Game Collection Roundtable 12/12/2014: Suikoden II (PSN), Persona Q (Nintendo 3DS), Game of Thrones Telltale

Every week, the Diehard GameFAN team adds new games to their collections. Sometimes they are new releases, physical or digital, DLC or full games, but they are all building blocks in our greater collections.


Lucard

  • Persona Q (3DS)
  • Pokémon Omega Ruby (3DS)
  • Game of Thrones (PS3)
  • Suikoden II (PSN)
  • Legend of Mana (PSN)
  • Valiant Hearts (PSN)
  • Dog Sled Saga (PC)

I picked up Persona Q and Pokémon Omega Ruby with a buttload of Amazon credit for selling my Pikachu N64, two games I was mildly interested in without having to pay the overblown prioces for each out of my pocket. My wife loves Game of Thrones in all its forms and so she asked me to get this for us. Suikoden II was because holy shit – it actually came out digitally…right around the time PS4 users will have to deal with the rental streaming crap Sony is fostering on them. Thank god I stuck with the Vita and PS3. Legend of Mana was a game I always enjoyed and I had the extra credit on PSN so why not? Finally I’d been wanting Valiant Hearts since it came out but UPLAY kept me from getting it – even with Steam sales. Thankfully it went on sale this week for around the same price it was on the last team sale so I finally grabbed it. Finally, I was a Kickstarter backer for Dog Sled Saga. It came out Monday. Iditarod RPG – how crazy outside the box is that?

Tabletop:

So Reaper Miniatures is currently doing the 12 Days of Reaper, where each day there is a special mini they will throw in if you buy $35 worth of figures. Most are Succubi and so I don’t care about them. The 10th however was “Christmas Familars” which meant I got three animals (A polar bear, a seal and a penguin, all holding presents and wearing scarfs!) They seemed too cute to pass up as well as a fun challenge to paint so I plucked the following from my miniature wishlist to qualify:


Mark B.

  • I Am Bread (PC)
  • Suikoden/Suikoden II (Vita)

A friend of mine recommended I Am Bread to me as a game I could play on Livestream for fun, and it looked amusing so I thought I’d give it a shot. I neglected to realize that 1.) it’s in Early Access right now and apparently only just came out a few weeks ago, 2.) it’s by the people who developed Surgeon Simulator, AKA, one of your favorite games to watch on Rage Quit because it’s borderline impossible to play, and 3.) this game is also borderline impossible, because it involves maneuvering a piece of bread across a filthy room to try and get it into the toaster with some of the wonkiest physics mechanics I’ve ever seen.

We’re not friends anymore.

While I own both Suikoden games in their PS1 incarnations, playing them on the PS2 is far less convenient than being able to bust out the Vita and search for all 108 (or 216 across both games) of destiny, so when both dropped I made the decision to pick them up. While Suikoden II is the more expensive of the two, both are honestly quite good; I tend to prefer the first game due generally liking the progression of the plot and the systems in play better, though this is also one of the rare franchises (at the time) where your actions and performance in the first game carry over to the second from the appropriate save game (and thus affect your ability to see certain endings and such). You can get both through the Sony PSN website for about $12 if you don’t have either, and if you don’t, there’s really no reason not to get them, as they’re true classics in all senses of the term.


Ashe

  • Star Wars The Old Republic: Shadow Of Revan (PC)

I’ve been slowly getting back into this and I loved the Revan character so I kind of had to get this one even if I only take one of the four capped characters I have through it. It comes with a whole lot of changes to the game in terms of set-up so between work and well, more work, I haven’t gotten to do much with the expansion yet aside from set my toons back up to be capable of fighting. Really this was more useful if you pre-ordered it months ago with the leveling thing they threw in with that if you didn’t already have maxed characters. Along with that comes the Rise of the Hutt Cartel expansion which I also already owned. We do get a new level cap, more content for each character class and a bunch of other end game content to mess with. Good stuff if you’re into SWTOR.


Aileen

  • Boot Hill Heroes (PC)
  • Suikoden 2 (PSN)

I got a strong Earthbound/Mother 3 vibe (in a western wrapper, obviously) just from looking at screenshots of this Boot Hill Heroes, which were only amplified when I actually fired up the game. It’s got a lot of humor, a nice soundtrack, and an interesting battle system. Note that this is part one of a three-part series. Finally, six years after Suikoden 1 was released on PSN, 2 is live on PSN as well. I’ve said my PSN copy of Suikoden 1 was lonely without 2 to keep it company, and now it’s not anymore. Hooray not having to shell out exorbitant amounts of money on Ebay for a copy and being able to carry over saves from 1 to 2.


Crystal

  • Persona Q DLC (3DS)
  • Dungeon Defenders II (Early Access) (PC)
  • Fantasy Life (3DS)

Like Mark last week, I picked up the free DLC for Persona Q this week. Also like Mark, I think the free Personas (Orpheus Telos and Kaguya) are useful to have. I’ve used Kaguya quite a bit more than Orpheus Telos, but considering they’re free and powerful, they’re definitely a must-have for anyone playing Persona Q…. I’ll be writing up a more in-depth preview for Dungeon Defenders II, but when we got word that we were getting a code for this, I jumped at the chance as soon as I got back from visiting a friend in Germany. So far, it’s pretty good, and I look forward to the final product. My boyfriend got Fantasy Life for me after getting it for himself and enjoying it, and while I haven’t had a chance to delve into it too much, I’ve liked what I’ve seen so far. The game is adorable and relaxing, and the multiplayer is neat, if more limited than I thought it would be. It’s like a mini single player MMO!


Aaron

  • Game of Thrones: Season 1: Episode 1 (PS3)
  • Valiant Hearts (PC)
  • Destiny: The Dark Below (PS3)
  • Alan Wake (PC)

I may not be Telltale’s biggest fan, but I can seem to stop myself from buying whatever they put out. I’m a big fan of Game of Thrones (both the show and the books), and thus couldn’t resist this one. I don’t expect much from a gameplay perspective, but I’m hoping the story will be worth the customary two hour playtime. I’ve been waiting for Valiant Hearts to go on sale, and Steam complied. I’m not sure when I’ll have time to play it exactly, but it’s near the top of my list. I love me some point and click, and the story for this one looks incredibly interesting. Of course, it’s also on sale now for PS3, so I may end up caving on that too. The first expansion for Destiny is finally here. More content for a game that desperately needed it. I’m interested in the new strikes and story missions. Of course there’s also the raid, but I don’t know if I can stomach going through one of those again. That’s just way too big of a time commitment. I accidentally added Alan Wake to my steam account when I was trying to gift it to someone. I’m not proud of that.


Madson

  • Suikoden II (PSN)
  • Fire Emblem (Wii U Virtual Console)

We already have a copy of Suikoden II in our household, so why buy it again? Well, the portability that comes with downloading it to a PSP/Vita for one. But also to support the movement of preserving games like these that, while excellent, didn’t get a fair shake in terms of sales. I absolutely enjoy the Suikoden titles, and while the franchise is effectively dead, I would love to see what exists of the franchise to continue on so that others can experience games that otherwise have a costly buy-in to obtain. Besides, $5.99 (now $9.99) is an absolute steal for this particular title and it makes a great companion to the original I had already purchased in 2008. Fire Emblem was also a must have, if only for the nostalgia factor that comes with having played it during my hospital recovery a decade ago. I can’t wait to re-experience it on the Wii U.


Widro

  • Juju (PS3)
  • Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (PS4)

Solid week for the PSN with two new releases that I picked up for my digital collection. Juju is very under the radar, but the graphics and polish exceeds its modest expectations. The isometric Tomb Raider series isn’t my favorite but I’ll still probably play a bunch of it to make it worth the purchase.

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