Persona 5 scored big this week in Japan with a 39/40 rating through gaming magazine Famitsu, but that’s not the big news here. The real story comes from the play length, which clocked in for the reviewers at a staggering 80 hours!
80 hours! I mean, I don’t have that kind of time anymore! What am I going to do?
Actually, the last time I sunk even close that amount of time into a single video game playthrough was with both Persona 4: Golden and Dragon Quest IX, clocking in at 70 hours and 80 hours respectively. The main difference with these two games though? They are portable and can be played anywhere in almost any situation. On the commute to work, snuggled on the couch on a rainy Sunday, waiting for my curry at the local restaurant.
Persona 5, though? Being a console exclusive, it can only be enjoyed from in front of my television set. The set I share with my family. The set that I have to review other games on. The set that I need to move away from these days to enjoy the clean, summer air. Between jobs, family, and getting outside, 80 hours in a huge commitment that I’m not sure so I can make anymore.
Maybe I’m just not cut out for the JRPG scene anymore. We’ll see! I’ll need to start prioritizing my gaming time and hope nothing else comes out anywhere near its release window. In the meantime, I can only hope that Atlus is secretly working on a Vita port.
Persona 5 will be released for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 on Feb. 14. Great, Valentine’s Day… a day when I definitely won’t be able to play.