Ugh, I have so many great games in my backlog, but almost all of my systems are currently in storage(along with most of my games) ten states away. x_x Cannot wait till I can get things out of storage.
Till then I am stuck playing Leged of Heroes III as my last game with me that I have not beaten. I think this is my current record holder for the longest time between buying a game and actually playing it. Five and a half years. I really can't say that I am regretting not playing this game because I'm not interested in the story and the battle system is fairly bland. Oh well I guess it is marginally more interesting than replaying a game I have already beaten.
I remembered Breath of Fire 3 rocking.... I knew I loved it.... but these memories were all crafted and stocked up in me nah-gun upon the titles release many moons ago... But wow... I had no idea NO RECALL of just how much this rocked... talk about classic-gaming-greatness... between this and the .hack series right now I don't even care to check siliconera daily ATM-LoL Weird, I recall finding Breath of Fire 3 to be my least liked of the four "proper" Breath of Fire games. It has been a while since I played it, so I don't really recall why I disliked it. So I'm curious, what exactly is it that you enjoy about the game?
Even though everyone else already more then satisfied a reply to this, I feel it would be rude of me not to acknowledge the question anyhow.....
I love BOF3 for a number of reasons that were already expressed... and, actually for a number of reasons that it is disliked it seems.... For one the cast and art style are my favorite amongst the franchise. I love Teepo... I've been itching for a new tattoo and its a toss up right now between something from the BOF franchise or the Madoka Magica anime series and if I go the BOF avnenue Teepo is totally in the running...
Moving on, the dungeon designs, mini games and difficulty all gel well enough to keep me never really feeling as though things are getting longwinded. I almost always feel at points in games that things become "routine" and/or patterned in such a way where I'm just going through the motions of predictable gameplay to see more narrative. I just don't feel that way here. Somehow they keep the experience feeling and looking nice and "fresh" for me.... This is also one of the few soundtracks I would call "charming" as well..... not incredible... but completely appropriate for the mood of the visual and narrative..... As you can tell thus far presentation means A LOT to me in games... and it is just all right on the money here for me.
I love the Master system as well... I can't believe this hasn't been ripped off more by other titles... So many play-mechanics get re-done and tweaked over and over again... and not that the master system is the most original in the world, but it is far easier to digest and more rewarding, IMO, than some of the micro-management of grids and numbers in more current gen RPGs.
And I gotta give credit to BOF3 for being unique in a very un-original sense.... now here me out before you write this off as non-sense. It evolved RPG's beyond the days of Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo by, IMO, evolving what had been working and what fans loved about the predecessors... In other words, you had titles like FF7 (I'm not saying FF7 was bad BTW....) taking RPG's into somewhat uncharted territories in an effort to mainstream and commercialize things as much as humanely possible and move things in new and exciting directions... Then you had games like BOF3, which to me, stand as examples more of what became of the evolved 16-bit days, staying true to form as much as possible whilst making the transition to new hardware.... Despite some other stellar titles that did this (wild arms, suikoden, et cetera....) we clearly see today who won the battle in the long run..... JRPG's are not what they used to be and BOF3 marks one of the finest and final games of those major 16 bit franchises to stay true to form. It didn't do anything flashy but it sure satisfied the BOF itch for fans such as myself.
So ultimately my reasons for loving this are really very subjective... that is, I am not gonna sit and argue that this game does anything "better" than any others... because in all honesty it doesn't.... but it does the BOF series, and fans, complete justice.
And just to touch upon something else.... I totally loved the fact that Blue was a hidden character in BOF2. In fact, I love a great deal about breath of fire 2.... However, on the note of blue, she was not only a really freakin' cool throwback to the first title but, if I recall, she made the last leg of that game much easier.