Breath of Fire: Dragon QuarterOkay lets start off with the setting. The heroes live underground in a uninhabitable world. This is where our hero Ryu 1/8192 or just plain Ryu resides. He patrols the ruined areas underground and fends off the bio-engineered creations that haunt the less developed regions as a Ranger.
It starts off with Ryu on a mission with his partner. He starts getting these visions when he encounters a dragon like fossil creature. Suddenly his train is attacked and he is sent spiraling to the abiss of caverns below. There he saves this girl from a monster and his story begins.
From the start this game hits off on a high note unlike previous BoF games. Graphics wise this game has good cinematic sequences but its character shaping is a bit weird. The backgrounds look a lot better compared to the characters. Some parts will even leave you breathless.
In the beginning theres this giant dragon corpse on the wall that looks very impressive. A possible boss later maybe? So far the battles in the beginning are pretty basic like all RPGs. You can learn quick too. It's standard turn based but you do get to somewhat control the characters movement. It all depends on how you use your AP (action points), like if you move a lot your attack is less and so on. The characters have three different levels of attacks, which expend different amounts of AP in exchange for dealing more or less damage. You have to be wise in choosing your attacks as AP can be used to attack other opponents.
So far there are no random battles. You can see the monsters though its hard to dodge them at times but it is possible. You can use items to direct the monsters attention and sneak by them as well. Or use a bomb and trap them. I like this idea as random battles were a bit much for me sometimes (not to mention annoying).
Music is good. The beginning was well suited for action sequences. Mainly synthesized with some great bassy choral sections. I give it a B for beautiful hehe.
So far from my limited playing time I like it. Not great but hey it's only the beginning of what I predict as an epic saga. I don't know if much will change in the American release as it will be simply Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter (without the V) but I guess we will see in do time.