Suikoden is a RPG series originally created by Yoshitaka Murayama. The games series is loosely based on the classical Chinese novel Water Margin which was translated as Suikoden in Japanese language. The Suikoden games centers on relative themes of politics, corruption, revolution, mystical crystals known as True Runes, and 108 Stars of Destiny, the protagonists interpreted from the novel.
This wonderful series begins in 1995 with the first game entitled Suikoden and started its legend as one of the best RPG series ever made, especially the ones in the classic consoles. With the serious themes involving politics, Suikoden games’ plot are still exciting to follow. So I think as one of its lovers, I must present you these top 7 Suikoden games you must know from the worst to the best.
7. Suikoden IV
Suikoden IV is a RPG developed by Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo and published by Konami exclusive for PlayStation 2. The game was released in Japan in 2004 and in Europe and North America early 2005. Suikoden IV is the fourth installment of the main series. The game is the first game of the series to features voice acting for most of the characters, except the hero.
The game takes place approximately 150 years before the events of the first Suikoden. The story follows a young boy living on the island of Razril and the Rune of Punishment, one of the 27 True Runes which governs both atonement and forgiveness. Along with his allies, the hero must fight the Kooluk Empire which seeks to expand its territory and disturbing the peace of the Island Nations.
6. Suikoden Tactics
Suikoden Tactics is a tactical RPG developed and published by Konami for PlayStation 2 as part of the Suikoden series. The game was released initially in Japan in 2005, and later was made available with the English translation for Europe and PAL region in early 2006. Suikoden Tactics becomes the first strategy-based installment of the series, using tactical and grid-based combat instead of turn-based battles.
Players will assume the role of Kyril, a young man investigating the power of mysterious weapons called Rune Cannons which hold stranger powers of transformation. The game’s story is told in two parts, taking place both before and after the events of Suikoden IV and features appearances by characters from the title.
5. Suikoden Tierkreis
Suikoden Tierkreis is a RPG developed and published by Konami for Nintendo DS as part of the Suikoden series. It was released in 2008 in Japan, and worldwide with the English translation a year after. The game’s development was led by the man behind Suikoden Tactics, Osamu Komuta. The game features the beautiful opening and ending theme song: Tears in the Sky and Tierkreis performed by Satomi Takasugi.
The game was created as a spin-off of the main series, with the purpose of exploring one of the myriad of worlds that exist in the Suikoden metaverse. Players will control the young protagonist who is trying to gather the combined force of 108 heroes ro defeat a powerful entity known as The One King, leader of The Order of the One True Way, who tries to control the world by spreading his false doctrine.
Suikoden is a RPG published by Konami as the first installment and the beginning of Suikoden series. The game was developed by Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo and was released initially in 1995 for PlayStation console in Japan, and worldwide a year later. The game was also released for Sega Saturn in 1998 but only in Japan. In the same year, Suikoden was released for PC in Japan.
The game centers on the political struggles of the Scarlet Moon Empire. We will control Scarlet Moon Empire General’s son who is destined to seek out 108 warriors that was known as Stars of Destiny in order to revolt against the corrupted sovereign state and bring peace to a war-torn land. With his comrades and followers, the main character must build an army capable of fighting the Empire’s.
3. Suikoden III
Suikoden III is a RPG developed by Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo and published by Konami exclusive for PlayStation 2. The game was released in Japan and North America in 2002 and as the third installment of the main series. The game’s story is presented through the Trinity Sight System, with the plot is explored through three different viewpoints rather than having only one hero like in the prior games.
The Trinity Sight System divided the scenario into three main path: Hugo, Chris, and Geddoe’s story. The three chronological chapters act as the prologue of the story and the players can switch characters and point of view after finishing each chapter. At the end of each character’s Chapter 3, they will meet at Flame Champion’s hideout as turning point before continuing to the next chapter.
2. Suikoden V
Suikoden V is a RPG developed by Konami and Hudson Soft and published by Konami for PlayStation 2 in 2006. The game is the fifth main installment of the main Suikoden series. The battle system changed back to six characters party rather than the four characters party of Suikoden IV with each character is individually controllable. Suikoden V also adapts the skill system that was used in Suikoden III.
The story centers on the political struggles of the Queendom of Falena and takes place six years before the events of the first Suikoden. We will control the main protagonist, Freyjadour as the Prince of Falena and must set out on a journey gathering allies while dealing with the problem of the nation. Like usual, this game features a vast array of characters with over sixty characters usable in combat.
1. Suikoden II
Suikoden II is a RPG developed and published by Konami for PlayStation in 1998. The game is the second installment of the Suikoden series and remembered as one of the best RPG ever made. Many players admitted that the fun part of playing Suikoden series lies in the recruitment of the Stars of Destiny, as well as in Suikoden II with over 100 recruitable characters, of which over 40 are usable in combat.
Suikoden II takes place years after the events of the first Suikoden. The story centers on an invasion of the City States of Jowston by the Kingdom of Highland. We will control a silent protagonist who is the adopted son of Genkaku, a hero who saved City States of Jowston in a war againts Highland years ago. With his best friend Jowy Atreides they got caught up in the war along with the burden of a Rune bearer.
Suikoden II is a PlayStation game, but why it deserves the highest place? Player who has finished the game will know the answer: because even with the limit of PlayStation console at tha time, Suikoden II still able to deliver the maximum gaming experience with classic JRPG gameplay. Even with the significant improvement in today game’s graphics, this game still not lose to those game in term of gameplay.
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