box label Hardin mentions, Yakuza 0’s box art (see it on Amazon) says it’s a “PS4 Console Exclusive Game,” leading to the speculation of it possibly appearing on other platforms like PC or Nintendo Switch. Hardin also revealed that Yakuza 0 review copies have been sent out, the review embargo lifts on January 19 at 9am PT/12pm ET, there won’t be a demo, and the PlayStation Vita companion app isn’t coming West. Additionally, he said reviews for Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone will begin appearing on January 9. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone releases on January 10 for PS4, Yakuza 0 releases on January 24 for PS4, and Persona 5 releases on April 4 for PS4 and PS3. [Source: John Hardin (Twitter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) via NeoGAF] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Troy Baker Is Not In Persona 5

Troy Baker does voice work for almost every video game released on every platform made by every company. He was even in Persona 4. He will not, however, be in the English-language version of Persona 5. Advertisement Instead, these folks will be handling dub duties: Xander Mobus: Protagonist Cassandra Morris: Morgana Max Mittelman: Ryuji Sakamoto Erika Harlacher: Ann Takamaki Matt Mercer: Yusuke Kitagawa Cherami Leigh: Makoto Niijima Erica Lindbeck: Futaba Sakura Xanthe Huynh: Haru Okumura Robbie Daymond: Goro Akechi Fun fact: Xander Mobus is the announcer in the latest Smash Bros. Advertisement Here’s how the game sounds with its English dub: Now, to continue our vigil until February… READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Persona 5 English Voice Cast Detailed, New Introduces the Protagonist

[embedded content] When Persona 5 launches next year on February 14 for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 in North America and Europe, it will include an English dub. Supervised by Yu Namba, Persona Series Project Lead in the Americas, the English dub features Xander Mobus (the announcer in Super Smash Bros) as the protagonist, and you can see both of them in the two new videos released today. [embedded content] “The protagonist is the newest transfer student of Shujin Academy in Tokyo,”  Atlus says. “He had a bad experience with corrupt authority figures in his hometown, but he’s been given a second chance to start anew. Although he lives the life of a typical Japanese high-schooler during the day (such as going to class, hanging out with friends, putting in work at the batting cage, and more), by night he’s something much more than “typical.” Don’t let his clean cut school boy uniform and stoic demeanor fool you, because this kid is the leader of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts. Codenamed “Joker,” the protagonist is a wildcard who’ll do whatever it takes to steal the hearts of adults he perceives as corrupt.” The full main voice cast in Persona 5 is below, and Atlus will release new videos focusing…


 Persona 5 Is Smart, Fun, And Very Japanese 

[Image: Atlus] Persona 5 won’t be out in the West until next year, but the game has already been released in Japan. At about 15 hours in I feel like I’m just scratching the surface, but so far I’m loving it. Advertisement Note: These impressions might have spoilers, depending on how sensitive you are to such things, but I’m striving to leave out any info or scenes that might ruin parts of the experience. While my co-workers have been raving about Persona games for years, I’ve never fully immersed myself in the series (I know, right?), but I’ve been having a lot of fun with this one. Combat seems streamlined, and there is a new stealth mechanic that enables players to hide behind sofas and around corners, which adds another layer that makes simple dungeon grinds a bit more interesting. In the second dungeon, for instance, the sneaking portion of the combat is far more satisfying than in the first. There’s also some light platforming, which, so far, isn’t challenging, but does help flesh out gameplay. Advertisement The characters, of course, look like they belong in an anime, making the Production I.G cutscenes that are spliced throughout all the more…


Persona 5 Ships Over 550,000 Copies, Atlus Celebrates With Free DLC

Persona 5, which launched in Japan on September 15, has shipped over 550,000 copies via retail and digitally, Atlus has announced. As a thank you to fans, the developer is celebrating the breakthrough by releasing two sets of costume DLC for free. The Swimsuit Set below will be available starting October 5. The Catherine Costume & BGM Special Set will also be available starting October 5 but will only be free until October 10. It includes “Adults Who’ve Lost Their Way” costumes and Catherine ‘Nightmare’ BGM & Battle Single alongside Lambs’ Pillow accessory. Players will be able to buy the DLC after October 10. Congratulations, Atlus! Persona 5 is also headed to North America and Europe for the PlayStation 3 and PS4 on February 14, 2017. If you haven’t already, make sure to read our hands-on preview from the Tokyo Game Show 2015 here (spoiler: we liked it). Are any of our readers looking forward to Persona 5‘s Western release? [Source: Persona Channel via Siliconera, Gematsu] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!