Persona 5 Royal

released on Oct 31, 2019

An expanded game of Persona 5

An enhanced version of Persona 5 with some new characters and a third semester added to the game. Released Internationally in 2020.

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Are you kidding me? Persona 5 Royal is the biggest load of garbage I've ever had the misfortune of playing. The game is a complete joke, and anyone who thinks otherwise is either delusional or just plain stupid.
Let's talk about the graphics for a minute. Sure, the game looks flashy and colorful, but that's just to distract you from how stale and boring the gameplay really is. The dungeons are all the same, the combat is unbalanced, and the story is nothing more than a series of tired anime cliches strung together with some of the cringiest dialogue I've ever heard.
And let's not forget about the so-called "improvements" they made in Persona 5 Royal. They added some new characters and extra content, but it's all just fluff to distract you from the fact that the core game is still a complete mess. The new characters are forgettable, the extra content is just busywork, and the supposed "fixes" only serve to highlight how broken the game really is.
And don't even get me started on the fact that they're charging full price for what is essentially just a glorified DLC. It's insulting to their fans and shows a complete lack of respect for the people who have supported the series over the years. The developers clearly have no regard for their fans and just want to milk them for every penny they're worth.
And let's not forget about the toxic fanbase. These so-called "fans" are nothing more than a bunch of brainwashed sheep who can't see how mediocre this game really is. They'll defend it to the death, even when presented with the glaring flaws and shortcomings of the game. It's pathetic, really.
In conclusion, Persona 5 Royal is a complete and utter waste of time and money. Don't fall for the hype, and don't listen to the lies of the fanboys. Save your money and invest in a real game instead. Persona 5 Royal is just a glorified cash grab, and it's time that people started seeing it for what it really is.

The third semester is one of the best final acts in gaming, [redacted] and [redacted] where such great additions to the party

Aside from Maruki and the new Akechi confidant, I don't really like the new content they added.
Kasumi could be removed from the plot and nothing of value would be lost

Let me be absolutely clear, if ANY studio other than Atlus used this formula they could easily make a masterpiece. Unfortunately, the company is saddled with some of the most incompetent writers in the business, and the rest of them are content in making a stylish, vapid mess.
One of the worst examples of turn-based combat in recent memory, exploitable, repetitive and overused to a comical extent. Palaces are still boring to traverse and feel like pointless, extremely padded set dressing.
The character writing is so surface level and tropey I can only describe it as cringe-worthy. Some exceptions do apply but the vast majority of confidants and team members are mediocre and uninteresting at best.
The direction is also extremely questionable, they were more interested in fanservice than sticking to the themes they attempted to explore initially. Every female character devolved into a different type of waifu-bait the moment their introduction in the main story is finished. Am I'm NOT gonna touch the pedo shit.

What begins as quite possibly a 9/10 experience just absolutely free falls with continuously some of the most lazy writing I have ever witnessed, villains I have no investment in, and decent gameplay held back by questionable choices like mementos and how my social stats seemed to just stop mattering with 40 hours of game left.
This game, despite what people might say, does nothing to separate itself from other JRPGs beyond the most surface level ways, like with its "super slick UI (which has bad readability at times)" and being set in a contemporary setting (while still featuring plenty of fantasy elements). I'd easily argue it does many aspects WORSE than the other dwellers of its genre, mainly writing and pacing. I could rant about the "twist" and how absolutely horrendous it is for possibly a full essay. Or how I feel the chemistry of the party deteriorates with each new member added, which shouldn't be happening for this idealized school life simulator.
Persona 5 Royal is a wannabe Death Note, no further elaboration needed on that statement. It is a dish where someone threw their entire spice collection on some overcooked chicken, a facade of flavor covering a flawed base. Is it a good visual novel? No. Is it a good JRPG? Well it's better at that than the VN part, but still no. Is this game one of the highest rated games ever made? No- wait, yes? What the fuck?
For how many times I had to hear the word "cognitive" in this game, I sure am feeling some cognitive dissonance over how this game is viewed! 4/10.