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!
Table of Contents
- 001: Family Reunion
- 002: Fifty Shades of Brown
- 003: The will of Providence
- 004: *nervous laughter*
- 005: This'll be awkward
- 006: I HATE lizards!
- 007: Leopard maths
- 008: A delightful show
- 009: Duel at High Noon
- 010: The Kanakan Swordsman
- 011: A wet blanket
- 012: Uncle Dolph's Cabin
- 013: Final Round! Fight!
- 014: The Princess orders you to clothe yourself, hussy!!!
- 015: East Palace
- 016: Things that go Thump in the night
- 017: Rolling on the River
- 018: Royal Banquet
- 019: Loose Ends
- 020: I never sleep well when I'm sober
- 021: Another Man's Junk
- 022: I was once...
- 023: Even insolence should have limits!
- 024: Mediocrity!
- 025: The tastiest fishies in all of Falena
- 026: Fugitive Runners
- 027: Tactician
- 028: You, my good lady, are a FASHION DIVA!
- 029: A Bit Batty
- 030: Detective Oboro
- 031: Poor Decision Making Skills
- 032: Get ready to kick some Armes keister!
- 033: The Dawn of Victory
- 034: The Emperor's New Clothes
- 035: Tonight, Iodine in Hell!
- 036: The kewlestest thing EVAR!
- 037: Get ready to BURN!
- 038: Beaver Lodge
- 039: What's the name of this country?
- 040: I'll get you there! Probably!
- 041: What's the name of this... castle?!
- 042: I Am Not Nearly Drunk Enough To Deal With This Shit
- 043: The bestest fisher in all o' Raftfleet
- 044: Your destiny is to die alone...
- 045: Condemnation
- 046: I'm just a lowly commoner!
- 047: I conked the Prince in the head!
- 048: What are you, sightseeing?
- 049: The Dawn Times
- 050: Revenge of the Big Hole
- 051: Bandit-like activities
- 052: Legs, don't fail me nooooooow!
- 053: How to smile, and how to kill
- 054: Complete and total genocide
- 055: Swift and Final Retribution
- 056: I don't think I like the sea very much...
- 057: Conquer that seasickness with willpower!
- 058: Coronation
- 059: Metal Gears
- 060: Mythical Fish
- 061: Poison me rum!
- 062: Fuck You, I'm a Dagon
- 063: Pro Prince Propaganda
- 064: Doraat Siege
- 065: Stars of Destiny
- 066: Debbie Does Doraat
- 067: A distinct odor of cheese
- 068: A Moonlit Night
- 069: New Queen's Campaign
- 070: Light of Day
- 071: The Truth
- 072: Crazy Druid
- 073: Big Hole with a Vengeance
- 074: Strategists get all the chicks
- 075: Dragon Cavalry
- 076: Crazy Hat Guy
- 077: It's terrible!
- 078: Boorish Attitude
- 079: Complimentary Yelling
- 080: Wittle Dwaggie Horsies
- 081: First come, first served
- 082: I don't dislike a good bloodbath.
- 083: Fortunes of War
- 084: Putting the "Drag" in "Dragon Cavalry"
- 085: GRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANK!
- 086: #reclaimthecastle
- 087: A run-of-the-mill corrupt bureaucrat
- 088: The Gordius Knot
- 089: Big Boz, ready for action!
- 090: More Like Bahram Loser
- 091: Shula Valya
- 092: Storming Stormfist
- 093: Raging Demon
- 094: Not MORE Godwin idiots!
- 095: I've already "handled" it myself.
- 096: The merest chance for atonement
- 097: Another Moonlit Night
- 098: Sol-Falena Siege
- 099: The Final Battle
- 100: Until one of us falls...
- 101: Very Definitely Final Dungeon
- 102: Final Preparations
- 103: Ruins Locked in Snow and Ice
- 104: Here Comes the Sun
- 105: Text Post: The LP
- 106: Three Runes
- 107: To Peaceful Days
- 108: The End
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Suikoden Bad-ass Gastromicide:
Now look what you made me do.
e: Now with an avatar-sized version because I have no life.
It appears that your Highness is about to beat me...
To killing those FILTHY GODWIN DEVILS that are RIGHT BEHIND YOU!
*Egbert eats checker piece, moves another one*
My poor boy, I'm afraid I've won, please be so kind to Queen me.
Fister Roboto 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.
I joined to KILL FILTHY GODWIN DEVILS!!
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?
That combo attack needs different music.
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.
Oh no, I liked Roy.
Rest in peace, buddy. You did a good job.
Also, you can have a Shula too. Because Shula.
Fister Roboto posted:
YOU SPIN ME RIGHT ROUND BABY RIGHT ROUND
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.