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On the 4th of April, 2017, the rest of the world was treated to one of the most anticipated JRPG’s to ever be released, but was all the hype really worth it for the 5th main entry in the Persona franchise? I guess it’s about time that we went and found out in this Persona 5 Review.


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Story

Persona is and always has been a JRPG that focuses incredibly hard on its story and Persona 5 is absolutely no different in this regard. The story revolves around a group of high-school friends who awaken to the power of the Persona to fight off shadows when they enter “the other world”, also known as Palaces. Inside these palaces these friends become “Phantom Thieves” and the only way they can dismantle the palace is by stealing the treasure that lies deep within.

Story decides to pull something The Witcher 2 does, and that’s by starting off the game with a short, intro stage that leads to the main protagonist being caught and arrested. From there, the main character proceeds to tell his side of the story of what he’s been doing and it bounces between the main gameplay of dealing with high-school life and improving your character; with the occasional jump back to the present to partake in the interview he is undergoing.

As with all previous Persona games, the main reason for your actions is due to the end of the world slowly coming to its unfortunate and brutal conclusion; resulting in only you and your friends being able to stop it. I won’t go any further into the story for spoiler reasons, but I can safely say that it’s a story that you won’t be easily forgetting as you play through it.

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Gameplay

Gameplay comes in the form of your typical turn-based JRPG, at least when it comes to combat. You choose how you want to attack, either with your ranged weapon, your melee weapon, or through skills that you acquire because of your currently equipped persona. Outside of actual combat, you will be tasked with exploring throughout the palace and avoid being spotted by enemies, as there is a bar that once it reaches 100% you are forced out and must return another day. Thanks to this design decision, the game has a fair emphasis on stealth; at least a simplified version of it anyway. Stealth boils down to – “don’t get seen, press X to warp to an even closer hiding spot, ambush the enemy when they’re close enough.” Thankfully the stealth isn’t too much of a hassle to deal with a lot of the time, so you shouldn’t be concerned about going into this game thinking it’s going to be similar to the MGS series – it’s far from that!

When you’re back in the real world and spending your time as normal high-schoolers, you’re expected to balance out spending time with your friends, improving certain attributes about your character, and making sure that you make it to the end of your school year with decent grades and without getting into too much trouble. If you’ve ever played a Persona game before then you will know exactly what to expect in this game, as it’s no different from the previous titles.

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Positives

In terms of positives, Persona 5 certainly has a lot of them; one of the main ones would have to be the aesthetic and graphical style that the developers decided to go with. Every inch of the game is incredibly stylised and as a result it is gorgeous everywhere you look – whether that’s the NPC’s, the world itself, or even personas – just everything about the game looks incredibly stylish.

Combat as per usual is another element of this game that is incredibly fun and satisfying and just like all the previous Persona games, collecting and upgrading all of your personas is half the fun of this game. A nice feature that was brought back into the series that hasn’t been seen since Persona 2 is being able to talk to these shadows. You can talk with shadows to see if they will give you an item, some money, or if you can figure out how to win them over you can even acquire their power and collect them as a persona. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not quite as detailed as the original games, as this one is a lot more simplified, but it’s an aspect of the series fans will appreciate to see back; myself included.

Story has to go on the list of positives, as it starts out strong and simply proceeds to get better and better with each passing day you play out. Despite the fact the game focuses around a group of older teenagers, the story can tackle some truly heavy topics at times and while it might be hard to experience some of these topics, I appreciate the developers and their decision to put the characters in some difficult emotional spots – as a result it makes them seem more human and helps develop the characters as their own individuals; rather than just a model that’s saying words.

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Negatives

With everything good, there must come the bad and unfortunately that’s not something even Persona 5 can ignore. One of the first things that came to mind is the fact that it can take around 6 hours before you feel like you’re actually in control of your character. Yes, you’ll be controlling him through his decisions and in combat, but for the first 6 hours you’re sort of locked in to the tutorial part of the game that you can’t get out of any faster. For a first time play-through it’s not so bad, but if you want to play the game again and make some different decisions, you’ve got roughly 6 hours of gameplay to force yourself through again; most of the segments don’t even require your input a lot of the time.

Ever since I started Persona 5, there was this one story element that really bugged me and that’s how everyone treats the main character – all because he has a criminal record. Why does he have a criminal record? Well, he saves a young girl from being kidnapped and possibly worse, by punching a drunk man and knocking him down; only to be told that he’s going to sue him for beating him up. Despite the drunken man being completely in the wrong, due to his stance on the matter the main character is arrested, expelled from school, and sent out on probation with a criminal record. From a legal perspective it makes “some” sense to a degree, but everyone he comes in contact with him treats him like dirt; despite almost everyone knowing about the situation he was presented with that possibly saved this woman’s life. As a result, the main character is treated as complete scum by everyone expect his new-found friends – friends who actually decide to take his side like I feel most normal people would – rather than treating him like a criminal for the rest of his days because he actually helped a woman in dire need. Of all my time I’ve spent in Persona 5, this is quite easily the biggest gripe I’ve found in the game and I haven’t seen it going away any time soon.

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Final Verdict

First thing first I hope you enjoyed reading this Persona 5 Review. Overall, I can’t deny that Persona 5 is great and is bound to be many people’s game of the year, even though we’re only one third through the year. Everything positive about the game completely outshines any negatives and it makes it one of the easiest recommendations for a JRPG or a game in recent years. If you hate JRPG’s, this isn’t the title that’s going to change your mind, but fans of the Persona series or of JRPG’s in general have got one incredible game on their hands that I wouldn’t recommend letting slip through your fingers if you’ve got the chance.

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5 Things I Hate About South Park Fractured But Whole

Is the South Park Fractured But Whole Worth Buying?

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After experiencing what I consider one of the greatest TV show to enter a video game in South Park Stick of Truth, Once it was announced that we will get a sequel in Fractured but whole I was in great anticipation for this title to drop. I finally got around to playing the game and after multiple delays was the worth well worth it and did it live up to the standards of stick of truth well keep it locked as I look at 5 things I hate then give you my final verdict.

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Still Not Perfect

For those who don’t know Fractured But Whole has been pushed back a number of times as the developers was aiming for perfection and whilst there are great attention to detail throughout the game there are just some areas which should have been addressed when considering the delay in release. I have come across a few glitches where the game has literally frozen and I have had to restart a mission a few times. Thank the lord there is an auto save feature which doesn’t mean you have to potentially redo 30 mins of gameplay since your last play. I also find small things to be a little weird such as turning off a TV whilst people watch and they don’t say anything. I feel if there was some form of comment from the viewer it would add to the overall experience feeling as if the game is polished.

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Some Side Quest Feel Lacklustre

Fractured But Whole is jam packed with side quest to keep the game going for a while and I suppose side quest in any games are not the essential part of the game but more of a nice addition to keep the longevity of the game going. but with that being said I have found that there are a few filler side quests that in a sense feel that they are put there to just increase the length of the game rather than actually feeling as if they keep the excitement of the gameplay going. It got to a point where I was a little fed up of doing some of the side quest as they didn’t feel as if they added much value to the overall experience of the game.

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Story Falls Off After A While

As a south park fan the first few hours in Fractured but whole kept me contempt and felt the story was pretty cool at first but as the game progressed there was periods where the story started to feel a little uninspired and not as engaging as I would have loved. The story is still overall pretty entertaining and certainly not the worse that I see in a video game but still just felt like it could have been more concise to keep the engagement high. Even when I got to the end of the game I was like it didn’t really feel like the story ever reached the heights that you thought it would reach but the story still pretty decent so don’t make me put you off.

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Not As Funny As I Was Expecting

 

Stuck of the truth to me was such a hilarious game where during my first play through I was literally in stitches by the end of the game. I don’t know if it’s been toned down a little or maybe my sense of humour has died down a little but whilst I did chuckle at moments in the game I didn’t find it over the top hilarious as I was expecting. There were times where I was asking myself was that supposed to be funny. Obviously, there are going to be laugh out loud moments but I just felt that if you compare it with Stick of Truth it just felt that the jokes were just OK rather than fully hilarious throughout the game.

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Easy Combat

I love the strategic approach that the developers took when structuring the combat in Fractured But Whole. The grid system is something that I grew to love and I loved the choices of moves to use to take out your opponent.

I know this game isn’t by any stretch a hardcore RPG game like final fantasy and maybe I am not playing on the hardest difficulty but in most combats that I encountered there was rarely anytime that I felt that I had to use my initiative to outsmart the energy and I still came out victorious. I just assumed considering how much strategic depth they applied to the battle

 

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Overall I will say that South Park Fractured But whole is a pretty cool game. Visually the game looks epic, the game is jammed with content that will keep you occupied for hours and the battle system is super fun. I will say though as someone who loved South Park Stick of Truth I just feel that Fractured but Whole didn’t really take the series to the next level and kind of just felt like a cool game but didn’t have the same effect or impact as the first entry. Fractured but whole does improve on Stick of truth in loads of areas such as combat, the visuals and a more explorable area that doesn’t feel too but I just always felt the overall experience just miss the mark. Do I recommend the game well if you a south park fan and enjoy RPG games with elements of humour then yeah? But if you not a fan of RPG games and not really into south park and got a crazy back log of games to get through then I wouldn’t say that it’s a essential to put this game on your priory list but still feel its a game that you should consider for a future purchase as it is still a good laugh.

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5 Things I Hate about Cities Skylines Console Edition

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After seeing various videos on YouTube of great cities built in Cities Skylines since it was revealed the game was coming to console this game has been on my radar but since finally grabbing the game did it meet my expectations well kets look at 5 things I hate about the game.

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 No Tutorial

 

The game does well to provide tips and hints to get you started or helps when things are not going your way with the lil twitter bird but I did find it strange that there isn’t a official in game tutorial. Most things I have had to look up online as I might not understand a specific icon or warning sigh which ends up slowing down playing time. I understand that there is so much depth in this game that a tutorial covering everything might even become boring or unrealistic but if you new to these types of games it does feel as if you thrown into the deep end to figure things out. I have had to start again like 20 times after figuring something out after 4-5 hours of playing that if I knew from the start would have save me time.


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No Undo option

 

OK keeping it real this is just me nip picking and this isn’t really a major issue but more of an annoyance for me and that is the fact that there isn’t really an official undo or revert button. OK before the fans destroy me in the comment section saying that there is a demolition tool and yes that is a great feature but sometimes I find that if I place a road down over a house by accident and didn’t want to remove a section, or even place a bus line down wrong or simply get trigger happy there isn’t a more efficient way to reinstate or remove a simple unless you been consistently saving or obviously, you could use the demolition tool. As I mentioned this isn’t a deal breaker but it is something that I personally find annoying especially when you do something by mistake when building your city like maybe selecting the wrong building or placing the road over the wrong section or whatever you find you do by being trigger happy and I know it’s me being clumsy or not concentrating at times but it’s something that has happened a few times to me in my experience.


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Idle periods

 

Between each milestone you will find that there are a few periods where you are kind of doing nothing and just sitting thee waiting for either your population to grow or just waiting for your money to go up and will sometimes just  sit there twiddling your thumbs until you are required to fix something in your city or create something new. whilst this is therapeutic at times listening to the relaxing in game music there has been times when a in game couple of weeks has passed and I was just looking at the screen. Maybe my city isn’t big enough for me to be occupied completely but it was something that happened quite often.

 

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Lack of DLC in Overpriced Season Pass

 

City skylines on Console has been out for close to 9 months on the Xbox One and I am shocked that there isn’t much DLC available considering that there is a £30 season Pass Available.
Now don’t get it twisted this game to me probably doesn’t need DLC as there is so much to do but when I saw the season pass I was under the impression that there was loads of DLC especially after seeing quite a few packs available for the PC such as cosmetic packs, music packs and the other expansions just made me think at close to 9 months since it release we should see more than just the snowfall pack. 

 

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Day Night Cycle

 

I do like the aspect of seeing your city at night with the street lights lit as it adds to the atmosphere of the game but what confuses me is that the night sometimes last for a week in game. which sometimes makes it hard for you to see when trying to build or fix something. I understand that the game isn’t minute by minute and a day can last a few seconds if you speed up the time but there is times when I ask myself when is daytime coming.

 

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With the 5 things that I pointed out as issues for me I still think that Cities Skylines is a phenomenal game.

I was shocked how much detailed is embedded into this game and even shocked at how addicted I became. You literally will be wanting to reach each milestone and the sense of achievement when your city grows just feels great. whilst the graphics ain’t groundbreaking and the lack of tutorials will make it a steep learning curve if you are into city builders this is a must own game. I got it on the Xbox One and haven’t come across any bugs that has ruined my experience but yet again mu population is only over 7000 so maybe when I reach 50000 who knows what I will encounter but for the time being I am pretty chuffed with this title.

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Yakuza Kiwami Review

Does Yakuza Kiwami do the great franchise justice?

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Released back in January of 2016, Yakuza Kiwami is the complete remake of the first Yakuza series of games that are developed by the people over at Sega. The game takes place in Japan and focuses on Kazuma Kiryu, an individual that’s a member of the Yakuza, hence the name of the game. Currently, there’s a war going on between the 2 biggest clans in his hometown and it’s slowly getting more and more dangerous with every day that goes by. For the sake of his clan and to avoid unnecessary bloodshed, he goes out to mend the fighting between the 2 clans; whether they wish for him to or not.

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Gameplay for Yakuza Kiwami is similar to all of the other Yakuza games in the franchise and plays out like an action-adventure, with a focus on beat-em up combat. With plenty of different fighting styles for the player to choose from, there’s a lot of ways to approach each opponent that doesn’t necessarily require you to put them through a shop window for a change.

In terms of positives, Yakuza Kiwami is a really well designed entry point into a series that’s been out for quite some time now and the visuals alone is a great demonstration with how well they’ve done in this game. By using the power of the PS4, this title gets even more recognition because of it.

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Easily the biggest negative for the game is going to have to be the audio, at least the English audio specifically. The Japanese voice acting for this game is incredibly well done and just goes to show how much effort Sega put into this game, but the English voice recordings aren’t anywhere nearly as well done and should be avoided as best as possible; simply because they just pale in comparison.

As far as this remake has gone, Sega have done a great job with this Yakuza entry and makes it for an easy game to warrant a recommendation for!

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