Was it really that long ago?

It would seem so. Once upon a time on this date in 1998 a JRPG for the ages came out of Japan's explosive video game industry: Suikoden II .

The sequel improved on the original in every way and was later followed by three more games in the next console generation. For many though, part II was the greatest of them all.

The game saw North American shores in September of 1999; things have changed quite a bit since then. The Japanese gaming industry isn't quite as explosive these days and JRPGs aren't topping many lists of must-have games.

Unfortunately Suikoden VI never happened but you can't accuse fans of ever giving up on the dream. The Suikoden Revival Movement has been advocating for the franchise and today on their Facebook page they posted this vocal cover of the song Reminiscence by series fan and Youtube artist JoyDreamer.

Why this game isn't a PS1 classic on the store is beyond me. While we wait for that to happen please enjoy, and Happy Birthday Suikoden II !

Related Game(s): Suikoden II

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Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
8 years ago

Im all for JRPGs but this game just never sounded appealing to me. The idea of having over 100+ characters just doesn't sound well structured. I would much rather have a small part which have more presence and development in their quest. But that is my impression without playing it, I don't know about the US release but here in the UK this game is about as rare as PS1 titles get…

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

I realize how it sounds but it doesn't come off that way. The structure and execution is always very good and somehow all of those characters are very distinct, not like faceless western rpg people.

You can stick to just the 6 characters you like if you want but you also have the ability to choose from the many people who join your cause on the journey. Every game has you making friends and creating a huge base where many recruits wind up, essentially building your own city.

Even at the end of each game with all your allies the fate of things always rests on the few instead of the many.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
8 years ago

Loooooved Suikoden II. Still got my mint condition copy. 🙂

Actually, now that I'm thinking about it, I never did go back through it to get all 108 Stars. I do that frequently in the original Suikoden just 'cuz it's so much fun, but I never did it with the sequel. I think it's because the original is only like 15 hours long and the sequel is like 40. LOL

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

Yeah II was a pretty big improvement all around.

smileys_007
smileys_007
8 years ago

This game rocks! I have played and beaten Suikoden II for more than 5 times with all the 108 stars of destiny recruited and with the reloaded Suikoden file (Mcdohl in my party!). I plan to buy the Suikoden game on PSN, I just hope that this game and all the other Suikoden games will be available also on PSN…

ethird1
ethird1
8 years ago

Loved 1 and 2. I will tell you why Konami has never brought part 2 to the psn. They are too busy making copies of it to sell on EBAY for 200+ bucks a piece.

Vandal Hearts was another great Konami jsrpg.

End of line.

Underdog15
Underdog15
8 years ago

Ok. Something's been bugging me. You're always writing "End of Line" at the end. What is that from?

I've heard of "End of the Line" in tones of movies with chase scenes and guns. But never without the "the".

Why? It seems strange to me.

___________
___________
8 years ago

one thing im hoping gaikai will help solve.
we dont have so many games on the PSN store simply because of licencing drama.
hopefully once $ony rolls gaikai out will start to see more of the shadier, harder to obtain games, start to become available.
if not, theres always a hacked vita and the good old emulators!

Underdog15
Underdog15
8 years ago

I thought you said you sold your vita…

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8 years ago

uhuh, and where did i say i didnt?
the reading comprehension, or should i say lack of, of people on this site never ceases to amaze me!