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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 Character strength
Suikoden SEGA Saturn World map
Suikoden PlayStation Regular battle
Suikoden SEGA Saturn Battle menu

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 PlayStation Bregalad (916)
One of the best RPG's ever PlayStation cimerians (48)

The Press Says

Legendra PlayStation May 12, 2005 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Just RPG PlayStation Nov 01, 1996 93 out of 100 93
GameFan Magazine PlayStation Apr, 1996 92 out of 100 92
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) PlayStation Jan, 1997 8.8 out of 10 88
RPGFan PlayStation Dec 28, 1996 88 out of 100 88
RPGFan SEGA Saturn Nov 17, 1998 84 out of 100 84
Retroguiden PlayStation Apr 02, 2013 8 out of 10 80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games PlayStation Sep 15, 2005 8 out of 10 80 (GAF) PlayStation Apr 28, 2003 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot PlayStation Feb 25, 1997 6.5 out of 10 65


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Oct 17, 2008


"Suikoden" features 108 Stars of Destiny and 108 characters you can recruit. Why 108? The Japanese tradition of 108 heroes goes back to the Chinese medieval author Shi Nai An and his famous book "Shui Hu", which had exactly 108 characters.

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. )
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