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...
Excerpt: In March 2006, Konami released Suikoden V , the newest installment in their popular RPG series. For the most part, the series has always been strong, but it was obvious that it was at its lowest point with the release of the series' fourth installment.
Excerpt: You gotta catch them all! ...No, not Pokemon. Stars of Destiny. The next chapter in the Suikoden series is here, following the adventures of the Prince of Falena as he works to prevent disaster from reaching his family, friends, and the Queendom. (Yeah, you read right. Queendom.)
Pros: ups: beautiful graphics, great storyline, variety of action
Cons: downs: overabundance of in-game movies, navigation, some pixelation/slow movement
Conclusion: While the past two installments of the Suikoden series have been considered mediocre among some fans and critics the fifth breaks the rut. This is the best Suikoden game that you'll find on the PlayStation 2 and is as close as it gets to the original games as far as gameplay concepts are concerned.