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  1. About 20 years ago, a little known series with a major following was released by Konami for the PSX. It's a difficult to find game, although not like its high-demand sequel. I first played it on emulator, but thanks to PS3's Playstation Store, I was able to get Suikoden I and II for my PS3 under the PS One Classics section. It was a lot cheaper than $70 and $200+ for the games which is about what they ran last I checked for the hard copies. I went back and replayed it "legitimately" when it was on the PS Store. Graphics - C+. It's tough to grade graphics from 20 years ago. It got the job done, although the castle graphics were weak. The graphics of the Suikoden series generally get the job done. They are solid, not spectacular. It's a PS1 game. I'd put FFVII-FFIX graphics ahead of it. I'd put the graphics slightly below DQVII. Story and Atmosphere - B+ - I forgot how good the story in Suikoden I was. I'd put it below II and V, but ahead of III, IV, and Tierknis. Big Boss is corrupted and you have to save the day. What makes it interesting is how all the different cliques fit into the movement. To get the good ending, you have to recruit 108 people - all with their agenda. The characters make the game. Most aren't that memorable, but some are, and in sequels and other games you can go "Hey I remember this guy!" Combat and Play Control - B+. The six party system is good. The military battles haven't been perfected yet (Suikoden V), and it uses the old fashion "Rock Paper Scissors" style. The Suikoden experience system makes things a little easy at times, but that's part of having 108 stars and avoiding major unbalancing. Difficulty - B - Suikoden games aren't difficult in its mainline, but getting the 108 stars is. This is no different than the others on that. Game overs are rare. Save often, and use multiple save spots though to avoid missing a star. Length - B- - One of the shortest games in the series. I've beaten it well under 30 hours. Endings - B - Average Price - A - $5.99 (Suikoden 2 and 3 are $9.99 for PS3) Overall - B+ - The sum is better than the parts. It's on its own a decent game. Combined with the other games makes it a good game. The timeline for the game is I believe Suikoden IV, Suikoden V (140 years after IV), Suikoden 1 (8 years after V), Suikoden 2 (2-3 years after 1), Suikoden 3 (16 years after 2). A lot of characters overlap within the games, especially from 1-3. Some of the antagonists in one game are a playing character in another game expanding on its depth. An 3rd tier character in Suikoden IV was a main character in I. Some of the main characters in 1 are main characters in 2 as well. It's a good game, especially for $5.99. I recommend it, and then recommend playing the legendary Suikoden II afterward. 3 is decent (your mileage may vary) and 5 is good, but skip IV.
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