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Suikoden V (PlayStation 2)

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The Queendom of Falena is a prosperous country ruled by Queen Arshtat. The Sun Rune, one of the legendary twenty-seven True Runes, is said to protect Falena from all danger, working in conjunction with the Twilight Rune and the Dawn Rune. Recently, the inhabitants of the town of Lordlake rebelled against the queen's rule. In order to put an end to the rebellion, the queen used the power of the Sun Rune, killing Lordlake's leader and turning the town's environment into a barren, scorched wasteland. Using the rune also rendered the formerly kind and benevolent queen mentally unstable.

Meanwhile, the traditional Sacred Games are being held. The champion has the right to claim the hand of Lymsleia, the princess and the future queen of Falena. Two powerful nobility factions are trying to gain the upper hand in the championship through intrigues and manipulation. Eventually, one of them orchestrates an assault on the royal castle, capturing the princess and taking control of the country. Arshtat's son and Lymsleia's older brother, the prince of Falena, manages to escape along with a few allies. The prince must secure the help of other factions and nations, build an army, and liberate his homeland.

Suikoden V is, chronologically, a remote sequel to Suikoden IV and a close prequel to the first game, set eight years before it. Traditional elements of the series - the ability to recruit 108 characters to help the hero on his quest, maintaining an own castle, the rune-based magic system (limited casting of spells instead of magic points) - are all present in this installment. Like in the first two games, the player manages an active party of individually controlled six characters, with four others acting as backup. Party formation plays an important role now, as the party receives bonuses by using different placements and tactics. Characters can execute combo attacks, which vary depending on the members currently participating in the battle. The skill system from the third game is back: characters can learn various passive abilities which increase their parameters and improve combat behavior.

The duel battles are timed in this installment, the player having to quickly select an attack type before the opponent executes his or hers. Turn-based tactical army combat from the previous entries has been replaced by real-time strategy battles. The player navigates various types of units on land or sea; the unit types relate to each other in a "rock-paper-scissors" fashion, each type being strong and weak against two others.

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Suikoden V PlayStation 2 Different equipment can raise and lower your stats
Suikoden V PlayStation 2 Main battle menu
Suikoden V PlayStation 2 Hmm... either my Greek reading skills are too bad, or this inscription reads "Hanplaixe"... no idea what it means, though
Suikoden V PlayStation 2 Master skills and pick two to equip

Alternate Titles

  • "幻想水滸伝V" -- Japanese spelling
  • "幻想水浒传5 (Huanxiang Shuihuzhuan 5)" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Gensou Suikoden V" -- Japanese title

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The Suikoden series has returned to its almighty glory with perhaps the best entry in the series by far! poorguy171 (6) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

Legendra May 09, 2006 9.5 out of 10 95
Play.tm Sep 17, 2006 94 out of 100 94
Worth Playing Apr 13, 2006 9.2 out of 10 92
PSX Extreme Apr 12, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Gamezine Sep 03, 2006 16 out of 20 80
4Players.de Oct 07, 2006 78 out of 100 78
Game Informer Magazine May, 2006 7.5 out of 10 75
Lawrence Apr 27, 2006 B 75
Eurogamer.de Sep 29, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Game Revolution Apr 06, 2006 C+ 58

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Trivia

Many of the character names in "Suikoden V" are taken from ancient Iranian mythology. For example, Arshtat is the goddess of justice; Bahram is a legendary emperor; Zahhak is an evil dragon who was slayed by the hero Feridun - which sounds very similar to Ferid, the name of the hero's father. There aren't any direct references to actual Iranian myths, and the names do not necessarily reflect the personalities of the prototypes.

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.)
  • 幻想水滸伝V (official Japanese website)
אולג 小奥 (171737) added Suikoden V (PlayStation 2) on Mar 18, 2006