The Persona Games Ranked

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Persona’s popularity has exploded in the last several years thanks to the mainstream success of Persona 5 and its enhanced re-release, Persona 5 Royal. However, the series has been around long before the Phantom Thieves were taking hearts, and the series saw several fantastic entries and spin-offs. Now seems like a good time for us to make a list of all Persona games ranked.

After the success of 1994’s Shin Megami Tensei If…, Atlus dove more fully into a high school setting that helped make that game popular and created Persona. The series’s first entry, Revelations: Persona, was released in 1996 on the PlayStation. It featured the foundations that make the Persona series popular today, including Personas, students as the main cast, and a silent protagonist.

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Now the Persona series has sold over 15 million units worldwide. While that number is smaller than more popular series, it’s remarkable for a JRPG whose newer entries usually require 100+ hours of gameplay.Let’s begin!

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Shin Megami Tensei inspired the first Persona. Given Shin Megami Tensei's influence, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona is a PlayStation remake. The 2009 PSP remake improved on the original. Not being the best Persona game5 doesn't imply it's horrible.

SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI: PERSONA KICKS OFF OUR LIST OF PERSONA GAMES RANKED

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It follows the original Persona 5 game and pretends that the narrative events in Persona 5 Royal don’t exist. It also features Musou-inspired gameplay with real-time battles against large swathes of enemies. Thankfully the game does add some turn-based elements and, of course, features Personas.

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PERSONA 5 STRIKERS IS SATISFYING BUT NOT ONE OF THE BEST PERSONA GAMES

Persona 2 took quite a while to get to the United States. When the game was first released in Japan, it didn’t get a localization like the original Persona. This was because of staff shortages and concerns over culturally specific content. The game features many references to Japanese culture they feared audiences in the West wouldn’t understand, as well as characters like Hitler (yes, Hiter) in the game.

PERSONA 2: INNOCENT SIN IMPROVES FROM THE FRANCHISE’S ORIGINAL RELEASE

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Persona 2: Innocent Sin follows a group of high school students from Seven Sisters High School. The students are dealing with reality-changing rumors fueled by the villainous Joker (no, not the same one from Persona 5). The Rumor system plays a huge part in the game. If the party hears a rumor from an NPC, it can be spread through the Kuzunoha detective agency. The rumor becomes real and affects the world.

Persona 2’s PSP version, like the original, improves upon it in every way, making it easy to place as the eighth entry in our list of Persona games ranked. Battles are faster, players can listen to the original or remixed tracks, and a lower difficulty due to the stats of enemies and bosses being lowered. Unfortunately, it contains no social aspects found in Persona 3 onward.

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