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Having played the orignial Suikoden series for Playstation (1, 2, 4, 5) I had high expectations for the DS version of the rpg. Retaining the typical rpg turn-based battles was a nice familiarity. We see the usual situation of an unlikely hero becoming the leader of an army to take on the 'order' - a cult which believes in the idea that "everything is already planned". What was really impressive, for me, was the well-animated and voice-acting in the cut scenes. Deliciously coloured, the story remained gripping due to these well interjected breaks in the game - particularly given the graphics limitations of the console. Overall, the game is a decent RPG on a console where the genre feels to be a little under-represented. Similar games of interest (Of which i have experience) may include Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy III, Children of Mana. I'd give Suikoden Tierkreis a personal score of 8/10, only losing points on an occasional feeling of linearity in the game-play, but this again is excused by the limitations of the DS. Definately worth playing!
Suikoden Tierkreis is a mixed bag. It's a traditional turn-based rpg with a good story, impressive 3D graphics, and a lot of things to do. Sounds good so far... OK, I'm just going to say it. This game has atrocious voice acting. Admittedly it is refreshing to see an Nintendo DS game with voice acting but the voices in this game are rushed so much. It's like if the Pokemon games had voice acting and the voice actors were trying to keep up with the text on the fast setting. Anyway, if you can stomach the voice work you'll see a traditional turn based rpg here. Again it's like pokemon, just in 3D and with more characters. You would think that would sound amazing but the combat system in this game is a strong reminder why most games don't have it turn based anymore. It's too simple. There's even a auto button so your characters attacks automatically. You'll be using this button a lot. That said, if you still like the simplicity of this kind of rpg you won't find a better one on the DS. I like to think this game as a one for mature 9-13 year olds. It has the simplicity of Pokemon but delivers a surprisingly good story that will keep you interested throughout. The cut-scenes are also very refreshing to watch, especially since this is the DS. They're in anime style but it remains mainstream and accessible for anyone to watch. The voice acting isn't as bad during these scenes too. It's when there's text boxes is when it really bugs me. If you're into classic rpg's on the NES and such, this game is a must-buy. Those wanting more of an updated adventure would be better off getting The World Ends With You or even Final Fantasy IV.
The whole game has been streamlined to work effortlessly on the DS. Players can quickly switch to new locations with a tap of the stylus and rather than building an entire 3D map lists the key locations that players can visit instantly, that are then lavishly recreated in the 2D/3D style that has become synonymous with the series. There are a wealth of characters to recruit along the way and also customize with new items, weapons and clothing to enhance their attributes as players see fit.