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Suikoden III (PlayStation 2)

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Description

As the conflict between the mighty nation of Harmonia and the tribal inhabitants of the Grasslands evolved, a man who possessed the True Fire Rune stepped in. Called the Flame Champion, he led the Grasslands against Harmonian invasion, and eventually unleashed the power of his rune in a decisive battle, causing the death of many people on both sides. Harmonia retreated, and the Flame Champion disappeared. An uneasy truce was achieved, but the relationship between the Grasslands and the neighbor merchant nation of Zexen grew steadily worse.

Chris Lightfellow, known as the "Silver Maiden", is the captain of the Zexen Knights, commanding its forces after a truce agreement between Zexen and the Grasslands has been broken. She is increasingly dissatisfied with the Zexen leadership, and is determined to find her missing father. Hugo is the son of Lucia, the chief of the Karaya clan of the Grasslands. When he finds his village in flames, he swears revenge against the nation of Zexen and its knights. Meanwhile, Harmonia's authorities send an enigmatic mercenary leader named Geddoe to investigate rumors concerning the return of the Flame Champion.

The events of Suikoden III take place sixteen years after those described in its predecessor. The game retains many distinguishing gameplay features from the series' previous installments, including equipment of magic runes with limited spell uses instead of the more common magic points system; the possibility to recruit 108 characters (Stars of Destiny), many of which can participate in battles; customization of a castle serving as army headquarters, etc. Tactical army battle mechanics are similar to those employed in the second installment.

The game's most significant new feature is its so-called "Trinity Sight System". Instead of controlling a single main protagonist, the player takes the roles of Chris, Hugo, and Geddoe during the course of nine chapters (three per character). These chapters focus on the conflict between the Grasslands and Zexen, and represent three different points of view on the events. Afterwards the player must select the character he or she considers the principal protagonist of the game. The game also includes two optional chapters told from the point of view of another character.

In addition to leveling up and raising the effectiveness of their weapons and armor, characters can also learn skills - passive abilities that improve the their combat performance, such as parrying, dealing higher damage, acting quicker, etc. Magic spells typically take longer time to cast, which can be remedied by improving a correspondent skill. Some magic spells also have area effects, dealing damage to enemies and allies alike. The player controls six characters in battle, divided into three pairs: the leaders of the pairs are actively controlled, while their companions act according to AI routines.

Screenshots

Suikoden III PlayStation 2 Lightning spells are pretty useful and impressive in this game.
Suikoden III PlayStation 2 You visit a library in one of the towns
Suikoden III PlayStation 2 Dynamic battle against high-level enemies late in the game
Suikoden III PlayStation 2 Lovely view of Thomas's hometown. Note the animated birds

Alternate Titles

  • "幻想水滸伝III" -- Japanese spelling
  • "幻想水浒传3 (Huanxiang Shuihuzhuan 3)" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Gensou Suikoden III" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Trinity Sighs אולג 小奥 (168760) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
Blows "Final Fantasy" out of the water, if you ask me. Lucas Schippers (59) unrated

The Press Says

Digital Entertainment News (den) Aug 03, 2003 9.6 out of 10 96
Gaming Target Jan 28, 2003 9.5 out of 10 95
IGN Oct 22, 2002 9.4 out of 10 94
GameSpot Oct 31, 2002 9.1 out of 10 91
Legendra 2002 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
RPGFan Jul 24, 2002 89 out of 100 89
WomenGamers.com Feb 03, 2002 8.51 out of 10 85
GameSpy Nov 17, 2002 84 out of 100 84
Game Revolution Nov, 2002 B+ 83
GameCola.net Aug, 2008 7.2 out of 10 72

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Series' creative peak 3 anna zhang
Jul 17, 2013
What a horrible soundtrack 8 Donatello (384)
Jul 28, 2009
I'm wondering... 6 אולג 小奥 (168760)
Jul 03, 2007

Trivia

1001 Video Games

Suikoden III appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Cancelled European release

The PAL release of Suikoden III was cancelled.

Game Intro

Animated intro of Suikoden III was produced by GONZO.

Horse

Although Salome has no trouble riding his horse during cutscenes, it always seems to be absent during an actual monster battle. The other mounted Knights of Zexen don't seem to have this problem and ride bravely into battle...

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2002 – Best Use of Waterfowl of the Year (PS2)
Information also contributed by WildKard and Al Sleeper

Related Web Sites

  • Konami: Suikoden III (Official website.)
  • 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.)
etempest (1033) added Suikoden III (PlayStation 2) on Apr 28, 2003