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  • Summary: After centuries of war, the two lands bordering an impenetrable swampland have finally reached an armistice. Mysteriously, the noble Princess Elena disappears somewhere near the war-ravaged front lines. Distraught, her sister Nina goes in search of the Princess alone and on her journey, meets a mysterious young warrior named Ryu. Their destinies soon entwine. The next chapter in the epic tale of magic and mystery now unfolds. The fate of what lies ahead rests in your control. Expand
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
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  1. 100
    BF IV's fantastic voyage and cool play techniques will keep fans of the series and newbies alike riveted for days.
  2. Beautiful sprite-based graphics and an interesting experience system offset a confusing story and bland battles in this retelling of the tale of Ryu.
  3. Breath of Fire IV is no exception, compensating for its minor narrative and graphical flaws with watertight gameplay and a huge helping of old-fashioned role-playing charm.
  4. 82
    What makes these games so enjoyable is the gameplay.
  5. With an excellent story line, interesting characters, dazzling visuals, and distinct soundtrack, Breath of Fire IV is well worth the time of any RPG fan who's looking for a mature gaming experience.
  6. Packs more playability into one disc than some RPGs do with three. A true sleeper.
  7. 70
    Nothing less than a solid role-playing game with old-school style and flair.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Lazlo
    Jul 14, 2007
    No matter how good it's predecessors (or antecessors, if you will) were, this game trounces them all. If you want a game that makes the FF series cry in shame, then look no further for legendary graphics and gameplay that will strike deep within you and hold you forever. Expand
  2. JuanchoP.
    Dec 5, 2005
    its the best game ever. I finished it over and over and over again. about 7 times already and i never get bored doing it!
  3. KevinD.
    Aug 2, 2006
    Its got everything I love about japanese rpg's, beautifuly drawn sprite graphics, a wonderful score & fantastic gameplay. A proper gem of a game. Expand
  4. MarkL.
    Dec 1, 2003
    The best game for the playstation there is no competetion even final fantasy 6,7,8,9 arent as good.
  5. Feb 9, 2013
    Awesome. I'm only 10 hours in and I am absolutely loving it. I have no complaints except the ocassionally janky camera angles. Awesome battles, deep but simple gameplay, awesome graphics, decent story. It has it all. Collapse
  6. StuartJ.
    Jul 12, 2004
    A brilliant rpg with a great story and memorable music but it isn't nearly as good as final fantasy 7,8,9 and 10.
  7. WesG.
    Feb 1, 2006
    Amazing sprite graphics do little to redeem this incredibly slow-paced step backwards for the Breath of Fire series. Much of the gameplay is made up of dIsjointed wandering from one pointless mission to the next, with no cohesive storyline to drive the action. The battles are very pretty, but with the multiple dragons of past BOF games gone, much of the appeal is lost. Add boring, familiar characters to the mix, and you've got a waste of time and money. Get Breath of Fire III instead. Expand

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