Persona 5 Royal - Famitsu Review Gave Persona 5 Royal a Score of 37/40

In Famitsu's review, Persona 5 Royal earned a score of 37 out of 40. A break down of the scores was given in Japanese blog posts.

Famitsu’s Review of Persona 5 Royal

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The reviewers at Famitsu gave Persona 5 Royal a 9/9/10/9 score. In contrast to Persona 5’s score, which lacked descriptions on how the judgment was made, the score on its successor touched on some of the reasons for the scores. For those out of the loop, a game’s score from Famitsu is the combined scores of four reviewers. Each reviewer is tasked with giving a score between 0 and 10.

While the reviews mentioned that its price was somewhat concerning, a huge chunk of the feedback were positive according to this post and another one.

Plus points for Quality of life changes

Based on the reviews, Persona 5 Royal did an outstanding job of introducing improved elements that contribute to play. They teased that one of the improved elements was the Daily Assist Command. This allows the player to choose actions on the fly, which wasn’t present in the original.

They also covered the protagonist’s interactions with his friends, a feature that is common to both games. Famitsu admitted that they loved the dialogue so much that they didn’t want to skip it, despite being similar to the previous version.

Better execution of combat and exploration

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While talking about combat and exploration, they discussed how smooth the transitions were, which gave a better sense of continuity. This was shown in the prologue live stream, where Joker’s movements were more fluid when he snuck behind an enemy.

A JRPG Masterpiece

They added that players who have gone through the base game will enjoy the new content. They remarked that, for players already familiar with Persona 5, the new content that appears at the start of the game will leave the player wanting more.

Famitsu concluded that Persona 5 Royal is a masterpiece and defines the standard of how a Japanese role-playing game ought to be. They also praised it for the addition of content that will please the fans.


Between the two games, Persona 5 Royal was just two points shy of the original Persona 5’s score. Since no other feedback was given, apart from the price, it appears that three out of the four reviewers were put off by the latter’s price. That aside, Persona 5 and Persona 5 Royal trump their predecessors of Persona 3, Persona 4, and Persona 4 Golden in terms of score. These titles all scored around 34, with Persona 4 Golden earning a score of 35.

Visit Samurai Gamers for more news and updates about Persona 5 Royal. Stay tuned to our page as well for our initial P5R guide and walkthrough.

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