We are getting closer and closer to the American release date of the only game that is being referred to in any way as the sequel to the award-winning Persona 5 game…Persona 5 Strikers. Time is moving so fast and it is hard to believe that February is already here. Heck, are we even used to existing in 2021 yet? Well, whether we are or not, 2021 is our reality. And this month is the month that Persona 5 Strikers finally makes it way out west on February 23. I’m thrilled about the game’s western release but I don’t know if I’m ready for it.
Persona 5 Strikers is best described as Persona 5 meets Dynasty Warriors. It’s a crossover game that brings together Atlus and Koei Tecmo for a hack-and-slash experience in the Persona 5 universe. This was a change from the Japanese role-playing format that Persona 5 and Persona 5 Royal exhibited in their respective games. Persona 5 Strikers enjoyed great success in Japan and many Persona fans spent much of 2020 wondering when it would get its western release. Well, that day is nearly here.
I know it’s weird to say I’m not ready for a new game. But let me explain. I have never finished Persona 5. With the original Persona 5, I had over 100 hours accumulated and was well over halfway done with the game before my data went missing when transitioning from one Playstation 4 to another. All of those hours that I spent grinding and working were just gone in an instant. No backups, no alternatives. If I were to play the game again, I would have to start from scratch.
So I gave the game another go when Persona 5 Royal was released. But I am nowhere near where I was in the original game. It also didn’t help that Atlus packed Persona 5 Royal with more content that actually makes the game take longer to play through. I’m not complaining because Persona 5 Royal is a shining example of how you take a previously released game and make a definitive version of it. But the truth of the matter is that I’m nowhere near finished with Persona 5 Royal and I definitely will not have completed it before February 23. Should I rush through it so I can welcome Persona 5 Strikers with open arms in time for its release date?
Very simply, my answer is no. I am not willing to forsake all my other games throughout the month for just one game, even if it is the great Persona 5 Royal. Plus, the type of gamer I am, if I were to do so, by the time Persona 5 Strikers was released, I wouldn’t be interested because I would have had Persona overload. As I stated in one of my previous posts on how I go about my gaming, I game as a free spirit. I don’t like feeling any sense of constraint or obligation when it comes to something that is meant for my recreation and entertainment. When I want to play something, I play it. When I don’t want to play something, I don’t play it. Many times it has nothing to do with whether I like the game or not. It is based on whether I want to play that game at that particular moment or not. This philosophy has worked very well for me and I have had a very enjoyable gaming journey due to it.
Also, by rushing through Persona 5 Royal to get to the end, I would be betraying one of the most basic tenets of the game itself…”TAKE YOUR TIME.” This is a game that is so masterfully crafted that I owe it to Atlus and all of the people who worked on the game to put myself in a position where I savor each and every moment of my time with it. I want to see Persona 5 Royal from start to finish the right way.
Don’t get me wrong, Persona 5 Strikers will be in my gaming collection at some point this year. It just won’t be a part of it at least for the first half of 2021. And that’s the lovely thing about video games. The majority of them are not released as limited-time exclusives. Once they hit the market, they stay on the market for an extended period of time. It will be there once I’m ready for it.