#1- Persona 4: Golden
Well, were you really expecting anything else? This game is sitting pretty on dozens of other “Top Vita Games” lists, so why should mine be any different? Honestly, this game deserves every single “Number 1” slots that it gets. Persona 4: Golden is not only my favorite Vita game, but it’s my favorite game of all time. I am not even a huge JRPG fan- In fact, I barely play them at all. P4G is special in that regard; I know that I am not alone in being sucked into a genre that I didn’t have any business being in. I could point out a million different elements that go into this game’s greatness- it’s art style, turn-based combat, and catchy music come to mind. The best parts of P4G, however, are in it’s characters. I legitimately cared for Naoto, Kanji, Chie, Yukiko, Rise, Nanako, Yosuke, Dojima, Teddy, and so on and so forth. I had a deep emotional connection with all of these characters- and I can’t tell you another game that even ventured close to that level of character development (Well, maybe The Last of Us, but that game only had to focus on 2 characters, really). Even as I write this article, I want to replay it so badly. I won’t, because that’s 60-80 hours of investment, but the itch needs to be scratched. Luckily, Persona 5 will finally hit US shelves on February 14th. Sorry, significant others; you’ll have to take a backseat. Should you play Persona 4: Golden? Normally, I would say “well, if you like JRPG’s” or “if you enjoy Japanese games”; but no- this game should be played by everyone. It’s translation is so well done that you would almost swear that this game was developed in America, and yet it retains its unique Japanese charm. I feel as though I’m rambling here, so I’ll wrap it up in one sentence: play Persona 4: Golden.
And thus, it ends! Thank you for reading, and thank you for indulging me in my Vita fantasies. I hope that I was able to shed some light on games you haven’t played and point you towards some new titles. Have a great day, and ¡Viva la Vita!