I decided to pick up Suikoden and Suikoden II ( both on the PSX ) again at the same time- I've been recording video footage of Suikoden II mostly, and making gifs out of it, because why not. I like the animations. And I convinced a friend to play it with me over Skype, and he's really enjoying it now.
For those who don't know, Suikoden is a series of games ( like Final Fantasy, in that you don't need any knowledge of prior games to know what's going on in any later games ) that usually involve you, the protagonist, starting as some lowly footsoldier in an army or something- and then somehow earning a fortress / castle of your own, and going out into the world to recruit the 108 Stars of Destiny so you can save your country. Or world. Or ocean. Or something.
The games don't change their formula very much from one sequel to the next. But I always found them fun, and they're pretty much my favorite series of RPGs out there.
They also have some really nice musical scores and intros.
I have Suikoden III, but have never really played it. It's not technically mine. Some dude let me borrow it while he borrowed my copy of .hack//Infection, then he disappeared. I wasn't too broken up over it, but I just never got around to playing the game I ended up with.
Well, I played .hack//Infection for a bit. I did enjoy what I played of my game. I liked the whole idea of playing as characters playing an MMORPG that has gone haywire. Kinda wanted to finish it, but... not enough to have gone out and replaced it, apparently.
Suikoden III is a good game if you've played the first 2, and out of the 3 is the weakest. It's not a bad game by itself, it just doesn't stand out unless you have a full understanding of what happened before it.
II will always be the best (and is one of my all time favorite games), and anything after III is kind of eh.
Suikoden 1 was really good, although it lacked polish. Suikoden II took the first game's forumla and just exploded in quality.
III's system was kind of weird, and it is the worst of the series. I really liked IV, and while really liking V, I never managed to finish it. V had a problem where it never had you level up more than your team of 6 and then last dungeon you get to they go "okay now make 3 different teams."
"You're like Frood duct taped to Slice at a Song of Ice and Fire LARP." -Nami-
I think if you play the first, you'll appreciate the second one more, but not vica-versa. That's not saying the first one is bad; actually, I like the first one the most. But the second one really is more polished, plus you get a little "throwback magic" if you load your endgame from the first game.
I'll probably be the first then because one is the one entry that I really want to play over the others :/
Though its more of the fat that it apparently is the most space operaish.
You should definitely play the first then. I had people telling me to skip to the second when I started. Those people are terrible. The first Mass Effect was awesome because of the story and especially all the space exploration. I loved going and searching planets for things or just reading up on their histories and stats. The combat is better in the next two games and that's all anyone ever seems to focus on. Doesn't make the first game bad at all.
The layout of the Citadel in the first game is pretty lame, though.
Honestly though I played III, did not play I or II, loved the shit out of III regardless. It was fun as hell, sure there were parts that were mystifying to me but that just added to the story in my book.