Breath of Fire IV

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Nina, the princess of Wyndia, and Cray, chieftain of the cat-like Woren tribe, are searching for Cray's relatives who disappeared under mysterious circumstances during a diplomatic mission. Flying through the sky on their sandflier, Nina and Cray are attacked by a worm shaped dragon. With their vehicle damaged, Nina returns to the city to find parts, bumping into a naked young boy named Ryu along the way, who is unsure of where he is. At the very same time, Nina is again attacked by a dragon. Confused by the strange events taking place, Nina agrees to help the young boy. Meanwhile, the ancient Emperor Fou Lu awakens from his slumber in his tomb. His plan is to return to the world of human, conquer it anew, and impose his iron rule on it...

This fourth installment of the Breath of Fire series is a fairly traditional Japanese-style RPG, with turn-based combat, party management, linear story progression, and other characteristic elements of the genre. As in the previous game, characters become stronger and learn new skills by performing tasks for "masters" living in different towns. Ryu, the main protagonist of the series, has retained the series' trademark gameplay element: the ability to turn into a dragon during combat. Breath of Fire IV is rich in mini-games of various types, including the popular fishing mini-game that was present in previous installments as well.


Breath of Fire IV Windows A dragon is chasing you!!  You better hurry!
Breath of Fire IV PlayStation The fishing mini-game is back with a vengeance!..
Breath of Fire IV Windows After you meet the fairies, you can build a town with them...set your building types and who does what
Breath of Fire IV PlayStation Broken vases, vegetation on the walls... this ancient tomb has seen better times

Alternate Titles

  • "龙战士4" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Long Zhanshi 4" -- Chinese title
  • "Breath of Fire IV: Utsuro Wazaru Mono" -- Japanese title
  • "ブレスオブファイアIV うつろわざるもの" -- Japanese spelling

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A great RPG... PlayStation Daniel Backhaus (3)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) PlayStation Jul 18, 2006 5 out of 5 100
Absolute Playstation PlayStation 2000 93 out of 100 93
PSM PlayStation Jan, 2001 9 out of 10 90
All Game Guide PlayStation 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Captain Windows Apr 23, 2003 78 out of 100 78
GameSpot PlayStation Jun 21, 2000 7.5 out of 10 75
Legendra Windows 2003 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
PC Games (Germany) Windows May 11, 2003 60 out of 100 60 Windows Apr 11, 2003 12 out of 20 60
Joystick (French) Windows May, 2003 5 out of 10 50


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English version

The English versions remove some sexually suggestive scenes as well as a violent sequence in which the anti-hero Fou-Lu decapitates a character.

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