Bio
video games are kinda cool

★★★★★: Basically a Masterpiece

★★★★½: Amazing

★★★★: Great to (close to) Amazing

★★★½: Good to Great

★★★: Decent to Good (Enough)

★★½: Average or Mid

★★: Mediocre to Bad

★½: Bad to Awful

★: Miserable

½: Just throw the whole game away lmao

(Rating system can have some nuance to it so don't take it completely for face value)
Personal Ratings
1★
5★

Badges


Trend Setter

Gained 50+ followers

GOTY '23

Participated in the 2023 Game of the Year Event

Adored

Gained 300+ total review likes

On Schedule

Journaled games once a day for a week straight

Pinged

Mentioned by another user

Loved

Gained 100+ total review likes

Well Written

Gained 10+ likes on a single review

Roadtrip

Voted for at least 3 features on the roadmap

Gone Gold

Received 5+ likes on a review while featured on the front page

Popular

Gained 15+ followers

Donor

Liked 50+ reviews / lists

Best Friends

Become mutual friends with at least 3 others

Noticed

Gained 3+ followers

Liked

Gained 10+ total review likes

1 Years of Service

Being part of the Backloggd community for 1 year

Favorite Games

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Yakuza 0
Yakuza 0
Kingdom Hearts II
Kingdom Hearts II
Devil May Cry 5
Devil May Cry 5
Metal Gear Solid
Metal Gear Solid

088

Total Games Played

007

Played in 2024

056

Games Backloggd


Recently Played See More

Silent Hill: The Short Message
Silent Hill: The Short Message

Feb 15

Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course
Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course

Jan 25

Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VII

Jan 20

The Last of Us Part II: Remastered
The Last of Us Part II: Remastered

Jan 19

Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name
Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name

Jan 14

Recently Reviewed See More

You ever wonder if Silent Hill fans cry to sleep at night for the last 15 years?

So this is gonna be a first impressions preview since I just started the game not too long ago, but as some might know, I think that Persona 3 FES is a good game with a lot of potential that's held back by the fact that it was ATLUS' first attempt at a 3D, modern Persona. There were things that I disliked about it, including how mediocre and weirdly handled some of the social links can be, how repetitive and eye-straining Tartarus gets towards the end, I'll even admit I found the song quality a bit all over the place at times and for lack of better terms, somewhat shitpost-y. There were a few other things I had issues with as well, but those were my core problems I had with the original game, so you could only imagine my excitement when I found out that the long-awaited remake was actually a real thing that was coming out, the thing that would finally resolve all my issues with Persona 3 and could claim the title to be the best of the modern games without the baggage it comes with. I spent months waiting and researching and anticipating this thing, and that day has finally arrived....

Yet it feels weird in a way? The visuals are absolutely there and they're stunning, the new voice acting is wonderful and a step up in some areas compared to the original game, the combat is snappier and fun....but I can't help but to feel that something is off. The ingredients are there, the recipe is coming together, but I cannot tell if something is missing or if the flavor isn't what I expected. It's like going from a car that feels like sometimes it might pop a tire any second now but it gets the job done and you grow really fond of it throughout the times you have it, to a brand new fancy sportscar with all the new bells and whistles, yet it feels more comforting to drive your old flawed junky vehicle. I know I'm basically just going on a tangent at this point, and my feelings could easily change as I keep playing the game, but I just can't help but to think of that silly little ol' JRPG from the PS2-era and the dubbing that had a budget of a penny and a dream.

I don't wanna say P3R is "generic" or "soulless" (though I think soulless as a criticism is severely abused and misused) because I don't think it is and it still feels endearing like FES, but is it as endearing as that game, even with the flaws it carries? I don't know. Maybe I've been so used to FES and how it presents itself, with the endless memes and clips and voice audios, and how much it stands out with its darker tone, that art style, that original soundtrack even if there are times where it feels like a panic attack is coming on (Although I think the genuine criticism I have of Reload so far is the remixes of the old soundtrack are also hit or miss for completely different reasons).

Maybe it’s the nostalgia goggles being on way too tight for its own good. I wish I knew the exact feelings right now, but I'm still figuring it out as I'm going along. Ultimately, I think anyone who's really into Persona 3 or has been extremely used to that game's existence may have a strange transition into this one, but for anyone who's new to the series or only exposure is Persona 4 and 5, this should feel right at home for you! Despite it all, I think it's great that Persona 3 has a chance with a new generation that isn't just a lazy AI-upscale version of Persona 3 Portable, and I hope those experiencing this story for the first time love it. Hopefully I find out how I feel about it soon as well.

It’s one thing to make a great boss rush game/DLC but it’s another thing to make the animations so saucy and smooth that Walt Disney would do a flip on sight if he saw it