It's funny everyone is talking about trying to reduce their buying habits and not waste time on games they don't enjoy, since I've taken a bit of a step back from game purchases (hence my absence from the thread) for two reasons: one, because my backlog is out of control and I really need to actually play the games I own, and two, because I've been getting back into manga collecting, and I only have so much money for all this stuff. I got New Pokemon Snap at launch because I knew I'd love that game (and I really do lol), but I'm trying to curb my gaming impulse buys and limit myself to just stuff I'll play right away (or, if it's a special edition I know will sell out right away). That means games like Mario Golf, the Skyward Sword remake, and Samurai Warriors 5 will still be stuff I pre-order, and those three games alone will keep me busy for a while.
I totally get trying to endure a game you don't enjoy because it's well-regarded or it's in a series you love, since I've done that many times. My husband jokes that I hate-play games (.hack//GU is a great example of this, since I really hated that game but played the whole thing because I love .hack) and I admit I can do that sometimes. I think we also do stuff like this because we paid for the game and don't want to feel like we wasted the money. But, life's just too damn short to waste it on stuff we don't enjoy.
Basically I'm trying to whittle away at the problem, but prevent burnout from tackling any solutions too hard.
I'm also trying to skew maybe just a smidge more toward figures temporarily. They just sit there and look cool, no time investment needed and it's what a lot of my games are doing anyway... That's all it takes to enjoy them and I have some spaces to fill in. Once that spot is full who knows! Hobbies aren't supposed to have stress, what the heck!
Yeah, that's why I've been gravitating more toward manga and Gunpla. I can buy a whole series of manga for the price of one or two full-priced games, read it over a few days or a week, and then put it on my shelf to admire. And with Gunpla, it's a fun little project for a few hours that I then put on display. But, money is of course limited, so I have to figure out what the best hobbies are to put my funds toward.
...having fun is hard work!
Should I buy Persona Q2 digitally? On one hand, I don't think I'm ever going to actually open my PQ2 Premium Edition at this point. And $20 on sale might be the best it gets before 3ds sales disappear.
Edit: Guess I should add that I truly love the mainline persona games.
On the other hand, I'm having a hard time getting through PQ right now. Near the end of the first dungeon. Getting dragged down by the mandatory map drawing, the encounters, and the lack of music variety. And I've actually heard from a few people that Q2 is inferior to Q. That said, this dungeon crawler genre just might not be my cup of tea. I've only played 3-4 total and the only one I remember not feeling like a chore was Dungeon Travelers 2.
I'm a HUGE Persona fan and I just couldn't get into Q and Q2. I kind of liked drawing the map, but the stories were boring, the random encounters were tedious, the amount of playable characters was too high (I never felt like anyone but the five people I chose for my party mattered in the gameplay), and the difficulty spikes were frustrating. I'm not a huge fan of first-person dungeon crawlers (even the ones I liked, such as Dungeon Travelers 2 and Mary Skelter, I didn't finish), so that definitely didn't help. I don't regret getting the special editions of both games, but I dropped both of them because I just wasn't having fun. So, my advice is this: Q2 is, in my opinion, a better game mechanically than Q, but if you weren't feeling Q, Q2 won't do much to change your mind. Plus, the lack of English voice acting really sucked (the Japanese cast does a good job, but I'm just used to hearing the English one).