Show us your game collection, Alexander!

Unfortunately, this request to show off my game collection has caught me in the middle of a move, but that won’t stop me from showing you the part of my collection that isn’t yet boxed up and in storage. In any case, this part of my collection accurately represents my taste in games.


From this photo of my pitifully small PS4 game collection together with a few of my Vita and 3DS titles, you can tell that I’m a big fan of JRPGs, especially of the Shin Megami Tensei series.  I was very happy to get my copy of Persona 5 in a nice metal box that doesn’t visually match with any of the other games in my collection.  I’m also a great fan of the Atelier franchise, a long-running niche JRPG series that is based around a ridiculously complicated item- and weapon-crafting mechanic.  The observant reader may have also noted the three titles in the Zero Escape series to the far right.  999 and Virtue’s Last Reward are both excellent visual novel/puzzle game hybrids that are well worth playing.  Zero Time Dilemma, the last game in the series, is also a visual novel/puzzle game hybrid, but I don’t know if I would really call it excellent.  It had some issues.  Still worth playing to see the ending, however.

I’ll also gladly pick up any action game that sets itself part from the typical fare.  Since everyone’s praised NieR: Automata to the heavens already, I don’t have to tell you that it’s worth playing.  I also love the slightly less praised but still well regarded Gravity Rush series.


And here are the PS2 games I still have unboxed for some reason.  It’s more or less the same mix of JRPG and action game.  More SMT games, though Nocturne, my absolute favorite in the series, is boxed up.  I’d also recommend the Disgaea series to anyone who enjoys tactical RPGs.  If you like those games enough to seek out more, Makai Kingdom and Soul Nomad are spinoffs worth checking out.

I should also point out the bulky box to the right.  Ar tonelico is a bizarre sort of JRPG that combines musical themes with fanservice.  It’s not really that good, though its sequel is a lot better and worth playing if you can tolerate a truly awful localization.  It’s so bad that NIS America officially apologized for it, and years later an unofficial fan localization was completed and released.


There’s one more game-related obsession I have, and it’s buying art books.  Above are the few that once again I have not yet packed up.   I’m always seeking out new books full of my favorite game artists’ works, and my only regret is that I don’t yet have any featuring the work of Kazuma Kaneko, the chief artist responsible for the unique look of the Shin Megami Tensei series.  I also highly recommend Ilya Kuvshinov’s book Momentary – he seem to be an up-and-coming game artist, and he does beautiful work.

Sorry for the short post, but moving really is a pain.  I look forward to settling down again.