Breath of Fire IV PlayStation

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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,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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 100
    BF IV's fantastic voyage and cool play techniques will keep fans of the series and newbies alike riveted for days.
  2. Antagonist
    90
    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. Daily Radar
    88
    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. CNET Gamecenter
    80
    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. 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 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Lazlo
    Jul 14, 2007
    10
    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 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
    10
    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
    10
    Its got everything I love about japanese rpg's, beautifuly drawn sprite graphics, a wonderful score & fantastic gameplay. A proper gem 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
    9
    The best game for the playstation there is no competetion even final fantasy 6,7,8,9 arent as good.
  5. StuartJ.
    Jul 12, 2004
    9
    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.
  6. Feb 10, 2014
    8
    I think Breath of Fire 4 is one of the MUST PLAY Games for any RPG fans out there; no matter what kind of preference in RPG that you may have.I think Breath of Fire 4 is one of the MUST PLAY Games for any RPG fans out there; no matter what kind of preference in RPG that you may have.

    The story is engaging with each timeline built to maintain a good suspense. The theme is about the world of Gods sent to sentence humans life.
    Element of Dragons is put inside which i think fits perfectly with the story with exception that i personally do not like the graphic of it and i think the design of the dragon is sub-par.
    Besides that, the battle gameplay is engaging and has its fun, especially once you get further in the story. There are mini-games that could fill in the game nicely.

    Though i am not a big fan of BOF, as rpglover, i think BOF4 should be one of your top lists to play no matter what age you are at. What i like the most about BOF4 is its concept in the story and how well-planned the story progress.
    Its design and art concept is sufficient enough to express a world of its own

    A must play!

    P.S. There is no games or movies that deserve a "10" in this world because i do not believe in a perfect creation. There is always flaw no matter how perfect a game may be created. As long as there is flaw, there will be lots of improvement to look forward into. That is why it is my policy to never rate a "10" for any games/movies.
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  7. Jan 15, 2016
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Bad rpg, they should have labeled as puzzle game or fishing simulator, which is the best part of this game by the way. You will wonder, while you battle against the obnoxious control system before anything else, why you are grouped with a winged girl that picked you up and started a journey with a completely unknown guy to who the **** knows where, or with another unknown guy half naked with a tail (the design!) or with a dog following you around without any ****** introduction to who this *** this dog is, and a robot that helped you get through the hex (you got it, who the **** knows why) and followed you along to create the most embarrassing clown fiesta ever. Good graphics and musics for the ps tho. Dialogues are the typical "huh" "ggggh" "heh" japanese mediocrity. This waste of 700mb is why capcom decided to focus on fighting games. Expand

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