Suikoden IV PlayStation 2

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  • Summary: Suikoden IV features the return of the 108 Stars of Destiny, as well as an enhanced graphical interface and a new ground breaking battle system. Konami has taken the franchise to new heights with significant enhancements to the visual appearance of the characters and environments as well asSuikoden IV features the return of the 108 Stars of Destiny, as well as an enhanced graphical interface and a new ground breaking battle system. Konami has taken the franchise to new heights with significant enhancements to the visual appearance of the characters and environments as well as the introduction of a new innovative combat system with dynamic camera angles. Suikoden IV continues the gameplay tradition with players interacting with over 100 characters in vast and rich 3D environments as they battle new adversaries, explore new territory and embark on unforgettable adventures. [Konami] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 44
  2. Negative: 5 out of 44
  1. Game Informer
    85
    At its best moments, Suikoden IV sits right up there with the most outstanding RPGs ever created. [Feb 2005, p.114]
  2. Too stinking short. It's not just that it ends in half the time most newer RPG’s do. It's that the ending feels contrived and artificial, and leaves the players wanting so much more that even a second play through can't remedy the feeling of crushing disappointment that "that's all there is."
  3. 73
    But even with all that combined, there's still one thing that Suikoden IV doesn't have: Heart. And for better or for worse the Suikoden series has always been about that: the emotions, the feelings, and the power of family.
  4. It's infuriatingly slow-paced at times, but that's not to say it's dull. Imagine you're lying in a field on a summer's day - that's action-free too, but hardly dull. Suikoden 4 is much the same, it's more interested in curling you up on the sofa on a rainy Sunday afternoon than in BLOWING YOU AWAY with MASSIVE COMBOS and HUGE EXPLOSIONS. [PSW]
  5. Relocating Suidoden's established gameplay to the vast and choppy seas doesn't do it any favors - instead of exploring diverse geography on foot, you're steering a boat across a bleak, boring ocean. [Feb 2005, p.108]
  6. A disappointment on all ends. Failed potential seeps from every area, and as the game drags on, the realization that it doesn't get any better starts to sink in.
  7. An uninspired, unnecessary chapter in the Suikoden series. The game’s greatest failing is its incredible mediocrity.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. NakkiN.
    Feb 16, 2005
    10
    I loved Suikoden 1 and 2 but Suikoden 4 was the best of the series and Suikoden 3 newer release in here that sucks.
  2. VedatY.
    Apr 29, 2005
    10
    This game is perfect.? played all verison of this game and i really impressed. Excellent theme and magics and characters.
  3. Giovannia
    Dec 23, 2009
    10
    I thought the game was great. Some players are to hard on their review of the game.
  4. SuikoFan
    Jan 24, 2005
    8
    This game, while fun, seems altogether to much like a step back. Don't get me wrong, the characters are great, and I kind of like going This game, while fun, seems altogether to much like a step back. Don't get me wrong, the characters are great, and I kind of like going back to the old battle system, but why does if feel like the story was pounded out over a 15 minute meeting in between more important projects? Overall, it's a lot of fun and like each of the other Suikoden games, I haven't been able to stop playing yet. I highly recommend it! Expand
  5. VidM.
    Feb 28, 2005
    7
    Worst of the series, but still moderately fun. It held my attention for the week or two it took me to beat it. Too easy. Drab towns. Same-ish Worst of the series, but still moderately fun. It held my attention for the week or two it took me to beat it. Too easy. Drab towns. Same-ish characters. The main character has a middle-aged woman's haircut. His eyes make him look always pissed off, regardless of the situation. On the other hand, Snowe, Lino, and Troy are great characters. In general, the characters are not as interesting as the characters of SIII, which had the best characterization and design. The story is an improvement over the last game though. It is back to focusing on political situations, rather than the "one baddie wants to destroy the world" story of SIII. Needless to say, SI and SII blow this out of the water. Expand
  6. SeanC.
    Jan 18, 2005
    7
    This game does not live up to the last title in this franchise, however taking it to the sea was a cool idea.
  7. Jul 29, 2013
    5
    Weakest game of the series, Suikoden fans should be sad with new weak battle system. Short game compared with others Suikoden games. But haveWeakest game of the series, Suikoden fans should be sad with new weak battle system. Short game compared with others Suikoden games. But have memorable characters, and the continuity with Suikoden Tactics make this game have a importance. Expand

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Awards & Rankings

#90 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
#44 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005