I haven't had much time to spend on gaming for a while, and recently I had some spare time and was able to play some games I ended up really enjoying, like Sleeping Dogs. After finishing that and Spec Ops: The Line, I decided to get back to a game I was looking forward to for a long time: Persona 4 Golden.
I'm not that far into it... Yukiko has just joined the Investigation Team and the next victim (to avoid spoilers for those that may not have played vanilla P4) hasn't even been introduced yet. In between that I decided to play through the story mode of Persona 4 Arena, which I was originally on the fence about picking up, and found that I became very invested in the story there. Thus far I've gotten to the "cliffhanger" parts of Yu, Yosuke and Yukiko's stories.
However, one thing began to really nag away at me while playing through both at the same time. The first one I won't really rehash since that was covered in the thread about Chie's VA (again not that far into either yet) but I feel she's less "shrill?" and perhaps a bit more nuanced in Arena? Like, not quite as high-pitched and... for lack of a better word, annoying? I've gotten more used to her as time goes on and I feel like I will get accustomed to her at some point. I also only played through Yosuke's story in Arena in English (Yu and Yukiko I used Japanese audio).
Anyways, back to my main point. For those of you who have played both (or even just vanilla and Arena), is anyone more than a little bummed out about the lack of voice acting for the MC? I realize that Golden is just an enhanced version of the original for PS2 and I am in no way saying I expected them to make such a drastic change like adding dialogue and voice for the MC, but the whole silent protagonist bit is becoming long in the tooth for me. I really enjoyed having the characters refer to the MC by name and actually hearing his thoughts and voice. It was something I had kind of grew accustomed to after Persona 4 Animation but I could kind of distance that since it was a show and not a video game, but Arena is much closer in execution to vanilla and Golden (comparatively speaking).
I REALLY hope that they decide to give the protagonist a voice in Persona 5, whether it's a completely new story or if they decide to continue from where Arena left off... hope I'm not the only one.