Excerpt: Introduction: I'm impressed with the number of promising RPG's which have appeared on GBA, thus far. First, Golden Sun ''wowed'' gamers with its beautiful graphics, then the release of Breath of Fire proved to everyone that GBA is capable of running a near perfect port of an old classic game. Now, the sequel has come out, and gamers have even higher expectations. Sequels are always expected to be bigger, better, and prettier.
Excerpt: The world is in chaos. Strange demons are appearing throughout, wreaking havoc as they struggle to bring about the arrival of their dark god. All that stands in their way is a small group of adventurers led by one young man named Ryu and an oprhan named Bow. Yet as the plot thickens, so do the alliances on the good side, until Breath of Fire II , Capcom's latest RPG offering on the Game Boy Advance, turns into an epic RPG that you simply must experience.
Excerpt: In 1995 Capcom released Breath of Fire II in North America. The game was a direct sequel to the original Breath of Fire. This game was different than the first game since Capcom released the game this time instead of Square and consequently handled the translation.
Excerpt: Breath of Fire 2 's story starts out with the orphan boy Ryu getting hints about the White and Black Dragon Clans, something that won't come into play much later in the game. Some time later, he and his friend Bow are working as Rangers when Bow is framed for a theft. Ryu goes to find the woman responsible for the theft. Along the way, he discovers a number of people who are tainted and turn into demons.
Pros: Easy to get into battle system, Good story, Lots of min-games, including hunting and fishing
Cons: High encounter rate, Doesn't look like more than a straight port
Excerpt: The tiny handheld that powers Breath of Fire II has to be one of the most fertile grounds; not for new genres, ideas, or visual splendor. No, it excels at rekindling old titles of yonder because for every sensational original title that comes out on the GBA, there's another one that is a lifeless rehash of an old game. I wouldn't be complaining about this, however, if they were all as a good and astute as Breath of Fire II.
Excerpt: Unfortunately, I never got a chance to play either Breath of Fire or any of its sequels on the SNES. I knew about them and was interested, but since I was like 14 when they came out, I never had the money to spend on it. Of course, as soon as I got the money - I had one hell of a time finding it, so I was very pleased to see that the game was released for the GBA. BoF II is a very pretty game.
Excerpt: When I originally reviewed Breath of Fire 2 for the Super Nintendo, I gave it a very low score. I received a fair amount of complaints from loyal fans of the series, although not as many compliments from others who agreed with my main points - The battles were far too slow, the leveling up too tedious, and the translation sloppy. When Breath of Fire 2 was re-released for the Gameboy Advance, I received many of the same complaints, asking how I could justify my review.
Excerpt: But wait, what’s this? Breath of Fire II is getting a second chance on Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance? With a little effort, the game could be to the portable gaming scene what it should have been on the SNES ten years ago: a great RPG. If Capcom would just take the time to update the graphics and sound, tweak the balance, and fix the terrible dialogue, they’d have a bona fide hit on their hands.
Excerpt: Capcom brings us another phenomenal RPG for the GBA, and thank goodness. Breath of Fire II is a worthy successor to the franchise. While next-gen RPGs are few and far between, this old-school SNES port packs some classic gameplay in a tidy, pretty, and portable package. Click here.
Pros: ups: Great RPG; nice, fast pace; excellent bright colors and graphics; a lot of fun.
Cons: downs: Very traditional RPG style may turn off gamers looking for something different.