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Persona 5 review: Imaginative game takes a wild journey

A mysterious app lands the main character of

A mysterious app lands the main character of "Persona 5" in jail. Credit: Atlus

PLOT A mysterious app is programmed for other-worldy adventures.

RATED M for Mature

DETAILS PlayStation 3 and 4; $59.99

BOTTOM LINE Your imagination will run rampant.

In Persona 5, you’re cast as a teenager in Tokyo who discovers a creepy app on his phone that he deletes before going to sleep. He awakens in a striped prisoner’s uniform, shackled behind bars. Seated at a desk outside the cage is an old man named Igor, the master of the Velvet Room — a place between reality and dreams that’s also a projection of your heart. Igor offers you a chance at “rehabilitation,” which entails casting off your distorted perception of reality and embracing your latent potential. Soon after the app reappears on your phone, the game turns into a heist adventure, with encounters with scantily clad female warriors and demons, and much more. Persona 5 is an absurdly imaginative game that is also about how people can be led astray by their knack for projection and fixation on distorted desires.

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