A long time had past but I finally got my paws onto my PS2 controller for the latest addition to the Konami's Genso Suikoden series.
After the disaster with Suikoden four, I din't have much high hopes for Suikoden V to speak, but all changed after a few hours into the game (erm... few = around 5-8 hours)..
Suikoden V is going to be a classic, at least for me. My taste for rpg is very different from most recent so called rpg gamers that look for games with Final fantasy standard of graphics, for me, I prefer a strong story, a story that will draw me into the main character's shoes, think like him (okay that means I just strike off all rpgs with female leads).
The Genso Suikoden series had one of the greatest story as a whole as all games are linked to a same world, just different time, recurring characters and characters with mysterious past add to it's charm.
Suikoden V is one fine example of this, with characters like Georg Prime, Lorelai, Killey, Viki and of course the sexy Jeane all returning from previous games.
While I had already had several favourite characters from the past games which only Viki is still around, Suikoden V brought me more favourites to add my lists.
Storywise, it had been a great run after 70 hours of gameplay getting the best endings and trying to gain high levels for the last boss. The story is great althought not as great as what suikoden II had, althought I sense many story concepts had been borrowed from past series, but characters of this game had all been presented well, each of them had their own characteristic, and when you try to recruit them, you will get to know of their history and goals making it more stories in itself.
Music wise, althought I still miss the neclord music from the first and second game, Suikoden V is still bless with some emotional music that might stick to your head, at least some did to me.
Oh yah back to favourite characters, for now my favourite characters design for the entire suikoden series are....
Leon Silverburg, the legendary tactician that started the spark of war... if you read carefully at the history of suikoden, you will see the chain of events that he sparked off from the keleka incident to the assasination of Luca Blight which eventual lead to more widespread warfare. (Keleka incident spark the Jowston-Scarlet War, then lend to the Toran liberation, the Luca Blight assasination prolong the Dunan unification war by halting the unstoppable the near invinicible Highland army lead by Luca Blight... heheh open for debate here XD)
Viktor, his personel story is one of my favourite, dealing with the vampire neclord and the exploration of his life stories.
Viki, ..... damn she's funny.... I wonder when will she get to eat the celebration dinner...
Richard from suikoden V, hahaaha another funny fella who pack a punch... or a sharp blade. People will think he is a hot fav among yaoi fans. LOL (sorry I am not a yaoi fan, I am a swordmaster fan)
Georg Prime, the mysterious swordman of Suikoden II get his story told in Suikoden V, and man thats a good story indeed, a member of Scarlet moon Empire six great generals, then a member of Falena's Queen's knights before serving in Dunan unification war..... if you play Suikoden V, you will love to had him in your party
hahaah now this is sounding like a game review.....
Anyway as an artist, and a suikoden fan, one of my dreams is to be able to work on one of the suikoden games...