Playing Persona series is never boring. From the first game until the last, this series never ceases to amaze us RPG fans. From the storyline, soundtrack, and gameplay was made by the legends and proved to boost the popularity among the other RPG franchise. But you should know that there are some Persona games that I think personally better than the rest and deserve as must-play titles in the entire series.
7. Persona 2: Eternal Punishment (PlayStation, PlayStation Portable)
Persona 2: Eternal Punishment is a RPG developed by Atlus and chronologically the third installment in the Persona series, a subseries of the Megami Tensei franchise. It was originally published in 2000 by Atlus in Japan and North America for the PlayStation. The game was later remade by Atlus for the PlayStation Portable and was released in Japan in 2012.
Persona 2: Eternal Punishment takes place in the fictional Japanese city of Sumaru, and is a direct sequel to Persona 2: Innocent Sin. Taking place a few months after Innocent Sin, the game follows reporter Maya Amano as she investigates the Joker Curse, a malign phenomenon where people’s wishes and rumors are coming true and causing chaos.
6. Persona 2: Innocent Sin (PlayStation, PlayStation Portable)
Persona 2: Innocent Sin is a Japanese RPG developed and published by Atlus for PlayStation in 1999. It is the second entry in the Persona series, as a subseries of the Megami Tensei franchise, and acts as a sequel to the original Persona. The game was re-released in 2011 for the PlayStation Portable and was released in North America and Europe under the title Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2 – Innocent Sin.
The game takes place in the fictional Sumaru City, focusing on a group of high school students from Seven Sisters High School. The protagonist, Tatsuya Suou, and a group of friends must confront a villainous figure called the Joker, who is causing the spread of reality-warping rumors through the city. The group are aided in their quest by their Personas, personified aspects of their personalities.
5. Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth (3DS)
Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth is a dungeon crawler RPG developed and published by Atlus for Nintendo 3DS. It was released in Japan in 2018, and worldwide a year after. The game is a spin-off of the Persona series, and part of the larger Megami Tensei franchise. Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth is a sequel to Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth.
The story of the game focuses on the cast of Persona 3, Persona 4, and Persona 5. The game starts with a trip to Mementos, where Joker and the rest of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts find themselves in a film, which is connected to a theater that is locked from the inside. As the story goes, the Phantom Thieves of Hearts will meet allies from other Persona games and try to get out from the mysterious place.
4. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (PlayStation 3)
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is a fighting video game with visual novel elements developed by Arc System Works and Atlus. The game is a direct sequel to the 2012 game Persona 4 Arena, which is itself a follow-up to the popular RPG, Persona 4. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax was released in Japanese arcades in 2013 and later for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2014.
The story sets shortly after the events of the Persona 4 Arena, focusing on the two protagonists groups, The Investigation Team and The Kinjo Group who are trapped in a dimension known as the Dark Hour. There, they encounter doppelgangers known as Shadows. As the story progresses, the cast meets apparent culprit behind this, a teenager known as Sho Minazuki.
3. Persona 3 FES (PlayStation 2)
Persona 3 FES is an enhanced re-release of Persona 3 and was released in 2007 for the PlayStation 2. This enhanced version of Persona 3 was made on the same console with bonus chapters: The Journey and The Answer. The Journey is essentially a slightly-enhanced remake of the original Persona 3, while The Answer is an all-new epilogue that continues the story.
The story follows a group of high school students with the name of SEES who were trying to cooperate with each other in a world where death is acceptable. Together, they investigate a mysterious time period called Dark Hour and found out Tartarus, a huge tower containing Shadows. To fight them the members of SEES summons Persona as a manifestation of their inner self.
2. Persona 4 Golden (PlayStation Vita, PC)
Persona 4 Golden is an enhanced port of PlayStation 2’s Persona 4 that was released for the PlayStation Vita in 2012 and Microsoft Windows in 2020. It is an expanded version of the PlayStation 2 title, adding new features and story elements to the game. A new character named Marie was added to the story. Additional Personas, character outfits, and expanded spoken lines and anime cutscenes are included as well.
The story follows a group of high school students dealing with a mysterious TV channel which distorted the truth of who they are and their identities. A string of bizarre murders related to the TV channel begins to disturb their peaceful town. Together, they explore the mysterious world inside the TV and rescuing other victims from death. The answer of who was the serial killer lies inside the TV.
1. Persona 5 Royal (PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4)
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 5 is the sixth installment of the Persona series. This game was developed by Atlus (P-Studio) for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. It was released in Japan first in 2016, and worldwide in 2017. An enhanced version titled Persona 5 Royal (Persona 5: The Royal in Japan) was re-released in 2019 exclusive for the PlayStation 4.
This game basically revolves around troubled high school students which consist of the main protagonist and his compatriots. These teenagers realized that they are living in a corrupted and dangerous world, so in order to seek freedom and justice they formed a group called Phantom Thieves of Hearts. With the assistance of Personas, they try to change the adults by entering their hearts.
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Thanks to Atlus as one of the best game developers in this world, especially with its Persona series that we have another RPG to play aside from the mainstream Square Enix’s Final Fantasy or Namco’s Tales of series. Personally and maybe most of the players will agree with me, that Persona 5 or Personal 5 Royal so far is the best game in the series, with all its quality and almost without any lack in gameplay.
So which ones are your favorite Persona games so far? How many of the titles above have you played? Please share your thoughts below.