By the way, what the HELL is with Richard? Totally overpowered, I wish he was the one that
was involved in winning the Sacred Games, he would've totally kicked ass.
He WAS involved in the Sacred Games. In fact, the Godwins so feared the chance of him winning they made a little girl give him poison cookies (or candy, I forgot) that paralyzed his legs so that he'd lose to Childerich.
Oboro's investigation of him also had Belcoot saying that had he faced Richard, he would've lost. Richard was just that good.
Also, on the thing of missable characters: ALL the games had missable characters, and besides, if you missed 1 character you just screwed yourself out of the good endings and would've needed to replay ANYWAY.
And about the errand boy thing, do I even need to remind anyone of Suikoden 1's "Oh hey give this star ... report... thing to Leknaat." That was even more retarded than anything in this game.
Also, I have no clue why some people are saying the music sucks. I love the music. I think it's totally awesome.
Lastly, about the abandoning your castle thing, it makes sense in the short run anyway. Live to fight another day, or ... stay in the castle and DIE. Lucretia even explains it to you when she proposes the idea. It seemed quite logical to me.