Persona Games Ranked From Best To Worst

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    Persona almost always sells well and is just incredible in both storytelling and gameplay, but what are the best Persona games? Here are the Persona Games Ranked From Best To Worst.

    For these rankings, we will use the scores the games have been given on Metacritic on the “ultimate” edition of the game. For example, we will list Persona 5 Royal instead of Persona 5.

    Persona 5 Royal (95 – PlayStation 4)

    Persona Games Ranked From Best To Worst - Persona 5 Royal

    Released in 2020, Persona 5 Royal is widely regarded as the pinnacle of the series. This expanded version of Persona 5 not only refines the gameplay mechanics and graphics but also adds significant new content, including characters, story arcs, and activities. The game’s stylish visuals, gripping storyline, and innovative social simulation elements set a new standard for the RPG genre. With its deep themes, unforgettable Confidants, and the intriguing Metaverse, Persona 5 Royal stands tall as the best Persona game to date.

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    Persona 4 Golden (93 – PlayStation Vita)

    Persona 4 Golden, originally released in 2008 and enhanced for the PlayStation Vita in 2012, remains a fan-favorite entry in the series. Set in the rural town of Inaba, the game follows a group of high school students as they unravel a series of mysterious murders. The captivating murder mystery, endearing characters, and life simulation aspects make Persona 4 Golden a must-play experience. Its enhanced version adds new content and features that further enrich the game’s charm.

    Persona 3 FES (89 – PlayStation 2)

    Persona 3 FES, released in 2007, introduced players to the Dark Hour and the enigmatic Tartarus Tower. With a darker tone and a focus on battling shadows during the mysterious 25th hour, the game stands out for its unique atmosphere and character-driven narrative. The Social Links system, which forms the foundation of the series’ social simulation aspect, was first introduced in Persona 3. Persona 3 FES’s exploration of death, life, and friendship sets it apart as a must-play entry in the Persona saga.

    Persona 4 Arena (86 – PlayStation 3)

    Persona 4 Arena, released in 2012, takes a departure from the mainline RPG experience and introduces players to the world of 2D fighting games. The game features characters from Persona 3 and Persona 4 engaging in fast-paced battles, with an emphasis on both story and gameplay. While different from the core series, Persona 4 Arena offers a unique and engaging spin-off experience.

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    Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (85 – Xbox 360)

    Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, released in 2013, serves as a direct sequel to Persona 4 Arena. It introduces new characters, storylines, and gameplay mechanics while retaining the fast-paced fighting action of its predecessor. The inclusion of beloved characters from Persona 3 and Persona 4 adds to the excitement and nostalgia of the experience.

    Persona 2: Eternal Punishment (83 – PlayStation)

    Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, released in 2000, serves as a direct sequel to Innocent Sin. The game follows Maya Amano, a journalist investigating a new series of mysteries in Sumaru City. With its unique story, psychological elements, and interconnected narrative with Innocent Sin, Persona 2: Eternal Punishment provides a captivating experience for those seeking a deeper dive into the Persona universe.

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    Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (83 – 3DS)

    Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, released in 2014 for the Nintendo 3DS, brings characters from Persona 3 and Persona 4 together in a dungeon-crawling RPG. The game combines the distinct gameplay mechanics of the Etrian Odyssey series with the Persona universe, offering a unique and challenging experience. With its charming chibi art style and exploration-driven gameplay, Persona Q adds a new dimension to the series.

    Persona 5 Strikers (83 – PlayStation 4)

    Persona 5 Strikers, released in 2020, takes the Phantom Thieves on a new action-packed adventure. Combining elements of the Persona series with hack-and-slash gameplay, Strikers offers a fresh take on the beloved characters and their interactions. The game’s story serves as a continuation of Persona 5, expanding the narrative and offering fans a chance to reunite with their favorite characters in a new context.

    Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth (82 – 3DS)

    Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth, released in 2018 for the Nintendo 3DS, builds upon its predecessor’s formula by introducing characters from Persona 5 alongside those from Persona 3 and Persona 4. Set within a movie theater-themed labyrinth, the game offers creative puzzles, engaging battles, and interactions between beloved characters from different Persona games.

    Persona (78 – PSP)

    The original Persona game, released in 1996, introduced players to the concept of Personas and the struggles of a group of students as they face supernatural challenges. While the graphics and gameplay mechanics may feel dated compared to modern standards, Persona’s exploration of Jungian psychology and its role in gameplay mechanics laid the foundation for the series evolution. The original Persona game got later ported to the PSP as well.

    Persona 4: Dancing All Night (76 – PlayStation Vita)

    Persona 4: Dancing All Night, released in 2015 for the PlayStation Vita, takes a musical approach to the series. Set after the events of Persona 4, the game features rhythm-based gameplay as characters dance to catchy tunes. The story mode delves into the mystery of a new urban legend, combining music, storytelling, and the familiar cast of Persona 4.

    Persona 2: Innocent Sin (75 – PSP)

    Persona 2: Innocent Sin, released in 1999 and later remastered for modern platforms, delves into a storyline involving rumors that become reality. The game’s unique rumor system and interconnected characters create an intriguing narrative web. While its predecessor, Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, is part of the same story, Innocent Sin is often regarded as the stronger entry due to its character development and complex plot.

    Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight (73 – PlayStation 4)

    Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight, released alongside Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight in 2018, offers fans of Persona 3 a chance to groove to the rhythm alongside their favorite characters. Set after the events of Persona 3, the game brings the members of S.E.E.S. together for a unique and energetic dance experience. The game features a diverse selection of tracks from Persona 3, each accompanied by dazzling dance routines that capture the essence of the characters.

    Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight (72 – PlayStation 4)

    Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight, released alongside the before-mentioned Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight in 2018, invites players to hit the dance floor with the charismatic members of the Phantom Thieves. Building upon the success of Persona 4: Dancing All Night, Dancing in Starlight offers a rhythm-based gameplay experience set in the vibrant world of Persona 5. As players groove to the beat of Persona 5’s electrifying soundtrack, they get a chance to witness the Phantom Thieves in a new light, showing off their dance moves and personalities.

    If you enjoyed these rankings, why don’t you check out our ranked page? Here you can see all the games we have ranked. Please let us know what series you would wanna see us rank in the comments or on Twitter/Discord!


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