Verdict: Loved IV...but needs more story, hence why I'm playing Tactics.
IV was great, and I didn't really get why it got so much heat...until I got through the lengthy opening and unlocked my ship, that's when game decided to wrap up with next to no events in between.
Oh yeah, definitely bankrupt in the events/story department. I was hoping for a bit more back story from my characters, but it seems that the opening movie for the game told me more story (with awesome music) than the actual game did. Eh, I digress though. Suikoden Tactics seems to providing a great deal--so far--of back story that is leaving me pleased with this entry into the Suikoden universe.
In other gaming news: I started Suikoden Tierkreis last month and have been on and off with it. Not too sure if I'm a fan of themaincharactertalkingsofastthatIfeeltheymayhavemadehimtalkfasttoshortenthesoundfilesorhewasdopedonspeed. Other than that, the game is quite pleasing. It's a darn shame the actual strategy is not posted anymore for purchase on the Bradys strategy guide site. Eh, guess It's gamefaqs for me (I played Suikoden III with no electronic help, but it took me well over the amount of time I would like to play a game).