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Many of you are playing the Persona 5 game because you’ve been a fan of the franchise since the PSOne era.

But there is also a handful of us who started playing the game because of other people’s recommendations.

That seems to be the case for many of us who were frustrated with Final Fantasy XV being a total basket case.

It makes sense why many people would recommend this game. The game sure is worth playing.

And let’s not forget that the game got some of us intrigued when the game won Gold Award in PlayStation Award 2017 and later on won Platinum Award in PlayStation Award 2019.

Of course, that’s not all. The game even won the Gamers’ Choice Award in PlayStation Award 2020.

With the game managed to win so many awards within a couple of years after its release and how much people love this game, it’s a no-brainer to give this game a try.

While I do admit that I got the Persona 5 game when it was on sale many moons ago, what got me to buy the game has nothing to do with the game being on sale at all.

And certainly not because of the awards since I already started playing the game when the game won Platinum award.

It was the anime that got me started playing the game.

Yes, the same anime that many of us find the animation quality rather questionable.

Yes, I’m green when it comes to Persona franchise

Just to let you know that I never played a Persona game before playing Persona 5.

Sure, I heard about the Persona franchise before through the video game magazine. But I never had the chance to play the game when Persona 3 and Persona 4 came out on PS2.

And I didn’t have the chance to play the game either when P3P came out on PSP.

Back then, it wasn’t easy to get the original PS2 and PSP games since you can only get the bootleg version of the games here.

Even with the bootleg versions, I have a feeling that no one has ever heard about the game. The Persona franchise wasn’t as well-known as it is now back then.

The PS Store on PSP?

It’s nothing like the PS Store we have now where you can buy any games that you want under the blue sky.

The PS Store back then was rather pitiful. Only a handful of games were available for purchase through the store.

And let’s not forget that you have to pay full price for the game too since offers were pretty much nonexistent for the Southeast Asia PS Store back then.

If you insist on getting the original game, you can only get it at the US PS Store. And that will require you to do a bit of tinkering on your address and the payment method to make it work.

No wonder many people end up resorting to getting a bootleg game.

It’s just so hard to buy the game even for someone who has a deep pocket.

How much does the anime affect my experience with playing Persona 5 game?

I won’t deny that knowing the story in advance sure does affect my experience with playing the game.

Well, that is as far as the story is concerned, though.

But it’s a different thing altogether when it comes to gameplay.

For one, I don’t even know that Ren is a wildcard since, unlike the others, he can wield more than one Personas.

This is something that doesn’t get mentioned anywhere in the anime since the adaptation assumes that the people who are watching the anime are already familiar with the game’s battle system.

Same goes for the people that Ren met along the way who later on become his confidants.

If you didn’t play the game, you may feel that these people are nothing but a random encounter since the anime doesn’t go deeper into the kind of relationship that Ren has with them.

It was through the game that you only know how his relationship with these people will help him throughout the game, especially towards the end.

And let’s not forget that the ending for the first season of the anime leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth.

I’m sure that you already know which scene I’m talking about here.

And if you’re wondering whether that scene is unique to the anime, the answer is no. You will still be seeing the same scene in the game as well.

This is the reason that gets me to keep playing the game despite already knowing the story in advance.

I just want to know how the story will continue from where the anime left.

The anime adaptation isn’t that bad

Okay, I admit that some parts of the scenes in the anime aren’t the same as the ones in the game. And the animation quality for the anime isn’t that good either.

Even with a subpar animation quality, I will say that it’s still not a bad anime.

At least the story in the anime is still more or less the same as the one in the game compared to Tales of Zestiria and God Eater anime where the story is nothing like the one in the game at all.

And if you think that the animation quality for the anime is bad, wait till you watch Full Metal Panic: Invisible Victory.

You’ll soon realize that the anime adaptation of the Persona 5 game is still tolerable enough to watch.

It gets me deep into the franchise even more

As you can already tell, my love affair with the Persona 5 game doesn’t end with me just playing the game until the end and that’s just about it.

I even go as far as buying Persona 5 Royal and the sequel to the game, Persona 5 Strikers.

Heck, I also bought Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight despite never playing any rhythm game in my entire life.

That just shows how much I enjoy playing Persona 5.

On top of that, I’m also looking forward to any Persona games that Atlus decided to port to PS4 and Persona 6, not just anything related to Persona 5.

Okay, maybe not Persona 4 Arena Ultimax since I’m not a fan of fighting games.

But other than that, I’m eager to play any Persona games whether they’re new or not.

It’s a victory for Atlus

The success of the Persona 5 game doesn’t just get caught by surprise among the longtime Persona fans.

Even Atlus finds it hard to believe how successful the game has become.

While that can be a victory for Atlus, it can be hard for them as well considering that they need to be sure that Persona 6 is surpassing Persona 5.

Will they be able to do that is anyone’s guess.

But I will say that I’m looking forward to playing Persona 6. Even if it’s better than Persona 5, the game will always be in my heart since it was the first Persona game I’ve ever played.

And it all started with Persona 5 anime.

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