If this has been covered in this way in the past, feel free to just link me there. I fail at forum searching, it appears…
As the PS2 library is more or less ‘complete’ at this point, there is a crap-ton of RPG goodness out there that I’ve never tapped into. I’ve seen threads that identify the good games, but there is one thing that I haven’t seen a suitable answer for: when should I play the ‘whole’ series, vs. just cherry-picking the best titles?
For example, I know Persona 3 and Persona 4 are must-play. But I’ve also found that this series seems to also include Devil Summoner, Digital Devil, Digial Devil 2, and a whole slew of others (at least they seem to be related)! Do I need to play them all? Would I want to play to them all?
Similar questions for other series with ‘sequels’: Dark Cloud, Disgaea, FFX/X-2, Xenosaga, Kingdom Hearts, Shadow Hearts - and on and on… (ignoring anything that crosses platforms during the series like Valkyrie Profile - I’m mostly concerned with PS2 titles).
It isn’t always clear when games are true sequels, meriting a playthrough of the whole series to understand the full story vs. just an update to mechanics and gameplay whereby nothing is lost in skipping the outdated game in favor of the new. Help!