Suikoden III PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Oct 24, 2002
Metascore
86

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
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  1. Play Magazine
    100
    I've just played the most majestic, delicately crafted role-playing game since "Chrono Cross." [Dec 2002, p.77]
  2. 100
    Sadly, true quality storytelling is extremely rare in this age of overblown and pretentious stories so commonly found in the "Final Fantasy" series and its imitators. Suikoden 3 is a welcome and finely-crafted exception.
  3. On top of that flexibility lies one of the better written stories in recent memory, and then thrown in is one of the most ingenious ways of telling it.
  4. Tells a great story with great characters, offers a lot of variety and, despite its graphical and audio deficiencies, is still the best RPG of 2002.
  5. netjak
    96
    A masterpiece in the world of console RPGs...bringing in one of the most engrossing storylines ever, impressive battle systems, and some good visuals into an overall incredible package.
  6. Game Informer
    95
    This game does what all RPGs (and good books) set out to do: harness your emotions. I couldn't recomend it more. [Dec 2002, p.107]
  7. 94
    One of the most enjoyable, deep, and pleasing Role-Playing adventures I've ever experienced, Konami's three-time lucky masterpiece is as close to perfection as I could have hoped.
  8. The story is both huge and deep and the game itself will provide you will a serious challenge. In fact, you may find yourself dead a huge number of times as many battles will require strategy and planning just to survive. When you finally get through the game, you'll feel rewarded for the effort.
  9. A little rough in spots, but it has the makings of a classic.
  10. 91
    All things considered, Suikoden III is one of the best RPG titles there is. The deep story, character development, and combat system come together perfectly to bring you at minimum forty hours of entertainment.
  11. 90
    Improved in more ways than is physically possible to list.
  12. Epic in scale, grandiose in presentation, and fun to play. This kind of game comes along so rarely, and when it does it shows off what a RPG can be.
  13. The story campaign will take you around 50 hours to complete with all the characters, which is a very solid amount of time for a game of this stature.
  14. PSM Magazine
    90
    Phenomenal storyline. [Holiday 2002, p.37]
  15. A few rough edges remain, but aside from that Suikoden III is a well planed and executed Strategy Rpg, that draws the player into the game in a way that few Rpg’s do.
  16. 84
    Suikoden fans will immediately "hate" the new battle system, while they will probably just "dislike" the world map and the move to 3D graphics with no camera control.
  17. Although it has some technical issues and has some dated gameplay features, Suikoden III's enormous breadth, creative triptych storytelling approach and monstrous character list give it a distinct edge.
  18. The writing weighs down the gameplay, too many cutscenes slow the course through it, and a linear path will drive some gameplayers right up a wall.
  19. It may not live up to Hard core fans’ expectations, but by no means is it a weak RPG.

Awards & Rankings

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#21 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
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#19 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2002
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 117 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Oct 3, 2010
    10
    Extremely refreshing game in an era that was saturated with mediocre RPGs. This game stood up heads and shoulders over most of the other gamesExtremely refreshing game in an era that was saturated with mediocre RPGs. This game stood up heads and shoulders over most of the other games of it's time. Full Review »
  2. Apr 4, 2016
    1
    Were you a fan of Suikoden 2? Did you enjoy building a Fantasy kingdom, recruiting all sorts of interesting characters, and following aWere you a fan of Suikoden 2? Did you enjoy building a Fantasy kingdom, recruiting all sorts of interesting characters, and following a coherent story through a world full of genuine intrigue? Well you're in luck, now you can play a totally generic by the numbers 3D RPG that practically copy pastes environments from better RPGs. Explore a world of mediocrity from the perspective of several completely boring cookie cutter characters. Rise to prominence late game in a boring dilapidated mansion that looks like some generic dungeon ruins and offers none of the charm of the last game. Suikoden III, it's everything you loved about Suikoden flushed down a corporate toilet. PS: FuKonami Full Review »
  3. Jul 28, 2013
    8
    One of best Suikoden games in the series. Not great like II, but best of the Ps2 and handhelds generations. Suikoden V has more overatedOne of best Suikoden games in the series. Not great like II, but best of the Ps2 and handhelds generations. Suikoden V has more overated because of the combat system. Suikoden III brings combat system in 6 party members, but is diferent from previous games, and have a slower flow. But this game really shines on plotline, one of best I ever seen. A must for Suikoden old series fans. Full Review »