Well, I finally got it.
I got it during Labour Day (Sept. 7), at an EB Games in a city diriectly above Toronto. I was browsing the shop, when I saw it. Its price tag had lowered by $15 ($34.99 CDN).
I had been somewhat interested in the game for months through friends as well as Classical's write-up on it, but never really got around to buying it. After all, I'm really not an RPG kind of person. But knowing that Atlus isn't a company that keeps their games on the shelves for long and having my curiosity getting the better of me, I caved.
I've only played the game thrice since its purchase (once three weeks after I bought it, and twice within the past two weeks), each time only progressing about 2-3 days - I've only just unlocked Tomoe. Regardless, I'm slowly (but surely) starting to get into it.
The story is very intriguing, for sure. Funky murders right before a foggy day? Count me in. The mystery-loving part of me is really digging it.
The characters are a fun bunch so far, as well. As of this moment, I'm really liking Chie. Her type of girl seldom interests me as strongly this instance, so I was sure surprised when I was. It also helps that I haven't seen too much of Yukiko yet. Her voice plays a big part of my liking for her, so kudos to Tracey Rooney for voicing her well. That might change when Naoto pops up, though.
Plus, Nanako singing the Junes tune is d'awwwwww.
As for the gameplay, it hasn't become overwhelming just yet, but I'm somewhat expecting it to soon. I'm likely going to make a fair number of bad choices along the way, plus there seems to be so/too much one can do with their personas and weapons. There's so many questions I have - which weapons are best to use, what to fuse and not to fuse, ahhh! I don't have the luxury to play it often at this time.
I'm really digging the soundtrack, too. Aria of the Soul and another song that I don't know the name of that wasn't included in the Side A soundtrack are currently my favourites. (It's an upbeat song with lyrics that was used at home once or twice) in the very beginning.
One more thing - I didn't expect the cut scenes to consist of anime clips. That was a pleasant surprise.
This is the first non-Pokemon RPG I've played since FFX (which I only completed roughly 2 years ago) and only the third non-Pokemon RPG game I've ever
played, so here's hoping that I'll really
get into it!