Persona 5 Royal Articles RSS Feed | Persona 5 Royal RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Three Persona Games Are Making Their Way to PC, Xbox, and PlayStation Sun, 12 Jun 2022 15:05:23 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Atlus has revealed that Persona 5 Royal, Persona 4 Golden, and Persona 3 Portable will be coming to PC, Xbox One, Series X|S, and Game Pass. The announcement was made during the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase as part of Summer Games Fest 2022. An update following the announcement confirms that the games will also come to Playstation. 

Persona 5 Royal will arrive on the platforms on October 21, 2022, with all previously-released DLC. However, Atlus is keeping mum on platform release dates for Persona 4 Golden and Persona 3 Portable with "enhanced graphics" at this time, with more news to come in the future.

Persona 5 Royal was released for the PlayStation 4 in October 2019, and we gave it high marks for its story, characters, quality-of-life improvements, localization, and visuals. It regularly makes appearances on many a "best RPG" list. Royal adds new characters to the mix, along with a number of other notable bits and bobs over the base Persona 5. It has previously only been available on PlayStation.

Like Royal to Persona 5, Persona 4 Golden is a souped-up version of Persona 4, which originally launched for the PlayStation 2 in 2008 before making its way to PlayStation Vita in 2012, PS3 in 2014. Interestingly, Golden isn't on modern PlayStation platforms, having only been released on PC in 2020.  

Persona 3 Portable is also currently missing from the modern PlayStation console lineup, having been released for the PlayStation Portable in North America in 2010. It, too, is an enhanced port of 2006's PS2 JRPG, Persona 3.

The 15 Best PS4 RPGs You Can Play on PS5 Wed, 16 Dec 2020 16:38:55 -0500 Josh Broadwell


Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom


There’s Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom if you can’t get enough of Level-5’s world. This one follows Ding Dong Dell prince Evan as he struggles to regain his sense of self following a bloody coup.


Fortunately for him, and us, he meets a charming band of misfits along the way, as well as a gaggle of Higgeldies, giving the sequel as much charm and character as the first Ni No Kuni. There’s even a robust kingdom-building simulator and some extra DLC to round out the experience.


That's it for our list of the best RPGs playable on PlayStation 5 right now. In the coming months and years, the PS5 will naturally get its own hefty library of top-notch RPGs. For now, we hope these are enough to tide you over until then and offer a chance to fall in love with a world you've never experienced before.


What RPGs would you add to this list? Sound off in the comments below! 


Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered


Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch returned to PlayStation 4 in remastered form with updated visuals, which is really just a good excuse to dive into Studio Ghibli and Level-5’s heartwarming (and breaking) masterpiece again.


Young hero Oliver travels to another world to save someone dear to him and mends the shattered hearts of those he meets on the way. It’s part Pokemon, with little familiars you “catch” and train, part action RPG, all wrapped in a package that’s like you’re playing a classic anime series. There's even more where that came from too.


Monster Hunter: World


The original Monster Hunter: World is also free in the PS Plus Collection, making it easier than ever to get into Capcom’s long-running franchise. World redefined Monster Hunter by smoothing over the edges and making it more accessible in a number of ways, from seamless world design to easier tracking.


There’s still plenty of challenge on offer from World’s biggest and baddest monsters, though. You’ll need to keep up with your gear — with the help of MonHun’s adorable Palicoes of course — back at the gorgeous base camp/city if you want a shot at the Elder Dragon causing so much chaos in the world.


Once you’ve done all that, the fun is only just beginning. Monster Hunter: World Iceborne adds new regions, monsters, and gear plus a series of new events. Even better, Capcom’s making these events available again for those who missed them before thanks to a new rotating cycle, so everyone can join in the fun.




Sure, Demons’ Souls is great (it really is), but have you played Bloodborne? If not, now’s your chance to get it for free with the PS Plus Collection. While the power of the PlayStation 5 doesn’t boost Bloodborne to 60fps, it’s still a remarkable game.


Set in the gothic city of Yharnam that’s just oozing atmosphere from every flying buttress, you play as a fighter injected with special blood by the city’s ruling organization, the Healing Church. It’s supposed to offer protection against a plague turning everyone into monsters, but surprise! It doesn’t.


Now you have to kill them in spectacular style while hunting for a cure. It’s Dark Souls-adjacent, but fast-paced and exhilarating in both visual design and action.


The Outer Worlds


If you really like the idea of a futuristic RPG where your choices (kind of) matter, give Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds a chance. You play as a human taken out of cryogenic stasis to investigate what happened at the Halcyon colony, a corporate-owned space experiment with no end of shady deals attached to it. But you’re free to do… whatever really.


Be a good person, be a stooge, take the middle road, and whatever you choose, watch as your actions shape the lives of everyone around you and determine what ending you get. It's more Fallout-esque than what Obsidian has developed in a little while, but that's definitely not a bad thing.


The Outer Worlds doesn’t re-shape the genre, but it’s a solid first-person sci-fi RPG with equally solid DLC.


Yakuza 7: Like a Dragon


Yakuza 7 is a reboot of sorts following a new character in a new gameplay style. This time, you play as optimist Ichiban Kasuga on his quest to bring some semblance of order to an unjust world. “Quest” is key here because Ichiban sees his world through the lens of his favorite series, Dragon Quest.


That means turn-based battles, job classes, and plenty of retro RPG references mixed in. It takes the series’ usual heartfelt story and dials it up to 12 with some surprisingly on-point observations about society.


Really, both Yakuza games are some of the best RPGs on PlayStation 5, so you can't go wrong either way.


Yakuza 0


There’s so much Yakuza to choose from on PlayStation 4, but your best bet for getting started is Yakuza 0. Yakuza 0 is where it all begins, hence the 0. It’s the height of the bubble economy in 1980s Japan, and you play as newbie yakuza Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima.


While the story is good, as ever it’s the side stories and characters that steal the show, with some of the best writing and wackiest scenarios in gaming. It’s also one of the most refined combat systems in the series. If you want to jump into the latest Yakuza, though, check out the next entry.


NieR: Automata


If you like it when stories mercilessly toy with your brain, then go play NieR: Automata immediately. This bizarre and wonderful game brings together the best parts of Yoko Taro’s scenario writing and Platinum’s peerless action combat for an experience that really is like no other.


In this post-apocalyptic world, where Shakespeare-spewing technology ran humans off the planet, you play (mostly) as 2B. You’re a robot fighter created by the human resistance to destroy the invading menace in action that switches seamlessly between fast-paced 3D fighting and top-down bullet hell across the game’s gorgeous environments.


Once you’re done — you’re not done. You have to beat NieR: Automata several times to get the full story. And don't fret if you think you have to play the upcoming NieR: Replicant to understand it either. The two are completely separate stories.


Tales of Berseria


We’ll have to wait a while yet for more Tales of Arise news, but meanwhile, there’s Tales of Berseria to hold you over on PlayStation 5. While it’s designed as a prequel to the somewhat contentious Tales of Zestiria, Berseria works perfectly well as a standalone game and shakes up the series’ usual storytelling style.


Gone are the obviously good heroes with primarily good motives. In their place is a ragtag bunch of ne’er-do-wells seeking their own ends. Their motives don’t always align, but they share one thing in common: an unquenchable desire for vengeance.


Berseria feels like a culmination of the series’ combo-based fighting begun with Xillia, with fast-paced battles that require much more than just mashing buttons until you win. It’s a solid package and one that’s frequently on sale too.


The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 1-4


Why settle for one RPG when you can buy and play a four-part series on the same system? As of 2020, PlayStation 4 has all four Trails of Cold Steel games, and if you’re looking for an epic RPG saga like few others, these are definitely worth checking out.


Despite sitting mid-way in the overall Trails series, Cold Steel tells its own story, one of warfare and political intrigue in the aggressively expansionist Erebonian Empire. You play as Rean Schwarzer, son of a minor noble and new student at Thors Military Academy. All is not well in the empire, however, and as Erebonia gradually spreads its influence over the continent, its dark history repeats itself and threatens to consume the entire world.


Like all Trails games, Cold Steel uses a unique combat system where placement and stat augmentations matter more than most RPGs, and the worldbuilding is unparalleled, with countless side stories developing alongside the main plot.


Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition


Maybe you played Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age already, but if you haven’t played DQ XI Definitive Edition yet, you haven’t experienced the game at its best. You get new story chapters for every protagonist plus new story segments where the party travels to the worlds of previous Dragon Quest games to resolve issues popping up there.


It’s the ultimate series tribute, and the scenarios are designed so well, they’re enjoyable even if you haven’t played every game before. You can also play the entire game in 16-bit style 2D if that’s your thing.


If you’ve never played Dragon Quest XI before, then get ready for one of the best RPGs of the generation. The story starts out basic before turning in on itself and making you question the nature of heroism and goodness, making it bolder than previous DQ games. And in true series fashion, XI has a sizeable cast of outrageous and fantastically well-written characters to fall in love with.


The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition


CD Projekt RED kinda sorta shafted reviewers and consumers alike with Cyberpunk 2077 on consoles, there’s no denying that. But rejoice, ye lovers of massive RPGs, because there’s another option in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.


If you’ve yet to play this hulking behemoth of a game, the PlayStation 5 is one of the best ways to experience it. Apart from faster load times taking the sting out of fast travel, there’s a next-gen upgrade in the works giving it some extra visual polish.


The Witcher 3’s vast, open-world houses secrets galore if you feel like finding them. The combat might be stilted, and your choices don’t matter near as much as in Divinity. But the story is pure candy for lovers of high fantasy. Geralt’s world and those who inhabit it gradually absorb you the more you play, and the complete edition boasts two of the finest expansions in RPGs.


Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition


Saying Larian’s Divinity: Original Sin 2 is a modern Baldur’s Gate is true, but this rich, unique gem of a game is far from derivative. There’s a core story in DoS 2, and it’s a good one with plenty of fantasy flair, treachery, and surprise murders. The real narrative is the one you make along the way, though, and that’s not just a meme thing to say.


DoS 2 is the Romancing SaGa of Western RPGs in that so many choices you make shape the game in ways you don’t always see right away.


A seemingly offhand response to a Seer has you fight her to the death, where you could have just chatted. Your bloodthirsty elf friend wants to kill the slave trader for obvious reasons, yet you need him alive for info… It’s utterly engaging with a complex, yet rewarding combat system and some gorgeous visuals on PlayStation 5.  


Persona 5/Persona 5 Royal


You’ve got two options for Persona 5 on PlayStation 5, and both are easily some of the best RPGs available for the system.


PS Plus subscribers get the original Persona 5 for absolutely freesies through the PS Plus Collection. The original Phantom Thieves saga and all the intertwining character stories that made it a top RPG on the PS4 still hold up now, along with the series’ trademark Persona fusion system and the countless customization options that entails. It’s all wrapped in the most stylish package in gaming too.


But if you’re fine with spending a bit of extra dosh, then go for Royal. It augments the original’s winning system with a wagonload of quality of life upgrades, new Confidants to hang out with, more battle options, and an entire new semester carrying the story to a surprising and touching conclusion.


Final Fantasy 15: Royal Edition


Final Fantasy fans have no shortage of options on PlayStation 5, from the ambitious Final Fantasy 7 Remake to the magnificent Final Fantasy 14. But you’ve just spent hundreds of dollars on a new console, and if you’re looking for the best value for your money, the PS Plus Collection on PS5 brings you Final Fantasy 15: Royal Edition for no extra charge (you do have to subscribe to PS Plus to get it). 


FF15 is a twist on the series’ usual, with a dudebro car adventure taking place in the middle of the franchise's standard political dramas.


We’d be lying if we said it was flawless, with its too-simple combat and somewhat disjointed story. However, the Royal Edition goes a long way in making FF15 feel whole with all the additional story episodes giving new life to the world of Eos. Then there’s the food. Just look at the food!


The PlayStation 5 is here, hooray! And out of its launch lineup, there's only one RPG: Demon's Souls. It's an incredible RPG, sure, but outside of that, it's a bleak slate often par for the course with new consoles.


Fortunately, while we wait for Final Fantasy XVI, Tales of Arise, and whatever else might be in store, the PlayStation 5 is still in a pretty good position for RPGs thanks to backwards compatibility with PS4 games.


Some of the best RPGs are free with the PS Plus Collection, some are expansions of older games, but they’re all top in the genre and definitely some of the most noteworthy PS4 RPGs you can play on the PS5 right now.

Persona 5 Royal: How to Get the True Ending Thu, 10 Dec 2020 18:02:54 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Like its numerical predecessor, Persona 5 Royal has a true ending to reach for and a number of other, not-so-hot endings. Unlike its predecessor, getting Persona 5 Royal’s true ending is not comparable to walking blindfolded through a labyrinth of soul-devouring monsters.

It still takes some work, though, and you’ll want to start early to unlock the third semester and bring everyone’s story to the best possible close. Our Persona 5 Royal true ending guide is here to walk you through it all.

Persona 5 Royal Endings

Three of Persona 5 Royal’s endings are the same as they are in base Persona 5. Since the dialogue options pushing you down an ending’s path are nestled in lengthy cutscenes, it’s probably easier to just look up bad ending videos on YouTube if you really want to see them.

Otherwise, make sure to have more than one save file going as a safeguard and re-load to fulfill the ending requirements you want.

As a side note, we’re not counting the bad ending you get from missing a Palace deadline here. That’s more “game over, chump” than it is a proper ending. 

Our guide presents the endings in the order the branching paths come up, but you’ll need to start working towards the true ending early to get both the ending and Persona 5 Royal’s third semester. 

Persona 5 Royal True Ending Requirements

The most important thing is progressing in the Councillor Confidant with Maruki. We’ve detailed how to do that in our Maruki Confidant guide, but here’s a few extra tips. Take every opportunity to rank up the Councillor Confidant. 

Maruki's Confidant

Maruki is available more often than many other Confidants, but getting his scenes out of the way early means more free time for other Confidants. You need Maruki’s Confidant at rank nine by November 17 (11/17) to open the third semester and get a shot at the true endings. It progresses to rank 10 automatically at a certain point, so no need to worry about that.

Akechi's Confidant

The next Confidant to focus on is Akechi’s, the Justice Confidant. This one takes more effort because you’ll stall at certain ranks without the right social stats.

  • Rank 3 — requires level three Knowledge and Charm
  • Rank 7 — requires level four Knowledge

You must get Akechi’s Confidant to rank eight by November 17 to unlock the actually true, true ending. Like Maruki’s Confidant, Akechi’s progresses automatically after that.

Yoshizawa's Confidant

Kasumi Yoshizawa’s Faith Confidant isn’t technically required to see the third semester or true endings. However, you’re missing out on an important chunk of the story both before and after December if you don’t advance the Faith Confidant. Plus getting boosts for Faith Personas makes it more than worthwhile.

Persona 5 Royal Bad Ending 1

You know from the start Sae Niijima interrogates Joker, so saying the first bad ending takes place during the full interrogation isn’t a spoiler. On November 20 (11/20), spill the beans about your friends to get the first bad ending

If you want to avoid this ending, here’s what answers to choose during Sae’s interrogation:

  • First question: doesn’t matter
  • Second question: pick the first choice
  • Third question: pick the first choice

Persona 5 Royal Bad Ending 2

The second bad ending is very spoilery. The chance for this one comes up on December 24 (12/24) during a conversation with a certain character.

You’ll know when it happens since it involves making a pact with that character. Do that to get the second bad ending. 

Refuse the request to move on towards the true ending.

Persona 5 Royal Normal Ending

Persona 5 Royal’s normal ending is the same as Persona 5’s good ending. You’ll get this if you:

  • Don’t rank up Maruki’s Confidant by the deadline
  • Do finish the last Palace on time
  • Don’t sell out your friends
  • Don’t make a deal with that character

This is the frozen yogurt of Persona 5 Royal’s endings. It’s just okay.

Persona 5 Royal Bad Ending 3 (New Bad Ending)

You get two shots at the new bad ending in the third semester. The first is on January 9 (1/9) and the second on February 2 (2/2). We won’t spoil the context, but the choices are similar to the previous bad endings. Don’t side with the baddy, and you’re on the right path.

Persona 5 Royal New Good Ending

Persona 5 Royal’s new good ending is what you get if you ranked up Maruki’s Confidant, but not Akechi’s, and refused to side with the third semester’s villain. It’s good, but obviously not the best.

Persona 5 Royal True Ending

Persona 5 Royal’s true ending unlocks if you 

  • Rank up both Maruki’s and Akechi’s Confidant to level nine and eight, respectively, by November 19
  • Make it to the third semester
  • Refuse to side with its villain

It’s very good and very much worth the trouble to get there.

That's all you need to know about how to get Persona 5 Royal's true ending. If you make it that far, you'll still need to deal with classroom answers in the third semester. Lucky for you, we've got a guide just for that, plus plenty of additional Persona 5 Royal guides.

Persona 5 Royal Classroom Test Answers Guide Mon, 07 Dec 2020 14:35:23 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Living a normal student life means giving plenty of classroom answers in Persona 5 Royal, because naturally, your teachers put you in the spotlight instead of your peers. Yet you won’t just feel smart if you answer questions correctly. You’ll literally get smarter with every right answer.

Your Knowledge stat gets a bonus point for each correct answer, or two bonus points if you’re using the Fortune Confidant trick to boost social stats. Since some Confidants require higher Knowledge to progress, including the Justice Confidant needed for Persona 5 Royal’s true ending, getting the classroom answers right is definitely worth your time.

If you’re coming into Royal off vanilla Persona 5, it's worth noting that the questions and answers are different between the games — hence our Persona 5 Royal classroom answers guide.

Persona 5 Royal: Classroom Test Answers Guide

Keep in mind you likely won’t make it to the top of the class in the first two Persona 5 Royal’s exams if this is your first time playing the game. Acing exams requires rank four Knowledge, even if you get all the answers right.

It’s just not possible to do for your first exam and not practical to devote all your spare time to Knowledge alone. But getting all the questions right puts you in the top 10, boosting Charm with +2 and earning a special reward from Sojiro if you talk to him after seeing the results.

April Classroom Answers Persona 5 Royal

April 12 

  • Question: Tell me what the Devil’s Dictionary defined as the chief factor in the progress of the human race.
  • Answer: Villains

April 19

  • Question: Between A and B… which line seems longer…?   
  • Answer: They’re the same

April 23

  • Question: Between music, theatre, and chariot racing, which sport did Nero win when he participated in the Olympics?   
  • Answer: All of them

April 25

You get two questions today.

  • Question 1: What’s that phrase meant to convey? “My country, right or wrong?”   
  • Answer: You unquestioningly support it.
  • Question 2: But the original meaning was different? So I guess it’d be something like…   
  • Answer: You have a duty to correct it.

April 27

  • Question: Do you know the name of the theorem named after this number?   
  • Answer: Four color theorem

April 30

This one is a three-part question.

  • Question 1: First off, the "wunder" part probably means...   
  • Answer: Wonder
  • Question 2: Next, the "kind" part. That's probably...   
  • Answer: Child
  • Question 3: So a "wunderkind" would be...   
  • Answer: A prodigy

May Classroom Answers Persona 5 Royal

May is a short month for on the spot questions, but you have your first mid-term exams to look forward to instead.

May 7

  • Question: So what’s the literal translation of the phrase “femme fatale”?   
  • Answer: Fatal woman

May 10

  • Question: You know the time period Yoshitsune was active in, don’t you?   
  • Answer: The Heian period
May Midterm Questions and Answers Persona 5 Royal

May 11: Midterms Day One

  • Question 1: What historical figure inspired the term of “favoring the magistrate”?
  • Answer: Minamoto no Yoshitsune
  • Question 2: Yoshitune had a brother, right? Oh, I think his name was…
  • Answer: Minamoto no Yoritomo
  • Question 3: ut they ended up coming into conflict. And in the end, when they had to oppose each other…   
  • Answer: Yoritomo won
  • Question 4: That’s probably because people tend to sympathize less with figures in power, and sympathize more with…   
  • Answer: The weak

May 12: Midterms Day Two

  • Question 1: Which brain function is responsible for the phenomenon of seeing an illusion in this figure?
  • Answer: Cognition
  • Question 2: Which of the following maps can you paint without any adjacent areas being the same color?   
  • Answer: Both

May 13: Midterms Day Three

  • Question 1: Name the book that defined malefactors as the chief factor in the progress of the human race.
  • Answer: The Devil’s Dictionary
  • Question 2: What character archetype refers to a mysterious and seductive woman, typically with ulterior motives?   
  • Answer: Femme Fatale

May 16

With midterms out of the way, it’s back to the usual daily classroom questions.

  • Question: What do we call the phenomenon where believing in a treatment’s power is enough to improve your condition?   
  • Answer: The placebo effect

May 19

  • Question: Which famous ukiyo-e artist of the Edo period is said to have moved residence over 100 times?    
  • Answer: Katsushika Hokusai

May 21

  • Question: The golden ratio is 1:1.618, but do you know the silver ratio?   
  • Answer: 1:1.414

May 23

Here’s another multi-part question.

  • Question 1: If we think about what these words have in common, then maybe “syn” means…   
  • Answer: Together
  • Question 2: Q2: And “aisthesis,” huh? That’s a little like the word aesthetics. I wonder if it means…   
  • Answer: Senses
  • Question 3: So that means the full word basically means…
  • Answer: Senses coming together

May 26

  • Question: Do you know which author Leblanc borrowed from?   
  • Answer: Arthur Conan Doyle

May 31

  • Question: Do you know which peg-legged, parrot toting historical figure’s appearance became a visual shorthand for pirates?   
  • Answer: John Silver

June Classroom Answers Persona 5 Royal

June 4

  • Question: What do you think the name for this phenomenon is?   
  • Answer: The halo effect

June 7

  • Question: The red king crab is biologically related to the hermit crab. So how is it different from a crab...? Do you know?   
  • Answer: The number of legs

June 8

  • Question: Where does totalitarianism take things a step further than authoritarianism?   
  • Answer: Controlling public thought

June 13

  • What color do you think it turns?
  • Answer: Green

June 15

  • Question: Between paper bills and coins, which one is issued by the government?
  • Answer: Coins

June 20

  • Question: What do you think? One of these has minor metals in it, right?   
  • Answer: Smartphone

June 23

  • Question: Now, do you know what this woman’s position was?   
  • Answer: A pope

June 27

  • Question: Which of these animals is involved in an English idiom about the weather?
  • Answer: Dogs

June 29

  • Question: What do you think it says on the back of this piece?   
  • Answer: Gold

July Classroom Answers Persona 5 Royal

July brings you two weeks of questions capped off by your first set of final exams in Persona 5 Royal.

July 1

  • Question: What’s the meaning of the original Chinese phrase that these dumplings’ name came from?   
  • Answer: Barbarian’s head

July 4

  • Question: Two people are responsible for July and August having 31 days. Do you know who those people are?
  • Answer: Julius and Augustus

July 7

A two-part question today.

  • Question 1: So Tanabata's about gods crossing a starry sky to reunite once every year. It might have something to do with...   
  • Answer: The Milky Way
  • Question 2: What's the traditional food of Tanabata?   
  • Answer: Soumen

July 9

  • Question: Do you know what shape it is?
  • Answer: Triangle

July 11

Today brings yet another multi-part question.

  • Question 1: What is long-term memory, anyway?   
  • Answer: Memories that last a long time
  • Question 2: Maruki mentioned something about the amount of memories you could store, right? Something like…   
  • Answer: Infinite
  • Question 3: If you have theoretically infinite space for them… then theoretically, you’d be able to retain them for…
  • Answer: Forever

July 12

  • Question: Do you know what he did?
  • Answer: Thievery
Finals Exam Questions and Answers Persona 5 Royal

Finals last three days and are structured the same as your midterms.

July 13: Finals Day One

  • Question 1: If angle C is 28 degrees, and angles A and D are 88 degrees, what is the angle of B and E?   
  • Answer: 64 degrees
  • Question 2: I think this came up in class. They were invented by that famous guy from Romance of the Three Kingdoms, right?   
  • Answer: Zhuge Liang
  • Question 3: And they were offering something to quell the river…
  • Answer: Barbarians’ heads
  • Question 4: This master strategist came up with the baozi to…   
  • Answer: To offer them instead of heads.

July 14: Finals Day Two

  • Question 1: Write the name and biological classification of this creature.
  • Answer: Red King Crab (Paralithodes)
  • Question 2: What happened when the government issued paper and hard currencies in Japan for the first time?   
  • Answer: It caused confusion in the economy.

July 15: Finals Day Three

  • Question 1: What is the English equivalent of the Norwegian idiom ‘raining witches’?   
  • Answer: Raining cats and dogs
  • Question 2: Which of the following is another name for the soumen noodles traditionally eaten on Tanabata?    
  • Answer: Demon guts

Congratulations, you made it to summer break! Don’t get too excited, though. Keep nurturing your Knowledge at least to rank four to help unlock the true ending. Time and Akechi wait for no one.

September Classroom Answers Persona 5 Royal

September 3

  • Question: Each hand in this famous statue means something, but… do you know what the right represents?    
  • Answer: Prosperity

September 6

  • Question: Do you know the name of that phenomenon where the second hand looks like it’s stopped moving?   
  • Answer: Chronostasis

September 13

  • Question: What does a pawn shop offer that a secondhand shop doesn’t?   
  • Answer: Money loans for collateral

September 17

  • Question: What’s one of the origins for the phrase “cat got your tongue”?   
  • Answer: Cats eating human tongues

September 21

  • Question: Robot comes from a word in Czech. But where in Europe is the Czech Republic located?   
  • Answer: Central Europe

September 24

  • Question: How many white and black shapes are there respectively on a soccer ball?   
  • Answer: 20 white, 12 black

September 28

September can’t end without a multi-part question!

  • Question 1: So “PVS”, referring to when you mistakenly think your phone is going off...   
  • Answer: Phantom
  • Question 2: The next part is the V part. That means it’d be “phantom…” what?   
  • Answer: Vibrating
  • Question 3: Last is the S. So if we have “phantom vibration” so far...   
  • Answer: Syndrome

September 29

And the month closes on a doozy for all of us who aren’t experts in Japanese bureaucracy.

  • Question: But the fishermen of Nagaragawa are actually civil servants as well. So, tell me which sector they belong to.   
  • Answer: Imperial Household Agency

October Classroom Answers Persona 5 Royal

October is split between regular classroom questions and another round of midterms.

October 3

  • Question: If we use “three watermelons in the sun” to visualize a certain matter’s size against the universe’s, what are the melons?   
  • Answer: Stars

October 6

  • Question: Now, do you know who invented this instrument?
  • Answer: Joseph-Ignace Guillotin

October 11

  • Question: Which name was most commonly ascribed to shape B?   
  • Answer: Bouba
October Midterm Questions and Answers Persona 5 Royal

October midterms last a while longer. If you’ve been studious outside class, you might have a shot at top of the bunch this time with rank four Knowledge.

October 17: Midterms Day One

  • Question 1: Counting both black and white surfaces, how many surfaces are there in total on a soccer ball?
  • Answer: 32 surfaces
  • Question 2: Didn’t the teacher say that the number of colors used to be different? Do you remember?   
  • Answer: It used to be one color
  • Question 3: Oh yeah, I remember. I think she said that unlike now, soccer games were broadcasted with…
  • Answer: Black and white picture

October 18: October Midterms Day Two

  • Question 1: Who conducted executions using this device?   
  • Answer: Charles-Henri Sanson
  • Question 2: What is the reason that most people cannot become a cormorant fisherman of Nagarasawa?   
  • Answer: It’s a hereditary profession.

October 19: October Midterms Day Three

  • Question 1: What is the meaning of “robota,” the etymological root of “robot”?
  • Answer: Slave labor
  • Question 2: Which of the following describes the density of stars in outer space?   
  • Answer: 3 bees in all of Europe.

October 22: October Midterms Day Four

  • Question: Now, tell me the total count for each column in this magic square.   
  • Answer: 15

October 24: October Midterms Day Five

  • Question: From a psychological standpoint, what is a key reason our memories can differ from reality?   
  • Answer: Memory bias

November Classroom Answers Persona 5 Royal

November is the last month of regular classroom answers and questions, unless you unlock the true ending.

November 2

  • Question: Can you tell me the meaning of the word “wack” in the Thieves’ Cant?   
  • Answer: A share of stolen goods

November 4

  • Question: Clubs is a club, diamonds is a gem… So, what does a spade represent?
  • Answer: A sword

November 8

  • Question: Tell me how old you have to be to listen in on a trial.
  • Answer: Any age

November 10

  • Question: Do you know why it’s missing in the character for “crow”?
  • Answer: Crow eyes are hard to see

November 12

  • Question: I wonder. Do you know why our voices sound so different over the phone?   
  • Answer: Because the voice is synthetic.

November 14

  • Question: Tell me why that is
  • Answer: Because of high altitude

November 15

  • Question: How was he punished?
  • Answer: His head was put on display

November 17

  • Question: Do you know the name for this graph? Your hint is “snails”...   
  • Answer: Cochleoid

December Finals Persona 5 Royal

Finals are your reward for making it to December.

December 20: December Finals Day One

  • Question 1: Choose the graph that became the origin for the name for the Chinese yoyo known as a diabolo.   
  • Answer: D
  • Question 2: He was a really famous thief from the Edo period, right? How much money did he steal, in the end?   
  • Answer: Over one billion yen
  • Question 3: As a result, he was sentenced to…
  • Answer: Having his head displayed
  • Question 4: Criminals, especially famous criminals being paraded around, was mostly done for…
  • Answer: Public performance

December 21: December Finals Day 2

  • Question: Which suit of cards represents the Holy Grail?   
  • Answer: Hearts
  • Question 2: According to Japanese judicial law, what is possible for even an infant to do in court?   
  • Answer: Attend

December 22: December Finals Day 3

The year ends with these not-so-subtle questions.

  • Question 1: What country refers to a person who controls politics behind the scenes as a “prime minister in black”?
  • Answer: Japan
  • Question 2: The Japanese word “dokyuu” translates to “massive.” What English word inspired the initial “do” in dokyuu?   
  • Answer: Dreadnought

January Classroom Answers Persona 5 Royal

Congratulations! You reached the end of the year and, assuming you played your cards right with the true ending, your reward is more school!

January 11

  • Question 1: What’s this phrase supposed to illustrate about the gods of Shinto?   
  • Answer: How numerous they are.
  • Question 2: What’s that phrase again? The one about how many gods there are in Shinto…   
  • Answer: Eight Million Gods

January 14

  • Question: Where do you think the fictional land of “Ihatov” is modeled after?   
  • Answer: Iwate

January 18

  • Question: What did the word “awful” originally mean?   
  • Answer: Impressive

January 21

  • Question: Do you know what she’s stepping on?   
  • Answer: A snake

January 24

  • Question 1: What does that mean when describing a person?   
  • Answer: Kindhearted 
  • Question 2: So what kind of connotation would “salty” have in that context?   
  • Answer: Negative
  • Question 3: So with all that in mind, “salty” probably means…   
  • Answer: Resentful

January 27

  • Question: How far did this study suggest personal happiness can spread?   
  • Answer: To friends of friends of friends

And that’s that! You’ve finished all the classroom answers and questions in Persona 5 Royal. Now all that’s left to do is save society for good this time — at least until Persona 6 comes out. Meanwhile, be sure to check out our other Persona 5 Royal guides for more tips and tricks.

Essential PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 Games for the 2020 Holiday Season Fri, 04 Dec 2020 11:56:29 -0500 GS_Staff


The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners


Price: $39.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat), PS4
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The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners brings surviving the zombie apocalypse to PSVR, letting you chop, bash, and shoot your way through the backdrop of the familiar universe of The Walking Dead like nothing else.


This one's a bit of a bonus, as it does require PSVR to play on either the PS4 or PS5 (where the PS5 even requires an extra PSVR adapter to get up and running). But the hoops you may have to jump through are worth it. Saints and Sinners is flexible, fast-paced, and packed with content. You can read more about Saints & Sinners in our review, where we said, "The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners is a can't-miss addition to the wild west of VR."


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*Jonathan Moore and Ashley Shankle contributed to this list. 


Persona 5 Royal*


Price: $29.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat), PS4
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Many once claimed that Persona 5 was the best JRPG offering on the PlayStation 4, then Persona 5 Royal came by and blew the original version out of the water with loads of new content.


Persona 5 Royal improves on the original game in almost every way, with new characters and locations, an entirely new grappling hook ability, and an extended story. This is the perfect addition to any JRPG fan's collection, on PS5 or otherwise.


Our review of the game lathered it in praise, saying "even if you've played Persona 5 countless times already, there's still enough difference in how things play out and how you can control your experience that it's definitely worth playing at least once."


*Note that Persona 5 is one of the complimentary games in the PS Plus Collection on PlayStation 5, meaning you can give the original a go before making an investment here. 


13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim


Price: $59.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat), PS4
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A tactical RPG with its roots in classic Japanese sci-fi, mech, and kaiju tropes, there's not much else like 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim. It's in part because of the game's adventure-game-style storytelling, but mostly pushed along by its gorgeous visuals that are a signature of developer Vanillaware.


This is a great buy for mech and kaiju fans, in particular, or fans of Vanillaware's Odin Sphere or Dragon's Crown. Our review said 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim "mixes smart design with superb storytelling, then slathers the whole package in gorgeous style."


Yakuza: Like a Dragon*


Price: $59.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat; *PS5 version releases 3/2/2021), PS4
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A new Yakuza title leading into the new generation of consoles, Yakuza: Like a Dragon finally shelves the series' main character Kazuma Kiryu for some new blood and a much-bigger setting  there's more to do in this game than you might expect.


Though the PlayStation 5 version of this game doesn't launch until March of next year, those who have the PlayStation 4 version of the game and Sony's new console will be able to upgrade to the PS5 version for free, whether they have the physical or digital version of the game. However, PS4 saves will not transfer over to the PS5. 


Our 10/10 review of Yakuza: Like a Dragon praised the game for its "new turn-based combat system," job system, and world. In short, Yakuza: Like a Dragon is "legitimately one of the best modern role-playing games there is."


Final Fantasy 7 Remake


Price: $59.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat), PS4
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Final Fantasy 7 has held a place in the heart of the industry at large since its release in the late '90s, and no one knew how 2020's remake of the classic would turn out. Luckily, Final Fantasy 7 Remake turned out pretty darn good, though it's only one part of a multi-chapter release.


Whether you played the original PlayStation version or are totally new to it and its story, FF7 Remake is a worthwhile play. Our review rated it a full 10 out of 10, saying it "faithfully updates Midgar and the original’s enigmatic cast of antiheroes for a new generation, masterfully weaving its own grand tale in the process."


Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition


Price: $39.99
Platforms: PS5
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The Devil May Cry series came into its own on the PlayStation 2 and thrived with Devil May Cry 4 on the PS4 and Xbox 360, but its return with Devil May Cry 5 ended up producing perhaps the best game in the series despite the gap between it and its predecessor.


More stylish and faster-paced than ever, DMC5:SE is nothing but an improvement over the regular ol' PS4 version. Making use of the now-current-gen tech, the game can be cranked up to 120fps on the PS5, and it features a new Turbo Mode, which increases the overall game speed by 20%.


That's not to mention fan-favorite Vergil is now playable in this version. DMC5:SE isn't just style, it's a whole lot of substance, too.


Our review said that "Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition makes a great game even better with a new character, new modes, and overhauled visuals for next-gen consoles."


Team Sonic Racing


Price: $29.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat), PS4
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There aren't a ton of kart racing titles available these days, but Team Sonic Racing does more than enough to scratch the itch on PS4 and PS5. Plus, you know: Gotta go fast!


This racer features a wealth of tracks on top of a vehicle customization system and a heavy emphasis on teamplay, something the genre needs more of. It's the perfect game for those looking for some fun co op play, especially if they can't get their hands on Mario Kart. 


Our review said that Team Sonic Racing "is different from its predecessors, but this is a fresh evolution of the series that surprises and exhilarates in a brand new way."


Resident Evil 3


Price: $39.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat), PS4
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One of the more notable PS4 games on this list, Resident Evil 3 remake is a well-crafted reimagining of the original PlayStation game of the same name. And of course, it's backwards compatible with the PS5, making it a must-play for those that haven't already taken the plunge into this version of Raccoon City.


Resident Evil 3 is fast-paced, albeit a little short, and developed with multiple runs in mind, which is perfect for the horror fan with an optimization itch to scratch.


Our Resident Evil 3 review granted this remake a well-deserved 8, saying that while it "falls short of the Resident Evil 2 standard," it makes "shooting and dodging both feel good," and it has "some truly memorable and scary scenes." 


Doom Eternal


Price: $59.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat), PS4
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The Doom series has been around the block a few times, but much like Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition, Doom Eternal may very well be the best recent entry in the classic and beloved series. 


Doom Eternal is a smooth, ultra-violent romp through Hell on Earth, taking some of the best parts of 2016's Doom and making them better. The Ancient Gods single-player expansion adds even more locales and demons to shoot your way through while thickening the game's narrative in substantial ways.


Our 9/10 review of Doom Eternal praised the game for its "gory and satisfying guns, fantastic progression systems, well-designed battle scenarios, amazing visuals, and satisfying world-building." 


The PlayStation 4 version of the first-person shooter will receive a free upgrade to a more graphically-intense iteration early next year, meaning there's no reason not to pick up the last-gen version now for your PS4 (or PS5) on the cheap. 


Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time


Price: $59.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat), PS4
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While 2017's very good Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy brought the first three adventures of Sony's mascot to the PlayStation 4, fans understandably wanted more. Enter 2020's Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time, the first mainline title in the storied series since 2008's Mind Over Mutant


In a nutshell, Crash 4 is mostly more Crash. The platformer stays mostly true to its roots, featuring well-designed levels and challenging but fun platforming. The game's graphical improvements and world deserve special attention, as do the additions on different "playstyles" and a time trial mode, among other things. 


There's lots to do in Crash Bandicoot 4, and it marks a triumphant return to form for the legendary marsupial. Our review said that it can be "frustrating" at times, but overall, it "is a big step in the right direction" for the series. 


Assassin's Creed Valhalla


Price: $59.99 (PS5), $49.99 (PS4)
Platforms: PS5, PS4
Get it on: Amazon (physical), PS Store (digital)


Assassin's Creed Valhalla is the 12th mainline entry in Ubisoft's long-running action-adventure series.


After 2017's Origins took players to ancient Egypt and 2018's Odessey visited ancient Greece, Valhalla puts players closer to the medieval time period of the very first game — about 300 years before the Third Crusade — setting the narrative during the Viking expansion into Anglo-Saxon England.


Valhalla is may be the most varied of the titles in the series yet, offering loads of content, including flyts (what amount to Viking rap battles), as well as the return of systems such as settlements. And the writing is the best it's ever been. 


We gave Assassin's Creed Valhalla an 8 in our review, saying, "Assassin's Creed Valhalla builds its world around a familiar formula, but with a compelling story and plenty of things to do, it's a game series fans will find inviting."




Price: $39.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat), PS4
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Dreams takes the creative nature of LittleBigPlanet and amplifies it to extreme levels. Essentially a video game/experience creation app, Dreams allows players to make nearly anything they could imagine, from full racing games to short films. 


By now, there are thousands of different dreams to check out in the game (and we've collected a few of the best early ones here). Half of the fun is seeing what others in the community have created, experiencing their creations, and sharing those creations with other players. The other half is crafting experiences yourself, which Dreams makes a breeze. 


For those looking to learn how to make video games or animated shorts, there's no substitute for Dreams, at least on the PlayStation platform.


We called Dreams a "Pandora's toybox" in our review, praising it for understanding its strengths and playing directly into them: "Dreams knows exactly where its sweet spot is. It's a place where creators and users can explore and experience one another's unbridled creativity. It's where ideas can be quickly and intuitively drafted and communicated in real-time, and where unfinished creations can live on and continue to grow as others come along and 'remix' them."


Ghost of Tsushima


Price: $59.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat), PS4
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Developed by Sucker Punch Productions, the same studio behind the Infamous and Sly Cooper franchises, Ghost of Tsushima is a third-person action-adventure game set during the 1274 Mongol invasion of Tsushima Island. 


Playing as Jin Sakai, players work to repel the invaders across dozens of missions and a 20-hour campaign. Combat varies between patient stealth and ranged attacks as the Ghost or methodical yet powerful swordfights as the Samurai. 


Ghost's realized world deserves special mention, showcasing the power still left in the PlayStation 4. On PS5, the game can take advantage of boost mode, running at a steady 4K 60fps. 


In our review of Ghost of Tsushima, we said, "does a lot of things right. Its got fun combat, a wonderfully designed world, and top-notch sound design. Neither the story nor the characters moved me in any real way, even though I could tell both were trying."


The Last of Us 2


Price: $59.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat), PS4
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Aside from CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077 and, perhaps, Sucker Punch's Ghost of Tsushima, Naughty Dog's The Last of Us 2 was undeniably 2020's most anticipated game. As the follow up to one of Sony's most successful and enduring titles, TLoU2 had a lot to live up to. 


Coming in at around 30 hours, TLoU2's campaign is as much a tour de force as it is divisive. Talking about any portion of it here could likely spoil the whole experience for those that have yet to play it, but it's a story that sticks with players whether they like it or not. 


Combat is improved and more creative than the original, and aside from Ghost of Tsushima and Demon's Souls, it's the best looking game on either the PS4 or PS5. 


It's not perfect, as we said in our review: "The Last of Us 2 does so many things right, from its engaging story beats to its eye-catching level design. But at the same time, there are more than a few things that Naughty Dog could've, and possibly should've, handled differently." 


But it's an essential experience that no Sony fan should miss. 


Sackboy: A Big Adventure


Price: $59.99
Platforms: PS5, PS4
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Sackboy: A Big Adventure marks the return of one of Sony's most adorable mascots, this time in an incredibly fun and essential 3D platforming game (LittleBigPlanet is technically 2.5D). 


The charming narrative of SABA takes Sackboy to five worlds and a multitude of unique and varied stages full of secrets. A time-trial mode extends playtime, and all of Sackboy: A Big Adventure can be played in local co op (online co op is coming later in 2020, but was not available at launch). 


Our praise-filled review said that, "with an A-list cast, superb visuals, and some strong co-op gameplay, Sackboy: A Big Adventure successfully proves that Sackboy can thrive without LittleBigPlanet’s creation mechanics, all while still paying homage to his roots. It’s genuinely wonderful to see this PS3 icon return once more, and I hope this isn’t the last we’ve seen of him."


Demon's Souls


Price: $69.99
Platforms: PS5
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The game that essentially started the Soulsborne RPG subgenre, Demon's Souls is a remaster (almost remake) of the first Souls title from the PlayStation 3.


It stays as true to the original as it can, making dramatic improvements to the game's visuals (as expected) and sound design. It also makes understanding some of the game's muddier elements — such as World and Character Tendency — a bit easier. 


Still, the Souls games aren't for the faint of heart, and Demon's Souls is no different, challenging players every step of the way in a fashion similar to its spiritual successors: Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.


Despite being a faithful remaster of a 2009 title, Demon's Souls continues to stand tall. Our 9/10 review has this soul-crushing masterpiece regaining its rightful position in the Soulseborne pantheon, saying, "Demon's Souls is an instant classic, one of those rare retellings that stands triumphantly alongside the original as an essential experience."


Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales


Price: $49.99
Platforms: PS5, PS4
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Following in the footsteps of 2018's Marvel's Spider-Man on the PS4, Spider-Man: Miles Morales lets a fantastic new Spidey take the spotlight as New York's primary webslinger. Though the main campaign only comes in at around seven hours — a runtime similar to that of Uncharted: Lost Legacy — it's a gripping and action-packed adventure. 


Spider-Man: Miles Morales essentially improves upon everything from the 2018 title, which you can read more about in our review, where we said, "it's better than its predecessor in almost every way," and that "the combat, streamlined UI, story, and overall game length is damn near perfect."


Those who pick up the game's Ultimate Edition on PS5 (either physically or digitally) will also get Marvel's Spider-Man remastered. Those who pick up the standard edition of Miles Morales can upgrade to the Ultimate Edition in the game's main menu for $20. 


The PS4 version of Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales can be upgraded to the PS5 version for free. 


What gamer doesn't want to add some new games to their collection over the holidays? Especially so soon after a new console launches, as is the case with both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.


Luckily, there's only one next-gen exclusive across both platforms: Bluepoint's Demon's Souls remaster for the PS5. Even Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition is available on both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. Other games, such as Sackboy: A Big Adventure and Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales are available on both the PS4 and PS5.  


In this list, then, we'll be putting the spotlight on some of the best buys for the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 this 2020 holiday season.

Save Big with the PlayStation Store's End of Year Sale Tue, 01 Dec 2020 15:26:33 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Black Friday sales might be over, but the PlayStation Store is kicking off its year-end sale with even more discounts from now until December 23.

From Resident Evil 2 and Assassin's Creed Odyssey to Sword Art Online, Code Vein, Persona 5 Royal, and more, there's something for almost every taste. PlayStation 5 owners, don't forget almost every PlayStation 4 game runs on PS5 as well, including all the games listed here.

PlayStation Store End of Year Sale

Here's a bigger sampling of what's on offer.

Game Sales Price Original Price
Dead By Daylight $11.99  $29.99
Death Stranding  $19.99  $39.99
Assassin's Creed Odyssey  $14.99  $59.99
Resident Evil 2 Deluxe Edition
 $19.99  $49.99
Dragonball Xenoverse 2
 $9.59  $59.99
Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Deluxe Ed.
 $11.99  $79.99
Red Dead Redemption 2 Ultimate Edition
 $34.99 $99.99
Monster Hunter: World
 $14.99  $19.99
Monster Hunter: World Iceborne
 $20.09  $29.99
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
 $9.99  19.99
Metro Exodus Gold Edition
 $22.74  $64.99
Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition
 $23.99  $59.99
Persona Dancing: Endless Night Collection
 $21.99  $54.99
Persona 5 Royal Deluxe Edition  $34.99  $69.99
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered  $12.49  $49.99
Code Vein
$19.79  $59.99
Ratchet and Clank
 $9.99  $19.99
God of War Digital Deluxe Edition
(only through 12/15)
 $20.99  $29.99
Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization
 $14.99  $59.99
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Ultimate Edition
 $35.99  $59.99


The PS Store's end of year sale runs through December 23. Here's a link to the sale's PlayStation Store page for the whole list.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more video game sale news as it develops. What games are you planning to pick up from the sale? Let us know in the comments below! 

Persona 5 Meets Pokemon: The Phantom Thieves as Gym Leaders Fri, 24 Jul 2020 16:50:48 -0400 Ethan Anderson




Finally, we have Haru. Haru is the last character to join the main Phantom Thieves group. Her situation surrounding her Gym Leader typing is a bit different than the other members.


Her Persona allows her to use psychic attacks, but that's not the typing I'd give her. It fits Futaba much better. Instead, Haru should be a Grass-type specialist. With her love of gardening and plants, I'm sure it's exactly what she'd be attuned to. She even grows her own vegetables on the roof of their school.


She's normally a very relaxed and reserved person, but when push comes to shove, she can really pack a punch in a fight. Here are the six Grass Pokemon that Haru would use:



  • Bellossom
  • \n
  • Roserade
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  • Appletun
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  • Tsareena
  • \n
  • Leafeon
  • \n
  • Pumpkaboo
  • \n



Honestly, even though there hasn't been a crossover, Persona and Pokemon do have a few things in common gameplay-wise. Namely, the turn-based style and elemental attacks. Those slight similarities definitely help when imagining the Phantom Thieves as Gym Leaders.


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Futaba is another tricky one because she doesn't participate in battles as a playable character. She's always around once she joins the Phantom Thieves, but she's in more of a support role. She provides intel for the team, instead of joining them in combat.


She's a bit awkward and a little shy, but once she joins up, Futaba becomes the brains of the operation. She relays information and even turns bad situations into good ones before disadvantageous fights can break out.


Futaba's weapon is her high intelligence, and because of that, she has to be a Psychic-type Gym Leader. These are the six Pokemon she'd use:


  • Solosis
  • \n
  • Abra
  • \n
  • Sigilyph
  • \n
  • Dottler
  • \n
  • Espeon
  • \n
  • Unown
  • \n



Like Joker, Makoto doesn't actually have an attack type that translates well if she were to become a Gym Leader. Her Persona gives her the ability to use Nuclear moves, and that's not at all helpful for this list.


Fortunately, I can think of a type just by looking at her. It's steel. It has to be Steel-type because Makoto's Persona is a literal motorcycle, she fights with spiked brass knuckles, and her mask is basically just a metal plate.


She's also a lot tougher than she initially appears to be, with a no-nonsense attitude. These would be her Pokemon:


  • Lucario
  • \n
  • Corviknight
  • \n
  • Steelix
  • \n
  • Lairon
  • \n
  • Metagross
  • \n
  • Perrserker
  • \n



Yusuke is an artist above all else. He's always looking for the beauty in his surroundings, even while on the job as a Phantom Thief. Art seems to be on his mind almost constantly.


His Persona gives him the ability to perform ice-based attacks, so he's our Ice-type Gym Leader. Given his sometimes cold and nonchalant demeanor, Ice-type Pokemon were made for him. Most of them are aesthetically pleasing to look at too, which I'm sure he'd love.


Here are the six Pokemon that he'd have on his team:


  • Alolan Ninetales
  • \n
  • Cryogonal
  • \n
  • Frosmoth
  • \n
  • Alolan Sandslash
  • \n
  • Froslass
  • \n
  • Glaceon
  • \n



Ann's Persona gives her mastery over fire. Her flames produce some of the hardest-hitting attacks in the entire game. Ann being a Fire-type Gym Leader is a no-brainer. As a character, she feels like a bit like a mix of Flannery and Elesa from Pokemon.


Ann seems pretty calm and quiet at first, but once you get to know her, you learn that she has a more lively and outgoing personality. She isn't as over the top as Ryuji, but Ann is quick to stand up and speak her mind in matters concerning her friends.


With all of the above traits, Ann would have a team like this:


  • Ninetales
  • \n
  • Delphox
  • \n
  • Salazzle
  • \n
  • Houndoom
  • \n
  • Female Pyroar
  • \n
  • Litten
  • \n



Joker is one of the more complicated Phantom Thieves to choose Pokemon for. Ryuji's team is a lot easier to put together. His Persona's element is electricity, so naturally, he'd be an Electric-type Gym Leader.


He's an outspoken, energetic guy whose affinity for electricity makes perfect sense. He's quick to take action, with an act first, ask questions later kind of personality. Oh, and he's also a former track athlete.


Factoring in all of those facts, here's what his team would be:


  • Electrode
  • \n
  • Jolteon
  • \n
  • Zebstrika
  • \n
  • Amped Toxtricity
  • \n
  • Boltund
  • \n
  • Morpeko
  • \n



Joker is not only the leader of the Phantom Thieves, but he also has the "Wild Card" ability. This means that he can use multiple Personas at once, allowing him to have a ton of strengths. A jack of all trades, if you will.


In the Pokemon world, that'd be more of a Champion than a single-type Gym Leader, but for the sake of this list's theme, Joker would be more of a Dark-type user.


The reasoning for this is that he's referred to as a Trickster that can use multiple elements, but his first Persona is the legendary thief, Arsene. If being a cunning thief doesn't scream Dark-type, I don't know what does.


With all that in mind, here's how his team would look:


  • Thievul
  • \n
  • Zoroark
  • \n
  • Sableye
  • \n
  • Krookodile
  • \n
  • Scrafty
  • \n
  • Alolan Meowth
  • \n

Persona and Pokemon are two franchises that haven't actually mixed together in a crossover before, so we're just having a bit of fun here. The closest they've ever gotten is having their characters fight it out in Super Smash Bros Ultimate.


But what if they did have a crossover event? What would the Phantom Thieves from Persona 5 be like as Gym Leaders? Which Pokemon would they use in their teams? Those are some pretty interesting questions that I intend to answer.


This list only includes the main group, so any members that only join the party for certain moments are left off. It also doesn't include Morgana, because let's be honest: he'd probably fill a role on Joker's team similar to Team Rocket's Meowth.


Read on to find out what kind of Gym Leader each Phantom Thief would be and why.

Persona 5 Kaneshiro Will Seeds Locations Wed, 22 Apr 2020 23:30:02 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Persona 5 Kaneshiro Will Seeds are, like other Persona 5 Will Seeds, collectible items hidden away in each Palace. You can eventually transform them into invaluable accessories. 

The key here is that they are "hidden." Like other Will Seeds, some Kaneshiro Will Seeds are off the beaten path and require you to look around for specific grappling hook points. It's why we've put together this Persona 5 Kaneshiro Will Seeds guide to help you out.

Persona 5 Kaneshiro Will Seeds Locations

Red Kaneshiro Will Seed

The red Kaneshiro Will Seed is near the hallway with the massive vault that requires two keys to open. If you're facing the vault door, turn right, and head down the hallway.

Morgana will mention he senses something. Turn around, and pan the camera up a bit. You'll notice a grappling hook point. Swing up to the next floor, and follow the hallway around until you reach the door guarding the Will Seed. 

Blue Kaneshiro Will Seed

Kaneshiro's blue Will Seed is easy to miss if you aren't paying attention. It's in the Money Laundering Office, the area with the money floating around past the second elevator. Head down the main walkway, and turn left. Move your way stealthily down the corridor, avoiding the security cameras, and hang a left past the doorway.

Look down, and you'll notice a crawl space. Go through that, and walk forward until you can jump down. Don't walk forward after that; there's another area you can reach, but it won't lead to the Will Seed.

Instead, turn around, and jump down to another ledge. Walk forward, and you'll see another grate you can hop across to. Climb up the fixture that's right in front of you, and the grappling hook indicator will light up. Use it, enjoy the flashy cutscene, and grab the blue Will Seed.

Green Kaneshiro Will Seed

The last of Kaneshiro's Will Seeds is the most straightforward. It's in the last area, where you'll input all the PIN codes to shift the vault lock.

When you get to the first terminal that has you push a button, push the button until the left arrow on the terminal lights up (it should happen the first time). Go through the new opening, and you'll find another terminal. Push the button again so the left arrow lights up, and you'll access a long hallway. At the end of it is a Shadow guard blocking your way.

This time, it's the Guard Dog of Hades, also known as Cerberus. The same rules apply to it as to the other Will Seed mini-bosses. It's extra powerful, and while it has the same resistances, it doesn't have the same weaknesses.

Don't use fire/Agi attacks, because the Dog absorbs those. Physical attacks are fine, but be aware it does have the Counter-Strike skill. Your best bet is going for Technical moves, which can also lead to an All-Out Attack, so don't hesitate to use status-inflicting skills.

Dormina is an easy one, because almost any other skill used on a sleeping foe results in a Technical. Makoto's Makajam is another good one. It prevents the Dog from using skills and, if you have any Psi-based skills, opens it up for another Technical attack and heavier damage.

The Crystal of Gluttony

The Crystal of Gluttony you get from combining the three Will Seeds raises your party's defense. After you get Jose to refine it in Mementos, it turns into the Ring of Gluttony. The Ring of Gluttony nullifies one elemental attack for the entire party — which is very, very useful, especially if you're doing a Merciless mode run.


That's it for our Persona 5 Kaneshiro Will Seeds guide. Be sure to brush up on what's ahead for the next palace's Will Seeds with our Decadent False God guide, and check out our other Persona 5 Royal guides, including:

Uncharted, Bloodborne, and Persona 5 PC Ports are Not Happening Wed, 15 Apr 2020 18:40:12 -0400 Josh Broadwell

You might have heard we're getting Bloodborne on PC, along with Days Gone and even the longed-for Persona 5 Royal PC port, among others. Sony and Atlus say those Amazon France listings allegedly leaking these ports are dead wrong, though.

The original news came from Twitter users Nibel and Wario64, who both picked up on a number of Amazon France listings for PS4 properties heading to PC, including the Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection and Gran Turismo. After learning Death Stranding is coming to PC and Horizon: Zero Dawn is also headed to PC, these listings were believable.

However, Sony told outlets like Polygon and GameSpot these have nothing to do with official Sony announcements or plans.

"The listings are not accurate," Sony told Polygon. "We have made no announcements to bring these games to PC."

Atlus told GameSpot, "That listing is an error and we’re looking into having it taken down and how it happened."

Amazon France also has a posting for Super Mario Odyssey for PC now, and there's pretty much no chance of that being true. So while it's possible the aforementioned Sony and Atlus title could make their way to PC at some point in the future, every possible sign points to this current set of listings as being false. 

We're rather inclined to agree with NPD market analyst Mat Piscatella's take on this.

You can check out the full Polygon and GameSpot stories on their respective sites. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more PlayStation 4 news as it develops.

Persona 5 Royal Crossword Puzzles and Answers Tue, 07 Apr 2020 17:51:46 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Persona 5 Royal gives you a handful of activities you can complete to raise certain stats without actually spending time. One of those is the crossword puzzle you'll occasionally find sitting on one of the tables in Leblanc Cafe. Some of the questions and answers depend on your knowledge of Japanese culture, while others are as inscrutable as normal crosswords, which is why we've put together this Persona 5 Royal crossword puzzles and answers guide.

Persona 5 Royal Crossword Puzzles

If you answer the question highlighted in blue, you'll get a Knowledge point (the other answers don't matter). Since higher knowledge is helpful for exams and vital for certain Confidants like Makoto and Akechi, it's definitely worth your while.

Each puzzle becomes available on a certain date, but it doesn't matter when you finish them. You won't miss out if you wait until the next time.

Also, you'll get at least one chance per week to do the puzzle, which you can find on the far table in Leblanc near the staircase. If there happens to be a customer at the time, talk to them until they leave so you can do the puzzle.

Finally, if you start the Fortune Confidant with Chihaya Mifune in Shinjuku, you can use the Luck reading (pick Knowledge) to get bonus stat points after finishing the puzzle.

Persona 5 Royal Crossword Answers

Puzzle 1: How School Years Are Divided

  • Answer: Semesters

Puzzle 2: Hanami: Cherry (?) viewing

  • Answer: Blossom

Puzzle 3: Time for a trip: (?) Week

  • Answer: Golden

Puzzle 4: What are the May Blues?

  • Answer: Malaise

Puzzle 5: Where is art shown off and sold?

  • Answer: Gallery

Puzzle 6: A type of outdoor allergy

  • Answer: Pollenosis

Puzzle 7: Nihonga: (?) cultural artwork

  • Answer: Japanese

Puzzle 8: Label for an unparalleled artist

  • Answer: Master

Puzzle 9: Held to inform the public

  • Answer: Conference

Puzzle 10: Changes with the season

  • Answer: Wardrobe

Puzzle 11: Exchanged all over the world

  • Answer: Currency

Puzzle 12: A border between air masses

  • Answer: Front

Puzzle 13: Medicine of varying legality

  • Answer: Narcotics

Puzzle 14: Many students' greatest love

  • Answer: Vacation

Puzzle 15: These gauge student knowledge

  • Answer: Finals

Puzzle 16: A seasonal, skybound event

  • Answer: Fireworks

Puzzle 17: A stationary hot spot: heat (?)

  • Answer: Island

Puzzle 18: Necessary for dares

  • Answer: Courage

Puzzle 19: A common skin injury

  • Answer: Sunburn

Puzzle 20: When it's too hot to sleep

  • Answer: Sweltering

Puzzle 21: Techy term for e-infiltration

  • Answer: Hacking

Puzzle 22: Localized destructive storm

  • Answer: Typhoon

Puzzle 23: Tsukimi: lunar viewing (?)

  • Answer: Festival

Puzzle 24: Establishing order or worth

  • Answer: Ranking

Puzzle 25: Absorbs the most light

  • Answer: Black

Puzzle 26: Co-opted Celtic holiday

  • Answer: Halloween

Puzzle 27: Lined up at school festivals

  • Answers: Stalls

Puzzle 28: Tipster hotlines offer this

  • Answer: Reward

Puzzle 29: Laying into someone

  • Answer: Bashing

Puzzle 30: Draws people to you

  • Answer: Charisma

Puzzle 31: A.K.A. sweating sickness

  • Answer: Influenza

Puzzle 32: What lights do for store signage

  • Answer: Illuminate

Puzzle 33: Politicians thrive on this rating

  • Answer: Approval

Puzzle 34: Joyful holiday w/ an intruder

  • Answer: Christmas


And that's that: every Persona 5 Royal crossword puzzle and answer. You'll still need to read and study to boost your knowledge, but every bit helps. Be sure to check out our other Persona 5 Royal guides, including:

Decadent False God Persona 5 Royal Weakness Tue, 07 Apr 2020 17:46:14 -0400 Josh Broadwell

The Decadent False God is one of Persona 5 Royal's most challenging boss fights. Luckily, our Decadent False God weakness guide is here to save the day. 

Of the many ways Persona 5 Royal is different from Persona 5, Will Seeds are among the most noticeable. They're located in new areas of each Palace, but more importantly, the third is always locked behind a seriously tough mini-boss fight. The last Will Seed in Futaba's palace is guarded by the Decadent False God.

It's technically just a slightly weaker form of the strong Empress Persona Alilat, but it doesn't have all the same weaknesses. Here's how to beat it.

Persona 5 Royal: Decadent False God Weakness

The Decadent False God is an ice-based Shadow, and that means its primary weakness is fire, or in Persona-speak, Agi skills.

Alilat is usually weak to Curse skills too, but the Decadent False God doesn't share that weakness. Don't waste your time with Curse skills.

Decadent False God has strong ice/Bufu skills coupled with the Concentrate skill. That one doubles the power of magic-based moves.

Ann is a natural choice for a party member, but she's also weak to ice. You'll definitely want to bring the Ring of Vanity formed from Madarame's Will Seeds to negate that weakness.

Best Personas for Decadent False God Battle

By this time, you may or may not have access to a Persona that resists or repels ice. Mitra (Phoenix x Fuu-ki) nullifies it, and you can fuse it at Level 33. Unicorn does too (Setanta x Nekomata OR Yaksini x Jikokuten), but you'd need Special Handling from the Strength Confidant since it's Level 39.

Kurama Tengu is another option, but at Level 31, it's not the most practical choice for this point in Futaba's Palace.

Alternatively, you could keep Ann out of the party, put the Ring of Vanity on Joker, and then use Agi skills from Joker's Personas or just hit Decadent False God with attack items like the Fire Magatama or Molotov Cocktail.

Anyone can use these, and it results in an All-Out Attack each time, assuming Joker isn't incapacitated.


Once you've finished the fight, you'll get the final Will Seed in Futaba's Palace. It eventually turns into an item that increases the wearer's Agility, which also increases their chance of dodging attacks. In short, it's worth the trouble.

That's all you need to know for the Decadent False God's weakness. Be sure to check out our other Persona 5 Royal guides too, including:

Persona 5 Royal Strength Confidant Guide Tue, 31 Mar 2020 00:15:01 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Persona 5 Royal’s Strength Confidant follows the same basic pattern as the original Persona 5’s. Velvet Room wardens Caroline and Justine task you with a series of Persona fusion tests, most of which require specific skills that aren’t always naturally available to that Persona.

However, it shakes up ranks two through five with different tests and lets you get one incredibly useful skill earlier.

The events where you can take Caroline and Justine out into the real world, starting after you clear Madarame’s Palace, are completely unconnected to the Strength Confidant.

The main goal in those events is acquiring skill cards, as you can only rank up the Strength Confidant through finishing the penal labor tasks they give you.

Strength Confidant Rank 2

Your next task is producing Ame-no-Uzume with the Frei skill. It doesn’t occur naturally in the Persona, and you’ll need to be at least Level 16 to perform the necessary fusion of Suzaku and Berith

Alternatively, you could fuse Cait Sith (found in Kamoshida’s Palace) with Succubus and use a skill card to teach Frei. If you have Persona 5 save data on your system, you can get a Frei card (among others) by checking out the cardboard box in your attic room.

Strength Confidant Rank 3

The twin wardens’ third task for you is pretty easy in Royal and really isn’t much of a test at all. You need to present Flauros with the Tarukaja skill.

The only way to fuse Flauros is by three-way fusion, using Eligor, Berith, and Orobas. Eligor learns Tarukaja at Level 16, and that’s also the lowest level possible you can obtain it at.

So in other words, just do the three-way fusion and make sure you carry Tarukaja over.

You can choose to train a Persona through Lockdown now, where they’ll gain a new skill or an elemental resistance.

Strength Confidant Rank 4

Attaining Rank 4 will take several fusions, unless you either get lucky or wait just a bit. This time, you have to fuse Phoenix with the Counter skill. The normal way to do this is this:

  • Fuse or obtain Yaksini. The cheapest method is fusing Hua Po (Madarame’s Palace or Mementos) with Jack o’ Lantern (Kamoshida’s Palace or Mementos). Yaksini carries the Counter skill.
  • Fuse Yaksini with Kelpie (Kamoshida’s Palace, the Mad Marsh Horse)

Whatever your method, you'll need to be at least level 21 to fuse Phoenix.

Keep Phoenix around or make sure you have money to summon it later. It’s the first Persona of the Faith Arcana, and you’ll need it for a boost in Kasumi’s Confidant events.

Strength Confidant Rank 5

Next up, you’ll fuse Setanta with the Rakukaja skill. Setanta’s base level is 25, but you’ll need to wait until Level 26 to fuse it.

That’s because you’ll need to fuse Lamia first, who gets Rakukaja automatically. Then, just fuse Lamia with Silky, and there you go.

Rank 5 opens up Special Handling, which was previously confined to rank ten. Special Handling lets you fuse Personas of a higher level than your current one, which is incredibly useful.

It’s also incredibly expensive. Trying for a Persona even just five or ten levels higher than your current can cost upwards of 40,000 Yen. You can definitely break the game using Special Handling, but you’ll need to stock up on your cash reserves to do it.

Strength Confidant Rank 6

Rank six still tasks you with fusing Neko Shogun with Dekaja.  There are two ways to go about this.

The first is the standard triple fusion, with Anzu, Sudama, and Kodama. Anzu learns Dekaja at level 28, so if you’re Hierophant Confidant is level four or higher, you can raise it to that level through fusion without grinding.

You'll get Anzu with

  • Orobas x Regent (treasure Shadow)
  • Black Ooze x Matador

Orobas has the skill naturally, so if you do have Regent, that's a way to get Dekaja on Anzu without the appropriate Hierophant Confidant rank.

Then just do the triple fusion and you’re done.

Alternatively, you can fuse Orobas with High Pixie to get Sudama. Pass the Dekaja skill from Orobas to Sudama, then use that Sudama in the triple fusion.

Whatever you do, you’ll need to either be level 30 for Neko Shogun or shell out some cash to get it.

Strength Confidant Rank 7

Rank seven wants Lacheisis with Tetraja again, and you’ll need to be level 35 or, again, hand over the money.

The easiest way to do this is to start with Principality (level 29), because it knows Tetraja automatically. Your cheapest option for this is fusing Archangel with Regent (assuming you got it back in Madarame’s Palace) or High Pixie with Onmoraki. 

Next, get Sandman. You’ll find them in Futaba’s Palace or you can fuse your own with

  • Nekomata x Regent
  • Leanan Sidhe x Black Ooze

Sandman with Principality gives you Thoth, and you’ll obviously need to pass Tetraja on to it. Fuse Thoth with Anzu, and you’ll get Lachesis.

The other option involves fusing Clotho with Regent, after leveling your Clotho up to 28 so it learns Tetraja. If you’ve established the Fortune Confidant at rank two or more, that won’t require any grinding either because Clotho’s base level is 27.

You can get Clotho by fusing two low-leveled Persona: Silky and Pixie.

Strength Confidant Rank 8

Next up, you’ll be fusing Hecatoncheires with Masukunda, and that requires you to be level 42. Assuming you haven’t acquired the skill through alarm fusions (more on that below), there’s only one way to get this combination:

  • Lilim x Anzu

The kicker is Lilim has to be level 34 to learn Masukunda. You’ll first encounter Lilim in Okumura’s Palace as the “Woman Who Brings Ruin” Shadow, at level 32.

Or, you can rank the Devil Confidant (Ohya the journalist) up to four or higher and fuse

  • Andras x Queen’s Necklace (treasure Shadow)
  • Ara Mitama x Naga

And avoid grinding that way.

Strength Confidant Rank 9

Bugs with Samrecarm is your next task, just like before. It's level 49 this time, though. There’s a super easy way to do this one that doesn’t involve grinding of any kind.

First, make sure you’re taking the Twin Wardens out on excursions. The fourth is a trip to the church in Kanda, and you’ll get a Samrecarm skill card as a reward. If you haven’t already used it without making copies with Yusuke, you can just do the triple fusion of Hariti, Pixie, and Pisaca, then use the skill card on the resulting Persona.

Strength Confidant Rank 10

Rank ten’s task is fusing Seth with High Counter, which means you'll need to be level 51 or loaded. This one has two paths depending on when you want to finish it. 

If you want it as fast as possible, first get Dakini to level 52, where it learns High Counter. You can find it in Shido’s Palace, starting November 25 but the non-grindy way to get it is, as always, fusion. 

The catch is you’ll need the Empress Confidant (Haru) up to level three or four to get Dakini from its base 50 level up to 52. That means maxing out Proficiency and doing every Confidant event once it starts on October 30. If that’s what you want to do, then fuse:

  • Byakko x Lachesis
  • Lamia x Queen’s Necklace

Either way, once your Dakini has High Counter, fuse it with Ame-no-Uzume to get Anubis, then use Anubis in a four-way fusion with Isis, Thoth, and Horus to get Seth with High Counter.

The Velvet Room Alarm

One other thing to briefly note is the Alarm system in the Velvet Room. This feature unlocked right as I was ready to fuse for Lamia, after securing the route to Kaneshiro’s treasure (though obviously that will vary for you depending on how you manage Joker’s level).

The Velvet Room can randomly enter an alarm state after you win a battle in a Palace or Mementos. Everything’s unstable, and chances are high your fusions and itemizations won’t go as planned.

After one successful use of the Gallows, Guillotine, or Electric Chair, your chances of an accident go up even more.

On the bright side, you’ll get either a powerful Persona or a Persona with powerful skills they shouldn’t actually have. These are perfect for re-fusing to pass these skills on to a more powerful Persona.

But, because everything is so unstable, you never want to attempt fusing for the twins’ tasks during an Alarm state. You probably won’t get the desired result (or the skill you need will change anyway), which means you’ll just be spending more money on summoning Personas to try again.


That's all you need to know for navigating Persona 5 Royal's Strength Confidant changes. Be sure to check out our other Persona 5 Royal guides for more tips and tricks, including

Persona 5 Royal Confidant Guide: Kasumi Tue, 31 Mar 2020 00:15:01 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Kasumi Yoshizawa is one of the highlights in Persona 5 Royal. She’s a new character, a new party member, a new romance option, and of course, a new Confidant. Unfortunately, you don’t get to see a lot of Kasumi until much later in the game, and she’s not a permanent party member until the third semester.

If you want to reach that point, you’ll need to work on Kasumi’s Confidant ranks. Until December, you can only go up to Rank 5, but if you don’t hit Rank 5 before December 22, then you don’t unlock the third semester and the game's true ending.

With that said, her Confidant events should definitely take priority over whatever else is going on, and you’ll need a Faith Persona each time to get the maximum benefits. Like with the other Confidant guides, we aren’t listing spoilers here, which means we also aren’t talking about anything narrative-wise after Rank 5.

Faith Confidant Rank 1

As with all Persona 5 Royal Confidants, you’ll attain the Faith Confidant’s first rank automatically. It takes place during a new event on May 30. It’s not narratively significant, but we won’t spoil it anyway so you can experience it fresh.

As always, your conversation choices don’t matter for this one, so it also doesn’t matter that you won’t have a Faith Persona by this point.

Faith Confidant Rank 2

It’ll be a short while until you can rank up again with the Faith Confidant. Kasumi texts you on June 8 after school, or if you ignore it, you can find her hanging out near the promenade in Kichijoji.

Phoenix is the lowest-level Faith Persona, and you can’t fuse it until you’re at least Level 21 (unless you get really lucky with a fusion accident). Depending on how you’ve played, it’s possible you’ll be at this level already.

The cheapest way is fusing Kodama (which you can find in Madarame’s Palace) with Pixie, or you can take your Councillor Persona Kushi Mitama and fuse it with Bicorn.

  • 1: 1st or 3rd choice (+1)
  • 2: 1st choice (+1)
  • 3: Doesn’t matter
  • 4: Doesn’t matter
  • 5: Doesn’t matter
  • 6: 1st choice (+1)

Most of your choices don’t really matter for this event. Once it’s done, you’ll rank up and get the Tumble ability. Tumble means you won’t get surrounded by Shadows anymore when you’re in a Palace.

Faith Confidant Rank 3

Rank 3 should be available on June 28 or June 29. Head over to Kichioji and speak with Kasumi to start. From here on, values reflect having a Faith Persona with you.

  • 1: 1st choice (+3)
  • 2: 1st or 2nd choice (+2)
  • 3: 1st choice (+3)
  • 4: 2nd choice (+2)
  • 5: Doesn’t matter
  • 6: Doesn’t matter
  • 7: Doesn’t matter
  • 8: 1st or 3rd choice (+3)

Faith Confidant Rank 4

Nothing special about this one, though it doesn’t become available for almost a month.

  • 1: 2nd choice (+2)
  • 2: 1st choice (+3)
  • 3: Doesn’t matter
  • 4: 1st or 2nd choice (+2)
  • 5: Doesn’t matter
  • 6: 1st choice (+2)
  • 7: Doesn’t matter
  • 8: 1st choice (+2)
  • 9: 1st or 2nd choice (+2)

Attaining Rank 4 unlocks the Chaines Hook ability. This lets you use the grappling hook to trigger an ambush attack from further away.

Faith Confidant Rank 5

This is an important milestone for Kasumi’s Confidant. You’ll need to reach Rank 5 before December 22 or you won’t be able to go further, and you can’t unlock the third semester.

  • 1: 1st choice (+2)
  • 2: Doesn’t matter
  • 3: 2nd choice (+3)
  • 4: Doesn’t matter
  • 5: 1st or 2nd choice (+3)
  • 6: 1st choice (+3)
  • 7: Doesn’t matter
  • 8: 1st or 3rd choice (+3)

Faith Confidant Rank 6

You can’t progress past Rank 5 until after January 13. It’s a bit unusual in that none of the choices matter until the last one during the phone call.

For that, the 2nd and 3rd options both give +2.

Once you’re finished, you’ll unlock the usual bonuses associated with team members: Follow-up, so Kasumi can potentially knock an enemy down if you don’t, and Athletics Talk, where Kasumi can step in and salvage Shadow negotiations.

Faith Confidant Rank 7

  • 1: Doesn’t matter
  • 2: Doesn’t matter
  • 3: 1st choice (+2)
  • 4: 1st choice (+3)
  • 5: Doesn’t matter
  • 6: 1st or 3rd choice (+3)
  • 7: 3rd choice (+2)

Rank 7 gives Kasumi the Harisen Recovery ability. By now, you probably already know Harisen Recovery lets that party member potentially heal status ailments if they’re in the party.

Faith Confidant Rank 8

  • 1: 1st choice (+3)
  • 2: Doesn’t matter
  • 3: 2nd choice (+3)
  • 4-8: Doesn’t matter
  • 9: 2nd choice (+3)
  • 10: 2nd choice (+2)

Rank 8 gives Kasumi the Endure ability, meaning she might survive an otherwise deadly attack.

Faith Confidant Rank 9

Rank 9 is where you’ll have to choose whether you want a romantic relationship with Kasumi.

  • 1: Doesn’t matter
  • 2: Either gives +2
  • 3: Either gives +2
  • 4: 1st choice (+2)
  • 5: All are +3
  • 6: 3rd choice (+2)
  • 7: Doesn’t matter
  • 8: This one is where you have to choose. It’s pretty obvious which is which, but just in case: “I love you too” is the romantic option, and “Let’s stay friends, okay?” isn’t.

Just remember if you’ve already chosen a romantic route for another Confidant, you get caught on Valentine’s Day when they realize you betrayed their trust.

The choices change from here.


  • 9: Both choices (+2)
  • 10: All are +3
  • 11: 1st choice (+2)


  • 9: 1st choice (+2)
  • 10: 3rd choice (+3)

Whatever route you choose, Rank 9 gives Kasumi the Protect ability. She might step in and take a hit for Joker if it would otherwise prove fatal.

Faith Confidant Rank 10

The choices for this one are split as well, depending on which route you took.


  • 1-4: Doesn’t matter
  • 5: 1st or 2nd choice (+3)


  • 1-3: Doesn’t matter
  • 4: 1st or 2nd choice (+3)

Rank 10 unlocks a new form for Kasumi’s Persona.


That's it for Kasumi's Confidant guide, but be sure to check out our other Persona 5 Royal guides for more tips and tricks, including the other new Confidants:

Persona 5 Royal Confidant Guide: Akechi Tue, 31 Mar 2020 00:15:01 -0400 Josh Broadwell

One of the big changes in Persona 5 Royal is how the Justice Confidant is handled with Goro Akechi. In Royal, Akechi’s Confidant no longer ranks up automatically as you progress in the story. Instead, you’ll hang out with him like with any other Confidant. 

You’ll definitely want to make the time to raise Akechi’s Confidant rank. You’ll need to get it to Rank 8 by November 18 if you want to unlock Persona 5 Royal’s true ending. Make sure you’re keeping up with your Charm and Knowledge stats prior to starting, as you’ll hit a barrier at rank three otherwise.

Also, the nature of Persona 5 Royal means there will be mild story spoilers in this guide.

Justice Confidant Rank 1

As with base Persona 5, you’ll automatically start the Justice Confidant on June 10 during the social studies field trip to the TV station. You don’t have to do anything specific during the conversation, as you get no bonus points either way.

What you should do from here on out is make sure you have a Justice Persona on hand every time you hang out with Akechi, so you get additional points during each Confidant event. Archangel is the cheapest and the one you’ll get first.

Justice Confidant Rank 2

You can get to Rank 2 as early as June 13. Head to Kichijoji, and you’ll find Akechi loitering outside Penguin Sniper. This is typically where he is for future events as well.

  • 1: 1st choice (+2)
  • 2: Doesn’t matter
  • 3: 1st choice (+3)
  • 4: Doesn’t matter
  • 5: 3rd choice (+3)
  • 6: 3rd choice (+2)

Rank 2 gets you the Sleuthing Instinct ability, which gives you a chance at revealing one enemy weakness when battle starts

Justice Confidant Rank 3

Get your Knowledge and Charm stats to Level 3 for this one. That shouldn’t be too hard, since the next Akechi event doesn’t open until June 23.

  • 1: Doesn’t matter
  • 2: 1st or 2nd choice (+2)
  • 3: Doesn’t matter
  • 4: Doesn’t matter
  • 5: Doesn’t matter
  • 6: 2nd choice (+2)

Justice Confidant Rank 4

Nothing special about rank four itself, but it does unlock the Jazz Jin club.

  • 1: Doesn’t matter
  • 2: 3rd choice (+3)
  • 3: 1st choice (+3)
  • 4: 1st choice (+2)
  • 5: Doesn’t matter
  • 6: 1st choice (+3)
  • 7: 2nd choice (+2)

Now you get Sleuthing Mastery, which grants a chance at spotting all of one enemy’s weaknesses at the start of battle.

Justice Confidant Rank 5

  • 1: Doesn’t matter
  • 2: 1st choice (+2)
  • 3: 1st choice (+3)
  • 4: Doesn’t matter
  • 5: Any choice (+2)

Justice Confidant Rank 6

Nothing noteworthy about getting to this point either and no rewards for ranking up. However, it starts to reveal more of Akechi’s past and character, and you'll trigger the scene at Leblanc Cafe.

  • 1: 3rd choice (+3)
  • 2: 2nd choice (+2)
  • 3: 1st or 2nd choice (+3) 
  • 4: 1st choice (+3)
  • 5: 1st or 2nd choice (+2)
  • 6: 1st choice (+3)
  • 7: 1st choice (+3)

Justice Confidant Rank 7

Make sure your knowledge stat is at Rank 4, else you can’t access Akechi’s Rank 7 event. Plan ahead so you don’t miss out on valuable time.

  • 1: 1st choice (+3)
  • 2: Doesn’t matter
  • 3: Doesn’t matter
  • 4: 2nd choice (+3)
  • 5: Doesn’t matter
  • 6: Doesn’t matter 
  • 7: 3rd choice (+1)

Rank 7 unlocks Harisen Recovery. This ability randomly recovers status ailments for all allies.

Justice Confidant Rank 8

Getting to Rank 8 in Akechi’s Confidant is completely different from all the others. Spoilers ahead.

You have to fight Akechi in Mementos, so be prepared. None of your conversation choices matter during this phase. Because you fight alone, you’ll need to be prepared. Remember Akechi’s Persona uses Curse and Bless skills, so don’t use Personas with weaknesses to either (or equip the Ring of Vanity you get from Madarame’s Will Seeds). 

Rakunda, Tarunda, and Sukunda or Sukukaja skills are helpful to decrease Akechi’s stats and boost your evasion. That’s important because there’s no way you can guard against Almighty skills like Megidola.

Finally, be sure you have plenty of restorative items. Beads are ideal since they restore all your HP. If you haven’t neglected Takemi’s Confidant, though, you should be able to stock up on HP restoring items at a decent price anyway.

When all is said and done, and you’ve ranked up to 8, your dialogue choices start counting again.

  • 1: 1st choice (+3)
  • 2: 2nd choice (+3)
  • 3: "I accept"

Justice Confidant Ranks 9 and 10

You’ll automatically rank Akechi’s Confidant up to 9 and 10 over the course of the story. Saying any more would be completely spoiling one of the game’s biggest twists, so we’ll leave it alone and just say you unlock the ultimate Justice Persona.


Assuming you got to this point, there are still more surprises in store. But you'll need to have worked on your Maruki Confidant and Kasumi Confidant rankings as well. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Persona 5 Royal guides.

Persona 5 Royal Confidant Guide: Maruki Tue, 31 Mar 2020 00:15:01 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Takuto Maruki is one of Persona 5 Royal’s brand-new characters, and he’s got a brand-new Arcana and Confidant as well: the Councillor Confidant. Maruki’s Confidant is excellent. You’ll get +5 SP each time you spend time with Maruki, plus a range of other combat benefits. 

Mild spoilers lie ahead, but reading on is vital for unlocking Persona 5 Royal’s true ending and getting to the third semester.

You’ll need to get the Councillor Confidant up to Rank 9 before November 18 to access the new third semester. That means it’s pretty important you have a Councillor Persona on hand every time you trigger a Confidant event. The earliest you can do this is Level 12, with Kushi Mitama. It’s the cheapest way as well.

Councillor Confidant Ranks 1 and 2

You’ll automatically establish the Councillor Confidant on May 13, after the school assembly meeting. As always, it doesn’t matter what responses you give here: It’s automatic.

You’ll also attain Rank 2 on the same day. We aren’t listing what the responses are to help keep from spoiling things too much, so we’ll just list the number of the response instead. Unless you did a lot of grinding, you probably won’t have Kushi Mitama by now. If you do, it gives an extra point for your correct responses.

  • 1: 2nd choice (+1)
  • 2: N/A. Choice doesn’t matter
  • 3: 1st or 2nd choice (+1)
  • 4: 1st choice (+1)

This first event doesn’t have a follow-up phone call. You do get Detox, though, a chance to cleanse Joker of all ailments in battle.

Councillor Confidant Rank 3

You should be able to rank up again by May 23 when Maruki contacts you by phone. I didn’t have Kushi Mitama yet thanks to a daft decision, so these are just the base values.

  • 1: 3rd choice (+1)
  • 2: 1st or 2nd choice (+1)
  • 3: Doesn’t matter
  • 4: 1st or 3rd choice (+1)
  • 5: 1st or 2nd choice (+1)
  • 6: 1st (+1)

Rank 3 gives you the Flow ability. You’ll randomly begin battle in a Charged and Concentrated state, which means your physical and magic attacks will do extra damage.

Councillor Confidant Rank 4

Maruki should contact you again a week later. Depending on how many points you got before in your events (and if you had a Councillor Persona), you might not be able to rank up yet. From here on, I’m using values you get with a Councillor Persona.

  • 1: Doesn’t matter
  • 2: 1st choice (+3)
  • 3: 3rd choice (+3)
  • 4: Doesn’t matter
  • 5: Both choices (+2)
  • 6: 1st choice (+3)
  • 7: 1st choice (+2)

Councillor Confidant Rank 5

Rank 5 gives you access to your next ability, the highly useful Mindfulness. Mindfulness offers a random chance to restore Joker’s HP when it’s low.

  • 1: 1st choice (+3)
  • 2: Doesn’t matter
  • 3: 3rd choice (+3)
  • 4: 1st or 2nd choice (+2)
  • 5: 2nd choice (+2)
  • 6: 1st or 3rd choice (+2)

Councillor Confidant Rank 6

You won’t get Rank 6 for a while. The Confidant automatically pauses until you’ve cleared Futaba’s Palace, the pyramid.

After that, it resumes automatically, so you don’t need to worry about it until you’re prompted to continue. Just make sure you take him up on his offer every time, so you aren’t down to the last minute getting up to rank nine.

  • 1: 3rd choice (+3)
  • 2: 1st choice (+3)
  • 3: 1st or 3rd choice (+2)
  • 4: Doesn’t matter
  • 5: 2nd choice (+2)
  • 6: 1st choice (+2)

Councillor Confidant Rank 7

After Rank 6, Maruki’s requests come in regularly like before, once per week. Again, give them priority.

  • 1: 1st choice (+3)
  • 2: 2nd choice (+3)
  • 3: 1st choice (+3)
  • 4: 3rd choice (+3)

Rank 7 brings you Flow Boost, which makes it more likely you’ll start battle in a Flow state.

Councillor Confidant Rank 8

Nothing super special about Rank 8, though you start to get a real idea of who Maruki is.

  • 1: 1st choice (+3)
  • 2: 1st choice (+3)
  • 3: 1st choice (+3)
  • 4: 1st or 3rd choice (+2)
  • 5: 1st choice (+3)
  • 6: 1st choice (+3)
  • 7: Doesn’t matter
  • 8: 1st choice (+2)

Councillor Confidant Rank 9

This is the last time you’ll hang out with Maruki in a normal event. It gets a bit heavy, too, so keep that in mind.

  • 1: Doesn’t matter
  • 2: 3rd choice (+2)

And now you get Detox X, which increases Joker’s likelihood of shedding ailments.

Councillor Confidant Rank 10

Rank 10 happens automatically on November 18. We won’t say anything else, because that would spoil basically everything. You’ll unlock the ultimate Councillor Persona as well, which we also won’t spoil for you, and Wakefulness, which increases the amount of SP recovered through Mindfulness.


That's everything you need to know about Persona 5 Royal's Councillor Confidant. Be sure to check out our other Persona 5 Royal guides for more tips and tricks.

The Best Way to Farm Money in Persona 5 Royal Mon, 23 Mar 2020 15:04:58 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Money matters in Persona, and it matters even more in Persona 5 and its expansion, Persona 5 Royal. If you've played P5 already, then you've doubtless come across the standard method of money farming. We did too.

It's effective, but you need money in Persona 5 for more than just fusing high-level Personas. The standard method is also hit-and miss, depending on your luck stat and your own level. If you're doing your first playthrough, it's just not the most efficient way of making money. It leaves a lot to chance and takes grinding with the Gallows in the Velvet Room.

Fortunately, we've got another method of money farming in Persona 5, and since the fundamentals between games are basically the same, it's the best method for making money in Persona 5 Royal too.

It's all about milking the negotiation system in Mementos. If you do it the right way, with the right augmentations, you can easily get 100,000 Yen in 30 minutes or less.

The Sun Confidant

The first thing you'll need to do is establish the Sun Confidant. That's the reforming politician Toranosuke Yoshida, but starting the Sun Confidant takes time.

He gives speeches in Shibuya's Station Square at night, which means you can't even speak to him until May 6 (the first time you're allowed outside Yongen at night). Speak with him then, and trigger a scene to get an idea of what his goals are.

Problem is, you can't do anything with him yet. Instead, he says he's going to the Beef Bowl Shop.

That's your clue to do the same, but not as a customer. Leg it to the Shibuya Underground, and go to one of the part-time job magazines. Choose the Beef Bowl job, and go through the motions to get the job. Fortunately, because this is Persona, you don't actually have to do anything to get the job other than say you want it.

On your next night out (preferably soon-ish), go back to Station Square. Talk to Yoshida again. Again, you still can't make a deal with him. He'll go to the Beef Bowl Shop again, and you should work there again.

This time, you'll have to memorize the order of customer orders. Once you're done, Yoshida commends you for your hard work.

The next night, go back to Station Square again, and you'll start the Sun Confidant after speaking with Yoshida one more time.

After that, he's only available on Sunday nights, so make sure to keep that slot open for a bit. Fuse Suzaku too — Level 16 if you're playing Royal, Level 19 in base Persona 5 — to get extra bond points during the Confidant scenes.

The next time he's available, you'll rank up to Rank 2 (assuming you don't screw up the answers. Just tell him what he wants to hear). If all goes well, you'll spend time again the next Sunday and rank up to 3.

This grants you the Fundraising ability, where you can repeatedly ask for large money sums from Shadows during a Hold Up.

Into Mementos

Now, head into Mementos, whether you have any pending requests or not. The money farming method seems to work best if you're at or slightly over the level of the Shadows in that area. A rainy day is best, since the Shadows are stronger (which means more money), and the items you can collect to sell later are better quality too.

Start engaging in fights. There are two ways to go about this effectively.

The first is straightforward. Target the enemies' weaknesses, and knock them down. Ideally, you'll dispatch a couple of enemies in the process, which earns you extra money at the end of the battle.

Either way, choose to speak to the Shadow during the Hold Up. Demand money. After they shell some out, say "You can do better than that."

Usually, you can get them to give you money two or three times per Hold Up. Depending on the enemy, that could be an extra 6,000 to 10,000 Yen just from the Hold Up.

Your chances of success are higher if it's a Persona you've already acquired before. If you've had it before, make sure to decline their offer to join you again, or you can't ask for money.

If it goes sour, that's not a bad thing. They'll often summon reinforcements, which is a great way to take out more enemies, earn more money, and still get a chance for another Hold Up with the new Shadows.

Intentionally messing up so you make them summon reinforcements is the second way of farming money in Mementos. It's a bit riskier but potentially nets you a much bigger payout all at once.

Change Mementos

If you're playing Persona 5 Royal, there's one other thing you can do to make money farming easier. Collect stamps for Jose during your Mementos travels. Most of the stamp podiums are at the end of each floor, but some are hidden about.

Find Jose again, and choose to invest your stamp points under "Cognition: Change Mementos." Put all your points into the selection that lets you increase money earned in Mementos, and there you go. The money you get from every fight automatically increases.

Persona 5/Royal Fortune Confidant

You can use the money for better gear and such, obviously. But the real reason you need at least 100,000 Yen is to start the Fortune Confidant. You can do this once you've visited Shinjuku and spoken with the fortune teller there, Chihaya Mifune.

She requires 100,000 Yen to start the link, but the benefits make forking it over completely worth it.

Ranks 1 and 7 of the Fortune Confidant let you deepen the bond with a Confidant of your choice — for a price, of course. More importantly, it doesn't cause time to pass, which means no more wasting time on Confidant events that don't go anywhere.

Storing up money for the Fortune Confidant should be top priority.

Persona 5 Royal Special Handling

Persona 5 Royal gives you access to Special Handling through the Strength Confidant much earlier than base Persona 5. This means you can pay a huge sum of money to fuse a Persona at a higher level than your own. It's very, very expensive, but this method is an excellent way to keep your cash reserves high.


That's all you need to know about how to farm money in Persona 5 and Persona 5 Royal before New Game+. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Persona 5 Royal guides once the game launches.

Persona 5 Royal Review: Hail the Returning Monarch Tue, 17 Mar 2020 09:00:01 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Our time is valuable, there's no doubt about that. We naturally want to spend it as wisely as possible, in ways we know will ultimately make us happy or bring some kind of benefit. Investing dozens upon dozens of hours into a video game remake might not be top on the list of "best ways to spend time." That often goes double when the game isn't very old to begin with.

So, with that in mind, it might seem like a big ask from Atlus to embrace Persona 5 Royal with open arms. After all, the original Persona 5 was out barely three years ago.

Happily, those reservations don't really come into play. Yes, it's essentially a remake of the already excellent Persona 5, with all the same content mostly intact. But Persona 5 Royal adds so many new features, plot elements, and quality-of-life improvements the original that it is very much a brand-new game in its own right. And it's a top-notch one at that.

Persona 5 Royal Review: Hail the Returning Monarch

If you don’t know much or anything about Persona 5’s story already, I won’t spoil it for you here, and you should do yourself a favor and not spoil it either. It’s very good, and Persona 5 Royal adds to and streamlines the entire experience.

Persona 5 Royal is many things, but most of all, it’s much more immersive than the original Persona 5 and also a lot more coherent in its narrative, themes, and systems. What’s most impressive is how this is done mostly through simple changes and alterations that have a substantial impact.

The biggest example of these story improvements is also what I can’t talk about yet: the third semester. Though specific info about that is still under embargo, suffice to say it cements Persona 5 Royal not just as a worthwhile revision of Persona 5, but as the best in the Persona series. 

Fortunately, I can talk about the other new story additions, namely the two new characters Kasumi Yoshizawa and Takuto Maruki, both of whom play a much bigger role than Persona 4 Golden's Marie.

You’ll get the chance to forge Confidant relationships with both newcomers, and those bring all manner of benefits to P5 Royal’s gameplay. More importantly, though, they both offer much-needed new perspectives on the game’s narrative. 

The original Persona 5’s story does a lot of things right. But there’s also no denying it leaves a few important themes unexplored and sometimes oversimplifies the ideas of justice and retribution. Royal fixes that in a very satisfying way, and it’s something I hope future games in the series include as well.

It’s also refreshing to see an adult character involved in the storyline for once. Previous games included plenty of adult characters, of course, but they were usually either out-and-out villains or confined to tangential Social Links. Maruki’s scenes in particular act as an important window into the party’s personalities and mental processes as they deal with crucial events, sides to them you wouldn’t get to see otherwise. 

These are separate from his Confidant scenes, and it makes a surprisingly big difference. Base Persona 5 has a bit of a disconnect between the Phantom Thieves’ personalities and actions before and after they deal with key story moments, and these short scenes built into the main narrative help make that transition much smoother.

It’s actually something you don’t see in earlier Persona games, which tend to tie character development to Social Link events without letting you see it much in the main narrative until later.

Then there’s the benefit of these perspectives adding a new angle on the “kids vs. shitty adults” line the original kind of overdid at times. All this is presented through re-worked localization that does away with a good majority of the more awkward moments — both in writing and substance — from the original (e.g. the Shadows move into intercept mode in your first encounter and aren't serious to kill you anymore).

The only trouble is that you won’t even get a taste of these new story additions until around the second Palace. Not loading the front end with new material is understandable from a storytelling perspective. But I can see how it might seem a bit same-y for longtime fans until they reach that point.

Fortunately, there’s plenty of other new additions to help keep everything else feeling fresh. Key among these is that Persona 5 Royal doesn’t actually “take your time” like the original game does. On all except a handful of nights, you can still work on advancing your personal stats — even after exploring Mementos, even after clearing a Palace. Some of them even unlock trophies.

It works wonders for the overall experience. While Persona games are fun, the games’ length has always made it rather off-putting when you realize certain events are gated behind playing every day with a guide or New Game+. Access to more stat-raising opportunities doesn’t mean Royal makes a perfect playthrough simple; even with the activity suggestion feature, you’ll still need to plan carefully and make smart choices. 

What it does mean is you aren’t just getting shunted from story event to story event, with only a few spaces in between. Plus it just makes Royal more engaging, with multiple minor objectives to work towards that let you feel like your actions are making a difference. 

In short, it’s a lot more fulfilling. 

The value of these improvements becomes ever more apparent the more you progress in Royal. There’s a huge number of new places to visit and activities to participate in, from a jazz lounge and darts bar to chances to bring Caroline and Justine out of the Velvet Room (which you definitely should do).

And you can do these, knowing there’s ample additional time to increase your knowledge stat before the next exam or whatever else it is that might need attention. These life-sim components make up half of modern Persona games anyway, so the big surprise is how long it took to give players more control over that aspect.

Combat, the other major component in Persona 5, also benefits from some streamlining and new bits and pieces. Baton Pass is built into the combat system and isn’t tied to Confidant links anymore. I didn’t use it that often in the original P5, I’ll admit, but it’s actually pretty important to succeed in some of the revamped boss fights and new mini-bosses you’ll find in Royal.

I won’t spoil those either, but Royal’s new boss fight patterns are yet another instance of small tweaks usually creating completely new (better) experiences and definitely keep you on your toes.

Royal introduces some new Personas, while others get an Arcana shift thanks to the two new Arcanas added, and the enemy rosters in each Palace get shuffled up some, too. It’s nothing huge, but it means you’ll have to adapt your strategies as you go along, even if you’ve experienced each Palace countless times before.

It shakes up how you approach Persona fusion as well. There’s obviously new fodder for fusions, which means new skills you can mix and match. But the Velvet Room adds a number of new multi-fusions, like Persona 4: Golden did, creating even more options to give your team an extra-powerful boost. 

One brand-new addition is the Electric Chair, a feature that, after a slightly disturbing scene, lets you transform your chosen Personas into high-level items. It’s not always essential, but the Electric Chair is super handy — especially if you’re strapped for cash. Some of the gear is much more powerful than you can get in the shop. It’s not a guessing game, either, since you can see what item you’ll get from which Persona and what it does (and, again, it gives you Trophies).

By far the best change Persona 5 Royal brings to Personas themselves, though, is the Trait system. For the first time, each Persona — including the ones tied to your party members — has a unique trait that augments its abilities or provides some other benefit in battle. You can pass your Persona’s traits on through fusion as well, opening up a whole new layer of strategy to the fusion process and countless opportunities to diversify your team. 

Much as menu lovers like me will probably appreciate this new feature, it’s equally satisfying to know that you don’t absolutely have to do this if it’s not your playstyle. You can take advantage and plan two or three fusions ahead to get the best Traits or you can just coast along and make do with the ones you get. 

Of course, with all these improvements, it’s much easier to break Persona 5 Royal if you want to. If you don’t, these changes don’t actually make Royal too easy either. If anything, it’s just better balanced than the base game was.

The last big change worth covering is how dungeon exploration changes, but that’s not as significant a difference as the others. By and large, every Palace is almost identical to how they are in the original, with a few alterations. Some get a handful of new puzzles, while others have new side paths to take that reward you with items.

Even without a host of big changes to Palace layout and design, just knowing a few new areas and challenges exist was enough to make the whole thing feel fresh again anyway, outside the new Palaces added later in the game.

The grappling hook opens up new paths as advertised and does alter how you explore certain areas, but I didn’t find it was a massive new addition. That said, it’s incredibly slick and freaking awesome to use when you can. 

And you’ll typically use it to find one of the other big new features in Palaces: Will Seeds. Each Palace has three Will Seeds you can collect, and once you do, they turn into a highly useful new accessory item. That can be refined further by visiting another new character, one who explores Mementos: Jose.

Jose is a cute little kid who definitely isn’t a kid, and he’s trying to research humans by collecting flowers in Mementos. No, we don’t know why either.

Now, admittedly, Jose is a bit of a disappointing addition compared to Kasumi and Maruki, but he does make exploring Mementos a heck of a lot more interesting. On top of collecting flowers to trade for recovery items, you’ll look for podiums where you can get stamps as well. These stamps earn you points, which you can invest with Jose to alter Mementos, giving more money or more experience for instance.

We can’t talk about Persona 5 Royal without mentioning just how darn good it looks. Royal uses character models from the Persona 5 dancing game, so they’re much more detailed and clear than the original game’s models. Environments are crisper and cleaner, too, and major characters get excellent new dialogue portraits as well.

It’s actually a bit surprising how a few minor changes in illustrations help add more emotion and interest to dialogue scenes already witnessed a number of times from the original, so kudos to the design team there.

Persona 5 Royal Review: The Verdict

  • Expanded and improved storyline that ties previously dangling themes together
  • New characters that add meaning and impact to events
  • Tons of excellent quality-of-life improvements
  • Tweaks to the battle, fusion, and exploration systems that keep things fresh
  • Polished, higher quality localization
  • Better visuals and new character portraits
  • Takes a little while to get into the new story material
  • Palaces could have been revamped more
  • Jose is there because... ?

2,000+ words later, and that still doesn’t cover all the Persona 5 Royal differences. There are big ones, like new Confidant follow-up events and the fantastic new soundtrack. There’s also lots and lots of small ones: no DVD rental fees, special battles in the Velvet Room, new Mementos requests, exploding Disaster Shadows that completely alter the battle situation when they appear.

Is it enough to justify playing Persona 5 again, though? I'd say yes, and that's coming from someone who just finished a playthrough of the original a month or so ago.

The new story content is admittedly a bit sparse until things really get moving. But when it does get moving, it moves in a big way. Even if you've played Persona 5 countless times already, there's still enough difference in how things play out and how you can control your experience that it's definitely worth playing at least once.

If you haven't played Persona 5 countless times, you're in for a real treat. Persona 5 Royal is easily the best Persona game yet and one of the best RPGs available right now.

[Note: A copy of Persona 5 Royal was provided by Sega/Atlus U.S.A for the purpose of this review.] 

Atlus USA Says Persona 5 May Come to Switch If You Ask for It... Eventually... Maybe Mon, 17 Feb 2020 16:48:44 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Atlus USA's communications manager Ari Advincula says Persona 5 Royal could possibly come to the Nintendo Switch — if fans keep asking for it.


Advincula told this to IGN during a Person 5 Royal preview event, though she emphasized her role in the company means she has no say on what ports actually happen. That decision is ultimately down to Atlus Japan. Still, Advincula said she's a strong advocate for putting the smash-hit JRPG on the Switch, calling herself an "internal champion" for it.

She said "if you don't let us know it we’re never going to be able to make it," encouraging fans to keep making their voices heard when possible. Given the overwhelming response to Atlus Japan's recent survey asking fans what Atlus games they want to see on Switch, among other things, it's safe to say there's little chance of fans remaining silent.

And it's no wonder. Atlus and Nintendo have teased fans about Persona 5 on Switch for almost two years now. First we get Joker, the game's protagonist, in Smash Ultimate, then Atlus doesn't rule out other platforms for Persona 5 Royal.

Persona 5S was a strong bet for "Persona 5 Switch" — only it wasn't. It was the (admittedly very promising) musou-mashup sequel to Persona 5 instead.

So here we are. Persona 5 Royal launches on PlayStation 4 at the end of March, and maybe, just maybe, it'll eventually make its way to Nintendo Switch as well. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Persona 5 Royal news as we clear through the cognitive disruptions to find it. Maybe. 

Ports and Remakes Are (Usually) Totally Worth It Tue, 31 Dec 2019 12:28:24 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Ports and remakes are often some of the most divisive bits of gaming. Do games on one platform really need to be on four others and your smartphone? If a game is less than ten years old, should a remake or remaster even be considered?

The broad answer to those is typically "Yes."

However, there are those that don't do any or many of these things and just offer a chance to meet an old friend again, but on a new platform. There's nothing inherently wrong with those kinds of ports and remakes, though they certainly aren't as exciting as they could be.

Good remakes take what we know and give it back to us as something we recognize, but still need to get acquainted with — a new way of playing the game, of understanding its characters, or something along those lines. Improved accessibility is always a strong point, but shouldn't really be the only goal in remaking the game unless it adds something to the overall formula.

As is often the case, defining a comparison is often easier by laying out the negative first.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore

I won't deny, I'm pretty excited about Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore. It was criminally overlooked on the Wii U — because, well... it was on the Wii U — but it's got a lot going for it. From the unlikely but successful mashup of franchises to the contagious sugar-coated glitz of the J-pop influences, it's a game unlike any other.

And yet there's not much call for a definitive edition other than expanding the audience. Obviously, that's reason enough for any publisher or marketing team to pursue a remake, but it doesn't make the end-product any more necessary from a creative view. It's got a new song, some new, as yet unknown story content, and new characters.

Unless we're talking new story content like Dragon Quest XI S content — meaningful sidequests and challenges or important resolutions for character arcs — it's difficult to really see this as one of those inspired remakes that changes how you view the story or experience the gameplay.

Granted, very few people experienced that gameplay to begin with, but still. It's been more than three years, so some more significant changes wouldn't have been amiss. However, Switch ports do have that instant appeal of handheld mode for many, which makes it easier to fully experience everything a game has to offer, so that's something.

Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition

Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition is a bit more difficult to fully justify. It's not exactly difficult to find. You can play it on the Wii, Wii U, even the New 3DS thanks to Nintendo's attempt at luring "core" players to the enhanced handheld. Even though it's pretty hard to track down reasonably priced physical copies, digital editions mean it's still accessible for many.

Moreover, it's a pretty complete package on its own. The game's practically bursting with story and side content, a fully realized narrative where almost every character gets a good bit of development (even Riki the fluffball), and solid, if sometimes iffy, mechanics overall.

So why make a Definitive Edition for the Switch?  It's portable already too, despite being on an older platform. There's chatter about including cut areas and content from the Wii version, though one wonders how much they might actually change the overall game. The only areas that really need improvement are all connected to the frequently atrocious character models, although I wouldn't complain about streamlining the item-gathering quests and making it possible to actually rebuild Colony 6.

While fans, like yours truly, will still leap at the chance to experience a visually attractive version of Xenoblade Chronicles, there's still no denying it's not a strictly necessary or innovative remake.

Persona 5: Royal

When I originally conceived this idea, I'd planned on labeling Persona 5: Royal as an in-between remake, something that added new content but wasn't strictly necessary. Compared to the likes of FF7 Remake and RE 3 remake, it doesn't seem quite as grand. But for Persona, it actually is a pretty big deal.

No, the story doesn't change all that much, even though there are some new endings. What you get is more time with the main characters and more important NPCs to interact with, and characters are the heart of Persona. Some of that is because of the new Confidants, Kasumi and Takuto, who offer alternative perspectives on the original game's narrative.

The original narrative had enough nuance in how it portrayed corrupt students abusing others and the dual-nature of the Phantom Thieves' actions that I never really ascribed to the theory that it was an evil adult simulator.

However, including new views on what's going on and how to handle it is very much in the spirit of Persona, a series all about how perception and cognition shape reality, and it's also not something we really see in other Persona games. Everyone is usually either completely ignorant of what's going on with the protagonists or agrees entirely with them.

The biggest worthwhile change is the third semester, though. The modern Persona games all end in December. Expansions, like Persona 3 FES and Persona 4 Golden try changing that with new scenarios and some additional time with friends, but aren't entirely necessary. FES zeroes in on one aspect of the game that wasn't even the main focus most of the time and comes across like fanfiction at best (not bad in itself, but not what I want from an Atlus story) while Golden doesn't really let you spend much free time with the other characters outside the ski event and Valentine's day.

Persona 5 Royal gives us an entire new playable semester, where character arcs evolve, get resolved, or both, new characters are integrated more closely with the overall plot, and you basically just get more of what makes the game worth playing to begin with.

Normally, a new semester in a game that already takes 100 hours or more would be a questionable benefit, but like FF7 Remake, P5 Royal balances everything with new mechanics. Chief among these is the recommendation system that advises you what actions you can take to improve your stats the most effectively and efficiently, removing guesswork and wasted time from the equation — but only if you want to.

SP recovery is also streamlined earlier on, so you can actually clear Palaces earlier and use that time to improve relationships and stats, all of which is supposed to keep the game's playtime down to roughly what it was in the original. For a remake that adds so much, that's quite an accomplishment.

Plus there's more Haru, which is the biggest accomplishment.

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis

Even Capcom knows older Resident Evil games need remaking; just look at the many versions of the original game, each with subtle differences designed, in theory, to improve the experience. It's not that the original three games are unplayable — except the PSX version of the first game, which comes pretty darn close — but they are definitely products of their time. Resident Evil 2's remake already proved how successful remaking these titles can be, and the Resident Evil 3 remake has even more potential.

The original Resident Evil 3: Nemesis has two main jobs to accomplish, all while being short on story, and with mechanics as horrifying as the zombies: escape Nemesis and build up to Racoon City's demise.

It achieves these goals, but not without some scabs and bruises in the process. Tank controls are okay for the previous two, where ease of movement isn't quite so absolutely vital. Nemesis changes that with its titular monstrosity stalking you throughout the city. You could look at it as the turning point, where Resident Evil started focusing on action as much as horror, a theory which a recent developer comment supports as well.

Sadly, that's the only way you could see it as such. The controls and overall mechanics didn't change to accommodate the newer emphasis until Resident Evil 4. Re-imagining Nemesis with the smoother-though-tankish controls of Resident Evil 2 remake is an absolute godsend both for ease of play and greater coherence in general.

Resident Evil's story has never really been at the series' forefront, though Nemesis is a bit of an exception. It's where the mysteries and action in the first two (three, if you count Resident Evil 0) finally culminate, and it's all closely intertwined with the events of Resident Evil 2. The story is what sets it apart from its predecessors in this case, though the original doesn't play to its strengths.

Resident Evil 2 has you play as police officers gunning down civilians you're supposed to protect. That adds an element of dark irony to the game's action, something different from just encountering scary zombies in a dark hallway. But Nemesis' escape story sees you back to mowing down swathes of nameless, faceless undead leading up to the city's complete destruction.

Now, it's kind of a big thing when a government decides to blow up one of its own cities, and it's a perfect opportunity to ramp up the emotion by making Jill interact more with the city folk all doomed to die from either zombies, disease, or the missile strike. There's also plenty of chance to unravel more of the Umbrella story here, though whether that's a good thing largely depends on perspective.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake

The big remake many of us eagerly anticipate for 2020 is Final Fantasy 7 Remake, which is, duh, a remake of Final Fantasy 7. And that's good, because regardless of how many fond memories one might have of the classic that saved RPGs in the West, there's lots of room for changes to make it even better.

Fortunately, the remake's structure guarantees it addresses one of these areas. Final Fantasy games are unique in the RPG world for having remained roughly the same length since FF7 first launched; you can speed through in maybe 20-25 hours or take your time and soak everything in for roughly twice that. The issue that poses with Final Fantasy 7, though, is just how much content ends up getting very little attention because of the pacing.

Take the Midgar portion, for example, the opening 7-ish hours of the original game that make up FF7 R's entire first chapter. Pretty much everything could be expanded on in those opening scenes to convey a fuller picture of the overall conflict and the major and minor actors in it.

It's got the huge responsibility of making you care about the conflict between Shinra and Avalanche and wonder about Cloud and Aerith, plus it's got some of the most memorable scenes in the entire game, but if you blink, it's already done and over with. And that applies to the remaining chapters as well. It's easy to understand how evil Shinra is from the get-go, which usually happens when someone murders an entire zip code on a whim. Everyone and everything else who aren't Cloud and Sephiroth sort of get lost in the shuffle — and even they could do with more background and development.

Other games in the FF7 sub-series tried expanding on the world and its people, but a spinoff, fun as it might be, doesn't carry the same weight as the original. Disappointed as many initially were after learning FFVII R was getting the episodic treatment, frankly, it's the best thing for the game, the thing that'll really (hopefully) tease out the full potential within the dark and twisted streets of both Midgar and the souls of its inhabitants.

Another key feature making this remake completely worthwhile is how the combat system is changed. Whether RPGs shouldn't be turn-based anymore isn't really the issue here (though for the record, the turn-based system isn't out of date). The issue is how Square created the Active Time Battle system and then tried using it on a disc-based system. Granted, time waiting in FF7 is nowhere near as tortuously long as FF9, but it's easy to lose interest when you're just waiting so you can wait for your turn.

Swapping that out for a system that lets you approach it as both an Action RPG and a fast-paced traditional one is smart way around that problem while seemingly retaining a good deal of the original feel. Letting players choose how to approach the game is always a good thing anyway, but more importantly, it's an excellent complement to the new story material that'll keep things interesting even for those who know the game like their own soul.

The length of this segment alone should make it clear FF7 Remake represents the ideal best for what remakes should try and achieve: an expanded and re-imagined vision, improvements where necessary, and plenty of new content to welcome old fans and newcomers alike.


Love 'em or hate 'em, there's no denying remakes comprise a big part of the early 2020 release calendar.

Ideally, a good remake lets us experience the game in a completely new way we didn't imagine we could before or, failing that, expands on what we loved about the original to begin with. Some might not push the boundaries of the imagination quite so much as others, though as long as there's an audience happy to play the game, then technically, it's worth remaking and/or porting.

Persona 5 Royal Will Steal Your Hearts, Time, and Wallets in 2020 Tue, 03 Dec 2019 13:27:18 -0500 Josh Broadwell

At long last, Atlus USA has announced a Western release date for Persona 5 Royal: March 31, 2020.

Persona 5 Royal will be available in a few different versions: the Launch Edition, the Phantom Thieves Edition, and some special digital bundles. No matter which version you purchase, though, all Persona 5 DLC is available for free for players of Persona 5 Royal.

That's pretty good. On top of the usual costumes and healing item packs, those players get access to some potent Personas as well.

If this is the first you've heard of Persona 5 Royal, P5R is an expanded version of Persona 5, introducing a new playable character, Kasumi Yoshizawa, new Confidants, and a brand-new area to explore. It also extends the story into the third semester after Christmas. You can check out the full details about what's different here.

Here's what every edition of Persona 5 Royal will include.

Persona 5 Royal Phantom Thieves Edition

The Phantom Thieves Edition is basically the Persona 5 Royal special edition and will retail for $89.99.

  • Official Joker Mask (comes with a stand)
  • Collector’s Box
  • Artbook
  • Soundtrack
  • Limited edition Steelbook case
  • Dynamic PS4 Theme code

Persona 5 Royal Launch Edition

The Launch Edition still includes the steelbook and dynamic theme. It will set you back the usual $59.99

  • Limited edition Steelbook case
  • Dynamic PS4 Theme code

Persona 5 Royal Digital Editions

There are two digital special editions up for grabs as well.

Persona 5 Royal Ultimate Edition

This P5R edition will go for $99.99 and includes the game, plus all DLC bundles and six additional costume packs. Those DLC packs and their prices if purchased separately are:

  • Kasumi Costume Bundle – $14.99
  • Battle Bundle – $9.99
  • Persona Bundle – $9.99
  • DLC Bundle – $59.99

It's not clear what the DLC bundle is, though, since it's more than the other three packs combined.

Persona 5 Royal Deluxe Edition

Finally is the digital Deluxe Edition, which will cost $69.99 and comes with the game plus the Kasumi costume bundle.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Persona 5 Royal news as it develops.