You know a story has had a meaningful impact on you when you immediately feel sad that it’s over. You know you really enjoyed a game when the first thing you do after completing it (over the course of sixty hours of play, no less), is to start playing it again from the beginning. These are both things that happened to me in playing Persona 4 Golden on the PlayStation Vita. To put that statement into perspective, I’ve not gone back and immediately replayed a game since Half-Life 2 came out back in 2004, and that was a considerably shorter game!
Over the course of the past five years, I’ve developed a deep appreciation of Japan and its culture, particularly the geek culture of anime, manga, and of course, video games. Japan has birthed some of the most iconic video game franchises and characters that continue to be hugely popular even up to this day. The case being that I’ve always been primarily a PC gamer, I can’t help but feel I missed out on some truly amazing experiences during the PlayStation 2’s reign as most popular console. I certainly had never played a Persona game before, so I didn’t really have any idea what I was in for when I started playing Persona 4 Golden for the first time. Read the rest of this entry »