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An overlooked original and epic RPG. Game Boy Advance Bregalad (963)
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Fun - if at times frustrating - fantasy ride Game Boy Advance WWWWolf (454)
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SNESSuper Power (Sweden) (Jan, 1995)
Likafullt tar BOF genren till en ny höjd. Låt oss hoppas att även speltillverkarna inser det och låter fortsättningen ta sats härifrån!
Game Boy AdvanceGamestyle (2001)
Overall, Breath of Fire is one of the finest RPGs to appear on any format. Though bettered by latter incarnations of the series, the original remains both innovative and a pure joy to play. While not the most difficult game in the world to beat, it offers up a sturdy challenge - and when games are this long, you don't really need a Final Fantasy VIII-style level of hardcore 'comfort', do you? This title has charm, humour and an epic storyline to round it off, and if you tire of the adventuring you can even opt for fishing. How many other games can boast that? A brilliant game guaranteed to get you hooked (no pun intended).
SNES1UP! (May 22, 2004)
Comme on l'a vu le long de ce test, Breath of Fire a des défauts marqués et des qualités évidentes. La question est de savoir lequel triomphe de l'autre. Sachant que la série existe encore de nos jours avec un cinquième épisode sur Playstation 2, on peut aisément le deviner, même si on murmure que désormais les défauts ont pris le dessus. Ce premier épisode, première tentative de Capcom au RPG sur Super Nintendo et distribué pour l'occasion par Squaresoft, demeure un bon souvenir. Comme souvent dans les jeux Capcom, le premier épisode a servi de moule pour les jeux suivants, à l'instar des Megaman, Street Fighter ou Resident Evil. Avec un bon niveau d'originalité, son atmosphère très personnelle (un grand privilège pour un jeu de rôles !), sa musique envoûtante et même, parfois, ses graphismes, Breath of Fire est une bonne aventure. Et bien souvent, ce n'est ni plus ni moins ce qu'on attend d'un jeu.
Game Boy AdvanceRPGFan (Feb 06, 2002)
Ultimately, Breath of Fire belongs in the library of every Game Boy Advance owning RPG fan. Capcom has given us a faithful port over of one of its most venerable series and the end result is a fantastic RPG experience that you can take anywhere. Old guys like yours truly have always longed to be able to play SNES-era RPGs on a handheld, and our wish has finally been granted. If you’ve already played Breath of Fire, pick up the portable version for a nostalgic trip down memory lane the next time you’re taking a long flight or car ride. If you haven’t played Breath of Fire before, grab this now and experience one of the classic RPGs of the 16-bit era firsthand.
SNESGame Players (Aug, 1994)
Breath of Fire may not be as large as some other RPGs and as with the last few SquareSoft games, the manual includes a rudimentary walk-through, which makes it seem even shorter. However, it packs an awful lot of adventure into the space it has. It will do fine --- at least until Final Fantasy III comes along.
SNESVideo Games (Sep, 1994)
Breath of Fire gehört zu den besten Rollenspielen überhaupt. Die Handlung sorgt ständig für Abwechslung, die Steuerung ist einfach und durchdacht, die Rätsel sind logisch und dennoch ziemlich verzwickt. Ihr trefft auf eine eigensinnige Prinzessin, schrumpft auf Insektengröße und überwindet ein Zeitparadoxon. Die Grafik kann zwar nicht mit Final Fantasy III (kommt im Oktober!) mithalten, man muß jedoch bedenken, daß Breath of Fire schon über ein Jahr alt ist. Es gibt so viele geheime Verstecke und Gegenstände zu finden, für Langeweile bleibt einem kaum Zeit. Die Kampfsequenzen in isometrischer Perspektive gefallen mir am besten, jede Waffe hat ein individuelles Geräusch und jeder Zauberspruch wurde grafisch gut umgesetzt. Jeder Rollenspiel-Fan muß hier zugreifen, eine deutsche Version ist leider nicht geplant.
SNESMega Fun (Sep, 1994)
Nach einer längeren Durststrecke endlich wieder neues RPG-Futter für das SNES, obendrein noch ein ganz herausragendes; Grafik und Sound sind hervorragend und unterstützen mit der Tatsache, daß Ihr während Eures Abenteuers ab und zu einen anderen Charakter auf einer Einzelmission steuert, das atmosphärische Spieldesign ausgezeichnet. Die Story zieht sich zwar nicht, wie gewohnt, wie ein roter Faden durchs Spiel, aber Ihr verliert das Hauptziel deshalb noch lange nicht aus den Augen. Außerdem gibt es etliche Geheimnisse zu entdecken, die nichts mit der eigentlichen Geschichte zu tun haben, wie z.B. Fischen, Jagen, usw. Ein weiterer Pluspunkt sind die stets zur Verfügung stehenden Charaktere, im Kampf habt Ihr zwar nur vier, es ist aber möglich sie jederzeit auszutauschen und so eine ganz andere Fronteinheit zusammenzustellen. Sogar die Party-Mitglieder, die nicht an einem Kampf teilnehmen, sammeln Experience Points.
Game Boy AdvanceGame Over Online (Mar 20, 2002)
If you were looking for a classic RPG to keep you busy before any of Square's titles hit the GBA platform, this is it. It's a well-polished RPG that plays out well on the GBA and is none too frustrating. But for newcomers, it certainly isn't as accessible or captivating as the Baldur's Gate franchise. The story, though great for its time, is not as deep as the great epics like Torment or Fallout. As such, Breath of Fire fills a unique void. With the instant save, it's easy to jump in, level up and conquer a few areas before jumping back out. Perhaps this is what the developers were aiming for and if it is, they certainly succeeded.
82 (Jun 12, 2008)
Breath of Fire es un juego para probar, no tan sólo por ser el primero de una saga de culto, sino porque además tiene suficientes argumentos como para enganchar a los amantes del género. Un juego de rol con sabor a clásico, algo que sin embargo también puede echar para atrás a los jugones que ven las batallas por turnos como algo prehistórico.
Game Boy AdvanceOfficiel Nintendo Magazine (May, 2002)
Breath of Fire est un RPG d'apparence classique, mais de conception originale et captivante, avec de nombreux secrets allongeant sa durée de vie.
SNESTotal! (Germany) (Sep, 1994)
Die Kampfperspektive von schräg oben ist für ein Game dieses Genres relativ originell und auf den ersten Blick scheinbar das einzige, was es von anderen Rollenspielen „von der Stange“ unterscheidet. Allerdings nur auf den ersten Blick, wenngleich der recht kurz ausfallen könnte: In der Tat spielt sich das Game anfangs extrem zäh und die Story kommt nur stockend in Gang, so daß man schnell versucht ist, das Game als langweilige Dutzendware abzutun. Der richtige Pep kommt aber erst, nachdem man seinen ersten Mitstreiter in der Party hat. Der Weg dorthin ist etwas umständlich, tobt man aber erst einmal mit vier oder mehr Leuten durchs Gelände und muß die einzelnen Talente sinnvoll einsetzen, macht die Sache richtig Spaß.
The folks at Square (Final Fantasy, Secret of Mana) know a good game when they see it. They did RPG fans a great favor by buying this game from Capcom of Japan and bringing it to the States. Even if you are not a big fan of these kinds of more deliberately-paced strategy games (as I am), you'll still get hooked on this one! This game has hours of play involved and just when you think you've played it completely, something new pops up! Excellent graphics and sound (the music is a nice touch) make this a winner.
Game Boy AdvanceGame Informer Magazine (Nov, 2001)
The 16-bit port floodgates have been open since the launch of the Game Boy Advance, but Breath of Fire is the first role-playing game to squeeze through. Originally a joint SNES venture between Square Soft and Capcom, this is the tale of a boy who could transform into a dragon, and the misfit companions he meets along the way.
Game Boy AdvanceChrist Centered Game Reviews (Jun 01, 2005)
I enjoyed this game, but I also happen to enjoy many RPGs of varying style. If you are looking for the best RPG on the GBA, then this is probably not it. If, on the other hand, you find this game for a bargain or you are looking for an 'old school' RPG, then this one may be for you. It also sparked a series of RPGs, so if you have interest in the Breath of Fire series, then I suggest you see where it all started. :) But as always, we encourage you to only play games that fall in line with your convictions; if magic or polytheism are offensive to you in a game, then you may want to avoid this one.
Game Boy AdvanceGamePro (US) (Dec 18, 2001)
BoF delivers a tight visual and audio package. Colorful sprites fill the screen with arresting colors and special effects, while the soundtrack provides decent music accompanied by muted sound effects. Workmanlike controls feature easy menu navigation and responsive character movement.
Game Boy AdvanceGameSpot (Jan 08, 2002)
Since its June launch, the Game Boy Advance has slowly been developing its identity as a gaming platform. While the system is capable of truly impressive 3D visuals for a handheld, the 2D games that have come out for it make a strong case for the GBA becoming the spiritual progeny of the legendary SNES. Capcom's recent conversion of the classic SNES RPG Breath of Fire lends credence to that label. A pixel-perfect translation of the SNES game with a link cable feature and some graphical tweaks thrown in for good measure, Breath of Fire is an engaging piece of work that's worth checking out.
Game Boy AdvanceAdvance (May, 2002)
Breath of Fire ist ein nettes, kurzweiliges Rollenspiel, das keine nennenswerten Höhepunkte bietet, aber auf jeden Fall sehr unterhaltsam ist. Neulinge sind mit dem technisch fortschrittlicheren Golden Sun sicher besser bedient, Rollenspielfans hingegen, die - aus welchen Gründen auch immer - die SNES-Version nicht kennen, können bei Breath of Fire bedenkenlos zugreifen.
Game Boy AdvanceIGN (Feb 20, 2002)
I would like to make it clear: I really, really hate random battles. Yes, I realize that it's an important part of the Japanese RPG design and it's grown to be accepted among fans of the genre...but it's a real drag walking barely two steps before a fight suddenly breaks out in the adventure. And in Breath of Fire, I've never played an RPG that had as many random battles as this one. I was thanking the game designers for offering the Mrbl3 item for cheap in the shops...when you activate this element, you're temporarily "immune" to random battles. Stock up on this whenever you see it in the shops. It'll save your insanity.
Game Boy AdvanceGameSpy (Apr 10, 2002)
A classic reborn, Breath of Fire is a great addition to the role-playing ranks of the GBA's library. While not quite as technically impressive as Golden Sun, it's still a worthwhile adventure. Fans of the genre will definitely want to revisit this palm-sized port over.
Game Boy AdvanceNetjak (Jan 17, 2003)
Breath of Fire is generic RPG fare. Is it good? Yes, but far from deserving of the accolades bestowed upon it by rabid franchise fans. I guess it's fun for a while, losing some steam when the boredom and insipidness of fetch questing kicks in. It's decent for an RPG, but nothing spectacular.
SNESHonestGamers (May 08, 2009)
My overall impression of Breath of Fire was a positive one, though. While not some monolithic RPG for the ages, it was a solid, competent title with a diverse array of characters and plenty of secrets that only can be unearthed by a specific party member's unique skill. In some aspects, Breath of Fire is among the elite RPGs of its era, but due to a handful of glaring flaws, the overall product is "merely" above average.
SNESElectric Playground (Nov 02, 1995)
I would add Breath of Fire to my collection, mostly because I love RPGs, but mainly because even though it has the occasional shortcoming this is still a solid game.
Game Boy AdvanceLegendra (Apr 13, 2002)
Breath of Fire a marqué son époque, mais il faut reconnaître qu'il a tout de même un peu vieilli dans ses mécanismes. Ce remake garde l'esprit original et lui redonne une jeunesse avec une légère refonte graphique haute en couleur et quelques ajustements bien senti.
SNESLegendra (Apr 13, 2002)
Breath of Fire a marqué son époque, mais il faut reconnaître qu'il a tout de même un peu vieilli dans ses mécanismes. On se retrouve avec un RPG des plus classiques qui saura tout de même émouvoir et se laisser jouer sans sourciller. On passe finalement un bon moment en compagnie de Ryu et de Nina, pour le précurseur de cette saga culte. Un bon apéritif avant de faire le 2, bien supérieur.
70 (Apr 11, 2011)
Le bilan de ce premier opus reste très mitigé. Le jeu débute plutôt bien, mais on nous plonge presque immédiatement dans une linéarité sans nom et on confie au joueur des quêtes qui s’éloignent totalement de l’objectif primaire du périple. Et une fois un certain cap passé, vous aurez droit à d’interminables voyages qui vous baladeront un peu partout et surtout n’importe comment. Un système qui pourrait venir à bout des joueurs les plus tenaces s’il n’y avait pas à côté un univers des plus cohérents. En effet, malgré de gros défauts au niveau de la structure scénaristique, l’univers en lui-même reste plutôt riche et possède une réelle identité. Malgré donc parfois un certain ras-le-bol, on se laisse tout de même voguer dans cette aventure jusqu’au dénouement final.
SNESAll Game Guide (1998)
Breath of Fire has its quirks, but it is still an overall good game, especially if you enjoy most roleplaying games. If you are relatively new to the genre, a game like Final Fantasy 2 may suit your tastes better.
Game Boy (Mar 11, 2002)
La note sanctionne surtout le fait que Capcom s'est contenté d'un simple portage pour cette mouture GBA. Les inconditionnels de RPG et les adeptes de la saga BOF trouveront tout de même là un titre très prenant, simple et efficace, qui vous scotche littéralement de bout en bout. Une bonne alternative à Golden Sun, en attendant un véritable Breath of Fire Advance.
As long as you're not expecting a Secret of Mana-beater, you'll have a gay old time with Breath of Fire. The intriguing battle sequences and the multitude of things to do will keep most role-playing fans busy for days. Two questions: Why did Capcom pass this up and release the dreadful Wizardry V instead? And where's Mana II?
Game Boy AdvanceGaming Age (Jan 29, 2002)
Breath of Fire isn't going to blow you away. The title is a standard RPG across the board, but is a decent ride if you have time for it.
Game Boy AdvanceThe Next Level (Jan 08, 2002)
Overall, I can honestly see why Capcom didn't feel the need to change much in this port, but the use of the old script is simply lazy. On the other hand, no matter what way you look at it, Breath of Fire is an incredibly solid game, and one that feels right at home on the GBA. Arguably the best of the series, it's nice to be able to experience it again, though most of the people playing it will be doing so for the first time.
Game Boy AdvancePocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames (Aug 25, 2005)
Avec ces quelques idées novatrices, Breath of Fire a su se créer une identité propre qui fait de lui un incontournable. L'aventure est longue, une vingtaine d'heures, et comporte de multiples sous-quêtes, néanmoins il reste relativement facile et linéaire : on arrive dans un village, on discute, puis on aide la population et l'histoire se développe ainsi, au grès des rencontres. Le système de sauvegarde rapide, une autre des améliorations de ce portage, n'est pas très pratique, car utilisable seulement lorsqu'on éteint pour de bon la console ; heureusement, si on perd, on recommence au point de sauvegarde fixe le plus proche tout en gardant son expérience. Il faut aussi noter que Breath of Fire est intégralement traduit en français et propose une liaison avec le cable link entre deux GBA pour permettre de s'échanger des objets.
SNESGamePro (US) (Aug, 1994)
If all this sounds somewhat bland, it's because you've seen such elements before. Even the storyline is nondescript and average. If Breath of Fire waned to make a name for itself, it should have tried for more interesting enemies, different battle screens or butt-kicking graphics. Instead, we get something vaguely familiar, a forgettable game with barely enough Breath to last.
Wii UNintendo Life (Jan 27, 2015)
Breath of Fire is a history lesson on old school roleplaying games that comes complete with warts and all. At a time where stiff competition produced some of the finest RPGs ever made, Capcom just wasn't able to develop an experience that would fully stand the test of time. A decent story and some great atmosphere is let down by dull combat, outdated menus and a few good ideas that don't go far enough. While there are better alternatives out there, it might have just enough charm to help the curious see through Ryu's first adventure to the end. Check it out for the sake of nostalgia, or a pretty generic quest to save the Light Dragon clan.
Game Boy AdvanceThe Video Game Critic (Jun 14, 2007)
Breath of Fire's solid gameplay hasn't changed since its SNES days, but the extra save feature and new glitz livens it up a little. Still, if you already have this game for Super Nintendo, this updated version might not be worth your while.
Game Boy (GAF) (Apr 28, 2003)
Breath of Fire for the Game Boy Advance could have been something special had Capcom invested some more effort into the project. The creators have laid the foundation for a great game, but a lot of their ideas have been wasted. As it stands, BoF is nothing more than an average RPG that might satisfy people who enjoy Nintendo’s portable and have already consumed the rest of the GBA’s small but quality line-up of role-playing titles.
Game Boy AdvanceGaming Target (Feb 06, 2002)
The quest is a relatively long one. For those not previously initiated to BoF, the quest can take you between twenty to forty hours to complete, easily dwarfing the handheld RPG standard. The addition of link cable support is, in general, a positive thing. However, not enough was done with it, and BoF cannot even compete with the lackluster Golden Sun multiplayer arena. By linking two GBAs, each with a BoF game pak loaded, you will simply be allowed to trade items back and forth. It would have benefited greatly by including special, random items and equipment in each game pak. Since everything will eventually become available to you throughout your adventures, the ability to trade items with friends is not necessary.
45 (Jan, 2008)
Even if you like classically-styled RPGs, this one is average at best, and only if you toggle the turbo-speed key on your emulator. There wasn’t much going for this one back when it came out, and it certainly hasn’t improved with time. It may not be a terrible game, but I wouldn’t really suggest checking it out past the first few minutes. You’ll get the idea from there.
SNESThe Video Game Critic (May 10, 2007)
All in all, Breath of Fire is a nice try, but Capcom could do better. Towards the end, I even found myself asking, "Am I almost done yet?"