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Breath of Fire II (Game Boy Advance)

80
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.5
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

A good RPG, surprisingly different from its prequel. Bregalad (914) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Dark, brooding, almost a little on the morbid side but thoroughly engrossing for the most part Nick Falco (3) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Overall MobyScore (12 votes) 3.5


The Press Says

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100
Pixel-Heroes.de
Alles in allem weist "Breath of Fire 2" nur geringfügige Schwächen auf, zu denen noch zusätzlich die unauffällige Musikkulisse gezählt werden darf. Sie werden jedoch durch das absolut überragende Charakterdesign im Anime-Stil sowie die tolle, durch die Grafik erzeugte Atmosphäre größtenteils ausgeglichen. Ich habe mich derart in das Spiel vertieft, dass die 40 Stunden Spielzeit wie im Flug vergingen. Deshalb vergebe ich trotz der Defizite die volle Wertung. Erfahrene Rollenspieler werden mir diesbezüglich ganz sicher Recht geben, denn nicht umsonst ist das Spiel auch in der Neuauflage für den Game Boy Advance mittlerweile nur noch schwierig aufzutreiben.
100
GamePro (US)
Another favorite Super NES RPG gets a portable face-lift for the Game Boy Advance, but does it lose anything in the transition? Arguably the best game in Capcom's RPG series, Breath of Fire II makes a seamless transition from the 16-bit Super NES to the small-screened Game Boy Advance. Although the game got smaller, it's still an engrossing adventure that no RPGer on the go should be without.
90
neXGam
Wer's noch nicht gezockt hat und RPGs etwas abgewinnen kann sollte zugreifen, denn er bekommt mit BOF II einen absoluten Toptitel des Genre's auf dem GBA. Wer es hingegen schon auf dem SNES gedaddelt hat, sollte sich nen Kauf zweimal überlegen, zumal mit Golden Sun ebenfalls ein hervorragendes Konkurrenzprodukt als Alternative zur Auswahl steht.
88
GameSpy
"If it ain't broke, then don't fix it" seems to be the motto of Capcom's sequel to Breath of Fire. This second game in the series has been refit for the GBA, and it places the world, races, and combat system of the original into a new adventure that is really just a refinement of the first. Not that this is a bad thing, since Breath of Fire was an excellent adventure -- the sequel is even better.
88
Game Informer Magazine
The Breath of Fire series has never received the attention it truly deserves. With Final Fantasy basking in the spotlight year after year, these finely crafted adventures have been thrown aside and labeled as “the next best thing.” If you didn’t splurge for these games back in the day, I strongly recommend you invest in the handheld versions.
85
Game Informer Magazine
So far, Game Boy Advance is kicking the crap out of GameCube and Xbox in terms of role-playing games. I was very into the first Breath of Fire on GBA, and now BoF II provides even more to be impressed with. The quest is longer, it looks better, and it's just a damn fine game. If you've already played Golden Sun, make this your next target. Viva traditional RPG!
85
Game Over Online
Lengthy in nature, Breath of Fire II will keep you busy for quite some time and the story is more interesting in this rendition, with a colorful, and at times, zany cast. If you haven't had a chance to play the original, this is a superior title through and through. Capcom is big into remakes the last little while, even on next generation consoles like the Gamecube. Hopefully, this is won't be the bulk of their 'new' work that we'll pass lazy summer afternoons with. Insofar as novelty goes, I think the sight of SNES classics on the GBA is, alone, no longer the only reason for people to pick this up. It's still got charm and you can't say you'll ever go wrong with a title of this calibre but Capcom's modest effort ex post facto of this game, or any Capcom game's original release is starting to grow a little long in tooth.
85
GameZone
In 1994, Capcom unleashed the sequel to the hit RPG series, Breath of Fire. At that time, RPGs hadn’t received much recognition from the American gaming community, which mainly consisted of action and fighting game fans. Despite this, Breath of Fire II sold moderately well. Now, almost a decade later, RPGs are extremely popular all around the world, thanks to the great Final Fantasy VII. The demand for high-quality RPGs is higher than ever. Never one to overlook a great opportunity, Capcom decided to give gamers another quality RPG to play this year with a port of Breath of Fire II for the Game Boy Advance.
84
RPGFan
Still, the biggest beef I had with BoF II was the translation. No matter how predictable the plotline is, the poor translation often makes figuring out what you’re supposed to do next an exercise in futility. It’s been widely accepted since the days of the SNES version that this game’s translation needed some major work—why Capcom didn’t do this before releasing the game on the GBA is beyond me—but the cynic in me is guessing it had something to do with getting the game out there as soon as possible and making some cash off of it. Despite the problems, Breath of Fire II is still a good game—one that offers up more than 20 hours of solid role-playing action. RPG fans will want to add it to their personal library—warts and all.
83
Retroage
Podsumowując „Breath of Fire II” na Game Boy Advance jest bardzo dobrym klasycznym jRPGiem , dobrze wykorzystującym kanon ale nie bojącym się wyjść trochę poza całkowicie oklepane schematy. Ma dobrą historię, ciekawych bohaterów i całkiem niezły system walki. Gra nie jest trudna więc nadaje się dla początkujących a bardziej doświadczeni choć nie znajdą tutaj zbyt dużego wyzwania wciąż mogą się nieźle bawić. Dobra grafika i świetne udźwiękowienie są dodatkowymi atutami, jednak sporą wadą jest bardzo słabe tłumaczenie ograniczające przyjemność z grania a także utrudniające postępy.
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The Video Game Critic
Much like the GBA Breath of Fire port, Breath of Fire II features revised graphics and the addition of a quick-save option. The fine audio of the SNES version has been preserved pretty much intact, and the sprites have been modernized. New character art, backgrounds, and an overhauled menu system are among the key revisions. Like Breath of Fire, Capcom has incorporated some nice looking static cut scene images. Newcomers should consider buying this simple and fun RPG, but owners of the SNES version can probably bypass it.
83
IGN
Even though the Breath of Fire series arrived on the Super NES almost a decade ago, I was introduced to the Breath of Fire series with the Game Boy Advance revisit...and I wasn't as impressed as I thought I was going to be. Yes, it was a long and enjoyable adventure, but the original game was a bit tedious with way-too-frequent random battles and a storyline that got a little too complex and political. Capcom's sequel, Breath of Fire II has just hit the Game Boy Advance, and I'm pleased to say that this game irons out a lot of issues I had with the original. The new adventure features nearly identical controls and gameplay, but offers a better storyline, more likable characters, and less-frequent random battles. Overall, it's a much more enjoyable RPG experience on the GBA than the original was.
80
Legendra
Des ajustements très justes et intelligents pour amener l'un des hits de la Super Nintendo sur Game Boy Advance. Un jeu à ne pas manquer sur la console, décidément bien fournie en RPG de grande qualité.
80
GamesFirst!
Since my choice in RPG games is always limited, especially with the next-generation systems, Breath of Fire II came as welcome relief to the monotony of action or sports related games that seem to be assaulting the local video game dealer; I feel like the thoughtful, fun RPG is slowly being squeezed from the gamer-conscious. And in all truth, I haven't really enjoyed a majority of the RPGs I've seen on the PS2. So, where do we turn? Our trusty GBAs. What with the drive in the development houses to re-release their classic titles from the SNES, I can't think of any better time to own a GBA than now.
80
NintendoWorldReport
It is the ample length that most effectively promotes Breath of Fire 2 into the “buy” category. When you get an RPG, you expect it to be long and involving and not to repetitive on the way. BoF2 is all that and more, and it will last through many car rides and plane trips for those wise enough to pick it up.
80
Planet GameCube
As a slightly enhanced port of the classic Super Nintendo RPG, Breath of Fire II is as solid a game in its genre as you’ll find. Although Capcom introduced several interesting features in this series, BoF2 isn’t particularly outstanding for any one thing. Rather, it is an all-around good game, short of the epic feel of its Final Fantasy competitors but certainly quite capable in every technical and creative aspect.
77
GameSpot
Capcom has dusted off another of its SNES RPG classics, Breath of Fire II, and brought it to the Game Boy Advance in a slick little translation. The game's story centers on a young boy named Ryu in the years following the events in the original Breath of Fire. The ensuing years have seen a shift in the social landscape, with the rise of a new religion dedicated to worshipping St. Eva rather than the Dragon God from the original game. Following a short black-and-white sequence starring a young Ryu that provides some insight into the game's plot, you take control of him and embark on your first adventure. As you'd expect, you'll meet a varied cast of characters who all have their own back stories to add color to the proceedings and possess special skills you can use. Intrepid gamers may even find themselves rewarded with a hidden party member who provides a blast from the past.
76
Gaming Target
Whereas Breath of Fire could only aspire to mediocrity, Breath of Fire II is a competent game that manages to be almost great in certain ways. It tells an excellent story packed with interesting characters and intelligent scenarios. Breath of Fire II is a solid and enjoyable RPG experience that no GBA-owning fan of the genre should avoid, particularly those that missed its 1994 SNES release.
70
Jeuxvideo.com
Comme pour le premier volet, Breath of Fire 2 sur GBA est la conversion fidèle du jeu sorti il y a plusieurs années sur Super NES. Le soft se révèle donc sans surprise et l'aventure est parfois très linéaire, mais il constitue toujours un excellent RPG que tous les amateurs du genre se doivent de découvrir, au même titre qu'un jeu comme Golden Sun.
70
Gamestyle
What we are left with is an RPG that is screaming out for 'essential' status, but due to the complete lack of a learning gradient ends up being unnecessarily difficult and frustrating to play. The title is still very good, and the story so marked that some players will do whatever it takes to advance the plot exposition, but for RPG fans in general, this amounts to little more than a marked failure to expand upon an exceptional first instalment. To sum up, Breath of Fire II is good - but it could and should have been a lot better. Disappointing.
62
Portable Review
There is one thing invariably wrong with all of these ports on the GBA, and other systems, for that matter - it takes time and money away from developing original titles. However, when I originally picked BoFII up, it was out of name recognition alone, and is the first game of the series that I actually played. I missed out on it the nineties, so now I had an excuse to play it. It was a very fun game, and for that reason alone, I am grateful for this port.
30
GamesAreFun.com (GAF)
Breath of Fire II has a strong foundation, but the developers never really take advantage of its potential. If Capcom had spent just an ounce of energy fixing the game’s troubles, it would be hard not to recommend it. Instead, they’ll likely earn the ire of many people when those who have purchased it learn how slipshod this port is. If BoFII hit with a reduced pricing point, it would be easier to swallow. But Capcom is selling this as a “new” game that should, by definition, take advantage, to some degree, of the Game Boy Advance hardware. There’s an average game buried somewhere in here, but it’s not worth the time or money to find it.