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Players proceed through a fantasy storyline, battle by battle, in this strategy RPG prequel to Konami's Suikoden IV. Suikoden Tactics is designed to offer accessible, easy-to-understand tactical role-playing. Icons and animations that appear above characters heads convey important information immediately, so the player does not have to dig through layers of menus to sort out relevant statistics.
The game's accessibility should not imply simplicity, however, as Suikoden Tactics features the sophisticated reticulation of attacks, defenses, and buffs for which the genre is known, and it even brings a few innovative devices to strategy role-playing. Characters who bond by fighting side by side through many battles can eventually learn to perform powerful combo attacks together, and special battlefield areas can influence magical abilities based on their elemental origins. ~ T.J. Deci, All Game Guide