There’s nothing quite like owning physical goods, but they can be expensive and shelf space can come at a premium. Every month, Hardcore Gamer picks a premium collectible from our cavernous swag vaults and tells you whether it’s worth a spot in your Collector’s Cabinet.
Persona 5 is one of those games we’ve been impatiently waiting years for. After essentially skipping the PS3 entirely, the Persona series is finally back in splendid form on the PS4. With such a huge fan following it only made sense for Atlus to produce an awesome special edition. Aside from the standard and SteelBook versions, there’s also the “Take Your Heart” Premium Edition. Fans pre-ordered in such high numbers that it sold out quite quickly. Take heart, however, as of the time of this writing the set is currently in stock on Amazon (still with a Prime discount, if you happen to be a member).
So what all is included in this set? It’s actually a pretty stuffed pack considering the retail price of $89.99. Of course there’s a copy of Persona 5 in the collectible SteelBook case (and outer plastic cover). There’s also a soundtrack CD, plush figure of Morgana, hardcover artbook, and a replica school bag. All of this is housed in a surprisingly tall, gorgeous cardboard box. The outer sleeve isn’t nearly as attractive in comparison. This one is definitely a limited edition worth displaying thanks to the stylish Persona 5 artwork bursting off the cover. Unfortunately, the equally gorgeous PS4 controller skin which came with standard editions of the game is not included in this edition.
Soundtracks are common additions to limited editions, but it is especially welcome here. Composer Shoji Meguro happens to be incredibly talented and the Persona 5 soundtrack is just as good as previous iterations, making it a must have CD. The hardcover artbook is 64 pages and filled with tons of fabulous artwork. There’s one caveat to the imagery within. If you don’t want to be spoiled in the slightest then you absolutely should avoid the temptation to open this artbook up until completing the game. Don’t worry, it’ll still be there 100 or so gameplay hours later.
Next is the cute, if surprisingly small, Morgana plush. Measuring in at just 4 inches tall, it presents Morgana in a nicely detailed way. Still, it’s smaller than the plush Teddie which came with the Persona 4 Social Link Expansion Pack back in the PS2 era. The set is rounded out with a school bag meant to replicate the ones Shujin Academy students sling over their shoulders. This isn’t the first time a school bag has been available alongside a Persona game. Persona 3’s Japanese limited edition featured one as well – and it was of a higher quality.
That’s not to say the school bag in the “Take Your Heart” edition is awful, but it’s certainly not great either. Suffice it to say, the promotional pictures make the bag out to look much better than it is. The quality is such that it seems unlikely to hold up to much wear and tear. I’d certainly recommend not trying to stuff it to the brim or with heavy objects. Still, if you’re looking to cosplay as a Persona 5 character then it should work well enough for that purpose thanks to the Shujin Academy emblem on the front.
If you’re a Persona fan then you basically owe it to yourself to own this edition of Persona 5. Sure, the collectibles aren’t huge standouts on their own, but combined they make a pretty compelling package. As stated earlier, they’re still available at discounted prices on Amazon. Unless Atlus absolutely flooded the market with “Take Your Heart” Premium Editions, we should expect this one’s price to rise as time goes on.