Persona 5 Royal review - The best JRPG of the past decade just got even better (Image: ATLUS)
Released in the UK back in 2017, Persona 5 is a virtually flawless game which cemented Atlus's reputation as one of the best JRPG makers around. But how, if at all, can you improve on a nigh-on perfect experience? Enter Persona 5 Royal, the new definitive version of The Phantom Thieves' tale. Those that have been following the Persona series for a while will know that Atlus bucks the typical DLC trend that contemporaries follow.
So while games such as Kingdom Hearts 3 and Final Fantasy 15 have expansion passes separate from the main game, Persona does things differently.
Even before DLC was a thing, Atlus were expanding on prior Persona games by releasing revised versions with new content added to it.
Persona 3 FES started this trend, offering a director's cut to the original P3, with Persona 4 Golden following in its footsteps.
And now we have Persona 5 Royal, which Atlus say adds an extra 30 hours worth of content - including a new third semester right at the end of the game.
This is where a fair chunk of P5R's extra story content is.
However, you won't need to spend over 100 hours replaying what you saw in the original to see something new.
From the moment you boot up Persona 5 Royal it's clear new content has been interspersed throughout the experience.
Existing dialogue sequences have been tweak to add in extra lines while new story sequences and characters pop up in other sections of the game.
Atlus has even added in new character animations that appear in the headshot cut-outs besides dialogue boxes to bring these big personalities even more to life.
Not to mention the fresh lick of paint Atlus has given, with textures getting a vast upgrade so P5R's Tokyo and Mementos look better than ever before.
New characters such as party member Kasumi and NPC Maruki also get introduced early on while the huge new Kichijoji area unlocks not too far in as well.
These are major, headline additions to P5R so it's great to see such content drop in the initial stages.
There has also been tonnes of changes added to the combat system which is apparent from the very first Palace (aka dungeon) that you step foot in.
New varieties of enemies have been added such as the Disaster Shadows which explode after being defeated, damaging any nearby foes.
Persona 5 Royal review - P5R is the definitive version of the classic JRPG (Image: ATLUS)
The trade-off to this is these enemies counter-attack automatically, meaning they're best to try and dispose of as quickly as possible.
Other changes include the new grappling hook tool which lets you reach new areas filled with treasure or Will Seeds.
Once all Will Seeds in any given Palace are collected it unlocks a new piece of equipment for a party member.
These new features and extra content help freshen up dungeons for those that played the