Group DescriptionSuikoden - originally Gensō Suikoden (Japanese: 幻想水滸伝), translated as "Fantasy Legend of Water Margin" - is a series of role-playing games by Konami, loosely based on the classic Chinese novel Water Margin. Suikoden is the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese Shuihuzhuan (simplified Chinese: 水浒传; traditional Chinese: 水滸傳), meaning "Legend of Water Margin".
SettingAll Suikoden games are set during different time periods in the chronology of its fictional fantasy world. The inspiration of the Chinese novel confines itself to the main theme of the series (rebellion against a corrupt government or invading nation), and the concept of 108 heroes. Concrete storylines and characters are unique to the series, and its world has nothing particularly Chinese in it, actually having more in common with medieval Europe.
Individual Suikoden installments are usually not directly connected to each other story-wise, and take place in different regions of the series' vast world. However, many recurrent (usually minor) characters appear in all or most games, and they stories are united by a common historical timeline.
GameplaySuikoden series contain many basic elements of Japanese-style RPGs, such as random encounters, simple turn-based battle mechanics, and automatic leveling up of characters. In most Suikoden games, player-controlled party can include up to six active combatants. The series features several common gameplay elements which are present in each installment, and are normally absent from other games of its kind:
- Suikocross - a forum about the Suikoden series.
Front cover for Suikoden IV
Front cover for Suikoden III
Front cover for Suikoden
Front cover for Suikoden II
Front cover for Suikoden V
Screenshot from Suikoden IV
Screenshot from Suikoden III
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Screenshot from Suikoden II
Screenshot from Suikoden V