Breath of Fire IV (PlayStation)

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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 Too much vodka-tonic yesterday, huh?.. This cyclone spell surely packs a punch!.
Breath of Fire IV PlayStation Shopping interface - one of the many, many shops in the game
Breath of Fire IV PlayStation Cliffs and ancient pillars...
Breath of Fire IV PlayStation The fishing mini-game is back with a vengeance!..

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... Daniel Backhaus (3) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Absolute Playstation 2000 93 out of 100 93
Legendra 2001 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PSM Jan, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Game Revolution Dec, 2002 B+ 83
IGN Dec 04, 2000 8.2 out of 10 82 Aug 13, 2001 81 out of 100 81
RPGDreamers 2003 8 out of 10 80
Gamekult Feb 01, 2001 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Jun 21, 2000 7.5 out of 10 75 Sep 06, 2001 14 out of 20 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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