Breath of Fire 6... Capcom's latest disaster
by, 9th January 2014 at 06:11 PM (1335 Views)
Many of you may not know what Breath of Fire is, so I'll try to give a brief rundown for everyone's sake. Breath of Fire is a fantasy RPG (similar to Final Fantasy and such). However, all the characters are from different races of humanoids and rarely are two characters the same species. Ranging from the mighty Dragon Clan, to the elegant Wing Clan, to the clever Grassrunner clan, to the fierce Woren Clan, to the greedy Manillo and beyond. But each game has had two things in common: the lead characters are always named Ryu and Nina who are part of the Dragon and Wing Clans, respectively, and the final boss is always a god/goddess or demon lord. However, Breath of Fire 5 was the first disaster and the start of the little-known but awesome series' self-destruction. And now, Breath of Fire 6 has come to finish the job that 5 had started.
For starters, there's no Ryu. You heard me. The lead blue-haired male is no more. You, instead, get to create your own lead character who can be either male or female. While normally that would be okay, it really destroys the whole tradition of a Ryu as the lead male, as well as completely tossing the whole game's legacy out the window. Plus it no longer follows the Ryu+Nina relationship patterns that have been present since Breath of Fire 1.
Secondly, they've revealed the new Nina. While she is still good-looking (and, surprisingly, wearing fairly skimpy clothing), she's completely wingless, despite still being part of the Wing Clan (aka Wyndian). So it seems to suggest the subtle hints from past games that the Wing Clan was slowly losing their wings as the generations continued, with this Nina being totally wingless. While BoF5 Nina was wingless (instead having air purifiers on her back), they at least LOOKED like wings, and she was, at least, not a Wing Clan member to begin with anyway. So the new Nina, while still following the pattern of sexy blonde mage (I hope she's a mage), is also another disappointment.
Thirdly, as I mentioned on another website blog about BoF6 last year, this will be a Japan-exclusive online game with no chance of an international version. Why does Japan always get the good stuff (okay, in this case, it's not all that good, but in general, they always get everything while the rest of the world has to watch with envy)? So that's another kick in the tailpipe. There are times I love Japan, and times were I loath it.
Also, though somewhat unknown at the time, the "new" lead does not seem to be a Dragon Clan member. That info is still somewhat unknown, but the revealed info so far suggests that the custom-made player character is not from the Dragon Clan, as he/she is rescued by a Dragon Clan member, but doesn't seem to be part of the race. But take this part of info lightly, as only so little info has been released about the player character so far.
It's not fair. I've been waiting for a new Breath of Fire game to be released for years (especially after the huge disappointment that was Breath of Fire 5), and not only is this "new gen" Breath of Fire a total nightmare and a huge insult, it's Japan-exclusive, meaning that even if it wasn't a disaster waiting to happen, no one outside of Japan will even get to TRY it!.
What happened to you, Capcom? You were once so respectable and awesome, bringing us games like Breath of Fire, MegaMan Battle Network, and so many others. Now... you're just providing us worthless trash that isn't worth the effort and money. At this point, I'm not even entirely sure Capcom is involved with this new Breath of Fire. If they are, why have they degenerated to such a intolerable and despicable level? It's times like this I greatly treasure what the older gen games they've created were like. At least, back then, they knew how to make a GOOD GAME!!! Now... just like the present-day TV, everything has been crumbling away to nothingness. Those were the golden years of games, now, it's not even rusted metal level.
Farewell, Breath of Fire. It appears your legacy has all but been forgotten. Hopefully your death at the hands of Breath of Fire 6 will be quick and painless, but I doubt that'll be the case.
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