• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Jan 11, 2005
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  • Summary: Suikoden IV features the return of the 108 Stars of Destiny, as well as an enhanced graphical interface and a new ground breaking battle system. Konami has taken the franchise to new heights with significant enhancements to the visual appearance of the characters and environments as well asSuikoden IV features the return of the 108 Stars of Destiny, as well as an enhanced graphical interface and a new ground breaking battle system. Konami has taken the franchise to new heights with significant enhancements to the visual appearance of the characters and environments as well as the introduction of a new innovative combat system with dynamic camera angles. Suikoden IV continues the gameplay tradition with players interacting with over 100 characters in vast and rich 3D environments as they battle new adversaries, explore new territory and embark on unforgettable adventures. [Konami] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 44
  2. Negative: 5 out of 44
  1. Game Informer
    85
    At its best moments, Suikoden IV sits right up there with the most outstanding RPGs ever created. [Feb 2005, p.114]
  2. 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."
  3. 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.
  4. 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]
  5. 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]
  6. 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.
  7. An uninspired, unnecessary chapter in the Suikoden series. The game’s greatest failing is its incredible mediocrity.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Giovannia
    Dec 23, 2009
    10
    I thought the game was great. Some players are to hard on their review of the game.
  2. NakkiN.
    Feb 16, 2005
    10
    I loved Suikoden 1 and 2 but Suikoden 4 was the best of the series and Suikoden 3 newer release in here that sucks.
  3. VedatY.
    Apr 29, 2005
    10
    This game is perfect.? played all verison of this game and i really impressed. Excellent theme and magics and characters.
  4. SeanC.
    Jan 18, 2005
    7
    This game does not live up to the last title in this franchise, however taking it to the sea was a cool idea.
  5. VidM.
    Feb 28, 2005
    7
    Worst of the series, but still moderately fun. It held my attention for the week or two it took me to beat it. Too easy. Drab towns. Same-ish Worst of the series, but still moderately fun. It held my attention for the week or two it took me to beat it. Too easy. Drab towns. Same-ish characters. The main character has a middle-aged woman's haircut. His eyes make him look always pissed off, regardless of the situation. On the other hand, Snowe, Lino, and Troy are great characters. In general, the characters are not as interesting as the characters of SIII, which had the best characterization and design. The story is an improvement over the last game though. It is back to focusing on political situations, rather than the "one baddie wants to destroy the world" story of SIII. Needless to say, SI and SII blow this out of the water. Expand
  6. May 11, 2019
    6
    It's not bad, but it's not good. I would say there is no doubt it is the worst game in the Suikoden series, but that doesn't mean it's a badIt's not bad, but it's not good. I would say there is no doubt it is the worst game in the Suikoden series, but that doesn't mean it's a bad game. For some reason the developers thought it would be a good idea to make the protagonist's rune really sucky and sometimes self destructive and the cast of characters are the worst of the series. If this game were a Steve Miller song it would be "Abracadabra"; not a bad song, but not what we want to remember him by either. Expand
  7. Aug 29, 2019
    3
    I don't think I could make it through this one (admittedly, the only Suikoden I played all the way through before being done with it was 3),I don't think I could make it through this one (admittedly, the only Suikoden I played all the way through before being done with it was 3), there were just too many off-putting aspects within the first few hours. First the animations in combat looked like slapstick. With the story being somewhat serious, this did not mix well at all. Plus the battles and game overall just felt much easier than other RPGs, and even other games in the Suikoden series. A step backwards for the RPG genre can be found here. Expand

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