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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 Even though Ryu steals the show with his super-duper dragon stuff it doesn't mean other characters are useless. Here, Ursula casts some cool ice on this large insect
Breath of Fire IV PlayStation You know there is hope for ever finishing this super-long game if dungeons begin to have more abstract styles
Breath of Fire IV PlayStation Cliffs and ancient pillars...
Breath of Fire IV PlayStation The first in-game cutscene shows Nina and Cray searching for an important person...

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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User Reviews

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
Eurogamer.net (UK) PlayStation Sep 13, 2001 8 out of 10 80
All Game Guide PlayStation 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamekult PlayStation Feb 01, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Game Captain Windows Apr 23, 2003 78 out of 100 78
Just RPG PlayStation Dec 04, 2000 77 out of 100 77
Yiya Windows May 11, 2003 11 out of 15 73
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation Sep 06, 2001 14 out of 20 70
Super Play (Sweden) PlayStation Mar, 2001 7 out of 10 70


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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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