• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Mar 21, 2006
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 43
  2. Negative: 1 out of 43
  1. The game becomes more strategic as it progresses, I am assured by fans of the ten-year-old series, but by then it is very hard to care.
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 58 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Jun 20, 2014
    10
    Suikoden V is my favorite game of all time and it's definitely one of the best (J)RPGs to date.

    Pros:
    Enthralling story filled with
    political intrigue.
    Genuinely fun classic turn-based combat system mixed up with the occasional one-on-one fights and strategic war battles.
    Recruit up to 108 (!) memorable characters each with their own compelling personalities.
    Multiple endings.
    Lengthy: ranging from 50 to 100 hours depending on how many of the characters you want to recruit.
    Solid looking graphics.
    Great soundtrack and voice acting.

    Cons:
    Combat isn't very difficult as long as you know what you're doing.
    At times difficult to figure out where you need to go due to the lack of a world map.
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  2. Mar 25, 2014
    9
    Criminally underrated game in the venerable Suikoden series.

    I chortle at Suikoden V's critic score being lower than the laborious Suikoden
    III. Trust me when I say that V is a lot better than III. In fact, V is my favorite after II.

    P.S. Unskippable cutscenes suck.
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  3. Ogr
    Nov 10, 2013
    9
    I played Suikoden V in 2013 and it's still a great game to play. Pro: Great Story! Good Characters Feels like Suikoden 1 and 2
    Graphic is sometimes nice, sometimes poor and undetailed... but still very playable, because of the perspective.

    Contra:
    No Map, wtf? Makes the game very uncomfortable.
    The amount of encounters is too damn high... way too high!

    But for the great story it's still worth playing it and in my opinion better than Final Fantasy X.
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