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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 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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 44
  2. Negative: 5 out of 44
  1. At its best moments, Suikoden IV sits right up there with the most outstanding RPGs ever created. [Feb 2005, p.114]
  2. It may not be the best looking game out there, but its style (tropical setting, sailing on the ocean) really gives you a break from the normal RPG’s where you dungeon crawl and climb countless mountains looking or a few dragons to slay.
  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. 60
    Suiko IV’s stilted pace and dated RPG idiosyncrasies leave a whole lot of slack. Whether you’re willing to bend over to pick up this slack is entirely up to you.
  5. By no means a bad game. It's just horribly average, with some hugely disappointing lows counterbalanced by some genuinely excellent high points.
  6. 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]
  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: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jul 18, 2012
    6
    It's not that Suikoden IV is a bad game it's just that it's very mediocre. When comparing it to Suikoden 2 or 3 you can see that it's worse than it's predecessors. The characters are less interesting than in previous games, the battles are pretty much the same and the way that you move around in the game (using the ship) is just annoying. All in all Suikoden IV is just a let down after playing Suikoden II and III. If you're a fan of the series I'd suggest buying it but if not get Suikoden II or III. Expand
  2. 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 have memorable characters, and the continuity with Suikoden Tactics make this game have a importance. Expand

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