Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep

After ‘Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories’ established the concept that there could be installments into the series around the main entries, and that appearances on handhelds were going to be equally plot-relevant to their main-line kin, Square Enix upped the game by taking advantage of the then-new Sony PlayStation Portable device.

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Valkyria Chronicles II

After the triumphant arrival of Valkyria Chronicles onto PlayStation 3, fans of the IP were a little surprised to see the second main-line entry into the series released onto the company’s handheld, the PSP. Even more so to see the war-torn series now focus its attention on a military academy setting.

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Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories

Disgaea2

Nippon Ichi had thrown the kitchen sink at the original Disgaea game and when it came time to produce a sequel it was going to be hard to find ways in which to further innovate the game. Instead a new-found focus on storytelling and a few lighter modifications to an already great system make Disgaea 2 something of a love or hate it sequel.

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Suikoden III

Suikoden III

Many experienced gamers will tell you that the Suikoden series peaked with Suikoden II and not to bother playing past the first two instalments. I feel genuinely sorry for those who did so, because Suikoden III is a hidden gem that the UK has only just managed to get its hands on over a whole console generation later than its original release.

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Final Fantasy VIII

FF8

The Final Fantasy series has made something of a name for itself in the business of innovation. Each new numbered entry features a new world, characters and systems that differ from the last title in the main-line series. Final Fantasy VII played things a little safe when the series made the leap to three dimensions and FFVIII sought to strike out in a new direction.

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