Persona 5 Strikers review — I didn’t see this coming

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Despite my love for the Persona series, I wasn’t excited for Persona 5 Strikers. As soon as I found out that this spinoff was taking inspiration from Koei Tecmo’s Dynasty Warriors series, with direct help from the studio behind those games, I lost interest. I never cared for Dynasty Warriors, even when franchises like Zelda or Fire Emblem get married to the formula.

Persona 5 Strikers, however, is surprising. It’s much more Persona than it is Dynasty Warriors. It feels like a Persona 5 sequel, just with the combat switching from turn-based to real-time action.

Strikers comes out February 23 for PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC. I played the PS4 version on