Persona 4 Golden: Finding My Way
Part of my problem may be that this game was over hyped for me. I've seen so many people say that this is the best JRPG ever. Going into the game expecting that has definitely set my expectations at an unreasonably high level.
I really like the core of the game. The story and characters are interesting. They're what keep me coming back. I love the relationships that develop between characters and the social links that I get to form. The fact that the social link system is so central to the game is really cool.
In my opinion, the battle system and dungeon design are the weak points of this game. The battle system has some typical elemental oppositions and abilities, but it's not super engaging for me. Fusing personas and choosing different personas for different situations adds some variety, but it's not enough. I also think the dungeons get repetitive. Each setting is unique and interesting for the first floor... but there are many floors... and it just gets tedious.
Luckily for me, most of my time with the game has been spent with the characters and story. As I said, that's where the game shines. They are what keep me coming back for more.
And the music! I can't believe I've written this much and not mentioned the music. It's amazing! It's not what I would ever think of as typical JRPG music. Every track is fantastic and some of them get stuck in my head for days. This is going in my top JRPG music games right next to the Final Fantasy and Chrono series. It's not typical JRPG music and that makes it extra good.
As of right now I've done a the first couple major dungeons and I'm in late May on the in-game calendar. As far as I can tell, the game takes place over the course of an entire year which started in April, so I'm not even 1/6 of the way into this game yet. That's kinda intimidating since my playtime is over 10 hours already.
At this point the characters have truly started to grow on me, so I plan on continuing to play the game. I'm not sure if I'm in it for the long haul. Based on my rough estimate of my current place and time... I would guess this is probably a 60+ hour game. But as long as I'm having fun I'll keep putting time into it.