December 9, 2014

Today is a good day

Posted in video games tagged at 2:40 pm by riulyn

Suikoden 2 is on PSN in North America. More importantly, it is downloaded onto my Vita. Now it ties Suikoden I with the game I have the most copies of. Then again, 3 copies isn’t really a huge deal…

For those of you who weren’t early birds like me, the game is $9.99 on PSN. The easiest way to find it is to search the online store. Thankfully an online buddy pointed me to the right direction, since it was not listed in the store app at the time I bought it.

Anyway, for those of you who have yet to play Suikoden II, I think it’s worth the price right now. Especially if you want Konami to bring more Suikoden games to PSN. Maybe other companies will notice how Suikoden II PSN sales go (hopefully they are amazing) and more JRPG classics make it to PSN. Either way, I think today is a good day for Suikoden and JRPG fans.

Also, play Suikoden I first before Suikoden II. The save data import is totally worth it, and the first game is only 15-20 hours long.

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April 30, 2013

Suikoden II – Hard to Imagine Without Suikoden I

Posted in video games tagged , at 4:01 pm by riulyn

Beware of all the spoilers following for Suikoden and Suikoden II. You have been warned.

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August 15, 2012

My 5 Favorite JRPGs – Plot-heavy for sure

Posted in video games tagged , , , , , , , at 10:03 pm by riulyn

I’ve only beaten about 50 JRPGs, so I’m going to be using the number 5. Since plot and characters are much more important to me than gameplay (unless gameplay hurts so bad), this may also be considered “5 Favorite JRPG Plots”.

  1. Suikoden II. This game has little downtime and really pulls at your heartstrings with what happens in the game. Probably the most emotionally powerful plot of all the Suikoden games, though the most heartbreaking moment in the series actually occurs in the first game.
  2. Xenogears. Even if I don’t remember exactly what happened in the game and in what order, there were lots of interesting things going on, a lot of “holy crap”, a lot of very emotional scenes. I finally got a copy of the game for myself, so soon I will replay this game for its epicness, if nothing else.
  3. Xenosaga 3. This game takes little time to build up because it is the third entry in a trilogy that needed major speed-up. And with that, the emotion has been cranked up to 11. Shion finally feels like the true main character, everyone else also joins in the fun. And when the game ends you may still be confused by how everything exactly works, but the big picture is actually pretty clear.
  4. Suikoden V. Actually has a lot of similarities to Suikoden II but longer, with the best silent protagonist I’ve encountered so far, and a bit more strategy involved, even if Lucretia is a bit too smart for this game.
  5. Valkyrie Profile. The characters you recruit come with such depressing but emotionally-packed stories, and then there’s the development of Lenneth herself. The best ending is truly worth going for. Ready to play the PSP version on hard when I have time, so I can see those characters I missed my first few times.

Honorable mentions include: FF6 (the first FF game I played and it was very impressionable), Baten Kaitos (too bad I only played this once and I don’t have the means to play it again), Lunar Eternal Blue Complete.

Games that will possibly fight for spots once I play and beat them: Xenoblade, Radiant Historia

April 27, 2011

Suikoden 2 – I Cannot Quit You

Posted in music, video games tagged , , , , at 1:06 pm by riulyn

Recently I bought the Suikoden 2 soundtrack as I am slowly collecting legitimate soundtracks on my computer (instead of finding mp3s, listening to them as I do requests, and deleting them). Listening to the soundtrack, I realize how many songs I remember so well. There is such a Suikoden flair to it but it is more distinctive than the later games. I played Suikoden IV twice and I don’t think I could pick out any of the songs. I also got the Suikoden V soundtrack a few months ago and I am slowly beginning to connect songs with the game. Speaking of Suikoden V, a replay is going to happen at some point…

Anyway, I have not only been listening to the music, but I have been humming and whistling the tunes as I walk down the street, though not too loudly since I am not really an exhibitionist. Just thinking of the songs makes me want to transcribe them, which isn’t ideal since my request list is growing longer and longer. The Italian lyrics remind me that I want to learn Italian at some point. I think I might go look up the lyrics so I can sing along to “La Mia Tristeza” and the like 🙂

I think Suikoden 2 is the one traditional RPG that I could play over and over again. I lost my old Suikoden 1 save state so I’m trying to replay that game because having Tir McDohl in Suikoden 2 is absolutely necessary in my mind, but Suikoden 1 just isn’t as inspiring. Maybe because it doesn’t start off with dramatic cliff jumping and Viktor and Flik aren’t as cool yet. I also have an XBOX 360 and Star Ocean 4 to play, which has been slow going because something seems kind of awkward about it. Maybe the dialogue or how it is said?

My life should settle down a bit and I’m going to be cutting back on some other things to get back to transcribing music. I set goals for 2011 and I still think I can make some of them. Even though I have failed at other parts of my life, I am usually an optimist. So I’ll stop typing here and start typing up some music.