Excerpt: Pre-destination versus free will has long been debated with both sides making very valid points. This is the first time (editor: Family Friendly Gaming is aware of) a video game has decided to take a side and preach their stance. Let alone mock, and insult those that believe differently. Followers of The One True Way are the bad guys in this Nintendo DS video game.
Excerpt: Suikoden Tierkreis may have already been written off by many fans as not being a true Suikoden game. As revealed earlier , it will differ from the other Suikoden titles in various ways. After playing a good amount of the game, I can say that all of these differences are actual and make Tierkreis feel more like a Suikoden -themed game rather than a true entry in the series itself.
Summary: As a standalone game, it’s not the worst game out there and is in fact a moderately good RPG. However, the battle system and plot feel diluted in comparison to the rest of the series. If you’ve been yearning for a Suikoden VI or something that feels like a traditional Suikoden , you won’t find it here. But if you’re looking for another RPG for your DS, this wouldn’t be a bad game to pick up. Just don’t expect it to feel like any of the previous Suikodens .
Excerpt: The 108 Stars of Destiny have traveled through multiple Suikoden titles and have made it to your pocket, in the Nintendo DS’ new handheld RPG, Suikoden Tierkreis . Suikoden has made a very specific name for itself under Konami’s banner within the realm of traditional turn-based RPGs. The series is famous for its “108 stars of destiny”, the term used for each title’s 108 recruitable party members.
Excerpt: Originally released in 1995 on the Playstation, the first Suikoden game introduced gamers to a massive cast of 108+ characters, a rich world, varied cultures and alliances and many interlocking storylines that continue to this day. Now, almost fifteen years later, we still see games rolling out frequently bearing the Suikoden banner. The have expanded the series to include card games, tactical RPGs and visual novels.
Conclusion: And though the game seems geared towards a younger audience, there's nothing here that's insulting to a teenage (or older) player. The difference between a young game, and one that talks down to its player, is obvious. There's nothing overly violent or sexual about Tierkreis, but there's nothing upsettingly saccharin, either. Before I go, I do have a major qualm with the armor system.
Conclusion: Fans of the series won't be completely satisfied, but also won't be let down. Newcomers will feel welcome from the beginning. There's very little challenge in the game, but the storyline and the various optional quests and activities will keep you playing until the very end.