persona 5 is over & i will never be the same again

I finished Persona 5 last week. I clocked in just about 120 hours by the end of it.

Honestly? I liked the ending less than I thought I would. I found it to be extraordinary long — fighting your archrival, and then the villain set up in the game, then the real villain, then the real villain again.

It was just “We have to finish this!” over and over for the last 30 hours.

Regardless of that though, it’s officially my favorite game of all time. How can you tell?

I started New Game+ the exact next day. I also bought the remastered version and I bought the dancing game. (No really, there’s a dancing game.)

I absolutely adore these characters and this world. I love the jazzy soundtrack. I love the red visuals. I love the voice acting and the writing and the story and every single thing about this game.

I love it so much that I want to finish New Game+ — getting every single trophy so that I get the Platinum trophy — before I jump into the remastered version.

I want my experience with Persona 5 to be so prolonged that I get to play every single version of it. I don’t just want to play every single version of it, I want to complete every single version of it.

At this point, I kind of feel like “an hour of Persona 5 a day keeps the darkness away.”

It’s winter, I’m suffering from iron deficiency, and this dry season makes me want to stay away from screens as much as possible. It’s just not really a gaming season. But it’s easy to turn on Persona 5, coast through NG+, and hear the jazzy soundtrack in the dark.

I don’t think I’ve ever loved a game this much. I’m 150 hours in and counting.