I didn't have a problem then because no one had a voice. It was understandable, but now everyone has a voice, even freakin Setsu! If Setsu gets a voice then so should the main character. It's not like it would have been difficult seeing as how his lines are so miniscule already. Just get the night janitor at Konami to come in and speak into a microphone. If they can do it for every single character then they can do it for the main character. I can't relate to someone who, whenever he begins to speak, the world turns to darkness and his speech is implied but everyone knows exactly what he said and understood it. Besides, the first two Suikoden's weren't made in the year 2005. They were made in the mid-90's when giving everyone a voice would have been a little more difficult. If all the characters in Suikoden IV were silent I could understand, infact I'd enjoy it because I don't really care for characters in video games who have been given voices, but I see it like this.
There has been tv for a long time. For the beginning stages of tv, the screen was in black and white. At first the black and white was kinda dark and wasn't perfect, but years went by and the black and white got a lot better and you could really see the difference from early black and white to later black and white. Just when the black and white screen became almost perfect there came color. Early color was terrible, but it was the new thing and everyone went with it. Now color is pretty close to perfect. Now you never see a black and white character in a full color movie unless he has a point to being in black and white. A character in black and white in a color movie who has no purpose for being in black and white, would be completely unprofessional unless of course this is on Family Guy or other, "Random Humor" television shows and movies.
Keeping the main character silent when all other characters speak is a very silly and unprofessional way to go about business. Anyone could have done the character's voice and should have been done, otherwise you're sitting there at 3:00AM with a bologna sandwich wondering the point of selecting a voice for a character who only makes noise when he grunts. That's my argument.
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