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    Suikoden III

    Game » consists of 4 releases. Released Jul 11, 2002

    Fifteen years after the events of Suikoden II, the stories of Hugo (the son of a village chief), Chris (the virtuous Knight of Zexen), and Geddoe (the rebellious unit commander) intertwine as they gather the 108 Stars of Destiny.

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    Overview  

    Suikoden III is the third entry in the Konami-published Suikoden series of role playing games, released for the PS2 in 2002. Suikoden III is the first of the series to use 3D graphics, and sported considerable changes to the series' traditional gameplay formula. The game received a generally warm reception, though was criticized by some for its changes to certain fundamental series elements, particularly with regard to gameplay. According to Famitsu magazine, Suikoden III sold almost 400,000 copies in Japan during its initial sales period and as part of The Best budget series. North American sales numbered in the area of 100,000 copies. It was unfortunately never released in the UK.

    Story and Setting

     The original Flame Champion
     The original Flame Champion
    Taking place 15 years after the events of Suikoden II, the game is set in an area known as The Grasslands,  northwest of Jowston, the region where Suikoden II takes place. The tribes of the Grasslands have just negotiated a truce with the mercantile Zexen Confederacy. Meanwhile, the Holy Kingdom of Harmonia (a northeastern Suikoden superpower) secretly plans an offensive of its own, 50 years after an enigmatic figure known as the Flame Champion who, bearing the True Fire Rune, led the united grassland tribes to repel a Harmonian invasion, spilling much blood on both sides. Tired of the war, Harmonia agreed to a 50-year detente, the upcoming expiration of which Harmonia eagerly awaits.

    As tensions between the grasslanders and Zexen deteriorate into war, another faction, the Destroyers, secretly watches from the sidelines, manipulating events with an even greater, potentially world-ending aim in mind. This faction, the Destroyers, is led by Luc, a bishop of Harmonia. Seeing visions granted to him by his True Wind Rune, Luc realized that the future of the world was lifeless and desolate, and then set himself to stopping that future from happening by destroying himself and his True Rune, freeing the world from that future, regardless of the consequences (which presumably was the destruction of creation).

    The game featured cameos and references to several familiar faces and locations in the previous games, such as Lilly Pendragon, the grown daughter of Gustav, a supporting character in Suikoden II's cast. It also has the ability to import your cleared data from Suikoden II in order to unlock bonus content.

    Gameplay

    Suikoden III featured many changes to the formula of the previous games, including its standard battle and open war modes, as well as to the story progression itself (via the Trinity Sight System). It was also the only game of the series (outside of its spin-offs such as Suikogaiden and Suikoden Tactics) to feature multiple named, speaking protagonists.

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    The basic battle system was altered to use a continuous combat area, wherein characters moved freely about the field, in stark contrast to the original facing-side battling of previous games. Participants were also grouped into pairs, which could only be given a single order per turn, reducing the need to micromanage each individual's commands. Rune spells were also given specific strike radia, and allies as well as opponents could be affected by offensive spells if caught in the blast area.
     


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    The game's war clash sequences were also changed from a grid-based system to a node system, where units moved between static nodes. Nodes could project positive and negative effects on the occupying units. Clashes between army units resembled highly sped-up automated versions of standard battle, with individual pairs controlled by simple AI.
     
     

     

    Trinity Sight System

     
     Trinity selection screen.
     Trinity selection screen.
    The most critical change to Suikoden III's gameplay came in the form of the Trinity Sight System, wherein the story played out via the perspectives of each of the game's 3 named protagonists. Each protagonist had 3 chronological chapters, and chapters could be selected and played in any order (until a critical point in the latter portions of the game). Certain other sub-characters gained their own sub-chapters, mainly to add flavor or to follow the development of the series trademark stronghold. The Trinity Sight System allowed the player to see the story from the viewpoints of 3 separate characters, each with their own motivations, opinions, and reactions to the shared experience of the game's plot. If the player managed to recruit all 108 Stars of Destiny before the point of no return, players were treated to a special sub-chapter detailing the actions and motivations behind the secret third group participating in the conflict.

    In a departure from the previous games' largely linear progression, players were allowed to make several critical decisions as the game unfolds, eventually choosing which of the 3 protagonists becomes the next Flame Champion, thus determining the game's ending, though there is an official canon ending.

    Protagonists

    Suikoden III featured 3 named protagonists, a marked change from the previous games' usage of the singular, silent protagonist, named by the player (though given an official name by Konami for use in adaptations and spin-offs). The only character named by the player is the original Fire Champion who repelled the Harmonian invasion in the First Fire Bringer War 50 years prior. In fact, finding this first Flame Champion is one of the key goals in Suikoden III, though in the end, the Fire Champion has no direct involvement in the game. In fact, unlike every other silent protagonist in the series, the first Fire Champion has no official name.

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    Hugo

    Hugo is the only child of Lucia (a character from Suikoden II), and a member of the grassland Karaya clan. After his clan is attacked by Zexen Knights, Hugo is tasked by fellow clan member Jimba to seek out the original Flame Champion, and eventually learns the truth behind his disappearance following the First Fire Bringer War. Hugo vows to protect the grassland and end the war. In official canon, Hugo is chosen to be the next Fire Champion, inheriting the True Fire Rune and leading the united grasslanders and Zexen armies to victory over Harmonia, and ending the Destroyers' plan to end the world.

     

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    Chris Lightfellow

    Chris is a Zexen Knight, born to Wyatt Lightfellow, a Zexen captain who disappeared during her childhood. Dedicated to the path of knighthood, Chris shies away from many of the more domestic activities regular girls undertook. Haunted by her having to take the life of Lulu (one of Hugo's lifelong friends) during a battle at Karaya village, Chris finds out her father is still alive, and that she must find the Flame Champion to learn his whereabouts. Chris finds out that Wyatt Lightfellow had changed his identity, becoming Jimba, a fellow clansman of Hugo, and bearer of the True Water Rune. She inherits the True Water Rune (in canon) from Jimba/Wyatt, and joins forces with the grasslanders to fight the Harmonian invasion and end the war.


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    Geddoe

    Leader of the 12th mercenary company in the Harmonia Southern Frontier Defense Force. Along with his fellow mercenaries Geddoe is slowly drawn into the conflict, choosing to investigate the Destroyers and their role in instigating the Zexen-Grassland war (and later the Harmonian invasion). A typically "strong-and-silent" stoic figure, Geddoe actually participated in the First Fire Bringer War alongside Wyatt Lightfellow (father to Chris and later Jimba to Hugo) and the original Flame Champion. The fact that he never aged a day in the 50 years since then reveals later that he bears the True Lightning Rune (True Runes typically render their hosts immortal, immune to aging and disease). Geddoe joins forces with Hugo and Chris to put an end to the war and Luc's plans.

     

    Side Characters


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    Thomas

    Thomas is a young boy sent to the Grasslands to meet his father, the head of the Zexan Merchants Guild. He is put in charge of Budehuc Castle. Under his leadership the castle became a thriving center of free trade and commerce. His castle eventually becomes the headquarters of the new Fire Bringer.
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Soundtrack

     
     Cover art for the OST.
     Cover art for the OST.
    The original soundtrack of Suikoden III was composed and arranged by  Michiru Yamane, Takashi Yoshida, and Masahiko Kimura. It was released in Japan as a 2 CD set on July 24th, 2002.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Tracklist:
     Disc One
    01 - Transcending Love (Genso Suikoden III Opening)
    02 - Wind Blowing from the Hills (Hugo's Opening)
    03 - The Wind and the Earth (Karaya Village BGM)
    04 - Journey (World Map BGM)
    05 - City on the Bridge (Fort of the Zexen Knights)
    06 - Tension 1
    07 - A Warrior's Pride (Inside Brass Castle BGM)
    08 - A Day Amidst Dripping Trees (Zexen Forest BGM)
    09 - Wild Soul (Battle BGM 1)
    10 - And Now, The Results! (Battle Results Display BGM)
    11 - Bine Del Zex
    12 - Assault
    13 - Escape
    14 - The Glittering Blade
    15 - Toppo•Nei•Shabon's Theme
    16 - Narcy's Theme ~Again and Again~
    17 - Let's Go on an Adventure! (Battle BGM 2)
    18 - Pinch 1
    19 - Don't Lose to Gyomu! (Gyomu Battle BGM)
    20 - Beneath the Moonlight (Holy Knights of Roa BGM 2)
    21 - Triumphant Return (Holy Knights of Roa BGM 3)
    22 - Chris's Parade (Chris's Opening)
    23 - The Council (Bine Del Zex Council BGM)
    24 - Conversation 1
    25 - Temple (Bine Del Zex Temple)
    26 - Shining Grassland (Amul Plains BGM)
    27 - Footsteps Approach (Truce Agreement BGM)
    28 - Hurry to Karaya! (Amul Plains - Evening BGM)
    29 - Karaya Ablaze
    30 - Grief
    31 - They're Blocking the Road (Battle BGM 3)
    32 - Green Tombstone (Lulu's Resting Place BGM)
    33 - Little Duck (Duck Village BGM)
    34 - Conversation 2
    35 - Detective Kidd's Theme
    36 - Underground Corridor (Shortcut BGM)
    37 - The Rustling Wind (Yaza Plains BGM)
    38 - Sudden Battle (Battle BGM 4)
    39 - The Great Cave
    40 - Reunion
    41 - Conversation 3
    42 - Reminiscence
    43 - A Pleasant Pasture
    44 - Play Cards!

    Disc Two
    01 - Harvest Festival (Ixe Village BGM)
    02 - Pinch 2
    03 - Scattering Sparks (Battle BGM 5)
    04 - Sunset Melody (Ixe Village - Sunset)
    05 - Bright Farming Village (Chishan Village BGM)
    06 - Tension 2
    07 - Pounding Hooves (Army Battle BGM)
    08 - To the Sealed Land (Kupto Forest BGM)
    09 - Mysterious People (Alma Kinan Village BGM)
    10 - Future Road ~Cross the Mountain~ (Mountain Road BGM)
    11 - Reliable Merchants (Caleria BGM)
    12 - A Chill Wind (Rupeak BGM)
    13 - False Altar (Senai Mountain BGM)
    14 - Abandoned Mine (Northern Cave BGM)
    15 - Land of the Stone Stage (Land of the Stone Stage BGM)
    16 - Fiery Rapport (TSS Menu BGM)
    17 - Castle on the Lake Shore (Headquarters BGM)
    18 - Koroku's Theme
    19 - A Quiet Night Under the Moon (Headquarters - Night BGM)
    20 - Stealthy Feet (Headquarters - Underground BGM)
    21 - Sortie! (Sortie BGM)
    22 - Searching for a Hero of Long Ago (Land Awaiting the Hero of the Flame BGM)
    23 - Conversation 4
    24 - One Step Forward, One Step Back (Battle BGM 7)
    25 - Midwinter Land (Shindar Ruins BGM)
    26 - Pinch 3
    27 - Circle Palace (Circle Palace BGM)
    28 - Complicated Thoughts (Land of Ritual BGM)
    29 - Last Victory or Last Defeat (Battle BGM 7)
    30 - Everyone's Smile ~Epilogue for the 108~
    31 - To Peaceful Days (Staff Roll BGM)
    32 - Way of the Broom  
     
      

    The 108 Stars of Destiny

    The following is a complete account of all the characters that will join your quest.   
      
    1. Thomas
    2. Sasarai
    3. Caesar Silverberg 
    4. Luc
    5. Dupa 
    6. Yuber 
    7. Shiba
    8. Lucia 
    9. Yuiri 
    10. Salome Harras 
    11. Jimba 
    12. Juan 
    13. Sergeant Joe 
    14 Huga 
    15. Bazba 
    16. Yun 
    17. Edge 
    18. Yumi 
    19. Fubar 
    20. Nash Latkje 
    21. Aila 
    22. Hallec 
    23. Chris Lightfellow 
    24. Estella 
    25. Cecile 
    26. Geddoe 
    27. Melville 
    28. Ace 
    29. Alanis 
    30 Queen 
    31. Elliot 
    32. Franz 
    33. Iku 
    34. Scott 
    35. Ernie 
    36. Dios 
    37. Albert Silverberg 
    38. Mua
    39. Dominic 
    40. Jeane 
    41. Shabon 
    42. Fred Maximillian 
    43. Rico 
    44. Percival Fraulein 
    45. Borus Redrum 
    46. Twaikin 
    47. Nadir 
    48. Duke 
    49. Barts 
    50. Bright 
    51. Toppo 
    52. Beechum 
    53. Gau 
    54. Reed 
    55. Samus 
    56. Mio 
    57. Tuta 
    58. Futch 
    59. Lily Pendragon 
    60. Jefferson 
    61. Sarah 
    62. Watari 
    63. Ayame 
    64. Sebastian 
    65. Shizu 
    66. Hortez VII 
    67. Elaine 
    68. Jacques 
    69. Joker 
    70. Wan Fu 
    71. Eike 
    72. Leo Gallen 
    73. Roland Lesaurus 
    74. Sharon 
    75. Nocolas 
    76. Gadget Z 
    77. Nei 
    78. Viki 
    79. Viki (Child) 
    80. Augustine Nabor 
    81. Belle 
    82. Koroku 
    83. Arthur 
    84. Kidd 
    85. Apple 
    86. Kenji 
    87. Mel 
    88. Peggi 
    89. Martha 
    90. Wilder 
    91. Rhett 
    92. Louis Keeferson 
    93. Mamie 
    94. Ruby 
    95. Muto 
    96. Landis 
    97. Kathy 
    98. Emily 
    99. Billy 
    100. Mike 
    101. Luce 
    102. Sanae Yamamoto 
    103. Anne 
    104. Gordo 
    105. Piccolo 
    106. Rody 
    107. Guillamue 
    108. Gordon 

    Manga  

     Volume 1 of the manga.
     Volume 1 of the manga.
    A manga series based on Suikoden III was released in the United States by Tokyopop in 2004. It spanned 11 volumes and was written by Aki Shimizu.
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