uh, I think you're looking in the wrong place if you're looking for a discussion. Go to NeoGAF and get banned or something idk
p5 is alright, I guess. NieR is better as a game.
but then again persona games have never really been...games? In the traditional sense. I mean if you were to splice together all the dialogue sequences and cutscenes, you'd easily dwarf the amount of time you're actually playing the game. It's basically a visual novel with an rpg that's honestly pretty barebones slapped on top of it. The openings of Persona games have always been long(look at p3 or 4) but there's a general feel of mystery and intrigue thrown in, and setups for the plot to take off are sprinkled in to keep people who aren't interested in the 'daily life' aspects of the game interested.
Persona 5's opening is boring as hell, seriously. The only interesting thing that happens is you connecting with your stand-in over how mistreated he is. Compared to p3's opening which wastes no time getting to the supernatural, and p4's which takes only a fraction of a second longer, p5 takes forever to get on with it. Which I understand, the rpg--well the gaming market isn't the same customer base it used to be. But it still feels as stale as a piece of bread left in the back of your pantry since the year 1990. Past the opening, as I said, the game is a visual novel with such a barebones rpg that it makes that one game you made in rpgmaker look like a crazy person's hud in WoW.
Find weakness, hit weakness, all-out attack. It's a flowchart.
The story is pretty good, you fight what is basically Dio as the penultimate boss on a cruise ship while he's riding a giant golden lion made of the bodies of his 'slaves'. You hang out with Laharl in an arcade and he teaches you how to shoot people. You can fish, but that's really barebones too.
So in summary:
Is p5 good?
Is it the best ps4 game this year?
no, that's NieR.
Is p5 the best persona?
no, that's 3.
is p5 the best rpg to be released in 2017 on the ps4?
FfXII will probably be better as an rpg, and that's a remake.
is p5 the best story told in a game to be released on the ps4 in 2017?
no, that's NieR.
You asked what I thought. You get this.
(also if you want a persona that has interesting combat go play the first one.)