Last year, I tried to make my JRPG Resolutions more realistic. I was over ending the year with a bunch of Resolutions I didn’t end up having time for, so I tried to be a little smarter and just do three. In hindsight, I ended up doing an unofficial resolution that I wanted to try keep up with new JRPG releases as much as possible in 2017 and I did that very well. However it also took a bunch of time away from my intended resolutions and while I think I had more success overall than failure for my 2017 JRPG Resolutions, I didn’t end up with the 100% completion I hoped for. In any case, I’m thankful for these resolutions that encouraged me to go deeper into at least one of my favourite JRPG franchises and fully completed or not, I’m happy to take what they taught me about my gaming time into 2018.
1) Play an old game from a JRPG series
Also while I didn’t finish Persona 2 yet, I did finish .hack//G.U. Last Recode and it’s an HD Remaster of an old PS2 game, so I think I did enough towards this idea of playing older games to consider this goal mostly a success, even if it wasn’t in the way and with the game I was hoping for.
2) Finish Persona 5 in English and Japanesecompleted Persona 5 in English and have also started multiple playthroughs in both English and Japanese to tie up loose ends. The very first time I played Persona 5 was in Japanese because I had no patience when I came out in Japan way before it did in the West, however the language barrier got to me after it took me about 40 hours to do the first dungeon, so I left my Japanese playthrough alone for a while. When I started my next one after fully finishing Persona 5 in English, I wanted to go through the Japanese version slowly and take my time to try learn new words and although it meant only half completing this goal, I think it’s a better way to try play something for the sake of language study.
In the English version of Persona 5, finishing Persona 5 was one of my favourite things I did last year and I’m happily on my second playthrough. I hope to spend more time with it this year to get as deep into it as I did when I played Persona 4 Golden, but it may just be in my own language for fun and relaxation rather than for Japanese study.
3) Platinum a JRPGmy platinum of Final Fantasy XV early last year meaning that I continued throughout the year knowing I’d done at least one of these goals. I platinumed Final Fantasy XV because I didn’t want to leave its world yet and since that’s why I like platinuming games, I didn’t feel like I was forcing myself to complete this goal at all. A platinum I made myself get with a little more force was the one for spin-off game Persona 4 Dancing All Night, but it didn’t require much force as a fairly easy platinum and lets me leave the year with two JRPG related platinum trophies.
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