You probably don’t need me to tell you how good Persona 5 was, never mind its ‘Royal’ re-release. But just in case there was a smidgen of doubt in your mind, I can now tell you that the game was also crowned Metacritic’s highest rated game of 2020. Quite the achievement given the other stellar releases last year. And, obviously, helped slightly by a certain disappointment.
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The game secured the top spot thanks to its impressive score of 95/100. Just two marks less than the all-time highest scoring game (that being Red Dead Redemption 2 with 97, released two years prior). But most importantly, two marks higher than the Persona 5 vanilla release in 2017 – which just goes to show the game definitely earned the ‘Royal’ suffix, even if it was self styled by the marketing team.
In comparison, The Last of Us Part II secured second place with a score of 93 and Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age achieved the same score, though sits in technical third owing to its lower number of reviews. Finally, PlayStation 5 was represented by Demon’s Souls in fourth place, boasting a score of 92. But perhaps the harder difficulty (its niche-ness) and console launch fiasco affected that somewhat?
In summary, a PlayStation title sat in all four top spaces. Not bad, eh?
I’m quite interested to know, however, whether the (wrongful) review bombing of The Last of Us Part II for its portrayal of certain storylines negatively impacted its performance. Because if they have played their part in this ranking, perhaps Persona 5 Royal was crowned the winner by default – even if it is a very deserving default at that.