Suikoden - A true PS1 Gem
So you have a playstation, and you ask "What are the greatest RPG's for this awesome system?".
Most people will answer with "Final Fantasy VII", "Final Fantasy VII", and "Final Fantasy VII".
Not to bury Final Fantasy under the ground - it's an excellent game - but not many people looked beyond the Final Fantasy games as far as RPG's were concerned for the PS1. Then there are some people who will say "Go to Suikoden". And they would be right to recommend so.
Suikoden for the playstation is an underrated RPG that all fans of the genre MUST play at least once. It's a perfect balance of story, gameplay, innovation, and presentation overall.
You play as a young boy who is the son of a great general of the Scarlet Moon Empire. You do errands for the Empire, until eventually you see the corruption within the ranks. It is then up to you, to unify rebels across the land, build an army, and fight the Empire.
Storywise, Suikoden is excellent. You will be engaged heavily in the plot, and feel somewhat connected to most of the characters you encounter.
Gameplay is partially typical roleplaying style. You can have a party of up to 6 characters to fight turn based battles. Standard, basic, but it works and it's fun! Eventually however you find an HQ where you can recruit various characters from all over the world, to fight in your turn based battles, which also include army and duel encounters. Army battles basically wage rock-paper-scissor conflict until one side loses its entire forces. Duels are basically the same way, one versus one action, rock paper scissors. It's easy to figure out eventually when to use certain moves, so although there isn't much depth to these, but they are entertaining at times and do add flavor to the game.
The Music is also fantastic. From Gregminster onward, you will more than likely enjoy the unique soundtrack of this game.
Overall, fans of the RPG genre should pick this game up. It's unique, fun, and ambitious. 5 Stars.
Reviewed by: Lisa Hiscock from Mount Pearl on 11/3/2012