Persona 5 thoughts
Posted: Posted May 1st, 2017 by Jo Nathan
I've mostly finished the game at this point (still getting through some of the ending scenes) and I've clocked in a bit over 100 hours. I don't want to make a wall of text, just wanted to say a few general things, because there is just way too much to say about this game.
Leading up to the game's release, I wasn't worried about it being better or worse than Persona 3 or 4. The only expectation I had was that it would be another Persona game and it would be good. Now that I'm at the end, it's hard to say whether or not it's better from an objective standpoint. For each player, it's all going to hinge on whether you adore the characters or find them annoying, kind of like Undertale, actually.
As for my part, I think Persona 5 is my new favorite video game. My favorite game has been Super Mario RPG since I was a preteen so that's not something I say lightly. I've honestly never played a game before that made me feel so much anxiety over the well-being of its cast, the emotional highs and lows, the utter feeling of comradery; that invaded my dreams on so many consecutive nights or gnawed at my brain all day every day while I was at work; that has made me feel so sad that I've reached the end.
To put it another way, this is the same way I felt about Undertale, except with a lot more intensity.
I dunno. I could be blowing its quality out of proportion in my mind and maybe other people think the game is just ok, and maybe Super Mario RPG will still be my favorite game after I settle down from this initial burst of emotion, but it's honestly how I feel at the moment. It's resonated with me in the greatest possible way. I haven't finished going through the ending scenes yet and I feel compelled to reload my file so I can restart the ending and see it again. I can't think of another game that's made me do that before.
I'll make more detailed comments over time, but I just wanted to get this off my chest for now. I never realized how much of a sucker I was for sappy shit.
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