I’ve just been sat in college, creating a portfolio for my journalism work (it’s part of the curriculum, I’m even going to court to report on the cases on Monday!) – and I found my old portfolio which is totally full of my old reviews and posts about random games. I came across an article I’d written about Persona, and seeing as Persona 5 is coming out in February 2017, I feel it’s fitting to write a little something about JRPG’s and Persona, along with why you should try them out.
Persona 4 Golden was one of the first JRPG’s I tried out. It hooked me right from the get go – I don’t think I socialized for around 4 hours, despite being in a car with 2 of my friends. It also spurred me to buy my own PS Vita. I became obsessed. I felt like a child again and I found myself playing it whenever I had any free time. I was drawn in by all the elements of the game and I couldn’t help but care about every single one of the characters. It was like my best friend – I cared about it, nurtured it, made sure that I saved multiple times (which I don’t do. I like to live life on the edge). The last game I became that obsessed with was The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess – so that kinda tells you how often this kind of behaviour happens. Like, never.
I think the main reason why Persona 4 Golden and other JRPG’s are so unique is the way they draw you in. The characters and storylines are so individual and it’s hard to feel relatable to main characters in many games. But Persona makes you have all the feels so effortlessly and unintentionally, it’s extraordinary. The whole experience of having a game that you care about a lot is hard to come by for someone like me, so this makes Persona a little bit more special.
Now, enough of me chatting about how much I love Persona 4. I’m actually impressed you’ve read this far already and I haven’t bored you yet! So, I guess I should talk about why you should try your hand at JRPG’s, if you haven’t already.
The reason I adore JRPG’s so much is because of the storylines. Now I’m not saying that other games have really bland and boring stories because that’s not the case at all, but JRPG’s just somehow have a way of extracting so many emotions at once that it gets kinda hard to control.
The mechanics are also something that I can’t go without mentioning in here, because there’s no other mechanics like it. Turn based style battles have always been something I enjoy thanks to Pokemon Blue, and finding games with that kind of battle style will immediately draw me to play them, which is why I wonder how it took me so long to start playing JRPG’s in the first place, as Persona 4 was my first experience with one.
Remember Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch? This re-invented the genre for me. The battle system, while not so much turn-based, was such a big part of getting you immersed and you were able to roam around the battle area. It was such a defining moment for me – I want to see more JRPG’s with that kind of battle system incorporated, and it’d be just as awesome if Studio Ghibli were to create another game too (because the way it looked, and the story… don’t get me started).
It’s never too late to start your JRPG journey friends – so here I am, telling you to try one out. There’s so many out there, I’m sure you can find one to suit your style and I guarantee you’ll love it, maybe even become obsessed. If that’s not the case, then we can sit and chat about it over some beverages. What are you waiting for? Start your journey now.