While I'm talking BoFIV I would like to throw out some random thoughts.
-I LOVE the Fou man! Great character thus far. Unless they completely botch it, the way they have written him in up to the 20 hour mark for me has made him very sympathetic while still being damn near "Sephiroth-type" of cool and badass.
They don't botch, it only gets better (depending on what the "20 hour mark" is...been a while)
-I caught a "beat all" line come out of Cray last night. Cray is NOT Rei. Cray will never be Rei. There be only one feline in the BoF universe who can and should ever say "beat all" effectively, though I take it more as the writers clever reference to Rei's use of the verbage than anything else.
I never liked Cray that much. He was cool but too pedestrian to be very interesting.
-Lastly, who signed off on these dragons!!!??? Dragons huh...Really...????? The text says dragon, the sprites/dragon models say something completely different if you ask me. They should have run strictly with the term "Endless" IMO. The narrative DOES make appropriate their visual distinction from typical Dragons but the term proves jarring to me none-the-less.
Aw, cut it some slack! The game has wonderfully 'unique' dragons that try to test what it means to be a "dragon" and a "god". Or, more specifically, I like how they work on the environment; it's not just a RED DRAGON who breathes FIRE, it's not just a PURPAL DRAGON that 'breathes' lightning. (which reminds me, I loved the BoF3 "hybrid" dragons between Ryu and another party member...awesome to play a tiger-striped dragon)
The water dragon looks like a gigantic mollusk. The mud dragon has you see its innards through its clear skinned snake with almost tatooed-on eyes. The sand dragon looks like a sandworm with wings. The grass dragon wraps its tail around a rock like it's about to fly away.
Oh and UDON is releasing the BoF series artbook http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2013-07-19/udon-ent-to-release-breath-of-fire-devil-may-cry-resident-evil-6-darkstalkers-artbooks
I've owned it for years and it is seriously one of my favorites. Despite the dubious quality of their games as of late, CAPCOM still hires some amazing talent.
And also, fun fact, this game has one of those rare instances where a real classical song (or rather, a made-for-game version) plays during an important part. I'm afraid telling you what it is, oddly enough, is a slight spoiler.
In other news, I got an itch to pop Dragon's Crown back in (haven't played it since release at which point I beat "normal" mode with an elf) and start a Wizard. Man, he is much harder to use than my Elf was... that is all I have to say about that.
Seriously, after playing it safe with the Witch, the Amazon is where it's at. She's a fucking jack hammer.