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    Suikoden II

    Game » consists of 6 releases. Released Dec 17, 1998

    Suikoden II is set three years after the events of Suikoden and tells the story of how young friends Riou and Jowy become caught up in the conflict between the Highland Empire and the City States of Jowston. Can you recruit all 108 Stars of Destiny and unite a nation?

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    Gameplay

    Suikoden II is a role-playing game with some light strategic elements woven throughout. The player controls a silent protagonist and travels around the world map, advancing the plot by completing tasks and talking with other characters. The player can also recruit new characters to his cause, 108 in total, often involving a short sidequest to do so. In towns, the player can gather information, rest, recover and save at Inns, attach Runes (the source of spells/magic found in the game), sharpen characters' weaponry, and buy items and equipment; wilderness areas generally feature random encounters with monsters.

    The battle system to Suikoden II features six person parties. A variety of statistics determine in-game combat ability. If all six characters lose all their hit points and are thus incapacitated, it is game over and the player must restart. Exceptions exist for certain plot battles in which winning is optional; the player can lose and the plot continues on, albeit in a slightly different fashion.

    Runes, the source of all magic in the world of Suikoden II, are handled the same as the original Suikoden. Characters have a certain number of spell usages per "spell level;" for instance, a character with 4 level 1 spell slots and a Water Rune could cast "Kindness Drops" (the level 1 Water Rune spell) 4 times. Other runes offer different benefits, and some may be used as often as desired. Runes can also be affixed to character's weaponry for added effects, elemental bonuses and status enhancements.

    Updates from the original Suikoden include a grid and unit based tactical battle system, the addition of a three rune slot system which allows for three different runes to be equipped at once (left hand, right hand and head -- some runes can only attach to a specific slot), a party inventory system, and a "dash" button that allowed the player to move around the screen quicker and vast graphical improvement. A transfer of data from the prior game in the series enables returning characters to enter the fray with higher levels and improved weapons. With this data the player is also given the option of recruiting a secret character, the hero from the original game Tir McDohl. References to the events of the original Suikoden are also adapted accordingly for a greater feel in continuity.

    Combat

    Following the formula of the original Suikoden, Suikoden II contains three different types of combat:

    Standard battles

    A typical random battle.
    A typical random battle.

    The party the player has selected of up to 6 allies faces off with 1-6 enemies in standard, turn based combat. This battle type is considered typical in RPGs, containing options for attack, magic (Runes), items etc. One of the more unique features of the Suikoden series is the option to utilize the 'Unite' option in battle -- this allows certain combinations of characters to combine a more powerful attack as one unit. Uniting groups can simply make use of 2 characters, such as Riou and Jowy's 'Buddy Attack' which is available from the start of the game, to larger groups of 4 and 5 characters at once. This is the only battle style where the player can gain experience, items or Potch (Suikoden II's currency).

    Duels

    At several points during the game the player character is pitted against another character in single combat. This style of fighting only has three moves: Attack, Wild Attack, and Defend. This duel is played in a Rock, Paper, Scissors style where "Attack" beats "Defend", "Wild Attack" beats "Attack" and "Defend" beats "Wild Attack". Each round the player must select one of the three attacks while their opponents choice is hidden. The player however can usually tell what kind of attack the enemy is going to perform by the taunts displayed.

    Massive battles

    Branching out from the massive battles from Suikoden I which were more like a large-scale duel system, more interactivity was added to this element of the gameplay over that of its predecessor. This time, the Massive Battles take the form of a light SRPG. As the main character recruits characters for his castle, this opens up more options for more units. Certain characters are 'unit leaders' while others are 'supports'. Every character adds a certain amount of defense or attack to a unit. In addition, certain characters also add special abilities to the unit they are attached to. The numbers affect the chances of win or loss as much as the type of units being pitted against each other. Every unit may take up to a total of two 'losses' which are counted when a unit suffers a severe amount of casualties. Each skirmish they take part in might result in no loss, loss on one side, or even loss on both sides. As mentioned before, certain characters add special abilities to the units. Examples of these abilities include being able to take more losses than usual, magic or archery to allow attacks from a distance, healing of itself or others, etc. When a unit suffers its maximum losses it will retreat from battle, when this happens there is a possibility of the characters in the unit being wounded or even killed. Should a character be killed in a massive battle, they are considered permanently dead.

    Characters

    Main Character(Riou)

    Riou is the protagonist of the game. A member of the Highland Army's Unicorn Brigade. Brother to Nanami and best friend to Jowy. Flees the army after his unit is slaughtered where upon he joins up with Flik and Viktor's mercenary group. He wields half of the Rune of the Beginning known as the Bright Shield Rune, one of the 27 True Runes.

    Jowy Atreides

    Childhood friend to Riou and Nanami. Jowy joined, and subsequently fled, the Highland Army along with Riou. Taking a different approach to his revenge, Jowy infiltrates the Highland army with a plan to destroy it from within. He wields the other half of the Rune of Beginning, the Black Sword Rune.

    Nanami

    The main character's step-sister and constant companion throughout the game. Always very high in spirits and energy, she is very close to both her step-brother and Jowy.

    Luca Blight

    Luca Blight is presented as the main villain for most of the game. A man of menacing power, he is known across the land as "The Mad Prince," he is the commander of the Highland Army and was responsible for the slaughter of Riou and Jowy's unit, The Unicorn Brigade. He wields the mighty power of the Beast Rune.

    Flik

    Known in some parts as "The Blue Lightning," Flik is one of the leaders of the mercenary group Riou falls in with after deserting the Highland army. Flick is one of the many returning characters from the original Suikoden where he helped Tir McDohl win the "Gate Rune Wars." He named his sword Odessa, after the character of the same name in the original Suikoden.

    Viktor

    Another holdover from the original Suikoden, Viktor leads a small mercenary group who are responsible for rescuing Riou and Jowy after their narrow escape from the Highland Army's massacre of The Unicorn Brigade. He wields the mighty Star Dragon sword, a mystic blade of untold power.

    Story

    Suikoden II takes place three in-universe years after the events of the original Suikoden, and centers around an invasion by the Kingdom of Highland of the City States of Jowston. The ensuing conflict became known as "The Dunan Unification War." The player controls a silent protagonist whose name is chosen by the player -- Konami confirmed that their official name of the hero is Riou, and has made appearances in both Suikogaiden I and II as such. The protagonist and his childhood friend, Jowy Atreides, each gain one half of the Rune of the Beginning, one of the 27 True Runes of the Suikoden setting, and become caught up in the intrigues of the invasion and the dark fate of those who bear the halves of that Rune. What follows is an epic tale of heartbreak and betrayal, of Kings and thieves, and of how one man can unite a nation.

    Legacy

    Suikoden II was originally released for the PlayStation in 1998 in Japan and 1999 in North America. The game received a very limited print run and due to poor initial sales it never saw a reprinting. Despite all this the game was very well reviewed by the gaming press. Its limited availability caused the game to become a holy grail of sorts for collectors, with sealed copies of the game still going for over $300 on sites like ebay. In 2005 Suikoden II was re-released on the PlayStation Portable as part of a compilation of the first two games of the series, though much to the dismay of fans it never saw a release outside of Japan. The original Suikoden was released digitally over the PlayStation Network, giving fans hope of an eventual PSN release of the second game.

    Frontier Gate, developed by Konami and members of the Suikoden team, features equipment styled after equipment worn by Suikoden II characters.

    Soundtracks

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    The original Suikoden II soundtrack was composed by Miki Higashino and Keiko Fukami. It spans four discs and over 100 individual tracks. Widely believed to be some of the best music composed during the PS1 era, physical copies of this soundtrack have been sought after by collectors since it's release in December of 1998.

    Disc One

    • 01 - Opening
    • 02 - Name Entry
    • 03 - Enemy Attack
    • 04 - Suspicion
    • 05 - The Will
    • 06 - Results
    • 07 - Reminiscence
    • 08 - Those Who Work Must Eat
    • 09 - The First Job
    • 10 - The Next Job
    • 11 - Are You Gonna Eat that Carrot?
    • 12 - Escape
    • 13 - A Peaceful Mountain Village
    • 14 - The Great Street Performers
    • 15 - Adventurous Journey
    • 16 - Labyrinth, Penpe 2
    • 17 - A Worthy Foe Appears
    • 18 - Homesickness
    • 19 - Beautiful Morning
    • 20 - March of the King
    • 21 - Rescue
    • 22 - Reminiscence~Ensemble Version
    • 23 - Children Playing in the Fields
    • 24 - Massacre
    • 25 - Tension
    • 26 - War
    • 27 - Collapse
    • 28 - Their Star
    • 29 - Days Past

    Disc Two

    • 01 - Amid the Silence
    • 02 - Let's Climb That Hill
    • 03 - Silent Room
    • 04 - Theme of Narcissism, Again
    • 05 - Moonlit Night Theme
    • 06 - Reconnaissance Mission
    • 07 - The Confederation Forever
    • 08 - If You Listen Carefully
    • 09 - Ah, Beautiful Dancer
    • 10 - Nahala Yam Koong
    • 11 - Passacaglia With Chorus
    • 12 - The Fugue "Praise Be to my Master"
    • 13 - Her Sigh
    • 14 - Dandy Richmond
    • 15 - Heart-Softening BGM 1
    • 16 - Tactics
    • 17 - Heart-Softening Time
    • 18 - An Old Story

    Disc Three

    • 01 - Carried on Rippling Waves
    • 02 - Every Day is a Carnival
    • 03 - We Are Number Wuff
    • 04 - Two Rivers
    • 05 - A Bustling Town
    • 06 - Song of the Do-Re-Mi Fairies
    • 07 - Song of the Do-Re-Mi Fairies (Battle Mode)
    • 08 - On a Sunny Day
    • 09 - The Sea is Vast, Isn't It
    • 10 - A One-Point Match
    • 11 - Rock! Rock!
    • 12 - Striking to your Heart's Content
    • 13 - Dancing With Karen
    • 14 - Theme of Temptation (Asian Dub Mix)
    • 15 - Bright Curtains, the Cooking Duel
    • 16 - Cooking Choices
    • 17 - One-Minute Showdown
    • 18 - The Tetsujin Appears
    • 19 - Victory
    • 20 - Defeat
    • 21 - Orrizonte
    • 22 - Due Fiumi (Two Rivers)
    • 23 - La Mia Tristezza
    • 24 - Imprisoned Town
    • 25 - Ghost Story
    • 26 - Pursuit
    • 27 - A Prayer to my Mother
    • 28 - Heart-Softening BGM 3
    • 29 - Freedom, Again
    • 30 - Even Farther
    • 31 - Young Heroes
    • 32 - Prideful Sarabande
    • 33 - A Man Named Gordeau
    • 34 - Sacrificial Feast
    • 35 - Heart-Softening BGM 2
    • 36 - Ceremony
    • 37 - Sedition

    Disc Four

    • 01 - A Song in Praise of Peace
    • 02 - The Even More Glorious, Beautiful Golden City
    • 03 - Gremio's Special Stew
    • 04 - Confrontation With Monsters, Again
    • 05 - Distant Skies
    • 06 - Secret Village of the Ninja
    • 07 - The Chase
    • 08 - Mad Luka
    • 09 - The Evil One
    • 10 - Withered Earth
    • 11 - The Outskirts of Tint
    • 12 - Gothic Neclord
    • 13 - Iron Fist of Anger
    • 14 - Reqiuem of Grief
    • 15 - Our Banner Flies
    • 16 - The Time for Confrontation
    • 17 - Silver Wolf
    • 18 - Chant
    • 19 - We Will Always Be (Ending March)
    • 20 - La Passione Commuove la Storia
    • 21 - Victory (Staff Roll)
    Front cover.
    Front cover.

    An arranged cd of selected tracks from Suikoden II was released in Japan on May 10th, 2000 called Genso Suikoden II: Orrizonte. It was on a single disc and featured 12 classic tracks arranged with a very celtic/folk sound.

    Tracklist

    • 01 - Withered Earth
    • 02 - Currents
    • 03 - Freedom, Again
    • 04 - Every Day is a Carnival~The Even More Glorious, Beautiful Golden City
    • 05 - Amid the Silence
    • 06 - Imprisoned Town
    • 07 - The Confederation Forever
    • 08 - Plastic Castle in the Air
    • 09 - Let's Climb That Hill
    • 10 - Those Who Work Must Eat
    • 11 - Ah, Beautiful Dancer~Nahala Yam Koong
    • 12 - Orrizonte

    The 108 Stars of Destiny

    The following is a complete account of all the characters that will join your quest.

    1. Tenkai - Riou (The Main Character)
    2. Tengou - Ridley Wizen/Boris Wizen
    3. Tenki - Shu
    4. Tenkan - Luc
    5. Tenyu - Humphrey Mintz
    6. Tenyu - Hauser
    7. Tenmou - Kiba Windamier
    8. Teni - Pesmerga
    9. Tenei - Sierra
    10. Tenki - Teresa
    11. Tenfu - Nina
    12. Tenmen - Feather/Sigfried/Abizboah
    13. Tenko - Viktor
    14. Tensyo - Valeria/Tomo
    15. Tenritsu - Fitcher
    16. Tensyo - Clive
    17. Tenan - Flik
    18. Tenyu - Tsai
    19. Tenku - Jess
    20. Tensoku - Stallion
    21. Teni - Georg Prime
    22. Tensatsu - Hanna
    23. Tenbi - Killey
    24. Tenkyu - Anita
    25. Tentai - Feather/Sigfried/Abizboah
    26. Tenjyu - Nanami
    27. Tenken - Rina
    28. Tenhei - Tai Ho
    29. Tenzai - Eilie
    30. Tenson - Yam Koo
    31. Tenpai - Bolgan
    32. Tenrou - Hix
    33. Tensui - Tengaar
    34. Tenbou - Freed Yamamoto
    35. Tenkoku - Yoshino Yamamoto
    36. Tenkou - Chaco
    37. Chikai - Klaus Windamier
    38. Chisatsu - Gilbert
    39. Chiyu - Tetsu
    40. Chiketsu - Jeane
    41. Chiyu - Wakaba
    42. Chii - Maximillian
    43. Chiei - Genshu
    44. Chiki - Camus
    45. Chimou - Miklotov
    46. Chibun - Jude
    47. Chisei - Lebrante
    48. Chikatsu - Lorelai
    49. Chitou - Tony
    50. Chikyou - Gijimu
    51. Chian - Rikimaru
    52. Chiziku - Gantetsu
    53. Chikai - Simone Verdicci
    54. Chisa - Connell
    55. Chiyu - Hans
    56. Chirei - Huan
    57. Chijyu - Tuta
    58. Chibi - Futch
    59. Chikyu - Kasumi/Tomo
    60. Chibaku - Badeaux
    61. Chizen - Mazus
    62. Chikou - Mondo
    63. Chikyou - Sasuke
    64. Chihi - Leona
    65. Chisou - Adlai
    66. Chikou - Raura
    67. Chimei - Sheena
    68. Chisin - Kinnison
    69. Chitai - Shiro
    70. Chiman - Amada
    71. Chisui - Emilia
    72. Chisyu - Zamza
    73. Chiin - Karen
    74. Chii - Lo Wen
    75. Chiri - Tenkou
    76. Chisyun - Gadget
    77. Chiraku - Annallee
    78. Chitatsu - Viki
    79. Chisoku - Koyu
    80. Chichin - Vincent De Boule
    81. Chikei - Meg
    82. Chima - Mukumuku
    83. Chiyou - Marlowe Cody
    84. Chiyu - Richmond
    85. Chifuku - Apple
    86. Chihi - Long Chan Chan
    87. Chiku - Millie
    88. Chiko - Tessai
    89. Chizen - Taki
    90. Chitan - Gengen
    91. Chikaku - Gabocha
    92. Chisyu - Yuzu
    93. Chizou - Hai Yo
    94. Chihei - Kahn Marley
    95. Chison - Barbara
    96. Chido - Sid
    97. Chisatsu - Shin
    98. Chiaku - Oulan
    99. Chisyu - Shilo
    100. Chisu - Alex
    101. Chiin - Hilda
    102. Chikei - Bob
    103. Chisou - Ayda
    104. Chiretsu - Pico
    105. Chiken - Alberto
    106. Chimou - Templeton
    107. Chizoku - Hoi
    108. Chikou - Gordon
    109. No Star - Tir/Rulodia/Chuchara/Makumaku/Mikumiku/Mekumeku/Mokumoku
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