Persona 5 Voted the Best RPG of All Time by the Famitsu Readership

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In this week’s issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine #1494, the results for a user poll for the best RPGs of all time have been released, and Persona 5 has taken first place.

For the past weeks, Famitsu has conducted several user polls for different game genres, and role-playing games is their last poll, with votes gathered from June 22 to June 28.

As with the previous genre polls (see them via Kotaku), users were allowed to vote for up to three different games of their choice, and each vote is counted as a point.

Poll Statistics

The total number of votes for this poll were 2,295.

  • Gender: 56% of voters were male, 43% were female, and 1% did not disclose their gender.
  • Age: 9% of voters were in their teens, 36% of voters were in their 20s, 37% of voters were in their 30s, 16% of voters were in their 40s, 1% of voters were in their 50s, and 1% were “other.”
  • Year of Release: Percentage of votes for games released between certain years:
    • 1% for 1980 – 1984
    • 7% for 1985 – 1989
    • 14% for 1990 – 1994
    • 23% for 1995 – 1999
    • 12% for 2000 – 20004
    • 11% for 2005 – 2009
    • 13% for 2010 – 2014
    • 19% for 2015
  • Platforms: Percentage of votes for games released on certain platforms:
    • 17% for PlayStation
    • 13% for PlayStation 2
    • 7% for PlayStation 3
    • 16% for PlayStation 4
    • 3% for PlayStation Portable
    • 3% for PlayStation Vita
    • 7% for Nintendo Entertainment System
    • 16% for Super Nintendo Entertainment System
    • 3% for PC
    • 15% for Other

Poll results

  1. Persona 5 (PS4 / PS3) – 256 points
  2. Dragon Quest III (NES / SNES / GBC / MOBI / iOS / Android) – 218 points
  3. Chrono Trigger (SNES / PS / DS / MOBI / iOS / Android) – 194 points
  4. NieR: Automata (PS4 / PS) – 177 points
  5. Final Fantasy VII (PS / PS4 / PC / iOS / Android) – 169 points
  6. Dragon Quest V (DS / SNES / PS2 / iOS / Android) – 165 points
  7. Genso Suikoden II (PS) – 155 points
  8. NieR: Replicant (PS3) – 151 points
  9. Persona 3 (PS2 / PSP) – 131 points
  10. Final Fantasy XV (PS4 / XBO) – 110 points
  11. Xenoblade (Wii / 3DS) – 58 points
  12. Final Fantasy X (PS2 / PS3 / PS4 / Vita / PC) – 100 points
  13. Xenogears (PS) – 91 points
  14. Persona 4 Golden (Vita) – 90 points
  15. Dragon Quest IV (NES / PS / DS / iOS / Android) – 82 points
  16. Final Fantasy VI (SNES / PS / GBA / iOS / Android) – 81 points
  17. EarthBound (SNES) – 78 points
  18. Final Fantasy IX (PS / PC / iOS / Android) – 75 points
  19. Final Fantasy VIII (PS / PC) – 74 points
  20. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PS4 / XBO / PC) – 72 points

Hashino Comment

Katsura Hashino, the Atlus director for Persona 5 commented on the results in Famitsu. He is surprised that Persona 5 took first place, but he also felt a great amount of pressure during the game’s development to meet people’s expectations, and to surpass the previous games in the series. The Persona series will continue on, while Hashino will undertake a new challenge in the form of Project Re Fantasy.

The Art of Persona 5
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  • It’s certainly up there!

  • AJ
  • DanSmith

    “37% of voters were in their 30s” So the nostalgic factor is not here. Both old games like Chrono Trigger, Dragon Quest and new like Persona 5, Xenoblade are masterpiece. Nice ;)

  • CJ Kyoruki

    Wow! Surprised at the small teen voting percentage.

  • please dont hurt me

    persona 3 survive the apocalypse

  • Edgar

    Glad for Persona 5, but Nier (ps3) and FFXV make the whole chart not that trustworthy

    • Sos Help

      Nier PS3 has an amazing story but gameplay is horrible.. only reason Nier PS3 made it is because of the latest Nier which has the best gameplay but alright story

  • Irving Lee

    You don’t know how happy I am to see Suikoden II on that list.

  • The Phantom Thief

    Persona 5 deserves it.

  • residentgrigo

    Exactly 1 non-Japapanese game, as the last entry too. Is anyone surprised? P5 also makes little sense as being the winner if the average participant was in their late 20s.
    Oh well, Famitsu sucks, so who cares.