Don't buy their shit or support them anymore until they stop being cancerous, which probably won't happen for a while.
If you care enough, send them an email about your disapproval with their policies.
My issue is that even the Japanese branch is cancerous to me with how they did 13 Sentinels dirty, and the Western branch just made things even worse with SJWism.
Can't imagine how much they'll both fuck up SMT V.
Anyways, back on topic.
I've played only the weirdest combination of mainline Persona games. I've only played 1 and 4 so far.
4 was great in terms of story, gameplay was good but I didn't want too much of it because it would clearly get repetitive and tedious, thankfully it was almost never forced on me and I was able enjoy it in a measured way without that part of the game overstaying its welcome.
I feel that some social links could definitely have been handled better in terms of character depth. Chie is one of them for example and Yukiko is an even more obvious example, but the character's writing in the context of the plot and events easily offsets any of the more shallow social link writing.
P4G should have never left the Vita.
Persona 1 I have a lot to fucking say about because of the fucking revelations (kek) I had about the game. Not the game itself, which was... good, but had issues and definitely needed more dialogue and writing in general, but the fact that I was completely uninformed about the seriously detrimental changes to the PSP version which everyone fucking says is the best.
Fucking nobody talks about this shit, and when I found out that almost 'every fucking criticism I had for the PSP version was actually an advantage in the PS1 version', I was fucking livid.
The OST was one of the smaller issues I had, but the fact I wasn't able to experience the original OST proper was a bit annoying. At least the remake's OST was easy on the ears, but still.
There were significant issues I had with the gameplay not being as fun as it could have been.
>lack of flashy or eye-catching animations; the animations themselves also lack impact
This is not the case in the original. The animations have more detail, more color, and a feeling of proper weight to them
>poor sound design on the spell and attack effects and overall meh audio on gameplay aspects
The original had excellent audio, it was like it was meant to be played on the PS1. The audio aspect combined with proper visuals completely changes the gameplay.
The PSP one was "okay" but nothing special, but when I took a look at the PS1 version, I was fucking shocked.
It was handmade, expansive, with better colors, animations for shit like the boxes (They would flip based on what action you take), the text boxes having colored backgrounds, and had a ton of flair and identity. The remake just "modernizes" it into minimalistic, generic font everywhere with gray with no sheen and a few cheap icons here and there. The only positives they added was portraits and health, which doesn't make up for what was lost.
One of the small examples of things missing from the PSP version was the shit like the loading screens being metal and dark as fuck on the PS1 version.
These seem like minor things but they are fucking important. What's the point of turn-based combat if it doesn't feel good? Where's the fucking flashiness, the impact?
What a fucking stupid thing to compromise on.
>missing a lot of tracks from the OSTwhile the remake's tracks were a strange "Different" sidegrade, there are a lot of fucking tracks missing, and as a result the game is clearly missing a lot of its identity.
The game should've been far more fucking fun than it was when I went through it.
Its absolutely cursed that there isn't a proper translation/localization patch for the PS1, but for all I know maybe I'm missing out on even more there. Who the fuck knows at this point with how much bullshit there is.
The PSP's localization is one of the only supposedly positive attributes about the PS1, that and what I assume to be the encounter rate changes, but I haven't played the PS1 version yet; I only saw the differences on video several months ago, will probably do it in the future since i don't feel the persona 1 urge right now.
Plus I want to do new games or games i haven't played before. I need to get to 2 proper, but I heard that 2 IS's sequel or whatever, Eternal punishment has some serious issues or something.
also Persona 1's girls really need more fanart
I'd include gameplay videos but its too much of a pain to clip these things. Just go check out the differences, its really fucking clear.