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Fifteen years after the events of Suikoden II, the stories of Hugo (the son of a village chief), Chris (the virtuous Knight of Zexen), and Geddoe (the rebellious unit commander) intertwine as they gather the 108 Stars of Destiny. Suikoden III features three different battle systems and three styles of combat in a 3D world. Customize each of your three character's skills, and then pair them together to unleash devastating combo attacks.
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ESRB Rating T (Teen)
Game Genre Role Playing Games (RPG)
Maximum Number of Players 1
Expert Reviews
Suikoden III
4 Star Review  GameZone - Nov 5, 2002

There are times when fantasy elements line up so successfully that the resulting game is an absolute joy to play. And then there are moments when what should have worked doesn’t quite, and the game becomes a labor through the potential of what might have been. Suikoden III, a PlayStation2 release from Konami, is a game that has a great premise, wonderful graphics, compelling characters and yet stumbles along the way in presentation. The writing weighs down the gameplay, too many cutscenes slow the course through it, and a linear path will drive some gameplayers right up a wall.

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Suikoden III
4 Star Review  GameSpy - Nov 17, 2002

I'll be the first to admit that I was a latecomer to the Suikoden series. I almost never started at all, and was convinced that the first Suikoden was going to be painful after playing through its first hour. I kept playing, though, and after witnessing all of the beauty and complexity of the Suikoden universe, not only was I hooked, but recruited all 108 characters and finished the game inside of a week. Rebuilding the castle and army battles were definitely the biggest hooks, because no other game before or since has tried to do it. Suikoden II followed up with more of the same, with extremely minor tweaks and a basically identical experience , though it suffered from the absolute worst translation that Konami has put out in recent times.

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Suikoden III
5 Star Review  IGN.com - Oct 22, 2002

Like many aspiring youngsters out there, I first began my effort to make videogames a career by working on a fansite. A little piece of the web that nobody ever heard of that has since gone away, I penned my first piece for PlayStation Interactive covering a certain RPG by the name of Suikoden. Involving, massive, and the only Role-Playing game worth mentioning for the PS one at the time, Konami's two-dimensional foray was an epic tale that hooked me in a way that only Final Fantasy had done before it.

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Suikoden III
4.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Suikoden III receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 3.47 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #609 game of all time, #21 game of 2002 for the PlayStation 2 and #123 PlayStation 2 game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 46 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

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Suikoden 3
4.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 20, 2008

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4.5 Star Review  productwiki.com - May 31, 2011

is set in IS 475, roughly 16 in-game years after the events of Suikoden II. The game takes place in the diverse Grasslands region, an area to the northwest of Dunan from Suikoden II (which itself was to the north of the Toran area from Suikoden). Politically, the Grasslands are mostly controlled by the Six Clans, a loose coalition between the Karaya, Lizard, Duck, Chisha, Safir, and Alma Kinan clans. The clans are considered rather backward and barbaric by neighboring powers, and the clans have comparatively smaller towns than the cities seen elsewhere in the Suikoden universe. On the western coast, the merchant nation of Zexen thrives. The Zexens were an ignored offshoot of Harmonia long ago, and have since grown to be powerful and independent. Their architecture, politics, and citizenry are similar to Renaissance Western European civilizations. To the east lie imposing mountains and eventually Harmonia, a gigantic and ... PROS: (1) Trinity Sight System allows players to view events from the eyes of three different characters. (2) Three different characters to play as, each with a unique chapter. (3) Very dense and long--offers upwards of 100 hours of gameplay. (4) Plenty of extra gameplay elements to be found for those who like to explore. (5) Separate converging story lines result in a well-told narrative. ... CONS: (1) Not all characters can be given commands in one turn

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User Reviews
3D makes games worse
3 Star Review   By member swordity - Oct 8, 2005   

Strengths: The name "Suikoden"

Weakness: Doesn't live up to the name

The series lost a lot from the transition to 3D. By losing a lot I mean it lost a lot of the fun. It's an all right RPG, but not Suikoden II caliber by far. The music is all right, but overall the experience wasn't that great. There are much better RPGs that deserve your time for the PS2.

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Good RPG
4 Star Review   By member dshadow1 - Sep 25, 2005   

Strengths: Very good storyline and fairly lengthy game

Weakness: Dated graphics

The Suikoden series is something of a cult classic among gamers. Suikoden 3 adds to its reputation. While the graphics are nothing spectacular, the gameplay and storyline make it a worthwhile addition to any gamers library. The trinity sight system (TSS) is unique to RPGs (at least to me) and makes the gaming experience unique while one collects the 108 stars of destiny. Overall, it is a very good game for RPG fans.

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Suikoden III
5 Star Review   By member tumbenhaur - Sep 19, 2005   

Strengths: Deep, emotional storyline, huge amount of gameplay time, many playable characters

Weakness: Dated graphics, music, no voiceovers, not a pick up and play title

Suikoden III is different from traditional RPG storylines in its use of the "Trinity Sight System", allowing for the Suiko-world to be viewed from different perspectives. The graphics, simple as they are, still allow for a great variety of emotions, and the turn-based battle system is quickly learned even by newcomers. There are many mini-games and side quests as you try to recruit all of the characters, adding to the gameplay time (80+ hours on my first playthrough, with minimal leveling up). One problem is trying to find the next place to go to advance the story, but this makes the game more fun since you are forced to talk to many NPCs, resulting in you being more immersed in the story. This game should appeal to all RPG fans, and has some major improvements over the first two games of the series!

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Suikoden 3
4 Star Review   By member galvatron2k1 - Jul 30, 2005   

Strengths: Anime graphics, gameplay, controls, extras, storyline

Weakness: Lack of in-game music

Suikoden 3 is an excellent sequel to an already amazing RPG. The game starts you off in control of 3 characters, each with their own storyline. Eventually, these storylines cross paths and lead to a bigger involvement in the overall story. The graphical cutscenes are amazing as they use anime style graphics to tell the story. The gameplay is also top notch and it involves strategy elements. Also, the game controls exactly spot on and what you would expect from an RPG. In the game, there are 108 characters (heroes) you can get, which is based off of a similar Japanese lore. Collecting all the characters is challenging, but well worth it as some of the characters use unique job classes. The only drawback of the game is the lack of in-game music during some of the scenes in the game. Since there is no voice-acting, you will notice it when the game goes completely silent. However, this does not hurt the game too much. I highly recommend this for all RPG fans.

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Sometimes 2D is better than 3D
3 Star Review   By member jngx80 - Jul 27, 2005   

Strengths: + nice character designs

Weakness: - hardly any music, enemies, exploration - decent graphics but definitely lacks detail or flair

Suikoden 3 is a decent rpg. It doesn't live up to the previous Suikoden games and is flat in execution. The character and town designs are great. Looking at the artwork and from the intro movie, each character is highly detailed and individualized. But once the game starts the 3D models just don't have the same flair. Everything seems to be made out of solid colors and there aren't many textures - the result is simple looking graphics. Secondly there is hardly any music in the game. It's very odd and definitely irritating. I actually thought that my tv was on mute because I didn't hear anything coming from the game. This game is definitely a let down. I would give it something like a 2.5

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5 Star Review   By member nemissa - Jun 29, 2005   

Strengths: Excellent story & characters

Weakness: Gameplay in general is a bit slower than it's preddesors

In the series' first transition into 3D, Suikoden III tries out alot of new features, and I found them to generally successful. The game's strongest point, the story, is excellent and almost on par with Suikoden II. The Trinity System gives additional story and depth to many characters and events. The addition of the "buddy system" to the battle system may be a bit frustrating at first, but it adds alot of strategy to the standard Suikoden system. The skills system it probably the best of the gameplay additions; it helps to further individualize the huge roster of playable characters. Mention must also be given to the excellent character design and opening anime FMV. Overall, Suikoden III is one of the best traditional RPGs on the PS2.

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3 Star Review   By member sabin23 - Jun 27, 2005   

Strengths: Soundtrack, familar Suikoden world, 108 characters.

Weakness: Camera, graphics, storyline doesn't feel as epic.

Suikoden's foray into the world of 3D has been a bumpy transition. I loved the first two games in Suikoden and that's why it saddens me that the third game in the series does not live up to the lofty standards set by the previous games. I did not like having to play the game from 3 different character's perspectives, I prefer to focus on one main protagonist. The graphics and environments seem rather bland compared to the rich worlds for the 2D games. The music is good but not as catchy as the first two soundtracks. Even with 3D worlds, Konami decided not to let users control the camera. I often found myself getting disoriented because objects would be obstructed. This is a huge flaw. Also the pace of the battles are much slower then the past when they used to be lightning quick. For those with previous memory card saves from Suikoden I and II, you can upload that save and be rewarded with a few treats (namely scripts in the theater). While this is not as cool as the feature found in Suikoden II (you get to use the main character from Part I), it's a nice touch for fans who have remained dedicated to Suikoden. Suikoden III pales in comparison to its predecessors but fans of the series will probably buy this game anyway in order to get their Suikoden fix.

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3 Star Review   By member twiztidgear - Jun 16, 2005   

Strengths: Good characters, it's Suikoden!!!

Weakness: Doesn't have the same feel as previous Suikodens, battle system is awkward, graphics are lacking.

The Suikoden series is one of my favorite series and Suikoden 1 and 2 would easily make my top 10 games of all time list. That said I was expecting a lot from the third iteration in the series. It has 108 characters again and is similar to the previous games but when I'm playing it for some reason it doesn't feel like the Suikoden games I've come to know and love. The new graphics engine doesn't have the detailed style that the previous 2D games had, fighting isn't as exciting as before and the story and characters don't seem to come together as well as they did in the first two Suikodens. Another thing is the new dual battle system, where your characters are basically in teams of two in the battles. This doesn't work very well and just feels awkward. Also as mentioned earlier the new 3D graphics engine is very bland looking, without much of the usuall Suikoden style. Overall it's decent game though, nothing spectacular though. So if you are a Suikoden fan you will enjoy this game, just don't be expecting a game of the caliber that the first two were.

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4 Star Review   By member t260 - Jun 16, 2005   

Strengths: good story

Weakness: not as good as suikoden 1 or 2

Unlike most rpg, you can choise 1 of the 3 main character to start the game. This result in having a more intersting story. The game play is decent, but missing the big battles from the past suikoden. Overall this game is good, but not as good as suikoden 1 or 2

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4 Star Review   By member FOnewearl - Jun 9, 2005   

Strengths: Very good story and presentation

Weakness: No big battles :(

Suikoden III is the third game in the series and the first one for the PS2. Suikoden III is the first in the series to be done in 3D and Konami did a pretty good job of keeping it faithful to how the first two games were on the Playstation while still adding some new stuff to the gameplay. New to the battle system is a buddy system which will take the 6 characters in your party and pair them up in groups of two so that you will have to only give 3 commands per a round which helps speed up the battles as you play though Suikoden III. Another new addition is the skill set. A supplement to the experience points your characters earn, you can visit training and education centers throughout the land to improve individual abilities. Suikoden III also has mini-games, 108 characters, secret point-of-views, hidden spells, special items, multiple endings amongst other things to give the game a ton of replay value. I would highly recommend Suikoden III to anyone that is a fan of RPGs.

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Description
Fifteen years after the events of Suikoden II, the stories of Hugo (the son of a village chief), Chris (the virtuous Knight of Zexen), and Geddoe (the rebellious unit commander) intertwine as they gather the 108 Stars of Destiny. Suikoden III features three different battle systems and three styles of combat in a 3D world. Customize each of your three character's skills, and then pair them together to unleash devastating combo attacks.
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ESRB Rating T (Teen)
Game Genre Role Playing Games (RPG)
Maximum Number of Players 1
Summary
Product Title Suikoden III
Manufacturer Konami
Lowest Price $88.21 from Amazon.com Marketplace
Power Score 4.2 | 18 Reviews
Game Information
Memory Space Required: 135 KB
Release Date: 2002-10-24
Network Compatible: No
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Additional Specifications
Simultaneous Multiplayer Mode: No
Category: Playstation Action
Class: Playstation 2
Uses Memory Card?: Yes
Optional Expansions: Controller with Vibration Function
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Expert Reviews
Suikoden III
4 Star Review  GameZone - Nov 5, 2002

There are times when fantasy elements line up so successfully that the resulting game is an absolute joy to play. And then there are moments when what should have worked doesn’t quite, and the game becomes a labor through the potential of what might have been. Suikoden III, a PlayStation2 release from Konami, is a game that has a great premise, wonderful graphics, compelling characters and yet stumbles along the way in presentation. The writing weighs down the gameplay, too many cutscenes slow the course through it, and a linear path will drive some gameplayers right up a wall.

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Suikoden III
4 Star Review  GameSpy - Nov 17, 2002

I'll be the first to admit that I was a latecomer to the Suikoden series. I almost never started at all, and was convinced that the first Suikoden was going to be painful after playing through its first hour. I kept playing, though, and after witnessing all of the beauty and complexity of the Suikoden universe, not only was I hooked, but recruited all 108 characters and finished the game inside of a week. Rebuilding the castle and army battles were definitely the biggest hooks, because no other game before or since has tried to do it. Suikoden II followed up with more of the same, with extremely minor tweaks and a basically identical experience , though it suffered from the absolute worst translation that Konami has put out in recent times.

Read the full review »

Suikoden III
5 Star Review  IGN.com - Oct 22, 2002

Like many aspiring youngsters out there, I first began my effort to make videogames a career by working on a fansite. A little piece of the web that nobody ever heard of that has since gone away, I penned my first piece for PlayStation Interactive covering a certain RPG by the name of Suikoden. Involving, massive, and the only Role-Playing game worth mentioning for the PS one at the time, Konami's two-dimensional foray was an epic tale that hooked me in a way that only Final Fantasy had done before it.

Read the full review »

Suikoden III
4.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Suikoden III receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 3.47 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #609 game of all time, #21 game of 2002 for the PlayStation 2 and #123 PlayStation 2 game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 46 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

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Suikoden 3
4.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 20, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 1 expert review for Suikoden 3 and the rating is 91 of 100. Click below and use Testseek.com to find all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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4.5 Star Review  productwiki.com - May 31, 2011

is set in IS 475, roughly 16 in-game years after the events of Suikoden II. The game takes place in the diverse Grasslands region, an area to the northwest of Dunan from Suikoden II (which itself was to the north of the Toran area from Suikoden). Politically, the Grasslands are mostly controlled by the Six Clans, a loose coalition between the Karaya, Lizard, Duck, Chisha, Safir, and Alma Kinan clans. The clans are considered rather backward and barbaric by neighboring powers, and the clans have comparatively smaller towns than the cities seen elsewhere in the Suikoden universe. On the western coast, the merchant nation of Zexen thrives. The Zexens were an ignored offshoot of Harmonia long ago, and have since grown to be powerful and independent. Their architecture, politics, and citizenry are similar to Renaissance Western European civilizations. To the east lie imposing mountains and eventually Harmonia, a gigantic and ... PROS: (1) Trinity Sight System allows players to view events from the eyes of three different characters. (2) Three different characters to play as, each with a unique chapter. (3) Very dense and long--offers upwards of 100 hours of gameplay. (4) Plenty of extra gameplay elements to be found for those who like to explore. (5) Separate converging story lines result in a well-told narrative. ... CONS: (1) Not all characters can be given commands in one turn

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User Reviews
3D makes games worse
3 Star Review   By member swordity - Oct 8, 2005   

Strengths: The name "Suikoden"

Weakness: Doesn't live up to the name

The series lost a lot from the transition to 3D. By losing a lot I mean it lost a lot of the fun. It's an all right RPG, but not Suikoden II caliber by far. The music is all right, but overall the experience wasn't that great. There are much better RPGs that deserve your time for the PS2.

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Good RPG
4 Star Review   By member dshadow1 - Sep 25, 2005   

Strengths: Very good storyline and fairly lengthy game

Weakness: Dated graphics

The Suikoden series is something of a cult classic among gamers. Suikoden 3 adds to its reputation. While the graphics are nothing spectacular, the gameplay and storyline make it a worthwhile addition to any gamers library. The trinity sight system (TSS) is unique to RPGs (at least to me) and makes the gaming experience unique while one collects the 108 stars of destiny. Overall, it is a very good game for RPG fans.

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Suikoden III
5 Star Review   By member tumbenhaur - Sep 19, 2005   

Strengths: Deep, emotional storyline, huge amount of gameplay time, many playable characters

Weakness: Dated graphics, music, no voiceovers, not a pick up and play title

Suikoden III is different from traditional RPG storylines in its use of the "Trinity Sight System", allowing for the Suiko-world to be viewed from different perspectives. The graphics, simple as they are, still allow for a great variety of emotions, and the turn-based battle system is quickly learned even by newcomers. There are many mini-games and side quests as you try to recruit all of the characters, adding to the gameplay time (80+ hours on my first playthrough, with minimal leveling up). One problem is trying to find the next place to go to advance the story, but this makes the game more fun since you are forced to talk to many NPCs, resulting in you being more immersed in the story. This game should appeal to all RPG fans, and has some major improvements over the first two games of the series!

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Suikoden 3
4 Star Review   By member galvatron2k1 - Jul 30, 2005   

Strengths: Anime graphics, gameplay, controls, extras, storyline

Weakness: Lack of in-game music

Suikoden 3 is an excellent sequel to an already amazing RPG. The game starts you off in control of 3 characters, each with their own storyline. Eventually, these storylines cross paths and lead to a bigger involvement in the overall story. The graphical cutscenes are amazing as they use anime style graphics to tell the story. The gameplay is also top notch and it involves strategy elements. Also, the game controls exactly spot on and what you would expect from an RPG. In the game, there are 108 characters (heroes) you can get, which is based off of a similar Japanese lore. Collecting all the characters is challenging, but well worth it as some of the characters use unique job classes. The only drawback of the game is the lack of in-game music during some of the scenes in the game. Since there is no voice-acting, you will notice it when the game goes completely silent. However, this does not hurt the game too much. I highly recommend this for all RPG fans.

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Sometimes 2D is better than 3D
3 Star Review   By member jngx80 - Jul 27, 2005   

Strengths: + nice character designs

Weakness: - hardly any music, enemies, exploration - decent graphics but definitely lacks detail or flair

Suikoden 3 is a decent rpg. It doesn't live up to the previous Suikoden games and is flat in execution. The character and town designs are great. Looking at the artwork and from the intro movie, each character is highly detailed and individualized. But once the game starts the 3D models just don't have the same flair. Everything seems to be made out of solid colors and there aren't many textures - the result is simple looking graphics. Secondly there is hardly any music in the game. It's very odd and definitely irritating. I actually thought that my tv was on mute because I didn't hear anything coming from the game. This game is definitely a let down. I would give it something like a 2.5

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5 Star Review   By member nemissa - Jun 29, 2005   

Strengths: Excellent story & characters

Weakness: Gameplay in general is a bit slower than it's preddesors

In the series' first transition into 3D, Suikoden III tries out alot of new features, and I found them to generally successful. The game's strongest point, the story, is excellent and almost on par with Suikoden II. The Trinity System gives additional story and depth to many characters and events. The addition of the "buddy system" to the battle system may be a bit frustrating at first, but it adds alot of strategy to the standard Suikoden system. The skills system it probably the best of the gameplay additions; it helps to further individualize the huge roster of playable characters. Mention must also be given to the excellent character design and opening anime FMV. Overall, Suikoden III is one of the best traditional RPGs on the PS2.

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3 Star Review   By member sabin23 - Jun 27, 2005   

Strengths: Soundtrack, familar Suikoden world, 108 characters.

Weakness: Camera, graphics, storyline doesn't feel as epic.

Suikoden's foray into the world of 3D has been a bumpy transition. I loved the first two games in Suikoden and that's why it saddens me that the third game in the series does not live up to the lofty standards set by the previous games. I did not like having to play the game from 3 different character's perspectives, I prefer to focus on one main protagonist. The graphics and environments seem rather bland compared to the rich worlds for the 2D games. The music is good but not as catchy as the first two soundtracks. Even with 3D worlds, Konami decided not to let users control the camera. I often found myself getting disoriented because objects would be obstructed. This is a huge flaw. Also the pace of the battles are much slower then the past when they used to be lightning quick. For those with previous memory card saves from Suikoden I and II, you can upload that save and be rewarded with a few treats (namely scripts in the theater). While this is not as cool as the feature found in Suikoden II (you get to use the main character from Part I), it's a nice touch for fans who have remained dedicated to Suikoden. Suikoden III pales in comparison to its predecessors but fans of the series will probably buy this game anyway in order to get their Suikoden fix.

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3 Star Review   By member twiztidgear - Jun 16, 2005   

Strengths: Good characters, it's Suikoden!!!

Weakness: Doesn't have the same feel as previous Suikodens, battle system is awkward, graphics are lacking.

The Suikoden series is one of my favorite series and Suikoden 1 and 2 would easily make my top 10 games of all time list. That said I was expecting a lot from the third iteration in the series. It has 108 characters again and is similar to the previous games but when I'm playing it for some reason it doesn't feel like the Suikoden games I've come to know and love. The new graphics engine doesn't have the detailed style that the previous 2D games had, fighting isn't as exciting as before and the story and characters don't seem to come together as well as they did in the first two Suikodens. Another thing is the new dual battle system, where your characters are basically in teams of two in the battles. This doesn't work very well and just feels awkward. Also as mentioned earlier the new 3D graphics engine is very bland looking, without much of the usuall Suikoden style. Overall it's decent game though, nothing spectacular though. So if you are a Suikoden fan you will enjoy this game, just don't be expecting a game of the caliber that the first two were.

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4 Star Review   By member t260 - Jun 16, 2005   

Strengths: good story

Weakness: not as good as suikoden 1 or 2

Unlike most rpg, you can choise 1 of the 3 main character to start the game. This result in having a more intersting story. The game play is decent, but missing the big battles from the past suikoden. Overall this game is good, but not as good as suikoden 1 or 2

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4 Star Review   By member FOnewearl - Jun 9, 2005   

Strengths: Very good story and presentation

Weakness: No big battles :(

Suikoden III is the third game in the series and the first one for the PS2. Suikoden III is the first in the series to be done in 3D and Konami did a pretty good job of keeping it faithful to how the first two games were on the Playstation while still adding some new stuff to the gameplay. New to the battle system is a buddy system which will take the 6 characters in your party and pair them up in groups of two so that you will have to only give 3 commands per a round which helps speed up the battles as you play though Suikoden III. Another new addition is the skill set. A supplement to the experience points your characters earn, you can visit training and education centers throughout the land to improve individual abilities. Suikoden III also has mini-games, 108 characters, secret point-of-views, hidden spells, special items, multiple endings amongst other things to give the game a ton of replay value. I would highly recommend Suikoden III to anyone that is a fan of RPGs.

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5 Star Review   By member Spoon_Si - May 26, 2005   

Strengths: A huge jump in the graphic department for the past 2 Suikoden games, 108 Stars of destiny playable characters, Sweet game music soundtrack.

Weakness: Not as epic storyline as the past 2 games, load time! & load time!

The Suikoden series is 1 my favo RPG series, it has amazing cast of character along with a great story that involves all member of your party. I been looking for this game for sometime now. Finding one could become quite rare. Pros: Graphic has been upgraded to a 3D platform! It's pretty to look at, but nothing as wonderful as Final Fantasy X. It's still huge jump when compare to the past 2 games. Lots & Lots of character to find and add to your party, total of 108. Great Music score as always. Fun Battle system! Cons: Story isn't as good as the other 2 games, but It is something different. I'm finding myself waiting quite a bit on the load time. Game could be quite a hassel to find, if you want a good deal. Overall: *** 4 OUTTA 5 STARS *** A MUST FOR ANY RPG FAN!!!

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2 Star Review   By member Chacranajxy - Mar 12, 2005   

Strengths: Some decent gameplay at times

Weakness: Graphics, Soundtrack, Battle System

Suikoden III could've been so much, but it ended up a huge failing. The graphics are atrocious and lack detail. In addition, there's a ton of slowdown despite the fact that there's little in the way of detail. The sound is pretty bad as well due to an absoultely terrible soundtrack that could've been composed by a tone-deaf 3-year-old. The gameplay... eh, well it's not too great either. The exploring aspects of the game are standard RPG fare, which means that it's pretty good there, but the battles are a different story. The battles have a wierd partner system that simply fails to make combat fun. Rather, combat becomes a chore and makes the game unentertaining to play. RPG fans should skip this game and go for something halfway decent.

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