So once upon a time I had this crazy idea of LPing all of the Suikoden games in order, well, at least the main series. This was more of a joke than anything serious because I said I wanted to do video LPs of them. Since that was a joke and would have been wretched, I didnâ€™t think much about it. Lately however, after reading more screenshot LPs, I have come to believe that I want to do a screenshot of the entire series, seeing as how I was going to play through them this summer anyway. That might be a tad overly ambitious however, so Iâ€™ll just start off with the first game and see how it goes. So comments and criticisms, etc, I wonâ€™t be doing anything special, just commenting and explaining things about the game and cracking jokes and whatnot. Also I can easily post videos of boss fights or anything else interesting, so thereâ€™s that. Description time.
Ew, yeah, I donâ€™t know why they made this the NA cover, itâ€™s pretty damn ugly.
Suikoden was an RPG that was released for the PSX in December of 1996 in North America after being released in Japan a year earlier. I was probably released in PAL format for Europe and such later, but I donâ€™t really care. Hey letâ€™s save some time and get a brief description from Wikipedia:
The Suikoden series is loosely based on a classical Chinese novel, Shui Hu Zhuan (Traditional Chinese: 水滸傳; Simplified Chinese: 水浒传; Hanyu Pinyin: Shuǐhǔ ZhuÃ n, Water Margin), by Shi Naian and Luo Guanzhong. Shui Hu Zhuan is rendered as 水滸伝 in Japanese, and read as Suikoden. Each game centers around relative themes of politics, corruption, revolution, mystical orbs known as True Runes, and the "108 Stars of Destiny" â€” 108 protagonists also very loosely interpreted from the source material. Though the games follow an irregular chronological sequence, the entire series takes place within the same world among overlapping histories. In some cases, several characters appear in multiple installations.
Sensational. Ok well that talks about the series as a whole, here are some specifics about the first game.
Being an early PSX title, Suikoden thankfully forewent the ugly, blocky polygonal graphics of the time (Iâ€™m looking at you, Wild Arms) and went primarily with a simple extension of classic 16 bit era sprites, with of course smoother animation, more frames, and all that nice stuff. As in most RPGs, the combat in mainly laid out in a turn based format, similar to Dragon Quest where you input your partyâ€™s moves and they perform them, then the enemy side takes its turn, and so on. Weâ€™ll get into the specifics later. Another feature of the entire Suikoden series is that in addition to normal battles which take up the majority of the game, there are also two other types of battles, duels and army battles, which again will be looked at more in depth when the time comes. Ok, good enough.
The first Suikodenâ€™s protagonist is this guy:
He has a bandanna and a bo staff. His name in canon is Tir McDohl, but you can change his first name if you want. I did not because lazy. Also, those transparencies are ugly.
Youâ€™ll meet plenty of more characters in the coming whenevers.
One more thing, please tag all storyline spoilers for this game and further games until after I actually get to them. Thanks.
Episode 1 - Support Your Local Emperor
Episode 2 - Astronomy Domine
Episode 3 - The Beltway Bandits
Episode 4 - Run Like Hell
Episode 5 - The Village Green Preservation Society
Episode 6 - Mountain Jam
Episode 7 - Tumbling Dice
Episode 8 - Castles Made of Sand
Episode 9 - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Episode 10 - Dogs
Episode 11 - Stealing Stealing
Episode 12 - Life During Wartime
Episode 13 - Infrared Roses
Episode 14 - Jailhouse Rock
Episode 15 - Deserted Cities of the Heart
Episode 16 - Interlude
Episode 17 - Cavern
Episode 18 - Windy
Episode 19 - Vampire Blues
Episode 20 - Sleepy Time Time
Episode 21 - Is This Cloud Valley
Episode 22 - Rescue Rangers
Episode 23 - Over, Under, Sideways, Down
Episode 24 - The End