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.
People often ask me how I like my Vita. More people don’t ask me what I think of my Vita. I find however, that whether or not someone asks me for my opinion on the Playstation Vita, I am giving my opinion of it. I love my Vita. I think it is a fantastic system with a library that is small on its own, but is actually really large if you take into account the extras. It plays PSP games, it plays PS1 games, and it has a lot of great games on its own. What I think gets you the most value in this system though, is the types of games you see in the available library. My PSP got a lot of play not because of the short, quirky games; which were fun, don’t get me wrong. The Japanese-style RPG’s are where the real value is on Sony handhelds. My PSP was a JRPG machine, and my Vita has quickly turned into that as well. Between the PS1 Classics, which include Final Fantasy V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, as well as other venerable series such as Breath of Fire, and the PSP library, which has things like Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions and Persona 3 Portable, the Vita has thousands of gaming hours available in the back catalog alone, often times for cheap.
Despite the massive amount of gaming choices available for the intrepid RPG gamer on the Vita, there are some glaring holes in what is otherwise a stellar library, especially from the PS2 era. While a few of these games are old titles that really have no reason to not be available on the Vita, some are more modern titles that while great on their native systems, would feel a lot better on Sony’s powerful portable. I know at times there would be a great deal of work needed to even think of getting the game on the Vita, but I don’t care. This is a wish-list. Continue Reading
Sure, why not. Btw…these are themes of three of my favorite RPG’s ever.
Wild Arms Theme
Suikoden 2: Let’s Climb That Hill (Muse theme)
Persona 4: Reach Out to the Truth
Just hanging out before work, where I will most likely continue to hang out, thought I would share a few great video game tracks that you should be listening to.
Overworld music from Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Time to Make History from Persona 4 Golden
Gothic Neclord from Suikoden 2