Excerpt: Many genres live or die based on how well the game plays, but RPGS on the other hand sink or swim on the basis of their storylines and character development. Gameplay is of course important, but comes secondary to an elaborate plot and memorable central characters.
Excerpt: As of this year, Konami's Suikoden series is exactly 10 years old. Despite that there are only four parts in the series, a lot has happened. Everyone remembers the very mixed reviews Suikoden III got for its drastic changes.
Conclusion: Following the story of an exiled soldier unfortunate enough to have inherited a cursed rune, the game takes place 150 years before the events of the original Suikoden . Also familiar to fans of the series, the 108 Stars of Destiny also return for Suikoden IV .
Excerpt: I'm not sure which is the more unpleasant part of being a game reviewer: having to play games that you know will be awful (e.g. Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis ) or finding yourself playing a game that you were really looking forward to and finding out it isn't very good.
Excerpt: The task of creating a new Suikoden game without Yoshitaka Murayama at the helm was probably more daunting than Konami would like to admit. A little more than two years after Suikoden III 's Japanese release came the next installment, demonstrating a number of new ideas without deviating from series...
Excerpt: With each new Suikoden game, the series has come just a little closer to mainstream success. And though Suikoden IV isn’t necessarily a great game, it’s charming in its own right and has the necessary polish to really succeed on store shelves.
Excerpt: I'm not sure which is the more unpleasant part of being a game reviewer: having to play games that you know will be awful (e.g. Ephemeral Fantasia) or finding yourself playing a game that you were really looking forward to and finding out it isn't very good.
Excerpt: Think carefully before you answer. Why do you play games? It's not something you might have asked yourself too often. The playing of videogames isn't usually the kind of activity that's subjected to such close scrutiny, and it's a particularly interesting question when it comes to RPGs.