Back in the early days of the Playstation One (otherwise known as the “PSX”), Final Fantasy reigned supreme in the RPG niche.
But, since I am an RPG fanatic, I always make it a point to try out other RPG titles as playing only Final Fantasy games is quite boring in the long run.
Then, I came across one game that instantly turned me into a fan. This game is none other than Suikoden.
Suikoden is a popular game that has spawned many sequels. In fact, Suikoden 2, I think, is one of the best RPG games of all time.
Today, I am going to talk about the very first installment. This game was released back in 1995 for Playstation Japan and then, it was later ported to North America.
The story revolves around an unnamed hero (but fans call him “Tyr”). Tyr is the son of a great general of the Scarlet Moon empire. His name is Teo McDohl.
One day, Teo was sent on a mission to fight a battle in the Northlands. He leaves Tyr in the hands of some family friends.
The one who took care of him is Gremio, and he has a pivotal role later in the game. Anyway, as Tyr was growing up, he learned that he lives in an empire where people are unhappy and some are enslaved.
With the help of his best friend, Ted, the two of them went to the cave where the Soul Eater rune is. The Soul Eater rune is one of the original 27 True Runes and it holds immense power. But, along with its great power comes sacrifice as anyone who uses it will have his life force drained.
After successfully acquiring the Soul Eater Rune, the Scarlet Moon Empire took notice and they want to use Tyr to turn the tide of battle.
Tyr refused and fled the capital city, Gregminster. After fleeing the capital, he met up with some resistance forces.
One faithful night, the forces of the Scarlet Moon Empire ravaged the Rebel’s stronghold, killing their leader in the process.
After fleeing the scene, Tyr is committed to continuing the rebel leader’s plan and recruit as many rebels as possible to create a sizable army that can take on the empire.
This game is a turn-based RPG title and it has some really cool and unique gameplay elements to it.
Suikoden is a unique game because it allows you to bring 5 other characters with you in battle. Furthermore, aside from individually assigning specific tasks to any character in a given battle, there is an “auto” option where the AI will do everything for you.
This is convenient as it will save you a lot of time, especially when you’re going to grind for some levels.
Also, there is a total of 107 characters you need to recruit and by doing so, you will unlock the best ending of the game.
Runes are an integral part of the game as it is the source of your character’s magic. Each of the 108 characters in the game can equip one rune; with the exception of Tyr as he already has the Soul Eater rune.
Suikoden is one of those RPG games that has a really compelling story. If you are an RPG fanatic, then I highly recommend this RPG game. I promise you, this game is worth your time.
Suikoden is available on the PSX game console.