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

In this week’s issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine #1500, the results for a user poll for the 100 best games of all time have been released, with Persona 5 taking first place.

For recent issues, Famitsu has conducted a total of 11 polls for different game genres, with Persona 5 also having taken the top spot for role-playing games. Votes were gathered from July 7th to July 18th, 2017.

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 5,287.

  • Gender: 55% of voters were male, 44% were female, and 1% did not disclose their gender.
  • Age: 18% of voters were in their teens, 40% of voters were in their 20s, 29% of voters were in their 30s, 10% of voters were in their 40s, 2% of voters were in their 50s, and 1% were “other.”
  • Year of Release: Percentage of votes for games released between certain years:
    • 5% for 1989 and prior
    • 24% for 1990 – 1999
    • 23% for 2000 – 2009
    • 48% for 2010 – 2017
  • Genres: Percentage of votes for games based on genre:
    • 1% for FPS
    • 1% for card game
    • 1% for racing game
    • 1% for social game
    • 46% for RPG
    • 24% for action game
    • 12% for adventure game
    • 8% for rhythm game
    • 6% for simulation game
  • Developers: Percentage of votes for games based on developer:
    • 20% for Sega
    • 17% for Square Enix
    • 12% for Konami
    • 11% for Nintendo
    • 7% for Atlus
    • 5% for Spike Chunsoft
    • 4% for Bandai Namco
    • 4% for Capcom
    • 3% for Sony Interactive Entertainment
    • 2% for Koei Tecmo
    • 15% for Other
  • Platforms: Percentage of votes for games released on certain platforms:
    • 15% for PlayStation
    • 16% for PlayStation 2
    • 6% for PlayStation 3
    • 8% for PlayStation 4
    • 3% for PlayStation Portable
    • 3% for PlayStation Vita
    • 5% for Nintendo Entertainment System
    • 11% for Super Nintendo Entertainment System
    • 3% for Nintendo 64
    • 3% for GameCube
    • 2% for Wii
    • 2% for 3DS
    • 3% for Sega Saturn
    • 5% for Dreamcast
    • 5% for PC
    • 5% for Arcade
    • 6% for Other

Top 10 Poll results

  1. Persona 5 (September 15, 2016) – 835 points
  2. Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation (February 10, 1988) – 612 points
  3. Splatoon (May 28, 2015) – 411 points
  4. Nier: Automata (February 23, 2017) – 369 points
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (March 3, 2017) – 350 points
  6. Final Fantasy VII (January 31, 1997) – 287 points
  7. Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (January 12, 2017) – 257 points
  8. Chrono Trigger (March 11, 1995) – 231 points
  9. Sakura Wars (September 27, 1996) – 223 points
  10. Shenmue (December 29, 1999) – 217 points

Other Atlus games that were part of the top 100 are:

  • Persona 4 Golden (June 14, 2012) in 16th place
  • Persona 3 (July 13, 2006) in 32nd place
  • Persona 4 (July 10, 2008) in 45th place
  • Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne (February 20, 2003) in 49th place
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga (July 15, 2004) in 65th place

To celebrate Persona 5‘s position among Famitsu readers, Atlus artist Shigenori Soejima submitted an illustration of Morgana:

Hashino Comment

Katsura Hashino, the Atlus director for Persona 5 commented on the results in Famitsu. He states that, when Persona 5 was voted as the best RPG, he was happy, even if it might have just been a coincidence. But, now that it has been voted the very best, it’s the height of pride. His coworkers were very surprised, wondering if there was no mistake in the voting process. He wonders if the votes would also be surprised at the results this time. He feels encouraged to continue trying to make better games moving forward, and thanks fans on the behalf of all the staff behind Persona 5.

Hashino’s Top 3 Favorite Games

Notable Japanese developers also participated in the Famitsu vote, and the three games Hashino voted for were:

  1. Shin Megami Tensei: Hashino says that it’s the highest degree of perfection, with a sense of feeling responsible for your own choices.
  2. Wizardry: Hashino says that this is where everything started, and that he has been playing the GBC version since last month.
  3. Shenmue: Hashino says that it was the first time he had felt so immersed in a game.
The Art of Persona 5
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  • The Undead

    Persona 5 is a great game, but is not that Great

    • Keir Griswold

      TAKE THAT BACK NOW

      • The Undead

        NEVER, the game has flaws at the late game