As a standalone game, it's not the worst game out there and is in fact a moderately good RPG. However, the battle system and plot feel diluted in comparison to the rest of the series. If you've been yearning for a Suikoden VI or something that feels like a traditional Suikoden, you won't find it here. But if you're looking for another RPG for your DS, this wouldn't be a bad game to pick up. Just don't expect it to feel like any of the previous Suikodens.