#1. The Persona series
From its inception, the Persona series has always been about a class of high school kids in modern-day. Though starting with the fourth entry, the series underwent a fairly drastic change. The first two games still had you as high schoolers battling demons with other demons in order to save the world, but Persona 3 (yes, that is the fourth entry in the series) is where the series as we know it today began to really take shape and establish its unique and incredibly stylish identity.
Persona 3 the first entry in the series to feature “social links” where you were able to get various bonuses and skills outside of combat by building relationships with your teammates and various NPCs. It also introduced “The Velvet Room,” a mysterious space run by a strange man named Igor where you could combine demons you had captured into new demons. He might even give you cryptic hints of what was to come.
Probably the biggest change was that Persona 3 was the first game in the series to introduce a calendar system that you had to adhere to. The game takes place over a period of time and you must manage that time at least somewhat efficiently (building social links, leveling up, not failing classes) or you’ll end up in a spot where the game is practically insurmountable. The Persona series is easily the premiere RPG series that takes place in modern-day and if you haven’t checked it out yet be sure to give Persona 5: The Royale a go when it comes out in 2020.
That’s the list of five RPGs that take place in a modern-day setting. Any ones we left out that you’d like to give a shout out to? Sound off in the comments!