Being sick sucks balls. I'm not sick very often so realizing this always manages to surprise me. I also threw up for the first time in ~20 years. Fuck my life
Speaking of surprises, I bought a Playstation Vita. A handheld console I didn't give a damn about. But then I started hearing awesome praise about Persona 4 Golden. I became so obsessed about trying the game out I just couldn't help myself.
I'm quite satisfied with the hardware. I much prefer one large high quality screen than the dual screen setup Nintendo uses. Vita feels really good to hold in your hands and the battery life is long enough after setting the device on airplane mode. The buttons are bit plasticky though. I absolutely love the ability to buy full games directly from PSN, that was a feature I missed when using my DS lite. I feel kind of annoyed that Nintendo focuses so much on random gimmicks and yet it outsells Sony's handhelds by a huge margin. Vita has been struggling and I can't figure out why there's so few games being developed for it.
But man, Persona 4 Golden is awesome! I'd say it's more than the sum of it's parts. If you tear down it's gameplay it seems somewhat dull but there are so many elements and mechanics that interact beautifully with eachother to from an amazing experience. A lot of love and time has been poured into this game and it shows. The characters and writing is superb, I'm constantly surprised by the mature themes and how rough the dialogue gets occasionally. Swearing in a colorful JRPG? Oh my. I've been playing the wrong JRPGs... But the point is, the characters feel natural, deep and interesting. When combined with the dungeon crawling, everyday school life and the countless amount of activities the result is a huge emotional snowball-effect.
I kind of regret I went with normal difficulty instead of easy though I tend to get ridiculously stressed with boss fights, (Yukiko you piece of -!) and since screwing things up majorly is quite easy... The game isn't perfect either. I quite dislike the 3D models and environments. I wish they had used a 2D style 3D like in Okami or Windwaker. The movement feels a bit flimsy especially in town where camera is fixed. On a positive note, the English voiceacting is amazing! I was very sceptical about it but now I'm not mad about the lack of Japanese audio at all. The actors convey a huge range of emotions extremely well and all of the voices fit well for the characters. I'd say Chie sounds a bit annoying at times but I think that's just how she is. Her new VA is also much better than in the original P4 who sounded weirdly clunky and dull. Oh and Kanji and Logan from GW2 have the same VA.. *giggles* After I get rid of this fever I'm off to save Kanji. I really like him, just don't beat me to death, okay? D:
Also. I really need a fabulous pair of glasses. Seriously.