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Genso Suikoden Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki

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Genso Suikoden Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki

幻想水滸伝 紡がれし百年の時
Gensōsuikoden Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki

Genso Suikoden Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki cover art.png
Sony PSP Japanese cover art
Developer GAE
Publisher Konami Digital Entertainment
Released Sony PSP
Japan.gif February 9, 2012
Japan.gif February 7, 2013 (PSP the Best)
Platforms Sony PSP
Sales Japan.gif 93,773
Predecessor Pachislot Genso Suikoden
Successor None yet announced

Gensōsuikoden Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki (幻想水滸伝 紡がれし百年の時, Gensōsuikoden Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki) is the fourteenth installment of the Suikoden series, designed and released for the Sony PlayStation Portable.

It tells the story of the (player named) protagonist and his two friends, who are thrown back in time 100 years by a mysterious boy. While navigating three separate time periods; the present, the world of a century ago and the world of two centuries past, they must train with the heroes of antiquity and face the Teras Pharma, powerful monsters which rise every century and attempt to destroy the world.

Gameplay

A traditional role-playing game in much the same vein as its predecessors, Genso Suikoden Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki features the return of the six-person party system, last seen in Suikoden V. Parties are arranged in formation on a 3x3 grid and each available character falls into one of eight classes. Sub-jobs can be taken on and skills can be taught between classes across time frames.

In a manner similar to Suikoden III, characters can be grouped up. Unlike Suikoden III, this does not push a character into an AI-informed support role, full player control is maintained. Also unlike Suikoden III, the grouping is not limited to two characters only. The advantage of grouping party members is to build bonds between your characters, giving them boost capabilities when linked together in battle, allow skills to be shared and learned, and unlock scenes at your headquarters, which can eventually lead to the learning of sub-classes and extra abilities.

As with Suikoden Tierkreis, weapons and armor are purchased to equip to your character, but these pieces of equipment can then be improved and customized further at a blacksmith or armorer. Magicite is used in the casting of spells but function more as an MP analogue than as a substitute for runes or the Mark of the Stars as magic is inherent to the characters class. Spells don't have a default element, this only changes based on the magicite or malicite used to cast the spell.

Random battles are now initiated by making contact with the enemy on the field. There are no penalties for being caught unawares nor advantages for initiating combat from behind.

Plot Overview

The game told the story of the hero, a student of the Blue Flash Style of swordplay and descendant of the local hero of Therbe Village. The emergence of the feared centennial monsters thrusts he and his friends into an encounter with the mysterious Zephon and the Era Tree, allowing the group to travel back in time 100 years and learn from the heroes of the past.

After visiting the Holy City of Thaksis to confirm the emergence of the centennial monsters to the Holy Empire of Ionia, the hero witnesses the rise of the Vermilion Axe, a powerful insurgency seeking vengeance and the overthrow of Ionia for its decades of violence, plots, and power projections.

Gaining more and more allies, including the tactician Regius, the group must known maneuver between an insurgency that will brook no cooperation, however benign, with Ionia and a powerful theocracy dedicated to uniting the land under its banner to fight the Teras Pharma, all while traveling back in time more and more to try and learn the truth and discover what's been forgotten, what's been buried, and why.

The game has two endings depending on whether all 108 Stars are recruited throughout the game. Unlike many Suikoden games, the two endings affect more than just main cast. Almost every Starbearer in the game has an alternate ending depending of whether all 108 were recruited or not.

Legacy

The game received a 30 out of 40 rating from Weekly Famitsu magazine based on individual reviews of 8, 7, 8, and 7, marking the game as a Silver Hall of Fame candidate, as well as a 78.75 out of 100 average based on scores of 80, 80, 80 and 75 from Dengeki PlayStation magazine.

Genso Suikoden Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki would sell over 90,000 copies in Japan before falling out of the charts.

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Genso Suikoden Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki
Characters
108 Stars (present) HeroBhutrugaBjornBoldonCadmusDucasEphilErmioneForneGinoGonbosrenGuillerigaGuwainiIlia BarcaiJagwanJansenJudielaLaskaris LiuisLulusaLuseriMeameiMoudiMyraNajinNidoNoderryNumistroOuyaRegiusRistilScharffSunilTserendrumUtzeZaveedZephon
108 Stars (100 years ago) BadamhatanBeagaBelthaBerenique NobiliousChamjinChikuraDagzumaGerelGoseHeidrakeIngolfIrinKauriyaKersiusKookaburraMazarika ZaphirMephitisMezwarMudogaraMuiNelvanNimaOlmarPollockRolf LaugRujinSorabThorwad AlbreckTrimalchioSuomjinWafdiWanWarrgYaguas LiuisYofeurs
108 Stars (200 years ago) AmoryAstridCleionDiririDomitiaEnhebatFridikaHortensiusHuguesJandakKetilKiaroLaquilaLetheMaximus ZaphirMoslomas LiuisMyrielNarishuyaNeisaNikumbaNolbanos NobiliousNumaOdoPeljidRadninRodricSatiyakaSau JinSeu JinSiu JinSou JinSuu JinSyldisTarascio LucioUfredYowinnYuyudraya
Non-playable characters Aaron BarcaiBazarte LugamDamdinDilom LancesHagar BiarkiLugat LugamMachia ZaphirNeosQuinelia LiuisRenefarious XIIIRochelle KollekSigguni AlbreckZoxiom
Locations
Coutan RepublicHoly Empire of IoniaYuga
Eastern provinces Eastern RoadEpat BridgeLake RuinsLake ValleyLucille PlainMountain CavernMt. OroskOrosk VillageRalos WoodsSchradtTherbe VillageWyvern Nest
Northern provinces Dios FortressFairpeakGugleionHioni VillageHodos VillageMartylionMartylion WastesMelisma PrairieMt. Hioni (Glacial Cave) • Perie GroveSidas ForestTourmarieUnderground RuinsWest Mt. Hioni
Southern provinces AchlitesApiro DesertApiro HillsBayan OasisBehemoth GraveGreat Wall of AchlitesPeft RuinsZephtelos Fortress
Inner Ionia Floating Fortress of TorgiaGreat BridgeHoly City of Thaksis (Yggdrasilian Palace) • Mt. Plegate (House of Wisdom) • Nabarre East CoastPort Town NabarreRiolta PlainsSouthern HighwaySkrilo MarshTower of Zoe
Lore
Races FeatherfolkHumanRefiantScalehorde
Terms 108 StarsBarrierBlue Flash StyleCentennial MonsterCoutan peopleEra TreeEra Tree saplingGrubInfinityOrder of the Gilded LeafMemento DaggerMountain RootsProhibited documentsShipTeras PharmaTrue Era TreeVermilion AxeWyvernYuga people
The Suikoden series
Games
Main series SuikodenSuikoden IISuikoden IIISuikoden IVSuikoden V
Side stories Genso Suikogaiden Vol.1Genso Suikogaiden Vol.2Suikoden Tactics
The Infinity Genso Suikoden Tierkreis Hoshikuzu no ShiroSuikoden TierkreisGenso Suikoden Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki
Spin-offs and compilations Genso Suikoden Card StoriesGenso Suikoden I&IIPachislot Genso Suikoden
Setting
Suikoden series timeline
Locations City-State of JowstonGrasslandHighland KingdomHoly Kingdom of HarmoniaIsland Nations FederationKooluk EmpireQueendom of FalenaScarlet Moon EmpireZexen Federation
Races DragonDuckDwarfElfGriffinHumanKoboldNay-KoboldLizardMermaidVampireWinged Horde
Lore
Events Dunan Unification WarGate Rune WarIsland Liberation WarSun Rune WarWar of the Champions
True Runes Beast RuneCircle RuneDragon RuneEight Section RuneGate RuneMoon RuneNight RuneRune of Life and DeathRune of BeginningRune of ChangeRune of PunishmentSovereign RuneSun RuneTrue Earth RuneTrue Fire RuneTrue Lightning RuneTrue Water RuneTrue Wind Rune
Terms 27 True Runes108 StarsAlchemyBlinking MirrorChinchirorinElevatorHowling Voice GuildInfinityPotchRuneSindarSolar calendarTeleportWorld of Wings and Scales