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Persona 5 “Sizzle” trailer has us sizzling again to play it

by Ron Duwell | March 7, 2017March 7, 2017 3:00 pm PST

Is it just me, or has Persona 5 sort of slipped under the radar so far this year? With high profile releases like the Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, not to forget a delay that pushed it out of February, Atlus’ upcoming hit has fallen down a peg or two in many people’s minds.

Nevermind that. We’re a month away from release, and Atlus is now on the ball for hyping its JRPG throughout the rest of the month. This brand new “Sizzle” trailer is a bit too hot, and it reminds us of all the reasons why we want to play it.

Atlus also provided a new description for the game alongside the trailer.

Persona 5 is a game about the internal and external conflicts of a group of troubled youth who live dual lives. They have the typically ordinary day-to-day of a Tokyo high-schooler – attending class, after school activities and part-time jobs. But they also undertake fantastical adventures by using otherworldly powers to enter the hearts of people.

Their power comes from the Persona, the Jungian concept of the “self;” the game’s heroes realize that society forces people to wear masks to protect their inner vulnerabilities, and by literally ripping off their protective mask and confronting their inner selves do the heroes awaken their inner power, and use it to strive to help those in need.

Ultimately, the group of Phantom Thieves seeks to change their day-to-day world to match their perception and see through the masks modern-day society wears.

Portable Persona Please!

As much as I want to play Persona 5, part of me thinks that I’ll have to hold off playing it for a while. My small Japanese apartment has only one television that I share with my wife, and me playing a 70 hour JRPG to completion requires an astronomical amount of negotiation.

If this was on the Switch or the Vita, it wouldn’t be a problem, but as it stands, real life is getting in the way of my thief life. I sound like a Persona 5 character.

Persona 5 will be released for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 on April 4.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...