Oh I played this game last year and it was amazing. I'd recommend it to anyone. It has its flaw though. Good luck getting the good ending without explicitly looking to a guide... in fact this is downright impossible I'd say, so if you don't look at a guide (or cheat) you'll be getting one of the bad endings.
The tactical combats scenes were originally a good idea but performed horribly, you can clearly see the developers rushed them out in a few days before the release and couldn't implement them properly.
It's also a must to play Suikoden 1 before, because it's a direct sequel (don't worry both games are amazing and must plays)
As for the game itself. It's rough around the edges, typos, grammatical errors, etc. The localization was a product of its time and budget
I played the french version which suffers from this as well (probably more). Although it's not the worst game of the PS1 area, the french was mostly making sense but there was glitches instead of accented characters most of the time (like if they used the wrong encoding...)
Such a shame because both PS1 Suikodens are far superior than Final Fantasy VII any day of the week.
This make no sense to compare, both are superior to each other in many ways. If you mean "there is no pissing fanbase of Suikoden" then I agree, but the fan-base isn't what makes a game bad (despite what so many people say).
Both series contains many drama and plot twists, but FF is individual centred (the story resolves solely on a group of individuals, and the villain is an inidivual), while Suikoden is nation and war centred.
The story of Suikoden is therefore a little better, but the battle system is not always as interesting as in FF.