Onto yet another game franchise where I (my wife) have all the games and I have yet to play any. When retirement hits me 50+ years from now maybe I will finally get to it. All of the intros to Suikoden are good, but the second on takes the cake for the one I enjoy the most.
A compressed but nice chorus intro shows important characters, key symbols, and fire; lots of fire. You see characters fade in and out with armies shown and the music getting more intense towards the climax. The music and visuals are executed perfectly together to pull the exact feeling that you should have during each scene. You should feel intimidated when crazy screaming man turns around while standing on top a hill of corpse (my favorite part of the opening). You should feel that there is hope somewhere out there with the shoot of the plant in the ruined town. Speaking of that shot, I feel that the opening would have been perfect if it ended there. It would give the player a sense of determination to get through the game in order to see a brighter future. Instead, we are treated to character images of what I assume to be all the characters in the game since there are around 108 characters that you can recruit. Nothing wrong with this part as it feels good that each character is represented as potential saviors in this story, but let’s be honest you will find the ones you like using and will stick with them. The others are completion fodder. Overall a solid resonating opening that is always fun to watch even when I do not know the story behind it (I refuse to look up the game’s story as I would like to be surprised when I do actually play it..eventually). I promise that this will be the last entry on a game that I have not played all the way through.
Tune in tomorrow for Day 20!