For years, fans of the niche RPG series Suikoden were trying to get Konami and Sony to come together and put the classic games on PSN, with the holy grail being Suikoden II for the PS1. Around New Years, this actually happened, with Suikoden II coming to the digital service for the low price of $9.99. With that roadblock out of the way, the focus has now shifted to the PS2 titles, Suikoden III, IV, and V. According to the Playstation Blog, Suikoden III is another title to cross off the list, with it coming out on PSN this week. The price isn’t listed for the game, but my guess is that it will be around $9.99, like Suikoden II. Do yourself a favor and buy it. Konami used to make games, good games even! Fire up the PS3 and give this classic a spin later this week.
Source: Playstation Blog
One of the greatest games ever made has finally made its way to the Playstation Network. Suikoden II, made by Konami, and release in North America in 1999 for the PS1, took just about every aspect of the very good, but not stellar Suikoden and improved on it. A long tale, sprawling across about 60-80 hours of gameplay, and using a cast of 108 characters, Suikoden II is probably the best counter-example to what RPG’s could be in the face of Final Fantasy VII‘s ascendance. Where FF7 went for long and detailed cut-scenes and overly elaborate, often confusing stories, Suikoden provided simple, 2D sprites that still look beautiful. Suikoden II, like the other games in the series provide a storyline that is intricate, but not too much so. Painting the sides of war as not good vs evil, but two shades of gray fighting over different viewpoints, Suikoden is easily followed by anyone who has even a basic grasp of the Game of Thrones story.
This series was long my favorite of all time, topping even Final Fantasy in terms of overall quality, with the second game, finally coming to PSN being long-held as my favorite game of all time. That throne would only be taken by another somewhat recently, when I got a PS Vita, and played through Persona 4 Golden. But from 1999-2012, Suikoden II held that lofty place in my esteem, and I honestly didn’t think it would be beaten. I still have my PS1 disc for the game, which until Suikoden II came out on PSN, I am sure I could have sold for at least 100 dollars. However, I know I will never sell that disc, as that disc makes up so much of what I hold dear in video games. But now I don’t ever have to think about selling it to let someone experience the pure joy I felt, and still feel at seeing that game. Now all one has to do is shell out $9.99 for the game, and they can see what one of the most underrated games of all time is, and why it is so great. If you’re a fan of RPG’s, or just a fan of games, please pick this game up. Konami needs to see that they have games besides Symphony of the Night and MGS that are special to people, and that even though the series was largely forgotten by them, it was clearly not to so many of their fans.
The Playstation Network is home to a lot of old games. If you look at the PS1 Classics section of the Network store, you can find a plethora of Dora the Explorer titles. But past these timeless classics, you can find other passable titles like Final Fantasy VII and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. However, it is often like Sony forgets this section of their digital store even exists. This is very upsetting as there are legitimately great titles sitting in the store, for great prices. Adding even more value to this store is that a ton of these games work on the PS Vita, which make even the most base-level, fine in 1996, but busted-ass in 2014 3D graphics look good with the ultra-sharp screen.
Occasionally, someone at Sony will drunkenly stumble into the PS1 section of their store, and decide they should do something with it. This weekend is such a time it seems. PSN is having what is frankly a great Flash Sale, with many PS1 games, and a few smaller PS3 titles being discounted to 99 cents, whether you have PS Plus or not. I can personally see myself picking up Harvest Moon: Back to Nature, Tekken 2, and Virtua Fighter 2. The RPG’s on this list I actually already own, and I was never into Dino Crisis. However, the list is great all around, but this sale is short lived (ends on Monday, July 14, 3PM Eastern), so hop on your PS3 and/or Vita and get some great games for next to nothing.
Source: Playstation Blog
I never played this game, but with me finally coming around to having a love affair with the Persona series, this is something that interests me greatly. It’s nice to see Atlus getting its games out there for PSN, as it gives them new life, even without new bells and whistles. Would be even better if these PS2 games could be squished down to the Vita, but that’s wishful thinking. In any case, you can now grab this very well liked game from the PSN PS2 Classics section for $9.99. I know I will be getting it when I get home today.
Source: Sony Entertainment Network
Final Fantasy X/Final Fantasy X-2 comes out next Tuesday in the United States. I cannot wait to get my hands on the Vita version of this game. I know I have not posted anything in a few days, expect that to change tomorrow, but I just wanted to remind everyone of this for now.
In anticipation of the expansion Reaper of Souls, Blizzard has put out patch 2.0.1, which is a huge update that basically overhauls the entire game. Remember how Blizzard announced the Diablo 3 Auction Houses were closing, and a new loot system was being put in place? This is that patch. While the Auction Houses are still open for now, they will hopefully be pointless as items enemies drop from here on out will be more useful to your character as you’re playing, as opposed to just vendor trash. Also helping that along is the fact the difficulty system has been revamped, and enemies now dynamically level up with you, and have an adjustable slider so you can customize how you want to play at that moment.
It seems like every class also got looked at, with various abilities tweaked across the board. Stats have also been changed on weapons, re-classifying them in a fashion that really seems to mirror World of Warcraft more than anything. There’s even some new, tertiary stats, much like one would see in Warlords of Draenor. Other quality of life changes have also been included, most promising is that the crafting system got an overhaul, presumably to make it even halfway useful. That would really be nice. To a degree, this seems almost a shame, this looks like the Diablo 3 Blizzard should have set out to make from the start. It seems a lot easier to understand, and doesn’t muddle up the tried-and-true loot system by adding an annoying middle man in the form of the Auction House.
I finished Torchlight 2 recently, and thought I was kind of done with this sort of game for a bit, but reading the frankly extensive patch notes has me thinking it may be time to go back and do more of this game. Before you download this patch though, just know it is a big one, and it actually has to reconfigure the game files. So not only will it take a while to complete, but it will actually slow down your computer while it is all being put in. You may want to start this process right before you have to leave the house, or before going to bed. But in any case, if you already have the game, it seems this patch gives you the game you really wanted from the start. If you don’t already own Diablo 3, the upcoming expansion seemingly just gives you another reason to question your choices in life.
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Well Bethesda has gone nuts with bundles. Pricing out at an affordable $29.99 each, 4 of the company’s best reviewed games are now available in 2-game bundles for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. You have the choice of the shooty, looty, rootin-tooty game Borderlands 2 paired with a healthy dose of stealth teleporting found in Arkane’s Dishonored, or you can pick up the dragon-slaying adventure that is Skyrim bundled together with the robust shooting action of Bioshock: Infinite. That bundle even apparently comes with the first Bioshock game, because why the hell not.
While these seem like amazing deals, it is worth noting none of the DLC is included for these games, which all of the games of course have. If you’re not the type to ever go for DLC, then fine, these are great deals. However it is also worth mentioning that, especially on PC, these games go on sale quite often, and their DLC. If you’re willing to wait for big Steam sales, you can probably pick up all of these games with all of the DLC for maybe slightly more than it would cost than to buy both of these bundles. That would then come with a lot more game. Also, I feel the need to point out that Borderlands 2 is free for PS Plus users right now, as well as Bioshock: Infinite. So really there may be better options than buying these bundles, but really they’re not bad.
Oh, and here is the trailer for the bundle-a-thon.
Source: Bethesda Blog