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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden Topic on: April 01, 2010, 12:48:55 PM
I just got Suikoden V in the mail! The premise of the story, although it's yet again political strife (like all Suikodens), seems particularly compelling this time around, just like Suikoden II and III. The characters are quite likeable, and I like how they're exploring more character interaction (like family relationships, especially). It gives the characters way more depth than usual for an RPG, even if some of them still fall into some stereotypes common to the genre. However, I can't help but think that it is a little jarring that the prince doesn't talk at all while everyone else is given spoken dialogue, this sticks out like a sore thumb. I'm getting used to it but it feels a little retro, when in Suikoden III all three main characters had direct interaction with other characters, not only through short phrases that you choose on their behalf.

The gameplay is classic Suikoden and I'm curious to see how the formations aspect affects gameplay later on, such as boss fights.

Sadly, I won't be able to advance very much in the game this week because I have a lot of homework to do for college. :(

17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Suikoden Topic on: March 30, 2010, 12:37:35 PM
I saw that we have a Shin Megami Tensei general topic so I thought it would be cool to have one for Suikoden.

What are people's opinions on the series as a whole? Which is your favorite Suikoden? What do you like/dislike the most about the series?

Personally, I think Suikoden is one of the best RPG series. I discovered it totally by accident (like I usually do with video games, lol).

I have played Suikoden I-III, and I must say I loved all of them. Suikoden I was great fun, but the story was a little light (although very expansive). Suikoden II and III are great in the story department and I would have never expected what happened with a certain recurring character, which shall go unnamed for spoiler reasons, in the third game. It really caught me off base but I guess it was actually fitting within the lore of Suikoden and it all added up.

Perhaps I enjoyed the gameplay of Suikoden II more in the sense that it was more "traditional". But Suikoden III's gameplay was pretty exciting as well.

It's interesting that the first three games were direct sequels and the last two were prequels. I would love to see a Suikoden VI set after the Second Flame Champion Wars (aka Suiko III) and perhaps see more of characters like Geddoe, Jacques, Viktor, Flik, Pesmerga, Sheena, etc. just to name a few. In any case, I just really hope there's a Suikoden VI.

I'm really not sure if I should play Suikoden Tactics and Suikoden Tierkreis.
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