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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 3.2
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 2.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.7
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.4
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.5
Overall User Score (18 votes) 3.4

Critic Reviews

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GamePro (US) (Nov 24, 2000)
Brave Fencer Musashi masters the art of mixing game genres in a way that will appeal to a wider range of PlayStation owners than most RPGs. If you're looking for a hero this holiday, Musashi's your man.
Thunderbolt Games (Aug 18, 2006)
I’m sure plenty of gamers would scoff at the light-hearted nature of this game, but I enjoyed it all the way to the end. Whether I was collecting action figures or hearing Musashi threaten to kick someone’s butt, the exuberant energy of it all made it hard to stop playing. I’d much rather have a short and cocky samurai hero than a dull protagonist that consistently monologues about boring crap. Brave Fencer Musashi is a game that makes it hard not to smile at the sheer silliness of it all.
GameFan Magazine (Jan, 1999)
I know this game is super fruity with rainbow sprinkles on top. But the game really grows on you. Perhaps it's the cool 3D-cartoony visuals, the excellent music, or the really, really fruity humour. Whatever it is, Brave Fencer Musashi will most likely be one of the future Graveyard games, overshadowed by the FFVIII demo it has aboard. Despite some wild voice-acting, all gamers should try BFM and like me, you'll probably be hooked.
Gamezilla (Dec 21, 1998)
This is a fast-paced, fairly simple-to-learn action/adventure RPG. Some puzzles are easy, whereas others can be difficult, which adds a great variety of challenges. The characters and storyline are interesting and entertaining, and all the different voices are a nice touch. This game is guaranteed to keep you challenged and busy for many hours, and I would recommend it to anyone who is into this type of game. When done with this game, you can open the other half of the jewel case and pop in the Final Fantasy VIII demo included for even more fun. Hats off to Square for another winner.
Looks like another winner from Square...just don't go into the game expecting a Final Fantasy style epic.
IGN (Nov 11, 1998)
That aside, I still consider Musashi one of the year's best PlayStation games. If you're looking for a top-quality action-adventure game, it's an absolute must-have this holiday season. However, if true Zelda-style play is what you're after, the already-released Alundra will be more up your alley.
BFM is a nice change of pace from the typical serious "traditional-style" RPGs that we're used to from Square. As an action/RPG it's definitely solid, but it never really achieves the level of depth of say, Zelda or Secret of Mana. Still, it's not afraid to poke fun of itself (the humor in the game is great) and even though it's relatively short, it is fun to play. The whole passing of time thing is well-done and the music is great.
80 (Jun 30, 2011)
Brave Fencer Musashiden est un jeu ayant connu un succès mitigé à sa sortie, et beaucoup de joueurs s'en souviennent principalement pour la démo de Final Fantasy 8 incluse dans la boîte. Cela ne l'empêche toutefois pas d'être un jeu extrêmement sympathique que l'on prend plaisir à refaire une fois de temps en temps. Si l'anglais ne vous gêne pas et que vous aimez l'action-RPG old-school, alors ce titre est un très bon choix.
RPGFan (Nov 12, 1998)
Brave Fencer Musashiden, despite its many minor flaws and one major flaw, turns out to be a quality action-RPG, and definitely one of the best ones available on a current generation machine. With the game released just a few days ago, I strongly recommend all action-RPG fans to pick this one up.
80 (GAF) (Apr 28, 2003)
So, why doesn’t Musashi get more credit? Who can say. It’s not perfect; sometimes, the perspective can be cumbersome and the control, while jumping, can get shaky. Undoubtedly, a lot of people will get turned off by its less than oustanding appearance. In the end, all its small quirks can be forgiven when considering the amount of joy it’ll bring to any person that is willing to give it a chance. Hunt BFM down. It’s a keeper.
Video Games (Dec, 1998)
(US version)
Allein schon die sehr kindlich klingenden Sprecher der US-Version ließen in mir die schlimmsten Vermutungen aufkeimen. Doch nach der ersten Spielstunde hat man sich daran gewöhnt, und der Spaß stellt sich langsam, aber sicher ein. Die japanische Herkunft von Brave Fencer Musashi ist unverkennbar. Präsentiert wird bunte, Polygon-Grafik, untermalt von wohlklingenden Fernost-Klängen. In den verschiedenen Leveln kommt dank der immer neuen Gegner und abwechslungsreicher Rätselaufgaben keine Langeweile auf. Action, Abenteuer und Knobel-Taktik vereinen sich bei diesem Square-Produkt zu einem originellen Spielprinzip, das Ihr ohne Bedenken ausprobieren könnt. Allerdings ist es von Vorteil, wenn Ihr ein wenig Englischkenntnisse mitbringt damit sich Euch die Storyline voll erschließt.
GameSpot (Aug 05, 1998)
Overall, Brave Fencer Musashi goes a long way towards repairing Square's reputation, which had taken a beating after the release of shaky efforts like Soukaigi, Saga Frontier, and Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon. It's a fun game that relies more on gameplay and exploration than it does on flashy special effects, and it features a lengthy (although linear) quest that should satisfy even the most critical gamer. A Zelda killer it's not, but considering what's being offered here, it should more than make up for any unfortunate comparisons.
Video Games (Aug, 1998)
Brave Fencer Musashiden ist keine herausragende Perle der Spielewelt, aber ein solides Action-Rollenspiel - wenn man die Sprachbarriere überwinden kann. Was das Spiel wirklich reizvoll macht, ist die beigelegte Square-Demo-CD von Final Fantasy VIII, die allerdings nur eine recht kurze Laufzeit aufweist.
PSX Extreme (Jul 22, 1999)
Although Brave Fencer is a good game it lacks some strong elements that Square has come to be known by. The game mixes elements of a platform jump and slash adventure, and the level gaining elements of an RPG. The two do mix well in the game but as I said there are some elements that fall short. The story for example tries, but doesn't have the depth and character development of other Square games.
Game Revolution (Dec, 1998)
Brave Fencer Musashi has some cool gameplay elements in it that will wow the most jaded console gamer, but the formulaic story, annoying characters, and "kiddie" feel of the game end up distracting the gamer as well as knocking it down a grade.
74 (Sep, 2002)
Overall, Brave Fencer Musashi is quite a marvel: a game that is easy to get involved with while at the same time boasting simple game play and a vast world to explore. It's not quite a Zelda, but it's many unique features are enough for it to stand out among Action/RPG's. In fact, BFM may just be Playstation's best adventure platformer. Check it out.
Just RPG (Oct 31, 1998)
Finally, the game is pretty short. My final time was 14 hours, with perhaps half of the sidequests and max levels. The game prompted me for a save after the credits, so there is a replay option, but no added endings or challenge, meaning it's for completists only. All said, the nasty, evil puzzles gave me a terrible impression while struggling through the games mid-section, but the last chapter and the game's humor saved it from a dismal grade.
Legendra (Nov 25, 2012)
En l'état Brave Fencer Musashi n'est pas vraiment le Zelda-killer tant vanté et attendu, un constat qu'on a sans doute pu faire en 1998 autant qu'aujourd'hui. Il n'en reste pas moins un A-RPG plutôt solide et divertissant sous tous les plans, malgré ses défauts un tantinet agaçants, et qui offrira une bonne dose de fun faute d'un souvenir impérissable. Le jeu n'a pas rencontré un succès commercial fou et est malheureusement resté dans les mémoires comme "le jeu contenant la démo de Final Fantasy VIII" ce qui est un peu injuste.
Final words, Brave Fencer is pretty much a beginners rpg. It's a great warm up before tackling the harder action rpgs like the Alundra series.
Brave Fencer Musashi is fraught with inconsistencies and potholes. Although it is a satisfactory, basic RPG, it is nowhere near the level of excellence that it should be. There are some terrific moments like the battle with the Frost Dragon, but there are some real downers, too, like having to watch Jerry Springer while recovering health.