Suikoden IV PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Jan 11, 2005

Mixed or average reviews - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 44
  2. Negative: 5 out of 44
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  1. Game Informer
    At its best moments, Suikoden IV sits right up there with the most outstanding RPGs ever created. [Feb 2005, p.114]
  2. I can’t honestly say the game disappointed me. While not really up to the standards of the rest of the series, Suikoden IV is most definitely entertaining in its own right.
  3. I would highly suggest fans of the series to buy it even though the battle system is a little weak.
  4. 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.
  5. While the short number of flaws may be too noticeable to ignore, missing out on a game with great characters and an interesting story would be a shame.
  6. 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."
  7. A good game, but it doesn’t even touch the greatness of any of the other Suikodens. The story simply falls short of the epics found in all its predecessors and is, for all intents and purposes, just a ball of clichés.
  8. Not as innovative as "Suikoden III" was, but then again it does improve a number of weaker aspects such as combat control that held back the last release.
  9. Pelit (Finland)
    Not exactly a bad RPG but not a particularly good one, either. On the plus side, the story is OK and has a couple of interesting characters, but the overall atmosphere is bland and uninspired. [Apr. 05]
  10. In its own right, Suikoden IV is a fine game. It has decent gameplay, it looks great, it sounds awesome, and it has a good story. But compared to the past games in the series, it’s flawed, and it’s a complete downgrade from the third installment.
  11. 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.
  12. You gain experience from every battle -- which makes you stronger – lather, rinse, repeat, add a story, and there’s your gameplay.
  13. 70
    It's hard to ignore everything that's wrong with Suikoden IV--add them all together, and they result in an RPG that feels three years old out of the box.
  14. Gameplay usually isn’t the most important feature in an RPG, but in Suikoden IV it just drags an otherwise "great" RPG into the realm of "slightly above average."
  15. As a Suikoden game, its lacking something - that sparkle, which could be found in the first two in the series. Suikoden IV may not be quite the Suikoden game we were hoping for, but a decent role-playing adventure none-the-less.
  16. 70
    To see a series falter so badly after years of doing everything right is distressing. One can only hope that Konami returns to the drawing board before undertaking a fifth installment in the series.
  17. You'll find yourself sailing aimlessly for hours - the watery setting of Suikoden IV is ridiculously vast and barren and to make matters more exasperating, your boat's top speed and handling would embarrass most tugs.
  18. While the narrative is still enticing, and the eclectic cast of characters remains a positive, aspects like a horrible seafaring travel system and an often outrageous enemy encounter rate detract much from the experience.
  19. Not a masterpiece by any means, but a game that will not put a black mark on their collection.
  20. PSM Magazine
    With an uniteresting cast and bland execution of a promising storyline, you'll never really get into the plot. [Feb 2005, p.76]
  21. The real problem is that Suikoden 4 fails to stand up to role playing games that came five years or more before it. The title looks, plays, sounds, loads, and I dare say is written like a first-generation import Playstation 2 launch effort.
  22. Play Magazine
    Fans of bigger-name RPGs are likely to be put off by Suikoden IV's lack of visual punch, and even role-playing die-hards may be let down by the storytelling. [Jan 2005, p.59]
  23. 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]
  24. Worse yet, it's even simpler than "Suikoden II", which is a PS1 game that came out in 1998. [Feb 2005, p.80]
  25. 60
    The last game was arguably worse, but it got a few things incredibly, addictively right. Suikoden IV gets a few things above average and most things dead-on mediocre.
  26. 60
    Has the same grandiose scale and storytelling style as previous entries, but is hampered by an overabundance of combat and a lack of inspiration.
  27. A very mediocre Japanese RPG's, which unfortunately in this day and age that's just not good enough.
  28. 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.
  29. AceGamez
    Strictly a game for fans of the series, although even these people might be put off with the slow-sailing pace of the game.
  30. By no means a bad game. It's just horribly average, with some hugely disappointing lows counterbalanced by some genuinely excellent high points.
  31. 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.
  32. games(TM)
    For fans of the franchise it’s got everything you’d expect on a basic level – outlandish characters, a well-told story and a selection of mini-games and extras – but with little effort to break new ground or extend its appeal outside a crowd familiar with names like Pahn, Gremmio and Viktor, Suikoden IV simply doesn’t seem like a 2005 release. [March 2005, p.100]
  33. 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]
  34. Suikoden IV’s unimpressive graphics, generic audio (except for the voice-overs), infuriating battle frequency and watered-down strategy (less party members = less variety of attack combos) aren’t going to cut it in 2005.
  35. netjak
    Awful, awful showing, guys. I'm hard pressed to think of another existing franchise that has followed up a hit with such an utter mess.
  36. But it's been streamlined much too much—redefined as absolutely average.
  37. Cheat Code Central
    With a convoluted storyline that never gets off the ground this is easily the worst game in the series.
  38. After 2002's "Suikoden III," with its excellent story told from three perspectives, I am disappointed with this incarnation's uninspired paint-by-numbers approach.
  39. In no particular area does Suikoden excel, and in no area does it progress the genre one iota.
  40. To see a series falter so badly after years of doing everything right is distressing.
  41. The towns have a distinct Playmobil air about them, the facades of the buildings looking more Kloppa Castle than Windsor Castle, and the personnel hugely dated and childlike.
  42. Edge Magazine
    A soulless videogame that stands as a grave indictment of how stale a series can become if it loses its spark of creativity and imagination. [March 2005, p.93]
  43. Intolerable loading times certainly detract from enjoyment of the game, but putting this aside for a moment, the developers have failed to imbue their creation with a soul. Devoid of any discernable character, during the most dramatic moments of the story Suikoden feels like it is simply going through the motions.
  44. An uninspired, unnecessary chapter in the Suikoden series. The game’s greatest failing is its incredible mediocrity.

Awards & Rankings

#87 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
#49 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Oct 26, 2014
    the thing i love the most in this game is the scenario i just LOVE the island nations and lazlo is my favorite suikoden main character thethe thing i love the most in this game is the scenario i just LOVE the island nations and lazlo is my favorite suikoden main character the rune of punishment is soooo ba dass Full Review »
  2. Jan 2, 2017
    I really loved this game. It introduces lots of new elements to the series, but manages to preserve original Suikoden spirit at the same time.I really loved this game. It introduces lots of new elements to the series, but manages to preserve original Suikoden spirit at the same time.
    + Some say that the game is short, but in fact lots of content is optional. You can hunt for rare materials to dress your characters, you can do treasure hunting or trading to earn some decent money and open new materials, you can train your characters at your base, and many many more. Oh, and there are some very cool mini-games too;
    + A lot of humorous scenes;
    + Cameo of one certain character from S1;
    + Great story;
    + Great character animation and voice acting;
    + Graphics are closer to PS2 standards, than in S3.
    - Weaker overall set of characters compared to S1 and S2. Greatest tactician of the game doesn't feel that great compared to Silverbergs in S1/S2/S3.

    In my opinion, this game's a huge progress from Suikoden III. Overall quality of the game is on par with some of the early Final Fantasy titles (minus CGI).
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  3. Jul 29, 2013
    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. Full Review »