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Much like any great RPG should, Persona 5 took the world by storm, impressing critics and fans alike with its intricate storyline and style. It was a game that forced players to pace themselves, to pay attention to the details, and even work on their friendships. What if, however, you beat the game and your #RPG appetite was left unsated? You have a hankering for more and you need it now.
Lucky for you, there are a number of options to satisfy that burning need. Hopefully you have access to the hardware to do so, since not all of them require a PlayStation 4 console with which to play.
5. Persona Q: Shadow Of The Labyrinth (Nintendo 3DS)
If you ever wanted to see two of the most beloved games within the #Persona franchise cross over, then Persona Q could be that conduit. The game melds the casts of both Persona 3 and Persona 4 by introducing them to each other in an isolated pocket dimension. Set in a fully canonical story, Persona Q sees the groups pulled from their respected time periods to face an unknown enemy, with the combined cast is sent into a replicated version of Persona 4's Yasogami High School.
The gameplay fuses elements of both the Persona and Etrian Odyssey franchises, allowing the focus to be in the first person as players crawl through dungeons and battle Shadows using the titular Personas. Lucky for fans, Persona Q keeps these elements seamlessly infused between the two games. If you're one for dungeon diving, Persona slaying and leveling up, #PersonaQ would be right up your alley.
4. Danganronpa 1-2 Reload (PS Vita/PS4)
An insane teddy bear known as Monokuma takes control of a group of Japanese high school kids, forcing them to live on campus forever, with the only way out being murder. Sounds awesome, right? Also released as a graphic novel series, #Danganronpa spans the course of four games, with the series placing the player in the role of one of several high-school-aged kids who's in serious trouble with their new cybernetic/robotic panda-like overlord.
Unlike #Persona5, Danganronpa is, for all intents and purposes, a graphic novel that allows players to make their own choices. If you have the patience, the conviction, and the time management skills, you could very well get out of Monokuma's school alive and hopefully stop his reign of teddy terror.
3. World Of Final Fantasy (PS Vita/PS4)
So you want to tame creatures and increase their power to help you overcome difficult obstacles? The next game on this list is one that pushes the limits of a Persona-style game while mixing it up in with Pokémon-style mechanics, thanks to its gameplay element of creature control.
For this game you'll venture through the world of Grymoire, a land rich with classic #FinalFantasy characters. The game's story arc focuses on two siblings, Lann and Reynn, who both suffer from amnesia and can't remember their past. Luckily for them, they hold the power to capture and wield Mirages, the monsters of Gryimoire. Much like Persona 5, your adventure will take you through wild places while focusing heavily upon its narrative drive.
2. Shin Megami Tensei IV (Nintendo 3DS)
Shin Megami Tensei IV is a Japanese post-apocalyptic RPG that Persona 5 fans will be familiar with, thanks to the recognizable demons that appear in both games. With both brought to you courtesy of developers Atlus, this one carries on the tradition where fans will control, train, and power up said demons. In #ShinMegamiTensei4 players explore the Eastern Kingdom, which is controlled by angels, and Tokyo, which is enclosed by a rock dome and overrun by demons.
Just as you would expect, the game requires players to make heavy choices, be beholden to deadlines, and endure hefty grinding to get a hold of more powerful demons. As the reincarnation of Tokyo's savior, players will take on the role of Flynn, who remains a silent protagonist throughout his journey while being assisted by three moral acquaintances who represent law, chaos and neutrality.
1. Persona 4 Golden (PlayStation Vita)
If you're new to Persona, this one stands out as the most beloved game of the franchise. In this title players will return to the mechanics of the original game, taking the role of Yu who is joined by his friends Yosuke, Chie, Yukiko, Kanji, Rise and Teddie, who spend much of their time in the town of Inaba, where Yu lives with the Dojimas. It's there that we get to know his uncle Ryotaro and cousin Nanako.
Yu and his gang work to solve the mystery surrounding a spate of grizzly murders. What's the cause? An eerie otherworld known as the Midnight Channel. The group must overcome a string of challenges that are usually the domain of high schoolers as well as private detectives.