"Suikoden Tactics" would seem like a natural spin-off to the Suikoden series. I've been dreaming of such a game for a long time. One of the most enjoyable parts of the first three Suikoden games was the major army battles but they always ended too quickly.
In Suikoden 2 especially, I used to try to prolong them for as long as possible, just because I loved moving the units and reading the comments when you succeded in getting a "critical" hit or something.
Imagine Suikoden Tactics. It would have room for all of these elements, some sort of rock scissor paper combat or duels, huge army battles, S3-style skirmish battles etc.
I think the key to making a good Suikoden strategy RPG is too base it on the simple strategic elements fans are already familiar with. The unit customization from Suikoden 2 for example, where different characters bestow different special abilities onto units in combat. Just make things more complex and advanced but keep the feeling of simplicity and "flow", especially when it comes to gameplay. Personally I don't like strategy games where you have too balance on a knifes edge all the time to be succesful. Those kinds of games where the enemies are always ten times stronger than you are and every battle demands extreme, sometimes ridiculous tactics, to be won.
One more thing I loved about the Suikoden strategic battles was (even though they were TOO simple and TOO easy) how you could actually slaughter the enemy, and you really felt like you were devistating the enemy army.
Other elements included should be detailed strategic overviews, army customization, character customization. The strategists would propably have a greater role than ever before and much of the story and gameplay would be centered around them.
While strategic battles propably would be the vital element of the game, old Suikoden elements such as humour, nice graphics and appealing design (propably many pre-rendered backgrounds), well known faces etc would most definetily be present too.
I hope they do make this game. I would welcome it with open arms.
Last edited by Sasarai is cute
on Fri Apr 29, 2005 5:32 am, edited 2 times in total.
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