This topic is sort of random, but for the past three days I’ve been addicted to Persona 5, and I’ve already racked up almost 15 hours of playtime. Usually that wouldn’t be possible for me, but thanks to my trusty PS Vita, I’ve been able to.
Most Games Aren’t Great for Remote-play
Typically, any fast-paced PS4 games just aren’t fit for remote-play, due to the slight delay that can easily mess up the gameplay. Obviously, your internet speed can also help or tarnish your experience. However, given that Persona 5 is heavily story-driven, on top of being a turn-based strategy game, it’s simply the easiest, and best type of game to remote-play on the PS Vita.
Coming from someone who looks for any excuse to pick up my Vita, over the past three and a half years, I have rarely used remote-play. I think the last time I used it extensively was to re-play the PS4 port of Heavy Rain (another decent game to play on Vita via remote-play), and I can’t remember the time before that. Back in November 2012 when the PS4 launched, one thing I noticed right off the bat was that realistic looking games (Dragon Age: Inquisition, The Last of Us) just didn’t look great when streaming to the Vita’s screen (although, I found turning up the game’s in-game brightness helps). I’m not sure why this is, but they look watered down and blurry in my opinion. However, vibrant and heavily stylized games look magnificent on the Vita in remote-play. Once again, that’s exactly what Persona 5 is. Persona 5 features a beautiful comicbook-like art style that displays splendidly on the PS Vita’s OLED/LCD screen.
In my opinion, the Persona series works much better as a handheld game, rather than a console experience. They’re extremely long games so it’s hard to dedicate that much time in front of a TV. Also, it’s such a pick-up-and-play game — It’s really easy to jump in and out. Traversing dungeons and collecting Personas is perfect for handheld gaming. After being devastated that the game wasn’t coming to PS Vita, remote-play was my first thought afterwards, but I didn’t know how well it would work though — I am stoked that it’s working great.
I’ll list my reasons as to why Persona 5 is perfect for Remote-play
1. Persona 5 has you standing still and talking to characters a ton, perfect for laying in bed and just listening to the story unfold.
2. Doesn’t involve any fast-paced gameplay. That’s good just incase your internet isn’t great and connection gets interrupted or slows down.
3. Features a bright and stylized art-style that looks great on the PS Vita via Remote-play
4. Even if you lose connection, there’s nothing to worry about because the story or gameplay doesn’t continue without you.
5. It’s an easy pick-up-and-play game, thanks to how the dungeons are laid out, and the day-night system the game uses. In other words, it’s really easy to start and stop.
6. The Persona franchise has always worked well on a handheld (Persona 3 Portable, Persona 4 Golden)
7. The game’s controls aren’t impossible on Vita. (Mass Effect: Andromeda, I’m looking at you) Actually, they’re quite simple — almost exactly like Persona 4 Golden.
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