Persona 5 Royal might have the best soundtrack in video game history, and that’s not an easy crown to claim. The music always hits all the right notes, hitting a beautiful blend of blues and jazz to create something unique Character. It’s just an impressive soundtrack filled with subtle emotional cues and sweeping battle themes, and it’s easy to remember even the most obscure tune long after the game has closed.
That’s to be expected, but graphics are the one area where this port suffers. As with many other Switch ports, there is a blur in image quality that I never noticed when playing on PlayStation. Character models and environments still look crisp, but there’s just the faintest haze over everything as if it’s poorly lit. On the bright side, it’s an easy effect to adjust, as I stopped noticing it after just a few hours.
Now, the Switch version comes with upgraded versions for the latest generation of consoles (and a Steam version). These bloated copies also include 60 frames per second, which is absolutely amazing. So there are much prettier versions of this game, they just aren’t portable.
What could be better
The only issue I could find with this port was the aforementioned on-screen blurriness, and those are just the hardware limitations of the Switch. While it would be nice to have a 1080p/60fps version on this handy little machine, we’ll probably have to wait for Nintendo’s next console before we see that level of fidelity. And that’s okay because the game still looks and works great as is.
Persona 5 Royal is just as awesome as it’s ever been, and it’s everything I could have hoped for on the Nintendo Switch. This is how I wanted to play this game from the very beginning, and Atlus and Sega have outdone themselves with this port. It works beautifully, feels great and is quite the Character experience I’ve been craving on Switch since 2017.
Persona 5 Royal will launch on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and Steam on October 21, 2022.