PlayStation 1 Suikoden Visual Novel 'Gensō Suikogaiden Volume 1' Fan Translated Into English

PlayStation-1-Suikoden-Visual-Novel-Genso-Suikogaiden-Volume-1-Fan-Translated-Into-EnglishThe early Suikoden titles on the PlayStation are some of the most memorable role playing games to date. Despite this, Western fans of the series missed out on two additional Japanese exclusive releases which link up with the second Suikoden story - visual novels known as Genso Suikogaiden - the first of which has just been translated into English.

The visual novel genre is quite an odd one for video games, one rarely seen outside of Japan. On paper the thought of reading on screen dialogue and doing little other than pressing through text and making the occasional path changing decision doesn't really make for great gaming. Having said that there are some fantastic, atmospheric and deep visual novel video games out there such as the timeless Chrono series outing, Radical Dreamers, or even the more recent Phoenix Wright series on the Nintendo DS (to a degree).

Genso Suikogaiden is a two part spin-off from the main Suikoden series first found on the Sony PlayStation, consisting of Suikogaiden Volume 1: Swordsman of Harmonia and Volume 2: Duel at Crystal Valley. Both of these novels were released exclusively in Japan for the PS1 at the turn of the millennium, further expanding upon the events and storyline of Suikoden II, whilst delivering a unique side story.

After five years of hard work the team behind the Suikogaiden Translation Project have finally released a downloadable patch to translate Genso Suikogaiden Vol.1 Harumonia no Kenshi into English. While this title might not appeal to many, the Suikoden fanatics may want to consider checking this out for more beloved moments with the Stars of Destiny.

Genso Suikogaiden Vol.1 (Untranslated) Gameplay

Full instructions on how to enjoy Suikogaiden Volume 1: Swordsman of Harmonia in English can be found within the fan translation patch's readme file.

Download 'Suikogaiden Volume 1: Swordsman of Harmonia' Translation Patch

Last Updated ( 23 March 2013 )  


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