• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Nov 8, 2005

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
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  1. Battles are fun and fairly compulsive but this is a game we've played many times over, usually presented better, executed more beautifully and intertwined with a far superior story.
  2. 73
    It's highly accessible, not too challenging, and a surprisingly pretty little adventure. Unfortunately, many of its strengths also its weaknesses... as its length isn't anywhere near that of other games in the genre and its blatant user-friendliness makes it an easy game blow through in a short amount of time.
  3. While the game remains highly conventional, the developers clearly understand what makes games like this interesting and have executed on that knowledge surprisingly well.
  4. I cannot recommend this game to anyone.
  5. 'Lightweight' probably best describes Suikoden Tactics - it's not without a fair bit of excitement and some clever moments, but it's not particularly memorable either, and it certainly won't make strategy lovers break into a sweat. [PSW]
  6. netjak
    A game based on a boring game, eh? Well, it's no surprise that this one will end up boring as well.
  7. 60
    Its ties to its namesake feel tenuous at best, and despite some interesting play mechanics, it's not nearly as deep as some of the other games on the market right now.
  8. The beloved Suikoden franchise gets a 'tactics' makeover, and provides decent entertainment with its elemental battles and co-op feature.
  9. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    Some nice ideas that could have made this effort stand out from the crowd were it not so chock-full of cliche. [Feb 2006, p.96]
  10. The mechanics are unique yet not so obscure that they alienate those players who are unfamiliar with the genre.
  11. Personally, I would have liked a slightly more complex gameplay but what’s here works well enough.
  12. PSM Magazine
    With fantastic voice acting, a gripping story, and luscious graphics, Suidoden Tactics is a nearly flawless hybridization of tactical and RPG gameplay. [Dec 2005, p.104]
  13. Game Informer
    I'd rather have a simple and well-balanced game than a complicated and lopsided one, and Suikoden Tactics definitely has too many short legs. [Dec 2005, p.175]
  14. You’ll easily drag yourself to play this twice to make sure you beat the entire game and completed everything. Whether you enjoy it both times is a whole different question.
  15. It looks decent enough, and, excluding actual voiced speech, sounds decent enough too, but the overall package is a meager offering in a very competitive genre.
  16. Gameplay works when it's not broken, but awful story scenes and graphics make for boring stretches. [Dec 2005, p.118]
  17. 60
    That makes the battle tricks on hand in Suikoden Tactics nice twists on the staid tactical RPG. But there's not enough battle, and too much chaff to sort through in order to find it.
  18. I recommend this game mainly to collectors, whom try and buy an entire series of games, like the Suikoden franchise, but other than that there are more enticing games out there.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. JimbaFagen
    Oct 19, 2005
    Suikoden is a unique brand, and has a unique, mellow, refined charm that only some will appriciate. Time for the FFTactics comparisons to end,Suikoden is a unique brand, and has a unique, mellow, refined charm that only some will appriciate. Time for the FFTactics comparisons to end, folks. Branch out and discover the magic of Langrisser, Fire Emblem, Ogre Battle Saga, and Suikoden Tactics.

    By the way, be weary of the PSM review. It spoils a very large part of the plot in one single, tactless sentence.
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