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Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.0
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.5
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.3
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.2
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 4.2
Overall User Score (47 votes) 4.0

Critic Reviews

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Legendra (May 12, 2005)
Suikoden se démarque du reste de la production sur bien des points, posant les bases d'une des meilleures séries de RPG existant. Le jeu souffre de quelques défauts de gameplay mais dans l'ensemble, aujourd'hui encore, il s'agit d'une référence. Unique!
Just RPG (Nov 01, 1996)
The realistic undertones of the game caused this gamer/writer to play the game over and over which I can boast or admit (depends on how you look at it, lol) having so much spare time to have beaten the game more times than college classes I have taken up to now (90+hrs for those of you who are interested). This is an oldie but goodie game that I believe if you have a PSX or PS2 - get this game. It will be worth the price you paid (mine cost me $10 as pre-played).
GameFan Magazine (Apr, 1996)
Can this be? Is it a real Konami game? One without balls (sports balls) and scoring and polygons? Why yes! Genso Suikoden is the best traditional RPG I've yet played on a 32-bit console. Konami's fighting system is a genius design, both mechanically and graphically, the story's deep and above the kindergarten mentality, but best of all, YOU DON'T GET IN A FIGHT EVERY TWO INCHES YOU TRAVEL! With the new Konami fully etched into the sports scene, it will be a cryin' shame if GS never comes out here, so...license it!
Game Players (Dec, 1996)
Suikoden is one of the finest RPGs made since Chrono Trigger. All the role playing elements that make games like the Final Fantasy series an epic are here. This isn't a short game, either. Suikoden is long and it doesn't get boring, not for a second. This is one of Konami's finest hours. You won't regret it.
Game Revolution (Jun 04, 2004)
Suikoden is the best RPG to come out in years. The game has what it takes to stand up in an action dominated game market and shine. If you're looking for a game that will suck you into another world, as another person, it's right here in the form of Suikoden.
This game is easily one of the better RPGs for the Playstation. While its graphics aren't anything great, everything else about it is wonderful. The best feature is easily the 108 characters. If you're looking for an RPG that is for intermediate gamers, and features an arsenal (literally) of deep characters, run to the shop to buy Suikoden (due to its age, it's only $20 or less now).
90 (Sep 04, 2013)
Suikoden est un énième RPG japonais de prime abord, mais un sacré bon jeu de taré quand on s’y enfonce. Et si comme moi vous aimez vous enfoncer, vous ne pourrez que savourer la durée de vie colossale, ses graphismes mignons, ses batailles stratégiques et les 107 personnages à trouver dont chacun à sa propre histoire. Magique. Inoubliable. Epique. Jean-Pierre. Veau. Ce mot m’est venu, je ne sais pas pourquoi.
Mega Fun (Jan, 1997)
Suikoden ist das zweitschönste Nippon-RPG das ich bisher zocken durfte. Alle wichtigen Elemente sind genau dosiert. Rätsel, die lösbar sind und Unterhaltungen, die die Story aufpeppen und nicht durch exzessive Textlastigkeit nerven. Die galaktische Anzahl an Charakteren, welche liebevoll fein definiert und ausgearbeitet sind, mehr als rekordverdächtig. Hunderte von Items und Ausrüstungsgegenständen, die geschicktes Auswählen erfordern und, und, und... lch könnte noch mehr Lob schreiben, aber das würde den Rahmen des Kastens sprengen. Suikoden erhält von uns die Traumwertung von 90% Fun. Da hier locker 100 Stunden Spielspaß garantiert sind. Wäre die Geschichte ein klein wenig theatralischer und die Grafik den Fähigkeiten der PlayStation etwas mehr angepaßt, hätte Final Fantasy 3 seinen Referenzthron räumen müssen. Trotz alledem ist Suikoden für alle RPG-Freaks ein absoluter Pflichtkauf.
Gamezilla (1997)
Suikoden is one of the most addictive games that I have ever played. It is a different kind of addiction -- not a competitive addiction, but more of an "I-want-to-see-what-happens-next" addiction. There is so much in this game that I can't even begin to explain everything, but it is very easy to get the hang of it. My only complaint, and it is minor, is that all the conversations are text-based. There are too many comments that don't add anything to the game, so you have to continually cycle through someone's useless, smartass comments. This game is a must-buy for any role-playing fan and a highly recommended title for adventure fans. If you have never played this type of game, Suikoden is a great game that everyone can play.
Konami has always provided great games, such as the now classics Contra and Castlevania. It seems that they can develop great role-playing games, as well. If you're looking for a fantastic story with rich characters and lots of options, Suikoden will not disappoint.
GamePro (US) (Nov 24, 2000)
Overall, Suikoden is a topnotch, classic -style RPG with a deep, evolving story line and smooth, efficient gameplay. If the graphics had been tweaked and more FMV/cut scenes been inserted, this game would be one of the best ever. However, it stand as one of the best RPG’s on the PlayStation, and probably won’t be surpassed until Final Fantasy VII is released.
IGN (Jan 22, 1997)
Suikoden is undeniably one of the best RPGs ever made. Not only that, but Suikoden isn't a game that can be finished in a few days either. Suikoden is long (about 25+ hours) and it doesn't get boring... ever.
RPGFan (Dec 28, 1996)
In my opinion, Suikoden was the runner-up to Dragon Force as the best game to hit these shores in 1996. A testament to its excellence is that even though it was released over 2 years ago, it is still one of the very best 32-bit games you can get today. I strongly recommend this one to all RPG fans.
Holy cow - talk about a long RPG! Suikoden is almost mind-boggling. I have to admit that I was pretty intimidated as I was playing through and realizing what I was talking on. There is a huge amount of different characters in the game and the development and involvement of them in the story is awesome. I really enjoyed being able to battle monsters (or enemies) in different ways. The army v. army battles reminded me of Dragon Force on the Saturn in a way (since we review that one this month, too) which is a great thing. This one if for those with a lot of time and patience. As far as RPGs go, it's an incredible one.
Video Games (Jan, 1997)
Es ist schon lange her, seit es ein Japano-Rollenspiel zu uns nach Euopa verschlagen hat. Mit Suikoden hat Konami sich und anderen einen großen Gefallen getan. Nicht nur, daß es eines der ersten Japano-typischen Rollenspiele für die Playstation ist, nein, es ist ein wiklich gut gelungenes Werk, das sich durch die spannende und stellenweise rührende Handlung und das übersichtliche Spielsystem auszeichnet. Da kann man getrost darüber hinwegsehen, daß die Grafik für 32-Bit-Verhältnisse etwas bescheiden ausgefallen ist. Die Suche nach den 108 Spielcharakteren (wovon einige jedoch vornehmlich in Läden als Verkäufer agieren) weckt den Jäger und Sammler in jedem rollenspielenden Menschen. Und der Stratege wird ebenfalls seine Freude im Kriegs-Modus haben, bei dem sich die Armeen des Imperiums und der Rebellen gegenüberstehen. Suikoden ist zweifellos eines der besten Titel, die seit Final Fantasy VI erschienen sind.
Retroguiden (Apr 02, 2013)
Resten av spelet känns ändå lika udda och fräscht idag som för 16 år sedan. Anledningen är densamma nu som då; spel som Suikoden görs inte längre och de gjordes inte heller 1995. Kanske behövdes det en mer actionorienterad utgivare som Konami för att tänka så långt utanför den berömda lådan? Kanske behövdes det en färsk, opåverkad och experimentvillig Yoshitaka Murayama? Oavsett vilket är Suikoden en unik spelupplevelse som lockar såväl nybörjare och casualspelare som mer erfarna rpg-fans. Suikoden är i grunden ett klassiskt japanskt rollspel som älskar att vara det och inte vill vara något annat heller. Ändå är det inte likt något annat. Och hur tråkigt det påståendet än kan verka så är spelet – mycket tack vare sitt Pokémon-liknande samlande – inte tråkigt en sekund.
Ultimately, Suikoden comes highly recommended for all RPG-lovers. Though it does have its share of detractions and suspensions of belief (the hero is the ultimate charisma-man), solid game-play and unique features combined with a good story make Suikoden one of the better early era PS One RPGs.
RPGamer (2003)
Suikoden is a fairly simple game, generally suited to novice RPGamers, or diehard fans of the series that haven't played the first game yet. If you were to power level in the first few hours of the game, and keep all your weapons sharpened, a team could typically become Godlike. Suikoden remains a solid game overall, and is definitely a sleeper hit, though it is often overlooked because of its short length and inferior graphics. If you can look past its shortcomings, you'll have a game that sits in the back of your closet soon after you finish it, only to be dredged out once every blue moon to experience again.
70 (GAF) (Apr 28, 2003)
Even though Suikoden suffers from its share of problems, it's a great example of the adage, "greater than the sum of its parts." The finished product manages to outshine all its flaws to create a very playable game with fun gameplay, an intriguing storyline, and a well-designed world. However, it's obvious that this is one of Konami's first works in the role-playing genre, and as such suffers some hiccups that don't bury its positive aspects but provide annoying distractions. Any PSone owner that loves RPGs has to at least give Suikoden a shot.
Edge (Jan, 1997)
With no more than a casual glance at its rough 16bit-style demeanour, it would be easy to dismiss Suikoden. This style of turn-based RPG has been seen many times on the SNES, often with better graphics and sound than the PS manages here.
GameSpot (Feb 25, 1997)
All in all, Suikoden is a fine, albeit short, RPG. Experienced role-players should be able to whip through it in no time. Even novices shouldn't encounter too much trouble. It's got an appealing storyline, and tons of characters to experiment with. Even so, consider it a warm-up for Wild Arms and Final Fantasy VII.
A fine RPG, benefiting from a clever plot and inventive approach to battles. Should be appreciated by fans surviving off 16-bit SNES imports.