One Paragraph Review: Suikoden Tierkreis
by Mitchell Dyer
Cutesy 3D characters, turn-based combat and a lot of text bubbles. The Suikoden series has always followed the cookie-cutter trappings of its genre, but this Japanese role-playing franchise’s compelling characters and strong narrative always make it worthwhile. True to form, the story is darker and more mature than the kiddy aesthetic leads you to believe. Because the betrayal and set-piece “wow” moments are unpredictable, you’ll want to keep coming back to liberate anthropomorphic shark-people (and other allies) from the clutches of an oppressive, closed-minded cult. Fast-paced combat with cool multi-character combos keep the pace moving quickly in this DS iteration of one of the most overlooked RPG series ever.