THE BAD: -Too Many Random Encounters -Sailing Takes Too Long -Way Too Simple Plot -Repetive Sea Battles -Most Caracters Have No Actual Reason To Join -Annoying Travel System -Useless MakeUp Gift (Three teams on the sea? WTF)
SUMMARY: When I first picked this game up, i figured that It'd be a great change from other RPG's that I've played. I had played Suikoden 3 a few weeks before (I rented it) I thought that Suikoden 4 would be similar, man was that a wrong guess.
Sure most of the elements are great, I loved the characters (The mroe memorable ones are Snowe, Chiepoo, Jeane, and a personal favorite Sigurd) The music is wonderful, it included many great things from previous Suikoden games, and it had many strange and unusual personalities of even the very minor characters (Gau anyone?)
Now for the bad... The most complained about feature in this game are the random battles. Every 2 seconds you run into a battle, and it takes about 5 seconds to defeat the monst...
THE GOOD: A whole lot of characters, great plot, tons of minigames, hilarious stuff (comment box, confession room...)
THE BAD: Encounter rate a little bit too high sometimes, last boss is very hard compared to the rest, graphics not up to the high standards today.
SUMMARY: Alright, so this game is my first Suikoden - Germany is always the last one to get games, if we get them at all. So I started the game and first thing I thought was: "Voices! Neat!" After being tossed into a naval battle (fun!) and a regular one, I already figured I'd like the game. My high opinion faltered however when I saw the first town. Compared to games like FFX and Star Ocean 3, the graphic seems old. It's 3D all the way, but the interior is not really spendid...
However, the game got ways better after the main character finally gets decent clothes. Around that time, you'll forcefully finad out that the encounter rate on sea is very high and the ways are pretty long. Darn. However, the battles are easy. Very ...
THE GOOD: it is really good, especially the wide range of party customization, and the many combonations of the character moves, that includes the physicakl and rune combonations. the runes i also find fascinating becuase on most game there is a whole variety of magic and on this one there is only a few, and i find that quite refreshing.
THE BAD: the bad things that i dont like are that u're person doesn't have an actual voice. and i know this is on a lot of games but no one ever says his name, u shouldn't eb able to change the name so they ca say it. plus the whole 4 people in a group, since there is 108 people u should be able to have 6 fighting people and 2 support people.
SUMMARY: all together i found this a really fun and time consuming game. most people after they get viki stop sailing, but i didn't because u have to get some exp and stuff like that to get he weak poeple strong that is one thing i found really sleep indusing (the sailing and leveling up). the weapon leveling up was...
THE GOOD: *JEANE!!! *Awesome HQ (ship) *It's suikoden
THE BAD: *Suikoden and Voice acting dont mix. (Not with a personalityless protagonist anyway. *Not a great story *Should have stuck with a 6 person battle system *Too short *Many characters join for the hell of it *I didn't really like the ship battles. They were too easy.
SUMMARY: I may have listed lots of bad points for the game but thats only because it didn't live up to suikoden 2 and 3. They could have made this game so much better and if they expanded on many things then it could have been up there with suikoden 2 and 3.
The story seemed to be way too shallow. And the relationship between snowe and hero4 could have been expanded on as well. And I really hope Konami go back to the 6 person battle system in suikoden 5.
I may be making it sound like a bad game but its now. Its still a great game with high replay value. If your a suikoden fan then you can't afford to miss it.
THE GOOD: The good? The graphics, the battleship wars, the detail in characters, the story and finally voices!!
THE BAD: Not too much bad, the bad parts I can live with, just.
Four men instead of six in battles for you people that don't like change, the 'wars' are all a heck of alot different. (all on ships) Some may think of the story as a 'side-line' story.
SUMMARY: Since the III, I have been not too sure if I would even like this one, as you all know it is obviously in 3D, but it is ALOT, more smooth now. The characters aren't blocky and the movement is like cucumber, as in smooth as. Other reviews I read put this game down majorly! So that didn't help, but I am here to say this is the best of the four. The battle play is far better, a shame you cannot have the usual six man squad to fight with but still is great. Suprisingly there are real voices for once, and the vocal acting is excellent it's not like in a soft adult movie. (like I expected.) I do hope there is now Suikoden V. As the...
THE GOOD: music, graphics, and the 108 characters and espically VIKI SHE IS THE MOST USEFULL CHARACTER EVER READ BELOW TO FIBND WHY.
THE BAD: Way to much sea based, instead of a castle you get a giant ship, and traveling by boat takes at least half an hour to move from 1 island to another, and having a random battle every 5 seco.. make that 4
SUMMARY: well it made me have much more respect for Jowry from Suikoden 2, because your best freind this time is well named Snowe and is a real a**hole p*ssy, I won't spoil the story but yes he amasingly does betray you, and when he is captain of a ship for once he gets a little hurt ( I mean a freggin paper cut type of hurt) he runs away. The new Punishment Rune makes soul eater look weak and good for you, only 4 charcters instead of six, one really great feature because the ship travel is so bad is VIKI, this game takes place 150 yeears pres Suikoden 1, How old is she??? o yea and you amasingly see Leknaat again.. one more annoying feature no load...
THE GOOD: Fun gameplay, lots of minigames, tons of characters, good music and little extras to keep you hooked.
THE BAD: With lots of characters comes little background and character detail. Story was about average but not as deep as previous Suikoden games. Also the ships are insanely slow, you will fall in love with Viki soon enough.
SUMMARY: Suikoden IV is the 4th installment of the series seen here in the U.S. and is much the same as the previous three. When you get a Suiko be sure to expect tons of side games and characters to pick from. So here's my review on it.
First we start on the story. We have the hero (you name of course) who is a trainee for the Knights of Gaien on Razril. He is joined by his friend Snowe and other knights in training focused on becoming Knights themselves. As you continue to becoming a Knight several things happen to complicate your life as was ween with the Suikoden games. You then embark on a quest to right the wrongs building your own army to fight those...
THE BAD: Less attributes. Not such a great story. Time consuming sailing. No mounted warriors.
SUMMARY: This game was pretty bad compared to Suikoden III IMO, some people say its better but I disagree, I gave this game a 4.5 which is considerably high but I gave Suikoden III a 5.0 and beyond so this IS a great game but I would suggest you buying III way before you think about IV.
They took out the Training Center in this game which made your characters attributes basic.... In other words you have no effect on how your guys attack, this was not so in game III.
The story was dry and confusing. And sailing was 90% of the game. In game III you could ride a Griffin or other giant animals but not in this game.
The game does have some good features, the Runes are very useful and exciting to use, the different combos are cool to see and the ship as the HQ did prove in exceeding the castle in game III.
THE GOOD: Collecting those Stars of Destiny! New environments Viki Playing Battleship is fun
THE BAD: Random Battles Every 2 seconds Random Battles in the towns Random Battles that give barely any experience No heart and soul in the game Boat controls are terrible
SUMMARY: Bad, bad, bad, bad! Konami...has ruined Suikoden. Now, I have always loved this series, even III. But this one leaves you with lots of unsatisfied moments. First of all, what are you fighting for? Secondly, random battles every 2 seconds serving as a filler for an overall short game is not my idea of fun. Most Stars come to you through the story, so there's not much pursuit in getting them. There's also lots of lovely moments where you have no idea what to do next.
Now...there is good. Some fresh unique characters join you (mermaids) and you still have some cool fighting and spell casting. Game gets A LOT better once you obtain Viki, the teleporter. At that point, it becomes your standard Suikoden game of collecting characters...
THE GOOD: No-nonsense RPG without the unnecessary drama. Great music.
THE BAD: Bad gameplay mechanics such as ship controls. Leaves you hanging during certain points in the game. Frequent random encounters while sailing.
SUMMARY: After clearing Suikoden IV, I had very little emotions running through my mind as I saw the ending. A fog of nothingness filled my thoughts. I knew I felt relatively positive about this game throughout my run of it, but I still wasn't ready to say it was a good game. In fact, at that point in time, I was leaning more on the other side due to how the game ended. After a few hours of reflecting on it, I have come to a conviction that the game is definitely catered for the simple at heart--and the connotation here is by no means negative.
(What little of) The storyline of Suikoden IV is very interesting. The concept of the Rune of Punishment itself has so much promise to begin with. I really applaud the storyline designers in coming up with such an intriguing cen...