Kirk was like "yo Jason write me something for Kotaku Melodic" and I was like "yo okay."


So immediately I went to YouTube and found the opening video to Suikoden II, aka the greatest intro to the greatest video game of all time.

Just watch. Watch the way it opens, setting the stage with an epic choral harmony, as if to say "We are not fucking around here." Watch the way it transitions from devastation to hope to harmony, the music swelling every step of the way. Watch the way it introduces the game's wonderful cast of wonderful characters. Watch the way it concludes, ending on a Broadway-like flourish, just begging you to jump in and hit the New Game button.

"Play me, motherfucker," says Suikoden II's intro. And you should. You really, really should.