P5 was a triumph in JRPG design in 2017. Three years later P Studio brought the Phantom Thieves back, polishing an already brilliant game until it shone like a diamond.
Royal is notable for its two new characters, which are woven into the narrative, and a final chapter that expounds profoundly on the base game’s themes. This chapter is also one of the most compelling meditations on regret, remorse, and moving on in games.
By the time you finish, you’ll be heartbroken to have to say goodbye again but treasure the time you spent with these characters all the more.