Konami released Suikoden III as part of the PSN Classic range marking the first time the epic role-playing title has been released across Europe. And it’s only £7.99!
Suikoden III is seen as the ‘missing link’ to European fans as the original PS2 version was never released outside of Japan and the US. The game is set 16 years after the events of Suikoden II and takes place in the series’ Grasslands realm, North West of events in the second game. The Grasslands are overseen by six clans, and is under constant siege from the rulers of the large Harmonia nation to the East. An uneasy alliance exists between the two, following a huge battle 50 years hence. During the conflict, a warrior known as Flame Champion unleashed the power of the True Fire Rune, resulting in horrific casualties which ended the conflict.
Suikoden III introduces the Trinity Sight System offering three very different viewpoints of the world and the events that unfold. There is no right side and players control characters that have their own political views and divisions. Thus, the game is seen through the eyes of Hugo of the Grasslands’ native Karaya clan; Chris Lightfellow, a Knight of the Merchant nation; and Geddoe who is a border guard for nation of Harmonia.
Familiar to fans of the series, are the famed 108 Stars of Destiny: useful characters that will prove essential in events in the game’s fourth and fifth chapters. Players can use each of the three, central characters in any order with the story allowing for any rotation of Hugo, Chris and Geddoe as they wish. Each character has individual traits and skills that prove vital, and ultimately work together to find out the true conspiracy laid behind the conflict.