Persona 5 Voted Most Popular 2016 Game by Japanese Creators

Despite being released on September 15th of this year, Japanese users are still in love with Persona 5.

The game is so popular in Japan still that it has secured the most popular game in Famitsu’s most popular 2016 games (via Persona Central), even surpassing Nintendo’s Pokemon Go, and Blizzard’s wildly popular Overwatch.

Here’s the top ten most popular games, as voted by various game creators and celebrities:

  1. Persona 5
  2. Pokémon GO
  3. Overwatch
  4. Final Fantasy XV
  5. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  6. Life Is Strange
  7. Dragon Quest Builders
  8. Dark Souls III
  9. Rez Infinite
  10. Granblue Fantasy

Persona 5 is launching in North America and Europe on April 4th.


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  • Dighunter

    How did the utter garbage Life Is Strange even qualify getting up there? Shit tastes JP devs.

  • Manny Being Manny

    Japan loves games about high school girls

  • Mr0303

    I guess all hentai game creators would love Overwatch.

  • gwadahunter2222

    And the title sound like an anime

  • BanBrado

    Holy fuck that list just gave me cancer.

  • catazxy

    AH, “as voted by various game creators and celebrities”, so the list is useless

  • Travis Touchdown



    Anyway, let’s hope that Persona makes the jump to Switch.

  • Travis Touchdown

    I was wondering where the real fucking Pokemon games were.

  • Llama Adventure

    I’m starting to doubt it.

    Persona’s been exclusive to Sony consoles for so long (barring the occasional mobile game) that I’m starting to wonder if they have some kind of secret exclusivity deal (being Atlus’ big cash cow franchise, I wouldn’t put it past Sony.)

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Why the fuck is Life is Strange so high? Why is it even there at all? The rest of the list is fine I guess, even if it’s not all to my tastes.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    That’s certainly possible, but there’s nothing stopping a Switch version. If there is a port/updated version for the Switch it’s probably not getting announced until after January.

  • sanic
  • Tyrone Jackson

    There are some real stinkers on that list, thankfully P5 ended up beating them.

  • Tyrone Jackson

    Are you still trying to say that Overwatch isn’t insanely popular? I don’t know how brain damaged one would have to be to reach that conclusion, but it was EASILY the most popular game of the year.

    Doesn’t mean it’s good though, because no nu-Blizzard crap is.

  • EroBotan

    it’s fine to hate something, but if you’re starting to deny reality then you need help

  • 結月ゆかり

    Life is Strange? Pokemon GO? Commit seppuku right fucking now.

  • Zack Grutza

    maybe because the rest of the games from 7-10 are garbage ? lol life is strange was decently good.. far better then that garbage game dark souls 3 lol

  • Travis Touchdown

    It’s not. Blizzard just has a really dedicated marketing team.

    Allegedly you can’t even play with other people on consoles consistently anymore. It’s that bad.

  • larverto365

    They had a few games on the 360 and Persona Q was on the 3DS.

  • randomdude

    Off the list like they should be. Pokemon Go needs to come off as well.

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    Kill yourself.

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    Why do you people always respond to this fucking retard? Every single time. Just ignore him until he wastes away into nothing.

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    Dude you know, past the “lol hella its cancer” mindset the game actually won tons of awards and received near-universal praise.

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    Before you judge them, 2016 wasn’t exactly bursting with great games… then again, Life is Strange didn’t even come out this year. In a month it’ll be 2 years old.

  • Eden

    Awards and praise can usually be obtained through a certain thing we all call MONEY. Life is Strange was mediocre at best and, similar to Overwatch, is overrated for many obvious reasons.

    One of those reasons being the simplification of the game itself. Those games give a whole new meaning to “so easy a caveman can do it”

  • Eden

    The list would be even more useless if voted by fans. The list would be filled with AAA titles nothing more.

  • Eden

    Overwatch isn’t as popular as it seems. It’s the old “echo chamber” effect or I guess you could call it the “loud minority” vs the “silent majority”.

    Overwatch has MANY fans but not more than Call of Duty had in its golden years. Overwatch is hilariously overrated and it gets its supposed popularity from its Candy Crush styled simplification of the fps genre.

  • Lusankya

    That’s like complaining a visual novel is too easy.

  • Snorlaxation

    Life is Cancer