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Breath of Fire IV (PlayStation)

Teen
ESRB Rating
Genre
Perspective
Theme
82
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3.9
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Breath of Fire IV PlayStation This is not what I call an exciting dungeon. It's basically a long, narrow cave with way too much black empty space
Breath of Fire IV PlayStation Main in-game menu with skills displayed
Breath of Fire IV PlayStation The first in-game cutscene shows Nina and Cray searching for an important person...
Breath of Fire IV PlayStation The jumping is non-interactive, but at least there are a few such "hotspots"

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

The Press Says

GamePro (US) Jul 18, 2006 5 out of 5 100
Absolute Playstation 2000 93 out of 100 93
PSM Jan, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Game Revolution Dec, 2002 B+ 83
IGN Dec 04, 2000 8.2 out of 10 82
4Players.de Aug 13, 2001 81 out of 100 81
Eurogamer.net (UK) Sep 13, 2001 8 out of 10 80
RPGDreamers 2003 8 out of 10 80
Gamekult Feb 01, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Super Play Mar, 2001 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

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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Kartanym (10779) added Breath of Fire IV (PlayStation) on Jul 15, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Fred VT (21786), GTramp (32229) and Wimp (75)