Been making my way through Persona 5 Royal finally, years later.
I've been enjoying it but its also just.. a lot. It brings so many flashbacks to part 3 and I can just see all the QOL improvements and now I feel like I have zero desire to ever play part 4 now, however good the story may be. Its probably for the best I didn't do any of the interim stuff because it feels like once a decade is enough for this.
I feel like when I played 3 I made critters and kept them around a lot longer and got more attached to some of them. I don't know if the difference here is they made it so much easier to breed powers you want forward (You get to pick and choose instead of hoping the RNG picks what you want) or I just know that the later monsters will simply be inherantly better later so there's no point in getting attached? Cause I know in 3 there were some things I just used all game and here… not so much. Maybe its also because I've seen a lot of them before and utility and matching a ally you're trying to level is more important than looking cool? Or they actually give you controil of your teammates instead of them being AI autopilot so you have the variety built into your teammates already so theres a little less need to go crazy with your own mad science?
Or maybe its just been like 10 years and I'm mis-remembering and it just felt different at the time because it WAS 10 years ago and I was a different person and it was a new franchise and I probably played it a lot slower over several months I'll play around with the fusions some more to try and make some ungodly things. I'm debating if I want to do NG+. There's some appeal to that but I even with fast forwarding and not having to work on stats I feel like it might be a lot of repetition on a very long game.
I'm at the end of the original game and verging on getting to the part Royal added, and at just about 100 hours. I've enjoyed it but also at this point I'm just tired of doing the palaces.
I really want to get Horizon 2 and Elden Ring but I swore I had to clear out some of my backlog before I buy anything new. Which is fine, emans those games will have time to patch bugs, go on sale, and maybe gets DLC if I take long enough. I never got around to the DLC in original Horizon since I'd just pfinished the gamme months before and it was mid-game DLC rather than post-game DLC and I just couldn't build up to it.
Also been playing SOuth Park Stick of Truth and It Takes Two with my wife. South Park is very South Park. It Takes Two is a lot of fun but yeesh its got some whiplash.
Next up after Persona 5, will be.. .Persona Strikers maybe? Ys VIII, Yakuza 0, Subnautica, and possibly Nino Kuni 2.