The Last Dragon Boy Man God Thing
... working title...
Henroid here again folks, this time with Capcom's Breath of Fire 3. You may know me from, uh, like a decade here, and my Diablo LP, my had-to-abandon Etrian Odyssey 2 LP, and the long-hiatus Shining Force 2 LP. Okay fine, 1 and a half for 3, but in my defense one wasn't my fault and the other is still in very slow on-my-end production and kinda got not-interesting due to power-playing the game...
But lessons learned! No power playing here! And plus, this game has like a billion sprites, which are kinda my thing by this point. Enough about me. Time for this totally great game. One sec before that though...
When Reading this Lets Play...
Meet Mr. Embed. He's a scarecrow. He'd usually be embedded in a field at a farm, but instead he's embedded here in the thread. Any time you see him, be sure to open up his link for musical treats. It's always music that plays in the moment in-game.
Meet Ms. Chest. When you see her, a list of items found in the following dungeon is found.
I also want to thank the following:
ILOVETODANCELOL - For providing a source for the game's music.
Gamefaqs - For providing some resources, especially the game script which saves me a lot of time.
Spriters-resource - Most sprites used come from sprite sheets provided here.
Capcom - They made the game. So thank you. Please show appreciation by becoming cool again.
What is Breath of Fire 3?
Breath of Fire 3 will be 15 years old this September. Now, it came out in 1998 in the States, and my brother and I were there at the ground floor. The series revolves around characters who share the same name - Ryu. Kinda like Link with the LoZ series. Not necessarily the same dude. And in typical JRPG fashion, in Breath of Fire you're saving the world. Now I'd never read about BoF 3 in magazines back then. Part 2 I sure as shit did and that game looked amazing, though I missed out on playing it when it was fresh and new. But according to Wikipedia, BoF 3 got relatively panned with "meh"s from the review world. One source even said it's just "more of the same" from RPGs.
More of the same? How about you turning into a fucking dragon?
And not just a
dragon, but a variety of dragons! "More of the same" my ass! Plus the game is pretty colorful and arty in a pleasant way.
I'll tell you one more thing about the game too, that makes it stand out for me. With regard to approach in its plot and conclusion, it's relatively different from other things I've seen that are cliches in JRPG plots. At least for its time. I can't get into that without spoilers though. I'll explain when this is done.
The story of Breath of Fire 3 specifically focuses on a boy named Ryu who... hold on a second.
Okay anyway, Ryu
Roo falls in with a couple out-of-luck kids living outside a farm town. From there, Ryu
Roo is constantly put into adventurous situations and discovering his inner-power to breath fire. Or lightning or whatever the hell else you decide he should breathe. Maybe you're content with him swinging his sword! That totally works too. His journey is actually more than adventurous happenstance, but those are plot points! And it's better to see those unfold than have me just say it here and now.
Feature wise, the game has a system of apprenticing under 'masters.' Each master provides you with a share of stat gains and decreases to what you normally would gain on level up. Plus, they teach you spells and abilities. You can also manage your combat formations with your three party members, each formation providing its own benefit and adjusting your strategy. There are mini-games, but damn near all of them are one-offs as the story progresses. The only persistent mini-game is fishing, which provides you with a means of finding items to use, but you can also use the fish as special currency at some shops to get ahold of some equipment.
Oh, the game was re-released on the PSP! So if you seek a means to play it, ta-da, there it is! It didn't really change a whole lot from what I'm aware of. The logo changed (used above), and a duplication bug was removed. Not that it was entirely useful.
Along the way, Ryu
Roo meets a few folks that fight alongside him. I should introduce them now!
Here's our boy hero. Blue hair is the shared quality of all Breath of Fire Ryus
Roos. He's a dragon. Just... gonna get that out there. And like all heroes, he swings a sword. And he's also among the class of heroes who doesn't say a damn thing we can hear. Not quite Gordon Freeman, but his language is beyond text meant for us. You may see me put words in his mouth.
This here is Rei. He's a cat man person. Unlike Katt, from part 2, he wears pants. And is a boy. He's like a bigger brother to Ryu
Roo, the first of friends met. As a person, he sees things in a far simpler manner, all at face value. As a fighter, he specializes in being fast. Not much for muscle or being a caster.
The other of Ryu's
Roo's forest-made friends. Teepo is an orphaned boy. He's pretty brash and has big dreams about fame and such. Like Ryu
Roo, he's competent in swordplay and some magic, only instead of healing he likes to set them on fire or ice.
Oh right, Breath of Fire, as a series, has another recurring character. And here she is - Nina! Princess of Wyndia. Could you tell? If you had to guess, she's a magic user. And frail. And she really likes Ryu. Roo. Whatever his name is. Surprise!
Here's the team's professor type. Momo is a young lady who is something of a scientist and technician. Oh right. This game has sorta-technology. You'll see. She has rabbit ears and a bazooka, and is a mixed bag of magic. My personal favorite character.
And now for my least favorite character, because I can't figure out what the hell he's meant to do really, Peco! Peco is... an onion... monster thing. And he can't speak. Actually though, he's a hit point power house.
You're either thinking "Oh, that's the muscle" and/or "Is he a dragon demon thing?" Well he is the muscle, but he's... Well you'll see in plot points. He's not a dragon or demon though. Just real scary looking. He's pretty much the guy who makes the plot happen at all though.
Hey you guuuuuuuuyyys
Usually I allow people to give input on things I do in my Lets Plays. This time, I'm going to take a relaxed means of that. In essence you guys have a few episodes to convince me of a team to use for all my doings in the game (exceptions being when I have to bring someone along for content with little choice on my end). Roo always has to be in the team so you guys who have played the game before feel free to convince me of who the other two are and how to build them up.
Warning: I'm strongly leaning toward having Momo no matter what so you're gonna have to fight me on that.
Just keeping count of episodes and noting where in the thread each resides.
Episode 1 - Ye Olde Introduction - Page 1
Episode 2 - NO TITLE! - Page 2
Episode 3 - The Tutorial Episode - Page 4
Episode 4 - The Most Important Episode Ever - Page 4
Episode 4 - Part 2 - Also Page 4