The only thing I miss about the PS2 original is Chie's voice. That said, the new one isn't bad, plus it's nice to have continuity with Arena and the anime. Not to mention that recasting Chie for P4G affords Atlus the opportunity to add new material.
The online features can stall a little, which takes me out of the experience when it happens. But that's a minor issue.
I suppose my first impression would be that this is the definitive P4 and it could be my GotY, which is remarkable considering it's a remake of a game from 2008, on a portable, and in a year that also includes XCOM.
Well, I just bought a Vita for it. Nothing else has compelled me to do so.
Remake of a PS2 game is the Vita's killer app... kind of speaks to the strength, or lack thereof, of the current library, doesn't it? Even if it is one of the all-time PS2 greats. Still, it's early into the Vita's lifespan, but it's a problem Sony needs to solve sooner rather than later.
I still really, really like that old Star Trek game on the Genesis, Echoes from the Past. Bluffing your way around combat with Picardspeak dialogue options was pretty ingenious, as was the damage control resource management stuff for when you did pew-pew too much. Great music, too.
I haven't played it, but as a duder who has posted on various Suikoden community forums for years, I know a ton of people who have. The general consensus is that it's a very good RPG, just not a terribly great Suikoden game in particular. So if you have no real preexisting ties to the older games and $60 doesn't mean a whole lot to you, I'd say go for it. Because you're absolutely right: that number probably isn't going to get any lower. Copies of Suikoden II still routinely sell in the $200 range.