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Suikoden Tactics is a spin-off in the Suikoden series and a direct sequel to Suikoden IV, its story taking place three years after those described in the previous game. The story narrates what happened after the Kooluk and Island Nations war and the mystery concerning the origins of the Rune Cannons. Kyril, the main character, is a powerful young warrior who is continuing his father's fanatical obsession with learning all he can about the Rune Cannons.

Unlike the previous Suikoden games, Suikoden Tactics is a tactical role-playing game. The game consists of large-scale tactical battles and offers no exploration, but retains RPG elements such as character and equipment growth. The gameplay is similar to Fire Emblem. The game offers a combo attack plan by allowing players to build stronger relationships with each fight. If two characters converse during battle, they will improve fighting compatibility with each other. Different upgradeable skills and spells make up the bulk of the gameplay. Story cutscenes are rendered in real-time and have voiceovers.


Suikoden Tactics PlayStation 2 Game engine cutscene
Suikoden Tactics PlayStation 2 Battle conditions
Suikoden Tactics PlayStation 2 There are two world maps - the 2nd one is Kooluk Empire
Suikoden Tactics PlayStation 2 Once again Mitsuba does what she does best

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Suikoden Tactics Screenshot
Suikoden Tactics Screenshot
Suikoden Tactics Screenshot
Suikoden Tactics Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Rhapsodia" -- Japanese title

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Critic Reviews

RPGFan Nov 26, 2005 90 out of 100 90
Game Chronicles Nov 18, 2005 8.3 out of 10 83
Worth Playing Dec 01, 2005 7.7 out of 10 77
Deeko 2006 7.5 out of 10 75 Feb 21, 2006 14 out of 20 70
Darkstation 2006 7 out of 10 70
Game Informer Magazine Dec, 2005 6.75 out of 10 68
GameZone Dec 01, 2005 6.6 out of 10 66
Next Level Gaming Nov 20, 2005 65 out of 100 65
Game Shark Jan 23, 2006 C+ 58


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  • 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.)
Joe Ix (245) added Suikoden Tactics (PlayStation 2) on Mar 04, 2006