I have only played 3-5 and I think 3 was the best then 5 then 4, although I think they did a good job on some characters on 4 compared to 5. I was wondering what Suikoden Vets thought about which was the best suikoden. Seems like when this game came out people were saying 2 was the best. Anyway post your opinion.
Do keep in mind this is entirely opinion-based, and I'd imagine most people who visit the Suikoden V board will be biased towards it.
I've played them all and have beaten each one save for the first, which I had to borrow.
1, I unfairly give a B-. I just didn't have the time to stick with it. I played it later than the others, too, so being able to equip only one rune was a complete pain. The wars were straight up rock-paper-scissors style - quite uninteresting to me.
2, I give an A. I enjoyed most of the characters, good and bad alike. Its difficulty was nothing to laugh about. The wars were interesting.
3, I give an A-. The trinity system was quite awesome imo. I enjoyed getting the story from different perspectives. Suikoden 3 made a lot more characters a lot more useful for quite a while, while the others end up with a bunch of useless stars at the end. The minus, though, is for the screwy battle system (1 command for 2 members, plus the worthlessness of the fire runes) and for the whacked-out wars. Officers fight rather than soldiers? Come on.
4, deserves a C. Down to four characters at a time meant tons of worthless SoD. I played Tactics first, so it was good to get more story for the characters I enjoyed playing in Tactics. I truly despised that frickin' boat with that crazy encounter rate on the water. The wars were next to pointless.
Tactics, I give an A. I'm partial to Tactics games. The Switch function meant very very few truly useless characters. I thought this game was very well done. Many diehard Suikoden fans may not like Suikoden Tactics much. It does deviate quite a bit from the others before it.
5, I give an A-. I enjoyed the plot quite a bit, and most of the characters were extremely well done. For example, most players hate Roy - and that's how it should be - he was meant to be portrayed as a complete pain. Lyon is a doll. I thought it was cute how she stayed at the prince's side as often as she could. The minus is for the difficulty. I never truly felt in any kind of danger during normal or boss battles. Wars... some of those could get rough, but all were very winnable.
Great series, despite the step-headed red child - Suikoden 4.
Suikoden II is definitely the best out of all of them. Awesome characters and a pretty good plot with a decent difficulty level depending on your setup. This game is great too but how easy it is really turns me off sometimes.