I thought I would bring this feature back since I enjoy discussing rpgs. Without further Adieu, lets get grinding.
Like many of you who grew up playing rpgs, suikoden has quite the soft spot in my heart. 1,2,3,4,5, tactics, Tierkreis, the card battling side games on GBA, I believe all brought something great to the table.
The latest entry in the series is titled Genso Suikoden: Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki and was released on the psp February 9, 2012. So far the only region its been released in is Japan.
Like Suikoden Tierkreis, Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki is a side-game which takes place in its own universe within the Suikoden "Million World" multiverse outside the continuity of other games in the series. The plot concerns the main protagonist, a swordsman, his two friends, time travellers, you know, standard jrpg stuff.
Unlike Suikoden Tierkreis, which was a good rpg in its own right and Suikoden by name only. I really feel like this latest psp game is as close to a suikoden VI, as we will find in the multiverse.
Players take control of a party of up to six characters out of a possible 108, which are recruited from one of three time periods of the game's world: the present, 100 years ago, and 200 years ago. Battles use a turn-based approach where each character takes turns attacking based on their speed statistic. Players may arrange their characters in formation on a three-by-three grid, the placement of which affects certain characters' combat performance. Certain characters may also use special team-up moves with others to attack enemies together. Very much like any suikoden you've played.
Odds are due to the psp's questionable financial strength in the US, the game will never be localized. I recommend importing myself if you have the means and ability.
The soundtrack of this game is one of the best I've heard for a game in my entire life.
If I were to grade this game on a traditional scale of 1 (Worst) - 10 (Best). I would give the game an 8.5. The Soundtrack is great, the gameplay is great, the characters are great. The one knock on this game for me is the lack of towns to explore. Maybe its a small issue for some of you, but if your calling the game an rpg and its part of the suikoden brand, you need towns.
If I were recommending an order to play suikoden. It would go something like this.
Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki