Classic Gaming- Breath of Fire: (1994)

We all remember how exciting 16-bit gaming was back in the early part of the 1990’s.  We had many exciting games in many different genres which made the 16-bit era of gaming unforgettable. The RPG games of the early 90’s were great especially titles such as Breath of Fire II developed by Capcom and originally released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1994. It was incredible that Breath of Fire II was released only about a year after the prequel for the same console in 1993.  Also, there were various aspects about Breath of Fire II which made it an exciting RPG title.   The soundtrack for Breath of Fire II was great along with the ability to save progress made throughout the game on the cartridge due to the internal memory it included. Unlike some other RPG titles Breath of Fire II follows the prequel in terms of story which occurs 500 years later while most of the action takes place ten years after the game starts.

Many people would probably agree that the multiple encounters with Barubury in this game were sort of annoying but it was necessary in order to progress throughout the story.  Along with being an exciting turn based role playing game there were some cool features Breath of Fire II had including the “Monster Meter” which allowed players to detect enemies within specific locations. Another cool feature dealt with having the ability to utilize various attacks & spells along with leveling up main characters as you progressed throughout the game.  In Breath of Fire II the players had to overcome many obstacles to advance towards the end of the game where they face their toughest challenge.  As you get towards the end of Breath of Fire II you end up doing battle with Barubury who is considered to be one of the toughest bosses in the game even with a team four people.  Players have the option of battling Barubury alone with Ryu but it would probably be best to have as much back up as possible when battling him.  It would also be best for players to have their characters leveled in the 50’s before taking one Barubury since his attacks take a lot of damage.

Similar to the prequel Breath of Fire II includes multiple endings which created more anticipation as one made towards the end of the game.  Breath of Fire II along with Final Fantasy VI were two great RPG titles released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1994.  The gameplay and graphics for Breath of Fire II was just as good as Final Fantasy VI along with some of the in game battle themes.  But one of the main differences between the two games includes the multiplayer feature in Final Fantasy VI opposed to Breath of Fire II which is single player only.  Both Capcom & Square were able to produce remarkable RPG titles in the early to mid 90’s and the competition between these companies made the gaming experience exciting for many around the world.  After its release Breath of Fire II has received many favorable reviews from gaming publications including IGN, Game Informer along with GameSpot which gave the game a near perfect score.  If there is any RPG game from the 16-bit era that is worth playing in this day and age Breath of Fire II would probably be ranked in the top 20 out of many games from the 90’s.


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