There's no question that Persona 5 is an amazing game — it's known to be one of the best modern JRPGs and has become a recognizable piece of gaming pop culture even to those who don't know much about the genre. While the playtime can easily stretch past 100 hours, the game, unfortunately, has to end at some point. However, there are plenty of other games like Persona 5 out there that are similar in many ways, whether in the narrative, the gameplay, or in the atmosphere.
As one of the most acclaimed JRPG series of all time, the Persona games have steadily grown in popularity over the years, with Persona 5 Royal being the latest entry in the series. Regardless of what you're looking for from your next title in the wake of Persona 5 (and assuming you've already played some of the other Persona games, including the myriad spin-offs like Persona Q2, which is definitely a must-play), you're bound to find it in at least one game on this list, so make sure to check it out below.
From PS4 and Xbox One games to PC and Switch JRPGs, check out 15 of the best games like Persona 5 so other gamers can see which epics to pick up next. As always, vote up all your favorite titles and downvote any of the games you think can't hold a candle to the Persona series.
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Fire Emblem: Three Houses is one of the most similar titles to Persona 5 on this list, considering it features both social simulation and combat-based gameplay. The games even both include school settings; just swap Persona's modern high school setting for a fantastical high school, and you have Three Houses.
Regardless of the genre, Fire Emblem's colorful characters and solid game design means it'll definitely scratch that JRPG itch. Three Houses includes an extremely colorful cast of playable characters and NPCs, and while the gameplay is slightly more straightforward, it also focuses heavily on developing relationships.
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- Release: 2019
- Developer: Intelligent Systems, Koei Tecmo Games
- Platform: Nintendo Switch
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil SurvivorPhoto: Atlus Games
Many players don't know that the Persona series actually began as a spinoff from the Megami Tensei series, which makes sense considering they've gone on to outshine the games that came before them. Regardless, the Megami Tensei series has some great experiences to offer, like Devil Survivor for the Nintendo DS.
The game was actually designed with newcomers to strategy games in mind, so this is a great jumping-off point if you're looking to ease your way into the RPG genre.
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- Release: 2009
- Developer: Atlus
- Platform: Nintendo DS
Tokyo Mirage Sessions FEPhoto: Atlus
Tokyo Mirage Sessions is actually a crossover game between Nintendo's Fire Emblem series and Atlus's Shin Megami Tensei series, of which the Persona games are a spinoff. While the game was originally released for the Wii U in 2016, an enhanced port for the Nintendo Switch dropped in January 2020.
Reminiscent of Fire Emblem games with a few classic Persona elements blended in, the Switch port was an instant—albeit quiet—hit. This gem was considered by many JRPG fans as one of the best games for Wii U, so it's not one to miss out on.
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If you're looking to spice things up a bit, Catherine is a great option, with both its story and gameplay offering an interesting change of pace. Players take on the role of Vincent, a man torn between his long-time girlfriend Katherine and a new lover named Catherine, and move through the game's narrative via platforming, puzzles, and social simulation.
This steamy romance was something of a sleeper hit, unexpectedly selling over one million copies, and was lauded for its performances and handling of mature themes.
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- Release: 2011
- Developer: Atlus
- Platform: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch