Konami, a Japanese company that operates slot machines and fitness clubs, released a video game yesterday on the PlayStation Network. It's called Suikoden III. You should play it.
Suikoden III is, as you might have guessed, the third entry in the very-excellent Suikoden series, which you really must play, even if you only have time for #2, which is, incidentally, one of the best video games ever made. Suikoden III isn't quite as transcendent — how could it be? — but it's very good, switching up the formula established in the first two games and giving you a rotating cast of four main characters whose stories you can follow in any order.
For the uninitiated, Suikoden games are basically a cross between Game of Thrones and Pokémon: think giant, tragic wars, explored through individual character relationships and enhanced by a recruitment system that lets you build your own headquarters and establish an army of 108+ superstars. Like its predecessors, Suikoden III is gritty, tragic, funny, poignant, and just excellent in a ton of ways. It's got some issues — the difficulty skews way too easy, and backtracking is a problem — but it's definitely worth your time.
This version, a PS2 classic ported over to PS3, will cost you $US10. The only downside here is that it's not playable on Vita, which sucks for those of us who like to play our kazillion-hour JRPGs on portable systems. Oh well. Buying it anyway.