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: 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: 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: 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: 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.
Excerpt: The story starts ten years ago when your father asks you to go find you sister. You are in a small village with friendly people, who all know and love you. When finding her your father is standing next to her, he tells you a story about how a while ago vicious monsters attacked the village you live in. To help the inhabitants of the village, who were doing their best to fight, a huge dragon helped, who later moved to the abandoned side of a mountain.