30 Days Of: Gaming, Day 29 & 30

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.

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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.

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30 Days Of: Gaming, Day 8

Day 8: Best Soundtrack

I’m not really one for soundtracks to games. I tend to get really absorbed and sort of block all sounds apart from dialogue out. I’ve never finished a game, then found an urge to listen to the songs from it, but I’ve never given myself the chance to do that either. Maybe that’s something I should do more in the future.

Having said that, I do own two game soundtracks on physical CD (Persona 4: Dancing All Night, and Persona 5) and another on vinyl (Persona 4 Arena). I’m not sure this is necessarily because I like the soundtracks to the games, or more because of an obsession with the Persona series, but either way, the songs are really catchy (especially in Persona 4: Dancing All Night) and good to have on whilst travelling.

30 Days Of Gaming, Day 5

Day 5: Game character you feel you are most like (or wish you were)

I’ve kind of hinted at feeling an affinity with Chiaki Nanami from Danganronpa 2 on a previous 30 Days Of entry, but my pick for today is Yosuke Hanamura from Persona 4.

Like me, Yosuke spends most of his time trying to fit in. His high school years are not great until he finds Yu, the person who makes him accept himself. I can relate a lot to this. Until I found the right group of friends, I spent a lot of my time in secondary school closing away parts of myself and pretending I wasn’t interested in certain things (mostly video games, but see also comics, movies, music).

Yosuke is also a huge nerd, catastrophically clumsy and a total failure with the opposite sex. This resonates far more than I’d like it to. He has a great sense of humour and doesn’t take things too seriously, unless that’s what the situation calls for, then he’s your guy! I would like to think I share those traits too.

He is also, in case you were wondering, best guy in Persona 4.

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