Persona 5 Strikers takes the franchise in a new direction, combing the legendary RPG series with the massive battlefields of Dynasty Warriors. Strikers is a direct sequel to the original Persona 5, but it differs greatly in terms of gameplay.
Strikers’ action combat is flashy and fast-paced, but somehow still feels directly related to the turn-based combat of the main series. It’s vitally important to exploit the enemy’s weaknesses, and Persona attacks add a tactical layer to battles.
It’s honestly surprising how well everything comes together in Persona 5 Strikers, and it shows how well Persona can embrace other gameplay styles. The franchise has a history of experimenting with other genres, like the rhythm dancing games, but action-RPG is an especially good fit that Atlus should absolutely return to again.
Persona 5 Strikers is a mostly linear experience, especially when compared to the main games, but it doesn’t suffer for it. The breakneck pace of the story fits perfectly with the combat system, keeping everything light and breezy. Strikers‘ combat makes each of the Phantom Thieves play completely differently, and having the ability to stop time and tactically pick magic attacks really adds a unique element. On top of that, Persona 5’s sleek aesthetic works absolute wonders in a Warriors game, leading to super flashy attacks and battles.
There are obvious ways that Atlus and Koei Tecmo can build off of this, chief of which is another Strikers game. Other Warriors games, like Hyrule Warriors and Warriors Orochi, combine characters from across their respective series. It’s easy to see a situation where Persona could do this, with a Warriors game that brings the cast of Persona 3 and 4 into the mix, and maybe even the first two Persona games as well. The casts of different games have already met in the Persona Q games, and something similar could be done in another Strikers.
Persona 5 hones the franchise’s turn-based mechanics to a sheen, and it’s hard to see the combat system seeing any kind of substantial improvement. It really seems like the way forward for the franchise is by integrating some kind of action-based or real-time system, similar to what Final Fantasy 7 Remake has done. There’s certainly a place for another Persona Strikers game, but there’s room for a host of other action experiences as well.
Persona 5 Strikers is currently available on PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.