Etrian Odyssey never really intrigued me. I have heard of it, but everything I would see of the games never appealed to me. Strict dungeon crawlers, especially first-person is not usually my thing. I like a healthy dose of story in my games, especially RPG’s. Plus I always heard that those games were pretty hard, with a large portion of the game’s playtime being taken up by grinding. However, Atlus as of late seems to want to bring people around to their entire catalog, breaking them out from the tons of niche games their brand makes up. So in the middle of the milking of the sublime Persona 4 and Persona 3 stories, why not make an Etrian Odyssey game that has a Persona coat of paint slapped all over it? Enter Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, the game that made me understand why people like Etrian Odyssey so much.
Featuring the cast of both Persona 3 and Persona 4, Persona Q has you starting the game as one has so often before in this series, naming your main character. However this time around, you will name both the protagonists of Persona 3 and 4, you then choose which cast the story focuses on. While I have only gone through the game focusing on the Persona 4 side of things, I cannot imagine the game changes too dramatically as the two groups meet each other early on. Continue Reading
It’s right before Christmas, and we’re soon tumbling headlong into 2015, in the Gregorian Calendar. Consoles matured, games came out, more games got delayed, and those that came out were often broken as all hell. I did manage to get through a few games, and am currently playing through a few more. I got a PS4 this year, but I haven’t beaten much on it. I find when I am at home, most of my time is spent on the PC, or with a handheld system. I have Shadows of Mordor, but frankly got stressed out by it a lot of the time. The game is incredible, and will probably be the game of the year for many, but it wasn’t for me. Frankly 2014 was the grand conclusion of what happened to me in 2013. Thanks to Persona 4 Golden, I got back into Japanese RPG’s in a big way. I found that I missed grinding, I still love the insane tropes, and I love the colorfulness and the often wacky nature Japanese RPG’s exhibit. So I played a bunch of those this year. As it turns out 2014 was a good year for those games, especially if you have a handheld system.
I am not gonna go into some huge list about my best games of 2014, because frankly I don’t have a huge list. I played a bunch of games, but not many of them came out in 2014. I played Tales of Xillia, and loved it. But that came out last year. I played like…half of Tales of Xillia 2. That came out this year, but it’s not that great. Or good at all. But yeah, I have 3 games that I want to talk about in numbered order, but first I want to give an honorable mention. Also before that, I want to talk about one game that I haven’t finished yet, but should be talked about. If I finished it, and it remained as good throughout, it would so be on my list. So without further ado, let’s get crackalackin. Continue Reading
Sure, why not. Btw…these are themes of three of my favorite RPG’s ever.
Wild Arms Theme
Suikoden 2: Let’s Climb That Hill (Muse theme)
Persona 4: Reach Out to the Truth
Months ago, Gamestop had some weird-ass random sale where they were selling Persona 4: Arena for 20 dollars. Why not go pick it up? I had recently completed Persona 4: Golden, which ended up as my favorite game ever, and I heard that this…fighting game was somehow a worthy follow-up to the story that had forced me to stare at my PS Vita for over 100 hours. Sure, why not. I had heard about this game long before I even played Persona 4, and even then I knew it was a bit of an odd-duck. An Arc Systems fighting game, with all those insane bells and whistles; paired with the story depth of an Atlus RPG? On the face of it all, sounds like it’s going to be a mess. A horrible…pile of crap. Much to my surprise though, it’s not. It’s not the perfect distillation of a Persona style story, but it is more than competent. While this sounds like the start to a traditional review, I am not even going to bother with this game. While I do like it, and right now would rate it pretty high, that is because I bought it for one reason: the Story Mode. Maybe one day I would throw myself into actually learning the various systems, and playing online. After all, I do have some history with Guilty Gear, before the time of ubiquitous online play. But that is besides the point. Continue Reading
When I am writing, or playing games where I hate the music, I often search around for music I would prefer to listen to, often from other video games. Here are some good ones you should be listening to today.
Pokemon Stadium: Super Smash Bros Melee
Heartache: Persona 4
Fisherman’s Horizon: Final Fantasy VIII
Captain America: Marvel Vs. Capcom
Just hanging out before work, where I will most likely continue to hang out, thought I would share a few great video game tracks that you should be listening to.
Overworld music from Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Time to Make History from Persona 4 Golden
Gothic Neclord from Suikoden 2
Lying around mostly. Playing games. Playing way too much Persona 4 Golden. Though really there is never too much Persona 4. I know I did a review of it, where I gave it a glowing recommendation, but really after playing through it again, I can only say better things about it. It is the best RPG ever created, Japanese or Western. The great characters, story, music, battle system; it all comes together to create something truly special. It’s definitely a slow-burn going in, but totally worth it. So much so that when I decided I was finally done with the game, I immediately hopped on my PSN account and bought Persona 3: Portable for the PSP. Bought it digitally mind you, so I could play it on my Vita. While I love my PSP and have a ton of games for it, the Vita has such a lovely screen, and feels just the right size in my hands. Continue Reading
I have not played any new Japanese games in a long time. More specifically, the JRPG genre has been something I have not really indulged in some time. The Japanese game industry has been in an odd place for some time now. Despite the waves of titles sort of lingering in an almost undead state, there are games coming out of Japan that show the creative spark is still there. Persona 4 Golden is one of those games.
Now before we get into this proper, I just need to point out that yes; I know this is a remake of the 2008 PS2 title. I never played it, but I know the key differences. Also, I like Golden’s voice for Chie better. It’s true, she sounds more like a student. When talking about this review ever, as it is my first time playing any version of Persona 4, I will not be making comparisons. Ya know, besides the Chie thing. Continue Reading