Persona 4 Golden was a letdown, but Over Arms may not be

As I’ve been recovering from my surgery, I’ve been playing Persona 4 Golden (as well as some Among Us, which has been fun)—I was really excited when it came to Steam as I thought it would be a good opportunity to play a game that seemed perfect for me that I missed out on as a kid. Well, it might’ve been perfect for me as a kid, but, as an adult, I got tired of the game after 23-ish hours (which is decent, but the game is supposed to be about three times as long). The story is intriguing, most—most—of the characters are interesting, but the gameplay is very cyclical throughout and there aren’t any mechanics that really felt like they stood out. It felt like a Digimon game or something, which is okay, and then it didn’t go anywhere (and now I’m even more interested in playing Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Complete Edition just to see how the games compare). More than anything, it felt like a visual novel, which just isn’t my cup of tea, and it led to the game feeling even more tedious and slow. Of course, Persona 4 is originally a PS2 game, so I guess I’ll cut it a little bit of slack based on its age, but I was definitely let down.

I really like all of the concepts of Persona, which, of course, made me think of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. I even have an idea for a story with personality-based guardian spirits somewhere on a very far back backburner. I’d even love to play with similar concepts in a tabletop RPG game, and I came close to trying to throw something together some months ago, but I’m even more excited about it now because Over Arms exists. It was just recently funded on Kickstarter, and it definitely shows some promise (although, I will admit it might be hard for me to see through these hype goggles without any sort of bias).

This is an odd post, but I wanted to throw this stuff out there. Honestly, I think I’m a bit overly heartbroken by Persona 4 Golden because I was expecting something life-changing. Oh well. Next up is Darkest Dungeon to help me get even more MÖRK BORG-ish vibes flowing in my veins. Oh, and even more Among Us. I know so much of the internet is a walking advertisement for that game right now, but it really is fun, especially if you have a group to play it with.