Best Persona Games Ranking: Each Persona game has been ranked from best to worst

PERSONA 5 brought Persona into the mainstream and brought with it a whole new set of fans.

Despite the name, it’s actually the sixth entry in the main series, and a number of improved versions and spin-offs make up a long list of games.

Persona 3 introduced a new protagonist.


Persona 3 introduced a new protagonist.Photo credit: Atlus

With new games appearing on modern consoles, you might be wondering which ones to get.

So here’s our definitive ranking of all Persona games from best to worst.

Persona 3 wearable

Persona 3 undoubtedly has the best story in the series, and of its improved ports, Persona 3 Portable has expanded it the best.

It gives you a new protagonist to play as, although cutscenes are now 2D instead of 3D.

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Despite the cut, the addition of a new character with new social connections is a huge boon to the series, and the stunning 2D art style doesn’t really feel like a downgrade.

There are a few ways to play Persona’s best story, but we think Portable is the best, if only for the fact that you can control your teammates.

Persona 2: Eternal Punishment

If you’re used to Persona 5, Persona 2: Eternal Punishment’s playstyle might shock you quite a bit.

The relationship building aspect wasn’t introduced until 3, and Eternal Punishment is more of an isometric dungeon crawler.

Don’t let that put you off; The story is one of the best in the series and has some really tricky boss fights that you can defeat with strong Personas.

Add to that branching storylines and hard-to-get characters, and we were hooked. The PSP version has a number of Quality of Life changes and those that we recommend.

Persona 5 Royal

Now for the game that everyone has been playing, and with good reason. It brings a lot to the series, and the Royal upgrade is even better.

There’s a new protagonist, new characters to recruit, and one of the best combat systems in the series.

Dungeons are not procedurally generated for the first time, giving them a greater sense of expediency.

One of the greatest games of all time, Royal is also one of the best Persona games.

Persona 4 Gold

For a long time Persona 4 Golden was only available for PS Vita owners, now it has been unlocked on modern consoles.

Another cracker of a story, you play as a city boy who is suddenly shipped off to the country.

Battles follow the P3P model, where you can control anyone, and one of the social links is an exceptionally challenging fox.

Social links are easier to max out here, and you’ll see some of your friends by the end of your journey.

Persona 3 Fes

There are two schools of thought. You either take Portable’s extra protagonist, social connections, and improved combat system, or you take Fes.

Fes adds a prologue to Persona 3’s story with some fiendishly difficult boss fights and lots of additional stories.

If you’re desperate for more of Persona 3’s story, then Fez is probably the version you want to go for.

Just know that without taking control of your allies, the combat system can be much more difficult to manage.

Persona 2: Innocent Sin

The original PS One version of Innocent Sin had some interesting localization options, but these were reversed in the PSP version.

This is Eternal Punishment’s sister game, so as you can expect it has a fantastic story and some brutal combat.

It also has the first romantic options, as bisexual protagonist Tatsuya can choose between Lisa, Maya – the protagonist from Eternal Punishment – and Jun, a male love interest.

Oh yeah, and did I forget to mention the villain in this one is Hitler. A real story choice for the ages.

Persona 3 Dancing in the Moonlight

The Dancing spin-off series of Persona games are really great rhythm games with a delightful difficulty setting.

This one gains attachment points because you can’t play as Koromaru – your dagger-wielding canine friend – but the soundtrack remains untouched.

If you think Persona 5’s soundtrack is one for all time, then you need to listen to this one.

Added character cutscenes, the ability to look around her room, and some fun outfits and accessories are just the icing on the cake.

Persona 5 Dancing in the Starlight

See above with a slightly worse but still impeccable soundtrack.

individual 5

If you don’t have Royal, you can still play Persona 5, and the original doesn’t remove as much content as some of the others.

Persona 5 is exceptionally long in and of itself, so some might find the extra content in Royal daunting, to say the least.

Royal is still the way to play, but if you feel like the story needs to be condensed, this might be the way to go.

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona

If you like Eternal Punishment and Innocent Sin, then Shin Megami Tensei: Persona Remake is definitely one that you should play.

This story is a lot shorter than the sequels and doesn’t give the characters as much breathing room.

What really sets this among the others is the final boss fight, which has a steep difficulty curve since he can use multiple attacks in a row.

However, if you like the level grind, you should definitely try the OG game.

person 3

The worst version of Persona 3 is the original PS2 version. But it’s still Persona 3, and as such it rightly punches.

person 4

As above, but replace 3 with 4.

Persona 4 dances the night away

This is a very different take on the Persona rhythm games since this one came out first.

It adds a new character and storyline to her, but to be honest, it’s not up to Persona’s caliber.

Dancing All Night is still worth playing as it has the soundtrack for Persona 4 that never falters.

However, the rhythm game portion isn’t as sophisticated as the later games, meaning it’s lower on this list.

Persona 5 Striker

If you are a fan of Persona games and Musou games then Strikers is definitely for you.

It’s a strong entry into the musou genre and has fights that will keep you on your toes.

The characters all have interesting tactics and abilities that show the developers really put some thought into it.

It just feels a little odd for the series, but not a bad game in its own right.

Persona Q2: New Cinema

The Persona Q games are another spin-off series that serves as a fan disc of sorts for people who love the mainline.

Here you can use characters from Persona 3, 4 and 5, including our scorned friend Koromaru.

It’s a basic dungeon crawler, so you get more of that aspect of Persona and less of the character building and story.

But if you want more Persona, it might be worth picking up.

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth

As above, but without characters from Persona 5, making it inferior.

Revelations: Persona

This is the real OG. The PS One version of the original Persona game, and you’ll get whiplash if you’re used to Persona 5.

The PSP version brings so many quality of life improvements that the PlayStation version is badly needed and we do not recommend you to play it.

Add to that the original game is even harder than the PSP version and you’re sure to smash your controller.

Persona 4 Arena Ultimate

No one asked for a fighting game where your beloved Persona characters battle each other, but they certainly made one.

It’s not really for Persona fans since it doesn’t add much to the series, and it’s not really for fight fans since the combat system isn’t very deep.

We recommend avoiding this unless you are desperate.

Persona 4 Arena

Same as above but somehow worse.

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