Persona 5 Strikers Review – The Hands That Thieve
It’s always nice to see your friends again, even if your time together doesn’t always live up to the highest highs you’ve experienced in the past. Persona 5 Strikers is a lot like that–it comes with some special moments that foster a deeper appreciation for what Persona 5 is and what it represents. From the wild action-RPG combat to the summer road-trip premise, characters we know and love get to show off how much they’ve grown and prove they can still kick ass in style. Strikers does trip over a few clumsy tropes along the way, and sometimes tries a little too hard to recapture Persona 5’s magic, but when it’s all said and done, I’m glad this reunion happened to begin with.
It’s the summer after the events of the original game, and the Phantom Thieves have a little free time. With Joker being back in town, why not enjoy the break? Before they can even make plans, they’re caught in another round of beating down the metaphysical evils of the Metaverse and changing hearts. This time, the phenomenon is happening all across Japan. Although you follow similar patterns established in Persona 5–fighting through surreal dungeons and living life in the real world–the context is quite different both narratively and gameplay-wise.
What’s Worth Fighting For
Your first few targets have been manipulating people’s desires in order to feed their ambitions for fame and fortune, but there’s a bigger mystery as to how and why there’s strange behavior en masse. You begin to unveil that tragic pasts have led them down a dark path of exploiting the Metaverse. The broader message isn’t to excuse behavior or to say that trauma will surely corrupt its victims–rather, that our circumstances and the people around us (or lack thereof) have significant influence over how we internalize and process pain, and eventually who we become.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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