‘Persona 5 Royal’ shines on the Nintendo Switch
I feel like every time I review a game, I can expect to see it again in the near future when it’s ported to the Nintendo Switch. While I don’t complain that I can play Persona 5 Royal again, there’s only so much I can say about the game that I haven’t already said. As for the port itself, it looks pretty good.
For the record, this review marks my third reading personas 5 – there is the original version of 2016, the release of P5R a few years later, and now the port to Nintendo Switch, and that’s not even including the number of times I’ve seen other people play it. With nearly 100 hours of reading, multiple full reads require conscious effort. Clearly, I like the game. So of course I’m still going to like it on another console.
Regardless of my obvious bias, Persona 5 Royal offers a variety of gameplay mechanics with broad appeal. Don’t just take my word for it, listen to the millions of gamers who have purchased (and even repurchased) the game worldwide. It has cozy slice-of-life segments and a visual novel romance for those who prefer a narrative approach. It features simple and strategic combat that can be adapted to any difficulty level. Personally, I prefer an easier difficulty so I can focus more on the story and less on the grinding levels. My favorite aspect, however, is getting to know and spending time with my friends. I don’t care how silly it sounds, getting close to all your confidants and giving advice is where I think the franchise shines the most. The character writing, voice acting (in English and Japanese), and storytelling are all wonderful.
For me to play Persona 5 Royal again, it’s like seeing my favorite anime again, Hunter X Hunter. It’s about 150 episodes, and I happen to be watching it for the fourth time right now. It’s a long time to dedicate to something I’ve seen many times before, especially when I have so much other media to consume. I know exactly what’s going to happen, and yet I keep coming back to it. It’s heartwarming and I love seeing each character go on their own journey. I feel the same about personas 5. I love all the characters, and although I already know the story, I always notice new details and have the opportunity to make new decisions with each playthrough. I don’t really; I romance Makoto every time.
When Persona 5 Royal was first released in 2020, there were so many new story segments and core gameplay changes, not to mention so many quality of life improvements, that it felt like a whole new game. those who have only played the original version of personas 5, this definitive version adds two new characters and an all-new palace, while introducing so many gameplay changes that it feels entirely new. Although there is nothing new in the Nintendo Switch version of Persona 5 Royalbeing able to play by hand is its own novelty.
The game runs well on the Switch and is especially enjoyable in handheld mode. As usual, if you plan to play mostly in docked mode, it won’t be as amazing on the Switch as it is on another console. Luckily, I don’t think very high resolutions are necessarily needed to enjoy personas 5. Plus, having a little extra portability doesn’t hurt anyone who wants to spend a little extra game time on the train, fight Shadows at the cafe, or have sex with Makoto at the library when you should be studying.
Anyone who hasn’t yet had the chance to live Persona 5 Royal I should take it, because it’s one of the most authentic and heartwarming gaming experiences I’ve had in years. As with all Switch ports, the main difference is the lower fidelity graphics and the ability to play the game on the go. I will not tell Persona 5 Royal is an ideal portable game due to its many cutscenes and lengthy boss battles. Honestly, it’s not my first choice for a pick-up-and-play style of gameplay, but it’s a wonderful tale worth experiencing as the player sees fit.
While I would never give up the chance to talk about one of my favorite games of all time, I can’t say much more than I’ve ever said before. If you haven’t played it yet, you have no excuses at this point. To input Persona 5 Royal on the Switch (or whatever console you prefer) and start stealing hearts.
This review is based on the Nintendo Switch version of the game. A copy was provided to us by Nintendo.