It has been a long time since we’ve heard anything about Persona 5. It’s supposed to come out in Japan this summer, unless it’s been delayed again, but Atlus has been silent for months. With a lack of new information, what are fans to do but wonder and speculate?
Fortunately, there are plenty of games you can play in the meantime to fill your Persona 5 void until we learn more about it. Let’s discuss some of the major ones.
If you’re excited for Persona 5, playing its predecessors is a good idea. Many fans looking forward to it have already played the Persona games, but if you’re just getting into the series now, you can always try them while you wait. In terms of style, Persona 3 and Persona 4 are probably the most similar to the upcoming Persona 5. If you don’t mind older RPGs and want to see how the Persona series began, then the original Persona, Persona 2: Innocent Sin, and its sequel, Persona 2: Eternal Punishment might also be worth a look.
If you play and enjoy Persona 3 and 4, you might also consider Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, a dungeon crawler with characters from both games. Persona 4 also has two fighting game sequels and a rhythm game sequel.
Now, the Persona series itself is a spin-off of the larger Megami Tensei series. While these games are often darker and lack the Persona social elements, they are still turn-based RPGs. There are several games in the series, but if you just want to try it to see if you’ll like them, a good game to start with is Shin Megami Tensei IV. Its direct sequel was recently announced for localization, so this is a great time to give it a try.
Persona and Shin Megami Tensei cover the major games you’ll want to look into, but there’s one more little oddity you shouldn’t forget if you’re interested in Persona 5. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE began as a crossover between Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem, but has since adopted its own style and appears similar in many ways to the Persona games. It is a turn-based RPG due out for the Wii U this June.
These are just a few of the games you can play while waiting for Persona 5. Which have you played? Which do you intend to play? Let us know in the comments!