According to ESRB, this game contains: Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol, Violence
Parents might be concerned because this title sports a Teen rating, but it's really not as daring as the rating suggests. There's nothing overly objectionable in the content of Suikoden IV, save for a few scantily clad women who join up with you at various points.
RPG fans are bound to be disappointed with this title as it doesn't live up to the legacy of the previous Suikoden games. This is a marginal RPG at best.
Casual gamers will find the archaic gameplay and bland graphics a turn off and will most likely trade this in for whatever game has the hottest graphics currently on the shelf.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers will be pleased to know that the game is fully subtitled (save for a few seconds of one of the opening cutscenes).
A film critic by trade, specializing in Euro-horror, cult exploitation, and Asian action cinema, Mike has written reviews for a diverse group of print and online publications. He covers horror news, movies, books, and games at TheHorrorGeek.com and Horrorsquad.com and spent two seasons as The Horror Geek on Comedy Central's pop-culture game show, Beat the Geeks.
Mike's childhood was spent playing videogames any time he got a chance. His parents had a Pong console and his grandmother had an Atari 2600, where Mike cultivated his skills by playing hour upon hour of games like Space Invaders, Berserk, and Asteroids. From those early experiences Mike learned one thing: he loved games.
In 1999, Mike became a staff reviewer at Cinescape Magazine's website where he spent a year learning the craft of game criticism. After internal changes led to Mike leaving Cinescape in late 2000, he joined up with RPGFan in 2001 and spent several years writing reviews for them. Happy, but looking for an opportunity to expound on a wider variety of titles, Mike joined GameCritics.com and hopes to help Chi, Dale, and the rest of the GC staff bring a higher level of respect to the field of game criticism.