Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is a continuation of the Castlevania series, and it delivers just like it’s predecessors.
Release Date: October 07, 1997
Platforms: PS, Xbox 360, PS3
JustRPG Score: 94%
+Great Translation from Japanese of English
+High Replay Value
-Watered Down Plot
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Overview
While it’s predecessor took place outside of the aptly named “Castlevania,” Symphony of the Night takes place entirely within the castle. It turns out that the hero of the previous game, Richter, has been possessed by an evil priest named Shaft. Players take control of Alucard, Dracula’s son, and a girl named Maria as they set out to free Richter and find out what is going on inside the evil castle.
Breath of Fire IV is the fourth game in the Breath of Fire series. Man, that was hard! The game itself is a continuation of the amazing RPGs, and it does not disappoint.
Release Date: December 4, 2000
Platforms: PS1, PC
JustRPG Score: 77%
+Easy Navigation through Menus
+Marvelous Combat System
-Repetitive Music/Sound Effects
Breath of Fire IV Overview
Breath of Fire IV is a continuation of the Breath of Fire series, made by Capcom. Players take control of a character named Ryu, a boy who has the unique ability to shape-shift into a powerful dragon, as he attempts to set out and stop a vicious war that may destroy the world as he knows it. Players are also able to play as ‘Fou Lou’, the antagonist of the game, and must try and stop Ryu from undermining his plans.
Breath of Fire III is a continuation of Capcom’s prestigious Breath of Fire series. Players take control of Ryu, a boy who can turn into a dragon, as he makes his way through life and tries to find out about his history.
Release Date: January 31, 1998
Platforms: PS1, PSP
JustRPG Score: 82%
+Stunning Sound Effects
+Wonderful Battle Engine
+Great Replay Value
-Follows the ‘JRPG’ blueprint.
Breath of Fire III Overview
Breath of Fire III takes place in a world where technology and magic mix together. Players take control of a young boy named Ryu as he attempts to make his way through life and find out about his sketchy past. Throughout the game, players will collect colorful party members. Through the game, players will find out that some unspeakable force threatens the world, and Ryu sets out to defeat it.
In Brave Fencer Musashi players take control of a boy named Musashi who has inherited the names and swords of a legendary blademaster. He sets out to find out more about the swords, and accidentally finds himself in the middle of an evil plot to conquer the world.
Publisher: Square Electronic Arts
Release Date: October 31, 1998
JustRPG Score: 74%
-Poor Jumping System
-Missing Save Points
Brave Fencer Musashi Overview
Brave Fencer Musashi was Squaresoft’s way of ‘testing the waters’ with an action-based RPG hybrid. Players take control of a boy named Musashi as he sets out to find an ancient sword that belonged to one of his ancestors. While on his mission to recover the sword, he finds himself in the middle of a plot to kidnap the princess of the country he resides in, and an even darker plot that plans to use the ancient blade he seeks to release an evil wizard back into the world. So, Musashi vows to stop both with his awesome samurai powers.
Simple, cheap, and addicting… Battle Hunter is a get-what-you-pay-for RPG.
Release Date: June 2, 2001
JustRPG Score: 65%
Battle Hunter Overview
Battle Hunter for Sony Playstaion 1 is a simple hack and slash role playing game. Players take the on the role as a hunter who sets out to collect relics from randomly generated dungeon grids. The game plays like a tactics RPG that utilizes cards and three main battle actions, moving, attacking, or resting. Although this game is very simple players are allowed to create their own characters and distribute their attribute points as they see fit which creates a connection between the player and their character. The game is also very addicting but it either grabs your attention or it doesn’t as the game seems incomplete.
A Story-heavy Sci-Fi RPG that’s sure to be remembered years from now. With a unique combat system and great musical score, Xenogears is a must play.
Publisher: Square EA
Release Date: October 20, 1998
JustRPG Score: 93%
+Memorable story and soundtrack.
+Numerous detailed Anime cutscenes.
+Unique battle system.
-Dragged out dialogue sequences.
-Disk 2 contains too little gameplay.
Players are thrust into the middle of a massive war between two powerful countries. The players take control of a character named Fei and Citan, eventually taking control of almost nine other characters as they play through different standpoints of this war. The war is waged with ‘gears’, massive robots that are reminiscent of Gundams and other anime mecha.