Thursday, August 29, 2013

This Persona is Golden

 I’ve been playing Persona 4 Golden on my Vita the last few days. While I always liked its elder brother the Shin Megami Tensei series, I never really took to the Persona series. While my love of Japanese entertainment has taken me outside of the more action-y focus of my younger years, I never became enough of an otaku to enjoy the high school dating sim/dungeon crawler RPG aspects of the Persona series.

I’ve been playing Shadowrun Returns as well. The isometric tactical RPG reminds me favorably of the Baldur’s Gate’s and Neverwinter series. It’s like a time warp to the golden age of PC gaming. It has me looking to see if there are any other RPG’s I missed while playing too many bad MMO’s.

Speaking of MMO’s, especially those worthy of being played, I’ve been running through content on Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. It’s hard to say exactly what I like about this game. I do have fond memories of its elder brother FFXI. XI remains my longest played MMO, but Realm Reborn stands on its own. It’s simple, yet has layers and layers of intricacies in how you play the game. Launching with 8 classes and 9 jobs was a bit of a coup for Square-Enix. It feels like a fully fleshed out game and there are mainstay classes and jobs that aren’t here at launch (I’m particularly looking forward to both the Ninja and Samurai). I’m going to have to talk more in-depth once I’ve delved farther into the content but it’s clear that FFXIV is going to be a huge part of my game playing for several months in the future.

One last piece of news, it appears I’ve thrown my towel into the Ps4’s corner. With not a little reluctance, I am buying and have already paid for a PS4 at launch. Though I have some reservations about the controller amongst other things, I have to say that Sony’s coherent and pleasing plan to allow cross server play between the PS4 and PC games, as well as being a fertile ground for MMO’s has won me over. After all the pomp and circumstance it was the simple things that aligned me with Sony’s newest problem child, I’ll see you in Eorzea.

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