warning: a lot of spoilers
the good: the gameplay. for me srpg is by default more challenging and fun. so no complaints here.
the bad: the story is atrocious. everything is forced and doesn't make sense. why the heroes didn't capture iskas when he first showed up in kooluk, considering the heroes have known that he was buying and selling rune cannons. why the remaining kooluk royal family let a little girl be a decision maker. Is this really a suikoden game? because suikoden is known for compelling stories about bloody political intrigues.
the worst: personality of some returning characters are ruined. In Suikoden 4 Dario was stereotype of a sailor with a drinking problem and a comic relief. he is a competent guy who runs into a lot of problems and make stupid decision because he was always under the influence of alcohol. in tactics he is total butt of jokes. he became a thief who steals food from the ration and he got easily defeated by his 11 year old son in a duel.
In suikoden 4, Kika is a bad ass pirate captain. in tactics the writer insisted to reveal that Kika didn't build everything by her own effort, everything was handed down to her. the fearsome looking ship grished that she proudly announced to ber hers in suikoden 4, well turned out that it was not intended to show her personality. Grished used to belong to her boyfriend. which means yup, she only assumed the position of captain because her dead bf was the past captain. In my opinion the game could still have a tragic coffin scene without ruining kika's character by simply showing that Edgar's ship wasn't Grished.
my question is why the hell one of the strongest character in suikoden 4 wasn't included in attacking steele? turned out that this version of Kika is not that strong. she wasn't able to defend her HQ from an attack by a small unit of kooluk army who successfully stole her cannons. I kept hoping that the game would reveal that Kika let Roget stole her cannons so that she can track him down to his hideout. unfortunately the twist didn't happen
suikoden tactics unwittingly questioned the whole premise of Kika as an awesome character. got a feeling that she gets by based on the reputation of her dead bf and because Brandeau was still out there protecting her.
In suikoden 4,the dialogues played in shadow world on the way to fight shadow Brandeau only about Edgar promising to Kika that he will survive the fight against steele it didn't mean that she had to be his subordinate.
This version of kika is also an emotional mess that needs to be a barnacle and tell her personal problems to Sigurd. very far fetched from the chill and cool suikoden 4 Kika