Parents' Guide to

Suikoden: Tierkreis

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Traditional-style RPG has mild violence and deep story.

Game Nintendo DS 2009
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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

One of the best games in my lifetime...and that's saying a lot!

Suikoden Tierkreis is, without a doubt, one of the best games I have ever played in my entire life. I have been an avid video game player for many years, and this game truly revives the charm and dignity from the "golden age" of the Super Nintendo and the Sega Genesis. A strong narrative, compelling cast of characters, and a meaningful story keeps you coming back for more. A 7th or 8th Grade audience would be ideal, since the amount of reading and dialogue is comparable to a 200 or 300 page novel. As with other Suikoden games, some extra effort is required to assemble the full team of heroes, so parents can use to help their children gain the full experience and story. The game encourages young men and women to do what is right, and apply principles of heroism in everyday life. A common theme is "You don't know what you can do until you try!" This can help cultivate a child's self-esteem and altruism. This game is very positive and gratifying, and a perfect alternative to the heavy violence and mature themed games that have now become common. There aren't many games nowadays that have excellent writing and positive, moral themes, so Suikoden: Tierkreis is truly a breath of fresh air. I hope you and your families enjoy this game time and again as I did...truly an instant favorite.
age 12+

on par with final fantasy and tales series

suikoden is one of the best series. i have a ds so must get this

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

There's a lot to like about this epic role-playing game. It sports gorgeous, hand-drawn backgrounds and dozens of high-quality anime cut-scenes. What's more, the characters who populate these scenes are generally quite likeable, thanks in no small part to the expertly penned dialogue they've been given. Plus, the game introduces some thought-provoking metaphysical themes concerning predeterminism and the possibility of infinite worlds. And with a story that lasts scores of hours, it provides excellent bang for your gaming buck.

Unfortunately, the action can grow tedious. The game's random battles, which start up every few seconds while exploring dungeons, aren't very challenging and become repetitive in short order, serving no more purpose than to let characters earn experience and find trade goods. Tierkries has high production values and a great story, but players who don't enjoy lengthy dungeon crawls would do well to sit this one out.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Konami
  • Release date: March 17, 2009
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Alcohol Reference, Fantasy Violence, Language, Mild Suggestive Themes
  • Last updated: November 5, 2015

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