By Gita Jackson
Persona 5's user interface is so beautiful and distinctive that the internet is now plastering it on nearly everything as a joke.
In his review of the game, Kotaku US editor-at-large Kirk Hamilton says, “Persona 5 is one of the most stylish video games I’ve ever played. It restlessly pulses toward the corners of your TV screen, as if unable to contain its overabundance of verve. This game doesn’t run, it bounces, helped along by a giddy and unusually cohesive audio-visual aesthetic.”
The battle menus in the dungeons have an especially kinetic feel—they pulsate and react to every button you press, giving the player a sense of forward momentum as they beat up demons. It’s such a visually distinct style that plunking it on top of other media is just inherently funny.
After Twitter user Brent_Bento made a transparent version of the battle menu, there’s been a nonstop stream of new memes made with it.
People put it on top of other games, of course:
I regret everything and nothing. I've never even played a Persona game before. pic.twitter.com/qarDSdgf6j
— Daniel - CodePhoenix (@CodePhoenixVA) April 11, 2017
FINALLY got me hands on the brand new game everyone's been talking about pic.twitter.com/NuF9PA3Jrh
— Kendan (@KendanKip) April 10, 2017
— Bit Polar (@BitPolarGame) April 11, 2017
— Mayu (@kuroimayu_) April 10, 2017
I apologize for nothing. pic.twitter.com/IfbohEMfZx
— Carson (22 Days) (@CataChrome) April 10, 2017
But honestly, this menu works on anything. And I mean anything.
HEEEEEEEEEEEERES YA LAST SURPRISE pic.twitter.com/YNwnRSHoME
— Spinny (@TheSuperSpinD) April 10, 2017
THAT'S MY PURSE-ONA! pic.twitter.com/o5qzV79UIO
— Stolken (@TheStolken) April 10, 2017
BACK AT IT AGAIN AT KRISPYSONA pic.twitter.com/17Y1tY7oXV
— Baby Bop ???? (@Sugarsaurus_Rex) April 10, 2017
— RichardBenedict (@BellowDGaming) April 10, 2017