• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Mar 21, 2006
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  • Summary: Suikoden V, like its predecessors, features unparalleled in-depth gameplay, a riveting storyline as well as the series' trademark 108 Stars of Destiny. Thrust into a time of unbalance and unrest, a dynamic drama unfolds revolving around one of the 27 True Runes, the Sun Rune. Players areSuikoden V, like its predecessors, features unparalleled in-depth gameplay, a riveting storyline as well as the series' trademark 108 Stars of Destiny. Thrust into a time of unbalance and unrest, a dynamic drama unfolds revolving around one of the 27 True Runes, the Sun Rune. Players are tasked to explore the lands of Falena, gather allies and become stronger to ultimately bring back peace and prosperity. While on their quest through rich 3D environments, exciting new secrets of the Suikoden world will be revealed. The game features significant enhancements from all the previous installments of the series, including 6-member battle parties, multiple mini-games and the homebase system, where all of your allies gather together along with new features to create a unique gameplay experience like no other. [Konami] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 43
  2. Negative: 1 out of 43
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Another installment that will make fans of the series jump for joy. So is the game worth its $39.99 price tag? Heck yeah, it is! If you’re looking for an RPG with a large cast of interesting characters and a fun and exciting story, then look no further.
  4. Suikoden is mainly all about the obsessive-compulsive scrabbling for all 108 "Stars of Destiny" - which means yes, there are literally 108 characters to meet and recruit to your cause.
  5. The slow start and heaver tilt toward exploration may turn off some who need a steady dose of action, but for the rest of us find Suikoden V worth the time.
  6. At first glance, Suikoden V looks like just another turn-based RPG in which good and evil face off and destiny conquers all. But in a subtle, subversive way, it shows that we can't take our own goodness for granted. Learning that there is no absolute good in war is an important, and powerful, lesson.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. QquinaU.
    May 24, 2006
    10
    One of the best RPG out there. If you are bored with RPG game with crappy storyline and nothing but graphic show like Kingdom Heart 2. One of the best RPG out there. If you are bored with RPG game with crappy storyline and nothing but graphic show like Kingdom Heart 2. Suikoden V is perfect for you! The graphic of the game is decent. The storyline is BEYOND superb. This is a must-have for every RPG player. Expand
  2. May 11, 2019
    10
    This is the best game in the Suikoden series and it is a crime Konami stopped here; I would call it the best RPG on PS2 personally.
  3. JulioYeapJulio
    Mar 31, 2006
    10
    Well I'm from Argentina... and even if i'm a fan o every Suikoden I can't say that this one deserves just an 8 in almost everyWell I'm from Argentina... and even if i'm a fan o every Suikoden I can't say that this one deserves just an 8 in almost every page that I search before I get it... se, DON'T BE UNFAIR, I played a lot a RPG's, and thanks to that I have a big view of what should I Look in a game like this...
    IS ONE OF THE MOST ADDICTED GAMES EVER... je... I hope that I didn't over reacted... but is true, good music, loooong, great story as bloody as the Suikoden II, and that cool, awsome list of characters and minigames, nice graphic, because have the esence of Suikoden II, not the better but more than enough to be beautiful and nice to my eyes...
    To finish, eve being a fan of the series, is obviuos that this game was perfect to finish the saga in this generation of consoles... (sorry if I don't write well, remember, I'm from Argentina)
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  4. RandyS.
    Apr 19, 2006
    10
    A return to greatness. Everything from varied enemy models to the classic battle system to interesting characters has returned to this latest A return to greatness. Everything from varied enemy models to the classic battle system to interesting characters has returned to this latest entry to the series. I'm 60 hours in and having the most fun I've had since Suikoden 2! Get this game! Expand
  5. RemO.
    Mar 28, 2006
    9
    This game features one of the best story lines that i've seen in any game, rivaling the story telling of the vaunted Suikoden 2. The This game features one of the best story lines that i've seen in any game, rivaling the story telling of the vaunted Suikoden 2. The combat system returns of the old 6 person individually commanded party, and as usual features a dizzying array of combination of runes you can equip with a variety of effects. The 108 stars include old favorites as well as new faces many of which have good storylines to unlock. The game's not without its problems tho--the graphics aren't exactly top notch for today's standards, the voice acting can make you slightly cringe at times, there's so many loading screens particularly in ctiies and into and out of battles that it can get annoying (and as far as i've figured out, there's no Hai Yo style cook-off included). However, the game has so many pluses, not the least of all its excellent story, and includes small 'touches' and info that will warm the heart of old school suidoen fans--for example the loading screen whcih you are forced to look at time and again has one of the suikoden characters currently in your party walking/running/teleporting as he/she would have looked in Suikoden I or II, as a pixelated 2-D sprite, a feature which, if a new character shows up, makes the loading screen surprisingly bearable. All in all, the pluses far outway the minuses for me, and I think this game is one of the best in the Suikoden series. Expand
  6. Dec 24, 2012
    9
    I have loved all the Suikoden games; I have the first thru the fifth. And especially like the game play and the characters in THIS one. LikeI have loved all the Suikoden games; I have the first thru the fifth. And especially like the game play and the characters in THIS one. Like that you can make orbs and build your skills(great touch). There really isn't anything i don't like about this game. The characters have personalities and a great range of individuality. Enjoy the battles too. Rune archers, infantry, calvary and lots more. Sea and land battles that you have to use your head to win.

    Shopping, treasures, trading, prizes for winning battles and alot more pleasant surprises on your journeys, this games the game worth it. If you decide to get this game in my opinion you won't be disappointed.

    This game has the old school charm of Suikoden 1 & 2. Unfortunately it has the old school camera angle. It's not that the graphics are bad, it's just that at the 3/4 angle view It's kind of hard to see the detail. You can zoom up, but then it's hard to get a view of your surroundings. Plus the non-cinematic cut scenes are in the wide angle.

    My biggest compliment: Replay value

    After obtaining all 108 stars of destiny and playing around with some of the more interesting characters, I clocked in about 62 hours with this game. However, it should be noted that I played 40 of those hours in the matter of one week (and i'm a guy who played Persona 4 for a year)! Suikoden 5 is INCREDIBLY addicting and if you are in the middle of a relationship or attending school at this time, I DON'T recommend you dive into this game right now. Just make sure you get copy though! Who knows how high the price may inflate in the future? PS2 games are hard to find because Sony still doesn't want to bring them out on PS3 or higher systems.

    Drawbacks:
    Tons of cutscenes (like the first Xenosaga)
    Some of the areas have bad music
    Load times can be bad (I guess this might not be a problem in the future with a digital version not on DVD)
    The story takes some time to pick up

    Conclusion: If you are tired of Final Fantasy and all the clones, gives Suiko5 a try. It's not a dungeon crawler; it's not an anime music disguised as a game (looking at you, Xenosaga 1). btw, please leave a review once you play this and please DO give the 108 stars of Destiny a try. That's 70 solid hours of gameplay right there.
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  7. May 26, 2021
    0
    jogo feminista nojento. esss merdas feminias tinham que sumir do mundo, so estragam os jogos

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