Honour among Phantom Thieves.
Before we get started, let’s make one thing clear: Persona 5 Strikers is a direct sequel to Persona 5. It is not the kind of action game spin-off that we’ve come to expect from Omega Force — the Koei Tecmo studio behind the Dynasty Warriors series and the many, many ‘musou’ adaptations that have been released in recent years. Strikers has much more in common with its JRPG predecessor than it does the hack and slashers that surround it.
Having said that, Strikers is a streamlined Persona experience. In terms of structure, it does away with the concept of free time and social links — but the simplification of the Persona formula works within the context of the story. Indeed, this is all about the return of the Phantom Thieves — the ragtag group of teenagers who forged unbreakable bonds with one another throughout Persona 5. The gang get back together several months after the events of the previous game, with the promise of a relaxing summer vacation on their minds.
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