Any fans of the Persona series will know that these games are not brief experiences, offering many hours of gameplay that can easily get up to the 100 hour mark. How thorough you are with your playthrough and how slow/fast you are at reading text will alter this, but for the most part you should always plan for an extended stay. The excellent Persona 4 Golden was one example of this, with so much worthwhile content that it was hard to not spend 100 hours with it.
This is no different with Atlus’ Persona 5, offering yet another lengthy JRPG experience for players to get sucked up in. The game will easily take at least 60-70 hours to complete, but for those of you who really take your time to experience everything will see that number end up in the 80-100 hour range. This is due to the sheer amount of content that is on offer here, from the lengthy main palace quests to all of the school and social aspects and even the Mementos side quests.
However, for most people it is going to the be the Palaces that make up the bulk of their playtime, and the game offers seven main ones and one optional one to tackle. While it may not seem like a ton on the surface, these dungeons are typically very lengthy and challenging. They also hold major significance in the game’s story, as they are literal manifestations of corrupted adults’ hearts that you’re trying to purify. The following is a complete list of all Palaces in Persona 5:
- Castle of Lust
- Museum of Vanity
- Bank of Gluttony
- Pyramid of Wrath
- Space Station of Greed
- Casino of Envy
- Cruise of Pride
- Prison of Sloth (Mementos)
On top of the already lengthy game is the fact that the game also offers a new game plus mode, allowing the player to carry over all of their stats from their first playthrough. This will allow you to complete any of the tasks that you missed the first time around (which will happen), meaning that the length would then even surpass the 100 hour mark for completionists. While this could end up being a chore for some games, the fact that Persona 5 is such a high quality experience means that it’s something that is enjoyable to spend so much time with.