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Suikoden (PlayStation)

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Loosely based on the classic medieval Chinese novel Water Margins, the game is a fantasy RPG set in an imaginary universe, its main theme being political struggle. The hero of the game is the young son of Theo McDohl, a general who serves the Scarlet Moon Empire, presently controlling the land of Toran. Through a series of events the hero becomes involved in a rebellion against the Empire, led by an organization known as the Liberation Army. Will the hero find a new home there, will he be able to tear himself away from everything that has been sacred to him, including his own father?

Suikoden is a Japanese-style role-playing game with several unusual additions. There are three kinds of combat in the game, the most common one being the traditional turn-based party combat (players can have up to six people in their active party). Magic runes can be equipped on the player's characters which allow limited usage of offensive and healing spells. There are also a few army battles, where the player must control whole units of fighters, archers, magicians, etc., and one-on-one fights (duels).

The game allows the player to build and customize a castle, which serves as their home base and fortress. 108 characters can be recruited in the game, a tribute to 108 Stars Of Destiny in "Water Margins". Many of those characters will be available as active party members and participate in battles, while others will act as strategy advisers, or enhance the castle itself in various ways.


Suikoden PlayStation Decidedly the game's most colorful, nicely designed location. It looks like a Greek Orthodox church from outside
Suikoden PlayStation Fighting strange enemies in a mansion
Suikoden PlayStation Kaku village in Chinese style
Suikoden PlayStation Cozy fortress dungeon - the lair of a powerful vampire

Alternate Titles

  • "幻想水滸伝" -- Japanese spelling
  • "幻想水浒传 (Huanxiang Shuihuzhuan)" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Gensou Suikoden" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Despite its repulsive appearance, this is a great classic Bregalad (937) 3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars
One of the best RPG's ever cimerians (48) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars

Critic Reviews

Legendra May 12, 2005 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GameFan Magazine Apr, 1996 92 out of 100 92
Game Revolution Jun 04, 2004 A- 91
Gamezilla 1997 90 out of 100 90
GameTrip.net Sep 04, 2013 9 out of 10 90
RPGFan Dec 28, 1996 88 out of 100 88
Video Games Jan, 1997 86 out of 100 86
Retroguiden Apr 02, 2013 8 out of 10 80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Sep 15, 2005 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Feb 25, 1997 6.5 out of 10 65


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The title "Suikoden" literally means Legend of Water Margins (the full Japanese title is Genso Suikoden, which is "Fantasy Legend of Water Margins"). "Water Margins" is a classic Chinese novel by Shi Nai An.

Related Web Sites

  • Suikosource (A fansite that contains a complete list of all the characters in all the games, including their background stories. It also contains information about the game world's time-line and geography as well as fan art and gameplay guides. )
rockydil (25) added Suikoden (PlayStation) on Aug 23, 2001
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