Excerpt: The Suikoden series has always delivered a compulsive storyline, which is up there amongst the best yarns in not only RPGS but entertainment as a whole. It certainly tells a better story than it plays a game, so much so that it’s easy to forget that the series has always had its shortcomings, and despite reaching its fifth instalment and tenth year, they still have yet to be addressed.
Excerpt: With six games to its name in North America (five regular games and one spinoff: Suikoden Tactics ), the Suikoden series had been a staple of the RPG genre — if a bit of a dark horse. Suikoden V is a solid addition to the series as well as a great place for players who’ve never tried the series to get their feet wet.
Excerpt: That's what politics is all about—doing what's in your best interest. —Shula Valya, Suikoden V Early on in Suikoden V , a noble wants to help the hero-prince. He invites the prince to his town, gives everyone in His Highness's entourage a place to stay, and promises military support. Yet, nobody trusts the guy. "He's just using you for his own ends," say the prince's advisers. "Be very careful." As the prince, I think this guy is a total scuzzbag.
Excerpt: Few role-playing games make it over to British shores, since they are not deemed to be popular in old Blighty. In 1997, Squaresoft broke the mould with its hugely popular Final Fantasy series. Ever since then, there has been a sharp increase in RPG games sold in our wonderful kingdom. When Konami first released Suikoden for the PSone back in 1997, it sold enough copies to warrant a sequel and has never looked back.
Excerpt: 's plot revolves around the young prince of Falena, a Queendom that is ruled by Arshtat, who just recently became the bearer of the Sun Rune. While quiet and peaceful to an outside observer, the country of Falena houses deep political intrigue, with two warring factions struggling to control the country.
Excerpt: Suikoden has a legacy stretching back to the early days of the Sony PlayStation, when the whole world was waiting with bated breath on the mighty force that was Final Fantasy VII. In lieu of Square (now Square-Enix) reaching that watershed for RPGs, Suikoden was caught up in the waves and garnered a cult following which has grown substantially to this day. Suikoden II is widely regarded as the best of the series, with both its primary successors paling by comparison.
Excerpt: Suikoden V finally reaches European shores about six months behind America, but for fans of the series, was it worth the wait? With 108 people to recruit into your 'army' - 68 of which can be directly controlled during fights - and huge full scale battles, this latest entry in the series really stands out; however, the experience is badly hurt by the O.T.T. exposition and gameplay that takes place over the first 6+ hours of the game.
Excerpt: Suikoden V has the same nice, clean graphical presentation as the previous Suikoden games. Characters are well detailed, and for the most part unique. The only models that look a bit generic and repetitive are the enemies, not the special, major characters of course, but the ones you face in random encounters. The various locations also look good.