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Breath of Fire

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Reviewed by Grant Palin Breath of Fire is an excellent RPG released for the Super NES in 1991 or 1992. Anyway, it involves taking your characters out into the world, fighting monsters with might and magic, gaining experience and becoming stronger. Also, besides the main quest (see below), there are many smaller, optional missions that you can choose whether to do or not, at your choice. However, the extra trouble is often worth it, paying off in money, experience, valuable items or knowledge. You are one of the last members of the clan of Light Dragons. Your objective: find and defeat the evil Emperor Zog, and decimate the Dark Dragons. On the way, you will need to find other heroes and friends to help you achieve your ultimate goal, for the fate of the world rests in your hands...

Graphics 9 out of 10

The graphics are pretty good, although not perfect. The point of view is normally overhead, with the characters walking (or flying) around. The characters all have their own pictures and statistics. There are many enemies, although some of them appear similar with different colors. They are also animated. In battle, the view changes to a close-up of the heroes and the bad guys ;) When they attack, they are animated quite well, and there are many different attacks as well. The game also show spell effects when the are cast. Some of them are pretty neat; when someone casts Nova, the whole screen shakes and reels from the impact. When walking around, the screen will occasionally flash to warn you that a character is poisoned.

Music and Sound 8 out of 10

The music is not very...well...noticeable. There are lots of different sounds though. For example, when a boomerang is thrown, you hear a sort of swissssshhhhh. When a spell is cast, it is accompanied by a certain sound as well. For example, when a character casts Nova, it is followed by a huge explosion. If one or more character is poisoned or has some other ailment, and the party is walking around, the game will give a sort of warning beep every few steps.

Game Challenge 10 out of 10

Excellent!!! There are many puzzles to be solved in Breath of Fire. Sometimes, someone will ask you to do them a favor, like rescue hostages, or find a lost son, etc. Sometimes, before you can beat a boss, you must learn some skill or perform some other act. The tricky part is often finding out what it is to do, go and do it, and get back without getting killed. Some puzzles can be pretty tough, while some others can be quite simple.

Game Play-Fun 10 out of 10

While some puzzles can be difficult, it is always fun (for me) to figure it out and then solve it. After completion, you can let out a big sigh of relief now that that obstacle out of the way and you can go on to the next one.

Frustration

Some areas are really difficult, such as solving a tough puzzle, or trying to stay alive. In the latter case, some more leveling-up would be good.

Replayability 7 out of 10

Well, once you've beaten the game, it's done. That's it. Kaput. Since most of the major things HAVE to be done to beat the game, there's not much else to try doing. You could go back and finish all the mini-quests, but then what? Well, if you're like me, you'll start the game over from scratch, all by yourself, without any help. Beat it all over again, just for the fun of it.

Game Value 10 out of 10

Definitely!! A must have for any RPG fan who still has a Super NES! Although, frankly, I don't know where you could buy it. It's not available in any stores in my area, none that I've seen anyway.

Gameplay 10 out of 10

There are a lot of things to do while playing the game. The tough spots will entertain you for hours. I like the menu system, especially in battle. It's very simple to use. It'll take you five minutes to get the hang of it! During the game, you can (and MUST) get special powers for the main hero. Since he is a member of the Clan of Dragons, he can use special powers. Although human in shape and form, he will gain the ability to transform into many different dragons with impressive powers. He must go to special training centers throughout the world however, and he must fight a strong enemy, alone, to receive his powers. The fight is worth it. The dragons' attacks are mega-powerful against your enemies! Also, you can equip a character with a bow and arrow, and shoot creatures on the overworld screen to gain bonus items.

Overall

This game is great! I love it!!! If I could, I would definitely buy it (if I were you that is!). In the end, however, it turns out that your true enemy was other than the Dark Dragons. After Zog, you must face an even more powerful foe.

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