10 Years and 20,000 Leagues – The Suikoden IV Retrospective

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In August of 2004, Gensosuikoden IV was released in Japan. Since that day, it has been held up as the Anti-Christ of the series, the game that shattered the ethos of the Suikoden series and left fans and Konami alike to try and pick up the pieces. It has also been championed by a minority who feel it is a hidden gem; a game that wasn’t exactly what people imagined it would be and was damned regardless of its positive features. Whatever opinion you hold, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to say that for the series as a whole, Suikoden IV was one of the most important titles.

It came out in a time of, what could be retrospectively be called, naive optimism for the fandom. With the success and high critical regard given to Suikoden III, it would appear that Suikoden IV would continue to lead the charge for the series as it approached its tenth year.

Dengeki PlayStation 573 Loves Konami… And Suikoden As Well!

Luc, Flik and Viktor feature prominently on the introduction to the We Love Konami! retrospective.

Luc, Flik and Viktor feature prominently on the introduction to the We Love Konami! retrospective.

Recently, Dengeki PlayStation in Japan released their 573rd issue of their illustrious magazine. As Konami is frequently represented by the number 573, Dengeki PlayStation gave the middle of the magazine over to a celebration of Konami’s long history in the video game industry.

As somewhat of a retrospective of Konami’s past (with a lot of hype for Metal Gear Solid V and Silent Hills, it must be said), the Suikoden series was always going to earn a mention but the force with which it dominated the insert was surprising even to optimistic Japanese fans.