You can watch the Star Wars in chronological order, I guess, but it's a different experience when you watch then how they were released, how George Lucas intended us to see it.
George has said lately that you should watch it 1-2-3-4-5-6, but that would make episode 4, and especially 5 suck, as Mio pointed out.
But George is slightly right. Even if it would suck, it technically should be viewed 1-2-3-4-5-6. Because 1, 2, 3 are prequels in two senses: chronologically and by title. Suikoden 4, Tactics, & 5 are prequels chronologically, but not in terms of title. They are sequels: 4 follows 1, 2, 3. So I agree with several people that say you should first play the games in order of release.
ireally? because i thought it was easier at the time to create Star Wars IV, V, and VI than the first three
i mean can you imagine seeing the clone wars with the kind of technology they had back then?
George says that, but I don't completely believe him. I have a hard time believing that he wouldn't consider remaking 4, 5, 6 with the graphics today, and that he wouldn't have made the scale just as big as the Clone Wars. After all, he already put out a special edition in the 90s with added scenes and improved graphics.
Sidebar Star Wars info - the movies came out in 77, 80, 83, 99, 02, 05. Episode 4, A New Hope was not originally titled thus. It was just Star Wars. Looks to me like he wrote one story, made a movie, it was a big hit, so he turned it into two trilogies. Since he had already started the second one, he had to continue and couldn't go back to Ep 1.
Despite my fairly negative tone toward Lucas and Star Wars in this post, I am a big SW fan. My friend and I have come up with the idea that the movies should be viewed: 4-5-1-2-3-6. 4 and 5 for reasons already stated. But if you watch 6-1-2-3 the ending of the whole series is pretty bad and depressing. 1, 2, 3 don't really spoil that much from Return of the Jedi, except for the info about Leia, which really isn't made that big of a deal in the movie. Ep 1, 2, 3 can serve as a kind of flashback after all of the questions raised by ep 5. Then 6 resolves the whole series.
Now, back to Suikoden. Has anyone ever put forth the theory that the whole numbered series is following Viki. I know that she teleported almost direcly from Toran to Matilda. I think she also moved immediately from Dunan to the Grasslands. I don't know if she immediately went from Budehuc to Island Nations and then to Falena. But if she did, maybe the next installment is just where she'll end up after teleporting away from Falena.