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 PlayStation The jumping is non-interactive, but at least there are a few such "hotspots"
Breath of Fire IV PlayStation The first in-game cutscene shows Nina and Cray searching for an important person...
Breath of Fire IV Windows Fou-Lu, the first Emperor has awoken...
Breath of Fire IV PlayStation Do these symbols mean something?..

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 PlayStation Aug 13, 2001 81 out of 100 81
All Game Guide PlayStation 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Captain Windows Apr 23, 2003 78 out of 100 78
Just RPG PlayStation Dec 04, 2000 77 out of 100 77
GameSpot PlayStation Jun 21, 2000 7.5 out of 10 75
Yiya Windows May 11, 2003 11 out of 15 73
Super Play (Sweden) PlayStation Mar, 2001 7 out of 10 70 PlayStation Sep 06, 2001 14 out of 20 70
PC Zone Benelux Windows Jun, 2003 46 out of 100 46


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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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