Suikoden II PlayStation
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  • Summary: Sequel to the early PlayStation RPG. As a member of the Alliance, a military force only really hinted at in the original, you play the unwitting hero of the game: an orphan who has been raised by a quiet, unassuming battle hero in a seemingly ancient war. Alongside you in the ranks is your best friend Jowy, a boy born of nobility but who has never been able to receive approval in his stubborn father's eyes. As the game begins, you are immediately tossed into a tale of political strife, betrayal and war on a grand scale beyond your scope in the early stages. As the game wears on, the plot will twist, turn and develop in numerous ways that expose the personalities of each of the characters involved. The battle system is turn-based, with the option to equip Runes for special abilities, combine party member attacks to create chain combos or devastating spells, and the option to run the battle in Auto mode. Expand
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
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  1. 97
    I would place this one up there with "Xenogears" and "Grandia" as the three must buy RPGs for the system.
  2. Recreates some of the humor and visceral energy of the Chinese novel that loosely inspired it. But the characters and dramatic movement in this story of war are given enough time, thought, and care to come into a life all their own.
  3. 90
    A true sequel in nearly every aspect, Suikoden II manages to achieve the rare feat of actually picking up where the former game left off, taking gamers for a familiar ride that proves to be deeper and much more detailed than the original.
  4. But most of all, Suikoden II is a game easily enjoyed by both RPG newbies and veterans alike. [Nov 2001, p.52]
  5. Fans of the first Suikoden game will love the sequel - it improves on everything that had made the first game memorable. Suikoden II brings nothing new to the genre, but it executes well enough that no one will really care.
  6. Even though they did try to clear up a lot of issues some people had with the game, it just didn't seem to come off like the epic that was Suikoden I. It's not a bad sequel at all, it's just more of the same.
  7. New tactical, turn based war battles which offers total control, upgraded graphics and new special effects on spells and animations.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
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  1. Seesha
    Dec 9, 2005
    I thought this game was so great. I been trying to perfect the past years and I'm almost there!
  2. KaraC.
    Mar 8, 2005
    I love Suikoden!! Both the 1st and the 2nd are the BEST!! I haven't tried the 3rd or 4th yet but I can't wait!! I heard they're even better!! lol, see ya!! Expand
  3. Mar 24, 2014
    So much love for this game, it's like the Chrono Trigger for the PSX (if you forget about Chrono Cross for a sec). This game will look and play amazing until the end of time, ageless masterpiece. Expand
  4. HuxleyH.
    Jul 8, 2007
    In my humble opinion, Suikoden II is the single best game ever made. An incredible plot and cast, gorgeous graphics (The good thing about sprites is that they age pretty well), an amazing soundtrack, perfect gameplay... this game hasn't been beaten yet, and I doubt it will. Expand
  5. ShionL.
    Oct 3, 2008
    The thing about this game is that you can play it over and over and still find something new. It is such a wonderful game, but I do recommend playing Suikoden I first inorder to get the best out of the game. I love this game, what more can I say. Collapse
  6. Jul 18, 2012
    What words can describe Suikoden II Amazing, Stunning, Fantastic, Awesome, Absolutely Incredible, it's all of this and more i could spend ages talking about the detail, the characters, the city's, the strategic battles and the fun glitches well there is only one of these i know of actually but the thing i think caught my attention the most was the music just superb i love it i could play this game over and over there are so many characters to try although some seem useless i am sure they are not this game is one of my all time favourites and it was the first of the series that i played which is funny so Suikoden II it's a name i will always cherish and whenever i hear that song Homesickness i always feel at home. Expand
  7. Jul 28, 2013
    Best game in the series. One of the best RPGs ever. Truly a masterpiece, its flaws are nothing compared what this game brings in terms of plot line. If Konami worked harder in this game, certainly it would be the best RPG in PSOne. Expand

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