What do you need to know about PopoloCrois?

Something really weird happened last year. A PopoloCrois game was released outside of Japan. Well, to be fair, it was simultaneously a Story of Seasons. That helped its odds quite a bit. But while everyone is (or should be) rather familiar with that series of farming simulations, the same may not be able to be said for PopoloCrois. Michibiku to the rescue! Let’s learn more about this charming RPG series.

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Yakuza’s Majima is a perfect complement to Kiryu

When it comes to the Yakuza series, Kazuma Kiryu isn’t the only beloved and iconic character. Equally notable is Goro Majima, a man who is as often Kiryu’s ally as he is an enemy. A rival who happens to be a member of a different family in the same clan, the two men aren’t all that dissimilar. Each one is a renowned member of the underworld, so respected, revered and feared that they have their own nickname. But profession and reputation aside, the two men couldn’t be more different. It is because of this that the Yakuza series becomes more interesting; the two men’s interactions make things more compelling.

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Suikoden uses Jeane to build a mystery

Suikoden is a series with more than a few recurring characters. There are many explanations for these recurring cameos. Some of the people are True Rune holders, which essentially grants them a form of immortality. (Though not invincibility.) In the case of Viki, it appears her Blinking Rune frees her from the binds of space and time. And then there’s Jeane. Jeane has appeared in all five numbered Suikoden games, as well as Genso Suikogaiden Vol. 1 and Suikoden Tactics. Even though these take place across across a substantial period of time, she is eternal and unchanged. What’s going on?

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Suikoden’s True Runes meld gameplay and lore

When it comes to games, storytellers go out of their way to make excuses for why particular people or groups of people are somehow the chosen ones destined to save a town, kingdom or world. There is McGuffin that explains everything and makes it okay. Suikoden is no different. It has a True Rune mechanic that always offers a plausible excuse for why ingénues are suddenly leading entire armies and deciding the fate of a nation. These True Runes act as an origin story, make ordinary people extraordinary and even provide a reason for entire wars.

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Suikoden’s Viki takes an obligatory mechanic and makes it extraordinary

Teleportation mechanics aren’t uncommon in RPGs. These sorts of games can have huge worlds, which makes manually walking to places an unwelcome prospect. In some situations, there’s a simple spell that lets you instantly return to important places. Suikoden takes that idea and improves on it. Each of the numbered installments in the main series calls upon Viki, a young woman with an extraordinary rune, to add a little something extraordinary to an otherwise ordinary mechanic.

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What should people know about Suikoden?

Whenever people talk about RPG series they would like to see make a comeback, Suikoden is often among the titles named. This Konami turn-based series is known for its massive character rosters, underdog stories where a newly form army challenges and triumphs against an established, opposing force and overarching storylines and concepts. It might be a little daunting, attempting to determine how to get into such a series. Well, we’re here to help you get into Suikoden!

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