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

Generally favorable reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 43
  2. Negative: 1 out of 43
  1. 90
    The people that made the game really want you to feel like you're chosen by destiny, fated to be a hero; and they've put a lot of effort into it. Being completely solid doesn't hurt, of course.
  2. If you can handle slight annoyances every now and then and can stomach a prologue sequence that makes the beginning of "Kingdom Hearts 2" seem brisk and concise, Suikoden V is most certainly one of the best RPGs on the PlayStation 2, bar none.
  3. Suikoden V is damn good. The story is one of the very best in all of gaming, even surpassing some of the previous Suikoden titles in its intricacy and brilliance with its complex, realistic characters and motives, and a plot that draws you in like a good book.
  4. Suikoden has always been one of the underrated console RPG, and it really shines here with an engaging plot, solid combat system and stylish visuals.
  5. 94
    Those new to the Suikoden series and RPGs in general, you could choose no better series or game to start playing, this one has it all.
  6. 95
    The game is sure to be a classic with many Suikoden fans, especially those like myself who felt disappointment with how III and IV turned out.
User Score

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
    Suikoden V is my favorite game of all time and it's definitely one of the best (J)RPGs to date.

    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.

    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
    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
    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.

    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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