Suikoden V is a role-playing game which was released by Konami for the Playstation 2 console.
Suikoden V was directed by Takahiro Sakiyama and written by Kazuyoshi Tsugawa. It centers around the political struggles of the Queendom of Falena, and takes place six in-universe years before the events of the first Suikoden. The player controls the Prince of Falena and travels the world, acquiring allies and dealing with the problems of the nation. The game features a vast array of characters, with over sixty characters usable in combat and many more able to help or hinder the Prince in a variety of ways.
Suikoden V is a console roleplaying game and thus shares many traits with them. A new feature involves a party member specifically following Freyjadour onscreen, who can be spoken to in order to remind the player what the party's current task is should they forget; the majority of the time this character is Lyon, the Prince's bodyguard, but task-specific or story-specific characters occupy the role as well.
- This is the only Suikoden game not to mention the name Schtolteheim Reinbach III.
- This title has a peculiar feature; if a Star of Destiny dies in combat, there is a high chance that other Stars of Destiny related to that character may leave your army. For example, if Belcoot dies in combat, Marina and Hazuki will leave your army.
- Suikoden V is the only numbered entry in the series to lack the famous bonus feature from loading saves from the earlier titles. You don't get anything for having saves from previous entries (such as longtime veterans getting bonus status boosts), nor does this game's save confer any benefits for future titles.
- Suikoden V allegedly began as a gaiden game unrelated to the early entries, but was changed in mid-development to be the fifth and final installment of the True Rune series.