Review by Cyber-Sushi
"I love this game and everything about it."
What can I say? If you're tired of the ''me too'' RPGs, and need something to occupy you while Square is busy.. take a look at the Suikoden series. Suikoden may not be one of the most popular RPGs around, but it really deserves the attention. There's something special about this one.. you'll know that as soon as you begin to reveal some of the story and characters. Suikoden I provided something unique in an RPG, 108 characters or so to meet. Little things like army battles, your own castle, a unique magic system, and much, much more is what made it special. Suikoden II continues this, only it takes it even further along.
Well, the first thing you'll notice (well.. a good deal of you, admit it) is the game is in 2-D. But, if you dare judge this game by it's ''inferior'' graphics, I will have to destroy you. Underneath what some may call ''horrible'' and others will call ''wonderful'' is one of the best RPGs I've ever played in my life. Personally, I think the 2D graphics are perfect for Suikoden. I can't put my finger on it.. there's something about these graphics that make me somewhat happy, and cheerful.
Once again, you'll be searching for the ''108 stars of destiny'' a fancy way of saying 108 characters to find, greet and ask to join your army. Fans of the original Suikoden will be delighted to see some returning characters, and you'll be able to load your data from the previous Suikoden to unlock... ahem, I can't say : ). You'll have to work hard to get all 108, but it'll be worth it, trust me. The nice thing is Suikoden isn't unberably hard, but it isn't easy either. If you're having trouble, you can always switch around your party using recruits you have found (unless they don't fight, such as Leona, Barbara, and the shopkeepers.)
Unfortunately, there are flaws.. you are not able to move diagonally. This isn't a big thing, but it really can get annoying. I'm not sure why they did not allow it. The controls are like any other RPGs, there's an ''activate'' button, ''cancel'' button and so forth. But the innovative thing here is, you can easily play with just your right hand. That's right. L2 is an activate button, L1 is a ''cancel'' button, you use the directional pad to move around (obviously..) and select to bring up the menu. Why don't any other RPGs use this (at least.. to my knowledge)? It's very helpful when you want to eat and play at the same time. This is a good example of when I say the ''little things,'' make Suikoden special.
The music is catchy, but a tad bit reptetive. There'll be some strange tunes on your journies, but you'll always have juuuust the right music to accompany it. Although Suikoden isn't best known for its music, it[the music] is great IMO. There's not much left to say about music. The sound effects are all just fine, and here's another ''little thing'' If you have a certain character, you can find hidden sound sets that allow you to change the basic sound effects! Hehe! So you can have ''quack quack'' as your cancel sound!
The story is well crafted and you can see that the writers thought it out well before they were finished. There are so many surprises and unexpected events occuring... be ready for the wild ride that is Suikoden. It's all good... happy, sad, and angry. I'll give you a small introduction without revealing too much. [I'll call the main character 'Richard', but you can name him in the actual game.] Richard and Jowy are in the imperial army. They're set up at camp, when all of a sudden there is a surprise attack. After a few surprises, they run off and eventually find themselves in the hands of the State army.. which include two familiar faces from Suikoden one.....
As I have mentioned several times already, it's the little things that make Suikoden II even more enjoyable. Here are some of them :
Your own castle
And there's so much more, but I don't want to spoil anything for you! You really must try this game.
Suikoden II has so many ideas, that any other RPG has yet to copy. Is it because none of the big rpg companies paid any attention to Konami and their RPG? Could be. But, Suikoden II really stand out from the crowd. It has all the little extra stuff that make an RPG even more enjoyable to play and experience.
(These are out of ten, and a plus sign means this game has been rewarded the Sushi award of amazing achievement in a particular category. I will be updating scores for other reviews that will get this award later on.)
Gameplay : 10
Storyline : 10
Graphics : 9.4
Audio : 10
Originality : 10+
Replay : 7.5
Controls : 10
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Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 04/22/00, Updated 04/22/00
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