Video Game / Suikoden Tactics

Suikoden Tactics (released as Rhapsodia in Japan) is a Gaiden Game in the Suikoden series and a sequel to Suikoden IV. The game tells the story of Kyril, the son of a Scarlet Moon officer, as he investigates and uncovers a massive conspiracy revolving around Rune Cannons. A complex web of political intrigue, rebellion, insurrection and a dying empire is further complicated by other agents of the Scarlet Moon with their own priorities regarding Kooluk and the Rune Cannons.

Tactics/Rhapsodia ties up many of the loose ends left over from IV, providing key information that helped the plot of the prior game make sense. Most of the cast returned, with a higher Stars of Destiny retention rate than even Suikoden II boasted, and several got fleshed out a fair bit more in the process, mostly via party chatter and optional campfire scenes.

Suikoden Tactics provides examples of:

  • Adventure Guild: Middleport's quest guild, run by Lalacle.
  • The Atoner: Andarc, for slaying Walter after he was turned into a fishman and almost killed Kyril. Also, Snowe Vingerhut.
  • Battle Couple: Akaghi and Mizuki, though they insist otherwise.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Kyril ends up on both ends of these; one memorable example has Selma, Paula and Jewel show up with The Cavalry while riding Giant Owls.
  • Bonus Dungeon: The Obel Ruins.
  • Cel Shading: The game uses this for the characters and monsters.
  • Cute Mute: Yohn, who combines this with Petting Zoo People.
  • Double Weapon: Kyril's weapon is a double sided weapon.
  • Dramatic Irony: Late in the game, Kyril kills a fishman to defend Corselia, finally overcoming the mental block that's prevented him from doing so in the past... only to realize he just slew her father, mirroring the trauma that caused said mental block in the first place.
  • Faceless Masses: Non-named characters still get portraits, but nobody who isn't important to the plot has any eyes. Not even the Mercenaries you fight now and then...and can eventually recruit into your team.
    • Their weapons are equally faceless. "Sword." "Bow." "Heaven Star Kitten Kaleidoscope? Oh, hi Named Player Character."
  • Final Death: Plot-vital characters are actually immune to this; no matter how much punishment they take, they'll never suffer Final Death. The other stars, though, can fall victim to this, and will let you know via dramatic Last Words.
  • Fish People: Fishmen.
  • Gameplay Ally Immortality - As mentioned above, anyone with a speaking role in the plot can't die in battle, making them good Stone Walls. However, some characters who join seem like they should have this, but don't... Like, say, Heel Face Turners Beck, Ornela and Roget...
  • Geo Effects: During battles, the use of spells and the wandering furballs dye the terrain with their elements. Each character has a element and standing on a square of the same element will boost their attack and defence. Likewise, if the character occupies a space with an element the character is weak to, his atributes will decay.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Beck, Ornela and Roget.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Kyril goes through a major one after witnessing his father's Painful Transformation and death. Having the ship blow up didn't help much, either.
  • Heroic Mime: Averted. Kyril TALKS. And suddenly, so does Lazlo.
  • How We Got Here: The first few chapters are set before the events of Suikoden IV and provide some critical Backstory.
  • Lady of War: Ornela.
  • Mounted Combat: Playable units can mount armored kangaroos and giant eagles.
  • New Game+: The game has this option. Playing on a New Game + will retain all the money, gear, skills, Affection Levels and the Quest Guild's History. You will also be able to skip cutscenes and recruit Lalacle.
  • Non-Action Guy: A few recruits that you can call into battle can't fight (or aren't very good at it), but provide various support skills and bonuses. For instance, Rene, a Glasses Girl who can locate and unearth buried treasure.
  • Obviously Evil: Iskas and Heinz are both clearly trouble.
  • Old Save Bonus: Transferring data over from Suikoden IV lets you recruit Lazlo and Snowe. Lazlo, fresh off the Best Ending, promptly becomes a bit of a Game-Breaker. Snowe is...a guy with a sword.
  • One-Winged Angel: Pulled at the end by Iskas turning the Evil Eye on himself.
    • He's also the only person to not be turned into a mindless monster.
  • Painful Transformation: How fishmen are made.
  • Private Military Contractors: The four mercenaries led by a blue-haired elf.
  • Relationship Values: The affinity system. A character with "Good Will" for other and is nearly may take damage in their place, executes follow-up attacks or learn a Combination Attack.
  • Start of Darkness: Brandeau, a seemingly one-shot villain who gave Glen in IV the Rune of Punishment, has one here. We see how he loses his best friend Edgar (Kika's boyfriend), involuntarily acquires the Rune of Punishment from a Pirate (Steele), loses one of his eyes and saw his Sidekick Peck transfigured into a goblin-like creature. He left Kika's crews after being too overcame with guilt, and returns in IV as the Ax-Crazy pirate.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Roget
  • Weapon of Mass Destruction: The Rune Cannons in general.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Patriarchal Faction.
  • White Magician Girl: Corselia, your youngest recruit and a Rebellious Princess
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Happens to Roget after they're put in charge of more fishmen than they can actually control.

Alternative Title(s): Suikoden Tactics Rhapsodia, Suikoden Rhapsodia, Rhapsodia