For newcomers, Persona 5 Royal is the definitive way to play the game
If you’ve never played Persona 5, and the idea of a lengthy JRPG about making friends, making evil adults admit their crimes, and fighting monsters sounds cool, this is the definitive way to experience the game.
While I owned Persona 5 at launch, I wasn’t able to get into it, despite starting and stopping three or four times. I enjoyed what I played but something — usually the first time the team visits Momentos — didn’t hook me.
Because of the FES and Golden updates to the two previous Persona games, Royal seemed inevitable. Maybe, subconsciously, that’s why I never gave Persona 5 the time and effort it deserved.
Now, having played about 40~ hours of Royal, I’m glad it took me this long to play. Even with the limited experience I have with the original game, this is clearly the version to play and I’m having an absolute blast with it so far. It’s not perfect, I still have camera issues every now and then for example, but Persona 5 Royal has a level of depth, style, and fun that only comes around once or twice per console generation.
Note that the linked review does include some spoilers. If you’ve never played Persona 5 and are thinking about giving it a shot, proceed with caution.