With the launch of this blog, I have made an effort to try and play multiple games simultaneously. While you may be thinking, “Yea, I do that all the time,” this is something I have failed to carry out previously. When I start two longer games, I usually really get into one to the neglect of the other, which will then fall out of rotation once something flashier comes along. Recently I have been playing both Dragon Age: Inquisition and Persona 4 Golden side-by-side, and I am having a great time with both games. (All the pictures are actual screenshots from my playthroughs of both games)
Both games are very different from one another, and I think that helps prevent burnout. Typically I play DA:I when I have a longer time break to sink into it. Persona 4, being on Vita, has really been easy to play while laying in bed to unwind before going to sleep. The suspend feature on the Vita makes it even easier. It also helps that both games have, so far, been quite awesome.
The one point I saw in many DA:I reviews was that its a “single player MMO.” The game has different zones that you slowly unlock based on larger strategic points. Each zone then has various quest hubs, and does include a couple “Kill X spiders and return to me” style of quests. While this facet may be off-putting to some, I have actually really enjoyed it. When I was deep into WoW (the early WoLK to Cata era), I ended up playing solo for a sizable chunk of my young Draenei Shaman’s career. Having a similar experience, that is obviously more catered toward the single player experience, is something that draws me to the game.
Normally in fantasy RPGs, I tend to go with the heavily armed and armored warrior type characters. I decided I’d change the way I play for this go around and have settled on a Mage. So far I have enjoyed the change of pace, as being able to sit in the back while the tanks hold down up front makes managing the main character a little easier. I also appreciate how they maintained the pause-play-pause style of combat, alongside the more action-y style, so you can play how you want to.
I had not played much of the original Dragon Age and none of Dragon Age 2 before Inquisition, so I had to reference YouTube and Wikipedia to try and get caught up on exactly what happened. I think I have a handle on whats going on so far, and I did not make any changes to the stock decisions in Dragon Age Keep.
Persona 4 has been everything I kept hearing about the game. When I first heard the premise (Japanese high schoolers that use Pokemon-esque creatures to fight combined with a social simulator), I was not sure I would get into it. However, it masterfully keeps you engaged in its interesting story, characters, and gameplay. Finding new personas in dungeons or through fusing keeps me on the lookout. The social aspect, which I thought I would really dislike, has actually been the best part so far. At first, I thought I needed to make every club meeting, and get to work on time every week. Once I discovered there was no penalty for doing so, I was able to balance my social links.
The music has been another surprise plus factor for me. When I played the game originally (I played when I first purchased it for around 4 hours), I played while listening to an iPod. This time, I am really liking the soundtrack and the voice acting adds more personality to each of the characters. During the social link missions (side quests that involve hanging out or interacting with your companions to build up skills) also help flesh out the characters backgrounds and push their endearing qualities.
All in all, I’m glad that I’ve been able to play both games so far. Even though both are long RPGs, they are each distinct enough that I don’t get burned out. I’m looking forward to finishing them so I can write proper full reviews. Until then, what have been YOUR experiences with both games? How do YOU manage to balance playing games simultaneously? Comment below!