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Breath of Fire II (SNES)

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Overall fun but... LepricahnsGold (104894) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
Grim, sad and dark but still maintains good sense of humor Aapo Koivuniemi (43) unrated

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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Overall User Score (27 votes) 4.1

Critic Reviews

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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.
Nintendo Land
So it's definitely recommended. It's one of the better "proper" RPGs, with menu-based battles, level-ups to train for, 100% Japanese characters and all those other things that make such RPGs enjoyable, in massive doses. Just make sure you have some spare time, as this is really one to sink your teeth into.
Game Zero
An excellent RPG from an unexpected source, it's about time that Capcom shows it can do more than action and fighting games. The graphics are colorful, but the character detail and animation is what really shines. The battle animations are nice and fluid for the characters and the enemies. The music and sound effects are really the only thing that needs work. There are some good tunes and then there are some annoying ones, but you have the option of turning the music off if you ever feel the need. The game controls are very easy to use and are pretty standard. You are able to choose a formation in which you want your characters to stand, in case you want to protect your weaker magic users. This game, without a doubt will take you quite awhile to complete. The story is very engrossing and is full of sub-plots and mini-quests. There are plenty of things that I left undone when I solved it. Overall an excellent RPG by Capcom that shouldn't be missed.
Hardcore Gaming 101
As much as I loved the original, everything about this game is a step above the first. It's exactly what a sequel should be, and it reinforced my love of RPGs. The graphics, characters, and music drew me in right away. From the very beginning the story is much deeper, involving some heavy issues like religion, morality, and wars over ideology. Breath of Fire II has become one of my all-time favorites.
GamePro (US)
Although not renowned for RPGs, Capcom has done an awesome job with Breath of Fire II. This long, absorbing game offers plenty of story turns, intense battles, and intriguing characters.
Video Games
Offensichtlich wurde hier bei diversen Rollenspielen wie Monster Maker abgeguckt, doch all diese Features tragen viel dazu bei, das Spiel auch ein Weilchen länger zu spielen als notwendig (hihi). Wenn jemand auf Rollenspiele steht, wird aber wohl oder übel kein Weg an BoF 2 vorbeiführen. Schade nur, daß Capcom darauf bestand, den englischen Text in der deutschen Version unverändert zu lassen. Hoffentlich habt Ihr im Englischunterricht nicht allzuoft geschlafen.
Total! (Germany)
Alles in allem ist Breath of Fire II ein technisch hervorragend gelungenes Rollenspiel, das sowohl für Einsteiger als auch für Fortgeschrittene geeignet ist. Wer sich von den teilweise irritierenden englischen Bildschirmtexten und den zahllosen Kämpfen nicht abschrecken läßt, der findet hier genügend Köstlichkeiten für mehr als eine schlaflose Nacht. Und beim einmaligen Durchspielen wird es wohl auch nicht bleiben, immerhin bieten die Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten bei der Entwicklung des Heimatdörfchens sowie die unterschiedlichen Enden gewisse Anreize für einen erneuten Spieldurchgang. Da kann man eigentlich allen Super-NES-Besitzern nur eines raten: Sofort zuschlagen und die Drachen steigen lassen – es lohnt sich!
Breath of Fire 2 est sans aucun doute un très bon jeu de rôle qui peut sans honte se hisser parmi les références du genre. Après les déboires du premier épisode, Capcom nous sert un jeu bien plus travaillé en tous points, demeurant aussi prenant que plaisant à parcourir. Ce qui reste le plus étonnant d’ailleurs, c’est de se rendre compte que toute la frustration emmagasinée durant le jeu a finalement son importance et un impact majeur sur le ressenti du combat final. On ne galère donc pas pour rien, soyez rassuré.
Die Führungstalente der Charaktere werden an knackigen Rätseleinlagen erprobt, für die nervigen Zufallsbegegnungen entschädigen animierte Monster und detaillierte Kampfoptik. Trotz altbackener Präsentation ist "Breath of Fire 2" eine Attraktion im Rollenspielzirkus. Erste Wahl für einheimische Super-NES-Rollenspieler, jedoch nicht in Deutsch.
Well, although BOF 2 has some major problems, I enjoyed playing it and recommend it if you crave a RPG that challenges you and has a great story.
Le premier était un bon RPG, le deuxième place la barre bien plus haute et se positionne comme l'un des RPG majeurs du support. Beau, prenant, intéressant, il est à posséder pour tous les amateurs de la période 16 bits.
I liked Breath of Fire II when I originally bought it in the late 1990s and I enjoyed it just as much after finally replaying it to get the good ending (accursed "blink and you miss them" conditions!). It has its moments of frustration, but also has plenty of rewards for players willing to dig for them. It's one of those games where you'll truly get what you put into it. A casual player who's just trying to get through the quest will find themselves being forced to constantly grind for levels to contend with the game's powerful opposition. But with some "above and beyond the call of duty" work, things will get more and more manageable, as superior weapons and powers will be obtained to be of assistance in the epic battle against the game's false god.
Overall, Breath of Fire II is a solid, enjoyable RPG experience that earns just a little more distinction by the fact that it's arrived with few other competitors when it originally saw release. Though it's not a role-playing masterpiece on the level of Final Fantasy VI or Chrono Trigger, Breath of Fire II is still a game that fans of those more notable titles would enjoy.
All Game Guide
The world of Breath of Fire II is very large, and since much of it does not even have to be discovered, it is very rewarding to those players who wish to look around a bit. In addition to walking, the party can move around on a whale which they befriend later in the game, and even a flying town.
The Video Game Critic
Like the first game, party order still matters, so the character in the front can always do something special. To change the members of your party however, you have to go back to your base of operations. Speaking of which, you can build and populate your own town in this game, and later turn it into a "mobile home" of sorts (hence the pun "TownShip"). Fans of the first game will notice plenty of in-jokes. In the end, Breath of Fire II is a pretty enjoyable story and entertaining game. Capcom must have taken their criticism to heart, because they churned out a much better game this time around.
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
Breath of Fire 2 exceeds it's predecessors in every way. The graphics are bright and well drawn. The whole quest is huge, making for days of adventure. The control setup is similar to the original, but I sort of wish that you could try different attacks. It would have added more strategy to the battles. The characters you pick up are pretty cool and they break away from the stereotypical knights-in-shining-armor theme. Overall, Breath of Fire 2 is a good RPG.
Game Players
Finally, a lot of it is just plain goofy. Whether this is the result of poor translating from Japanese or just bad writing, I don't know. I certainly don't remember the original causing me to groan out load. Dragon God, we hardly knew ya.
To sum everything up, Breath of Fire II is just halfway decent. If you see it for sale used and have nothing better to do, snag it. Barring that, I'd leave this one alone.