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Suikoden V

by vilkacis

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Original Thread: Suikoden V: The Filthy Devil Thread



The Japanese, US and EU versions of the game all use the same cover artwork.

The back of the box posted:

Tragedy and Destiny Intertwine Surrounding the Legendary Sun Rune

In the land of Falena, a prosperous and beautiful country governed by the matriarchy and the benevolent power of the Sun Rune, civil unrest arises and the queen is forced to use the Sun Rune to quell the uprising... but at what cost? Journey as the prince in an expansive quest uncovering the mysteries surrounding the Sun Rune, the civil unrest and the dark intent of an unknown power in the greatest Suikoden saga yet!

Suikoden is a series of Japanese role playing games (JRPGs) loosely based on one of the the four great classical novels of Chinese literature, Shui Hu Zhuan - known in English as Water Margin, Outlaws of the Marsh, All Men Are Brothers, and probably a bunch of other names I'm forgetting.

The main features of the series are relatively (for JRPGs!) small-scale, political conflicts, generally taking place within the confines of a single country, and the building of an army. Each game sports one hundred and eight characters who will fill various functions around the hero's headquarters, or simply help out in battle. Each character represents a Star of Destiny, corresponding to one of the heroes in the original novel; the game character generally shares some trait with the character whose star they represent, but as the series has gone on, it has moved away from its point of origin.

Suikoden V is the last numbered game in the series, and the last to take place in the world the previous entries built up. It is largely detached from the events in the other games, and takes place six years before the first (and over a hundred years after IV) in a location that has previously been mentioned a few times, but never in any great detail.

Despite the distance in both time and space, Suikoden V still contains a fair number of familiar characters, as well as a good amount of nods and references to the previous titles. In many ways, it is an attempt to return to the basics - the things that made the first two games successful, before they started experimenting with different setups in III and IV. In some aspects it is quite successful - but it falls short in others. Suikoden V is far from the perfect game, but it is widely considered better than its predecessor in just about every way, and I'll make no secret of the fact that I agree: despite the flaws, we are firmly in Good Game territory here.

Like Suikoden III, the fifth entry is quite long for a JRPG. Unlike the third, it features a long, relatively peaceful prologue that sets up the main characters and conflict. Opinions differ on whether this is a good thing or not, but personally I think it adds a lot of weight once the midden starts hitting the windmill.

We have a long road ahead, so let's not drag things out longer than necessary. On with it!

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FeyerbrandX posted:

Suikoden Bad-ass Gastromicide:

FeyerbrandX posted:

yokaiy posted:

yokaiy posted:

Now look what you made me do.

e: Now with an avatar-sized version because I have no life.

yokaiy posted:

FeyerbrandX posted:

It appears that your Highness is about to beat me...
*Prince turns*
*Egbert eats checker piece, moves another one*
My poor boy, I'm afraid I've won, please be so kind to Queen me.
Queen ME!

Fister Roboto posted:

Brunom1 posted:

yokaiy posted:

I am sorry.

Don't be - it's great.

I'll help you and add to it, too!

I didn't join the Iodine in Hell Army to take the throne.

yokaiy posted:

yokaiy posted:

Bath time is the best time.

Oh, come on, we're talking about ducks and you thought I wouldn't make a nod to Sui3?

yokaiy posted:

vilkacis posted:

This is a very serious piece of fanart.

Bruceski posted:

That combo attack needs different music.

FeyerbrandX posted:

I don't know what compelled me, maybe it was the fever I had yesterday. Maybe its the disdain I have for the world at large for a lousy year at work... but you all must suffer for it.

yokaiy posted:

Oh no, I liked Roy.

Rest in peace, buddy. You did a good job.

Dogdoo 8 posted:

What's Opera, Doc?

yokaiy posted:

Also, you can have a Shula too. Because Shula.

yokaiy posted:

Fister Roboto posted:


TurnipFritter posted:

Crotchety old folks own.


A picture from Suikoden Marugoto, a Konami publication, posted by Rodyle:

Translation provided by Ekster.

AstraSage posted:

In order to promote the release of Suikoden V, Konami also included an arrangement of The Queen's Knights in Pop'n Music 13 Carnival.

Which, if I didn't need to imply with the above statement, also meant Konami made a yokaiy-grade cute Pop'n Music-style Rendition of Frey (and friends)

AstraSage also linked the Genso Suikoden V Limited Edition Music CD, a bunch of official remixes from Konami.
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