Day 29: A game you thought you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving and Day 30: Your favourite game of all time
So, as many of you may know, my favourite game ever is Persona 4: Golden. What you may not know is the first time I ever played Persona 4, I totally hated it.
I can’t remember how old I was, I think about 16 or so, and it was the PS2 copy I had. I played it for about an hour, and then never again. It just didn’t click with me, and I couldn’t figure out what I was supposed to do, or where I was supposed to go. It was a nightmare and I hated it.
At this point in my gaming career, I’d been mostly accustomed to playing platformers and Pokémon, so the concept of an RPG (let alone a JRPG) was completely baffling to me.
Over the next few years I played a lot of Western RPGs and eventually, when I was 22, I bought a PlayStation Vita. Falling into the “PS Vita’s got no games” trap, I looked at a list of the top rated games and saw Persona 4: Golden at the top. Being an idiot, I hadn’t realised I’d already attempted to play this game in its previous iteration, and I bought myself a copy. About half an hour in, I realised.
I continued with the game, and it’s the best thing I ever did. I fell completely in love with the characters, and I can’t imagine a time when I wasn’t obsessed with it. I don’t know what I’d do without Persona 4, or the rest of the Persona series.
On a wider note Persona 4: Golden also encouraged me to give JRPGs a shot, and now it’s my favourite genre, so go figure.
Day 28: Favourite game developer
I’ve never played a Spike Chunsoft game I didn’t like. Maybe with all the murder and deception that says more about me than anything, but I will always look out for anything they release with baited breath.
Day 27: Most epic scene ever
This was really hard to narrow down! But I made a choice (in the end)! Final Fantasy XV spoilers ahead.
Final Fantasy XV has some really great moments but the train scene, for me, really stole the show. There’s this whole feeling of not really knowing what’s going on which makes you feel really uneasy throughout the whole sequence, and then when everything finally clicks, you’re left to deal with the consequences of your actions, and accept the fact you just pushed dear, sweet Prompto off of a moving train (*coughbestboycough*). To be honest, I could probably give a reason for each scene in FFXV for being my favourite thing ever, but the train scene is the one that stuck with me the most and really left me in shock as well as giving me a whole other boatload of feelings.
Day 26: Best voice acting
We all know there are certain voice actors whose names mean that at least one thing in a game is going be great. Troy Baker is one of those actors. I could listen to his voice all day. I can’t even limit this to one character because everything he does is gold.
This was totally an excuse to show off the fact I’ve met him. Look, here is proof and everything.
Day 25: A game you plan on playing
Danganronpa V3 comes out at the end of September, and I am almost beside myself with excitement. This series means so much to me, and I’m so excited to have a new story to unfold. I’m currently (trying) to finish a replay of the first two games by playing Danganronpa 1-2 Reload, which is just making me even more hyped for release day!
Day 24: Favourite classic game
I can spend hours playing Tetris. In fact, I definitely have. It’s just so addictive, and there’s a lot about it that really appeals to my OCD side – there’s nothing like sliding that last piece into place and watching several lines at a time disappear!
Tetris was the first handheld game I played when I borrowed a school friend’s GameBoy, and I still get a lot of enjoyment out of it now if I let myself fall down that never-ending rabbit hole.
Day 23: Game which you think had the best graphics or art style
I really love the art style of Danganronpa. I know mostly it’s just an anime style (which I obviously like, go figure), but I especially enjoy the punishment scene animations and the garish, over-the-top death sequences.
Purely from a spectacle of realistic graphics, the game that’s probably blown me away the most is The Last of Us. I remember my mum coming into my room and asking me if I was watching a movie, but up until that point I hadn’t really considered that the graphics were that realistic and just stort of took them for granted. Once I’d had it pointed out to me by an outsider I definitely appreciated just how mindblowing the graphics were, and took in every single detail.