I really enjoyed Red Cliff, I have a copy of the first volume of the Romance, but I haven't gotten around to reading it. Damon Albarn, of Blur and Gorillaz fame did an album about Journey called Monkey: Journey to the West that was...interesting. I watch anything based on the Romance that I can get my hands on though.
My taste in video games has never been that of the main stream. I enjoy the major titles just as much as anyone else, but more than that, I obscure, off-beat, and sometimes just downright bad games. My shelf is under constant flooding of games that no one else seems to have bothered to play, or forgot about as soon as they were finished. And the way the trend seems to go, they are of Asian origin. Not a statement about the developers of the area, simply an observation of my habits.
Now I've owned a console from every generation since the NES. But this trend started in the winter of '97 when I got my Playstation, it was intended to be a Christmas present, but my brother and I found it in my mother's closet, it wasn't purchased new, so it wasn't in a box, which was fine with us, we were able to hook it up every time my mother left the house, until of course she came home and we would rip the cords out of the tv and throw it back in the closet. (Usually with a bit more finesse than that.)
There were probably a few others, but these are the ones that stick out in my mind the most. Romance sticks out because of how much I hated it, probably because a 7 year old couldn't figure out how to play it properly. But I quickly fell in love with Wild ARMs, and Suikoden, which remains to this day to be my favorite game. I played some of FFVII, but over all, I don't have the same reverence for it that most do, and certainly not as much as the other two.
Nowadays, my buying habits include buying the Yakuza games and the Way of the Samurai games. But I'm really writing this to talk about 3 specific games, and how the purchasing of the last one opened my eyes to the quadfecta I hope to someday complete.
Lets go in chronological order, shall we?
1. Suikoden - The first RPG I ever played, the first one I ever beat, my favorite game of all time. I can't pinpoint why this game has such a special place in my heart, probably nostalgia, because while I've heard many people voice similar opinions, I've had people close to me say it was rubbish. All the same, I find the characters lovable, and the story endearing.
2. Dynasty Warriors 3 - I picked 3, but it could have easily been the entire franchise, I picked 3 because it was the first one I played. I spent hours and hours playing this game at the Babbage's in my local mall before my aunt bought it for me for a birthday. I still have memories of muting my tv, listening to Tenacious D, and riding around as Guan Yu, tearing fools up. I still buy installments of this game every time they have a numbered release, and have a particular fondness for the Empires series that allows for character creation.
So why write about these 3 games? I'm sure plenty of you know that Dynasty Warriors is based on The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and ever more of you know that Enslaved in based on Journey to the West, which also inspired Dragon Ball. But did you know that Suikoden is based in Water Margin? And that together, along with one other novel, these are considered to be the Four Great Classical Chinese Novels? 14 years of my gaming career has been spent playing and replaying these stories time and time again. And all this while, I had no idea they shared any sort of relation. Is this just a coincidence? Or do I have an unconscious affinity for the works of great chinese authors? If I don't enjoy Enslaved, it will be a good indication, if I love it, I can either read the fourth book (pppfffffttt) or hope they make a game out of it (Yay!) Either way, as long as I have power, I'll keep playing.
Ah well, I suppose do to lack of interest ( I figure no one really liked the print, which is alright) that I will call this off. What about the irony that Jeff actually mentioned the game on this weeks Bombcast? One of the games I got with my PS for christmas in '97: Suikoden
Greetings Giant Bomb Community, I have been coming to this site for a few now, following as many facets of it as I could, from the twitter accounts of the fabled "Top Men" to the highlights that the GiantBombSquad twitter account throws out. From the long and short of it, I love Giant Bomb. I've always known there was a great user community backing this site up, and I'd see it reflected in the rousing turn outs for all the live events. I've had no small amount of fun watching the chats wiz by too. And so, I've decided to give back to the brilliant people that keep this site up and running.
Welcome to the Fantastic Robot (print) Giveaway.
A few months ago, I ordered some really cool Mega Man prints from the fine folks over at The Daily Robot Unfortunately, there was a bit of a shipping SNAFU and the original shipment never made it to me. However, Miles Donovan, the amazingly cool artist he is sent me another batch, incl uding a bunch of free stuff to make up for my trouble. He sent me 5 total prints, the three mega man ones I ordered originally, an extra mega man print that I gave as a christmas present, and finally the reason I am here today, a retro styled robot toy print. Below you will see all 5
There they are, held down by the heaviest things I could find in my room. So today, I am giving som eone the chance to win the robot on the far left. He is held in find 11x17 measurements.
There it is in full.
All you have to do is guess a game. My favorite game. More specifically, my favorite RPG that was released on the Sony Playstation. The first person to guess the game gets the poster. Easy as that.