Okay. I say “ode,” but I’m not going to be writing any poems. This is merely a tribute to the Persona 5 soundtrack and how impactful it is.
Often times, the music we hear in video games can easily be overlooked. Tracks to signal your badass-itude follow you around as you chase down NPCs and gamers in matchmaking arenas. Other times they are done well, subtly urging you further into a narrative or world with atmospheric tones or the occasional instrumental or vocal segment to really drive the feeling home.
The Persona 5 soundtrack rips your headphones off, screams “Yo, you’re gunna love this sick ass drop!” before reinserting your earbuds or returning the headset of your choosing so you can decide for yourself if you agree. Spoiler: You do agree because the music is a mix of only wonderful ingredients.
The music of Persona 5 is designed to both call attention to itself AND allow you to feel immersed in the gameplay and plot. No easy feat. Too much attention grabbing, and sure, you may have a solid soundtrack, but a not so memorable game. Too little and…wait, there was music in this game?
Who here likes acid jazz on a regular, non-Persona related basis? Me either (sorry acid jazz fans). But I jam out while I journey through Palaces and Momentos, enjoying the feeling that I get knowing I’m peering into someone’s heart while simultaneously plotting their downfall. So to have music that not only reinforces the Noir/Graphic Novel aesthetic of Persona, but also makes you enjoy the tedious work of plotting out your move in Metaverse territory is much appreciated.
Then when you do have down time and aren’t fighting the forces of evil adults, which, let’s be real, is every adult, you have more mellow versions of some familiar songs help you cruise through the day. And considering how much back and forth you may have to do while you are prepping for battles, it’s nice to be able to chill out between visits to Untouchable and The Clinic.
Much like the attention to detail Persona 5 is praised for in its design, gameplay mechanics, and writing, the soundtrack deserves much love for it’s ability to pull you into situations of crisis, battles, times of rest, and emotionally draining scenes.
Hell! Even the flashbacks of the protagonist excite me because “Interrogation” is legit my favorite song on the Sounds Of Rebellion CD. And, yes, unfortunately, that CD seems to only be a perk for us who ordered the Take Your Heart edition of the game.
So hat’s off to you P5! You had me with your devilishly handsome looks and the promise of a dark, intriguing story. But you’ve kept me shut in for hours at a time with your musical genius. I salute you!