4 months playing this game in both the japanese and american versions, here are my thoughts:
- Tierkreis does bring some of the elements of suikoden but does it deserve to have the word "Suikoden" in its title ? keep on reading.
- The overall story in not that deep compared to other suikoden titles, it is never the less a good one, and the way it unfolds with each chapter keeps you attached, it has a cliche' of knowing the whole story from the beginning though (much like V where after the first chapter it becomes obvious what you are going to do the rest of the game). An alliance you make today will break up once the truth is unveiled, yet the faction that was allied with ends up being destroyed.
- characters are the most fascinating and interesting I've seen since II, their backgrounds are intriguing, some even mysterious yet you get to unravel their hidden agenda as the story goes on. I have also took a look at the art book where the prototypes of character designs are there you get to see how some characters are redrawn until the appearance fit the personalities. looking at the changes the artist made each step and thinking : exactly, this would fit his personality perfectly.
- for those unsatisfied with the english VA I feel you, it is truly incomparable to the original japanese VA which is clear and engaging. If you use methods pf playing downloaded games on your DS I highly recommend going for the UNDUB version of Tierkreis, you will get a totally better experience.
- game play however, not so good, your characters won't develop from their original states (which is the same problem for all suikoden titles) attacks will do more damage and spells will get bigger but that's pretty much it. some unit attacks add to the fun but nothing more. you won't be able to do something in the last battle that you couldn't do in the first battle (except maybe whoop the final boss but that's not the point) on the positive side battle controls are fairly simple so even those new to the series can get things going.
- a lot of people have noticed this, the games score is well done and brilliant. music before major battles really gets you pumped for what's to come.
So does tierkreis deserve the word "Suikoden" in its title, I really don't know, at times yes and at times no, but is it worth your time? definitely yes as you wait for the next suikoden title
side note: My FIRST post