Suikoden IV has joined its brothers and sisters in my Suikoden collection

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So yeah, the big news was that I bought a PlayStation 3 over the weekend, but there was another purchase that really, for me, hit it big, and I’ve been saving the reveal for its own post. Like this one. Uh yeah, onwards…

My local GameStop in Pennsylvania is probably one of the last to still sell PlayStation 2 games, and because of this, I’m constantly sifting through their standalone shelves for goodies before the store simply stops selling them, and then that’s that. In the past, I’ve found a number of gems, such as Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters and Suikoden III, as well as some real duds, like Monster Rancher EVO, but regardless, it’s helped me fill out my collection nonetheless. Over the weekend, before I asked the dude behind the counter for the “Classic White” PlayStation 3 bundle, I made my way over to the PS2 section and noticed that they were “buy-two-get-one-free” for the time being, a type of sale that I just can’t ignore. And I hadn’t even scanned more then five covers before I saw it, just sitting there all nonchalant, waiting for me to pick it up: Suikoden IV. I found Wild Arms 4 and Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny, thus snagging Suikoden IV for free. Whoop whoop!

I understand that, for many, it’s considered the worst in the series–or is that Suikoden Tierkries?–but this isn’t actually about the gameplay, but rather finding the game. A physical copy of it. See, Suikoden II is one of my favorite RPGs, with both the saddest scene and best story, and I find the series as a whole really enjoyable, especially once you get to your castle headquarters and can begin recruiting locals 108 Stars of Destiny to see how they affect everything. It’s a series that I’ve wanted to have as a whole, and once I got Suikoden V I was determined to eventually find the III and IV to round out the numbered entries in the series. That task…is now complete.

And here they all are, one happy family:

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Mmm. Love it. Now to figure out if I’m determined enough to pick up the non-numbered spinoffs in the Suikoden franchise and really call myself a diehard fan. Currently, there are three:

  • Suikoden Tactics (PS2)
  • Suikoden Tierkries (DS)
  • Suikoden: The Woven Web of a Century (PSP)

Well, the chances of me getting a PSP are 0.000002%, so there goes that, and I feel like Suikoden Tactics is the rarest of the PS2 bunch. Chances are high I can find a used copy of Suikoden Tierkries though it sounds like a far cry from a traditional experience. Still curious about it though.

Either way, this is exciting. I’m still working my way through Suikoden III and amazing myself over the hilarious dialogue, but I will test out IV some day soon. I wonder if my PlayStation 3 is backwards-compatible. Probably not…

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4 responses to “Suikoden IV has joined its brothers and sisters in my Suikoden collection

  1. Wow, that’s pretty damn impressive to have all of those! And the three you’re missing aren’t nearly as difficult to find as the ones you already have! I like owning every game in a series. It makes me feel complete, for lack of a better word 😛

    • Heh, I knew you’d appreciate this! I’ll still keep an eye out for the additional three Suikoden games, but I won’t hold my breath.

      • Aside from an incident I greatly regret (NOT buying Suikoden 2 when I was younger though seeing it for $10 new), I have never bought or played a Suikoden game. I’ve played a handful of RTS’s recently though, so maybe I should break that absence and pick one up.

  2. Nice collection! I haven’t had luck finding PS2 RPGs that I didn’t already own at the closest GameStops but I have a used game store that tends to collect a lot of JRPGs. I had to stop myself from buying the PSP Suikoden then since I didn’t have $70 to drop.

    I bought my copy of Tactics a few years ago online for like $15. I’m not sure what the situation is now, but it certainly wasn’t hitting the prices of Suikoden 3 and 5 online.

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