It would be fair to say that Breath of Fire 3 is not a good looking game. It has rubbish graphics, but then this is a game that compensates for that with some great gameplay. Basically, if you loved the Final Fantasy games, you'll definitely enjoy this. The game pits you as a human-dragon hybrid, who then escapes captivity and tries to start a new life in a new town, but this doesn't last long of course.
The gameplay is a bit more rigid than the FF games, which is a bit of a disappointment, and there is a real sense of linearity to it. However, the main story is engaging enough that you'll want to follow that path anyway, and the turn-based combat is a lot of fun, as it gives you the chance to take abilities from enemies you fight.
Graphically, the game is a load of old tosh for even a PSP game; this could have been powered on literally a PS1 and perhaps even earlier than that. There's nothing here that looks very good, but then the same can be said of many classic RPGs like Klonoa, so it's not a huge deal even if it seems rather lazy. The aural aspect is also pretty dodgy, and the uninspired tunes sound like something you might have whipped up on a MIDI keyboard in 1995.
It's a relief the gameplay is so good, because presentationally, this game looks pretty dated. As a legitimately difficult and enticing RPG, though, it works; just don't expect a wealth of choice and non-linear gameplay, because you will be let down by this game without a doubt.
Excellent game so happy it was ported to PSP. I first played breath of fire 4 and when I knew this was coming out on PSP I bought it before I even bought my PSP haha.
It is a very good game in terms of story and I quite like the way you can customize your character although at first I did not understand it wasn't until several hours later wondering why it was so hard that I figured it out, you can go and find trainers, who will raise your stats and give you certain skills, they are usually suited to a certain character, i.e some trainers will raise your strength while sacrificing another stat and also teach you fighting skills whereas other trainers will teach you magical skills and raise intelligence and sacrifice other stats etc. There are a lot of trainers to be found and to experiment with.
There is a big downfall to the game, it is quite annoying too, I do not know why it is like this, maybe it is a bad port but the animation in battles seems to take far too long to load, even simple animations such as when you heal, it seems to pause for a few seconds, then take a few more seconds to do the animation, the load times between each battle transition also take a little while, other than this it is a great game.
The main character as in (I think all breath of fire games) has the ability to transform into a dragon. I do prefer breath of fire 4 over this one but having this game on PSP is always a good thing to have!
There are some games that are ideal for handheld consoles, Role Playing games for me are perfect. I feel more comfortable sitting around playing this or on the train to work, especially when you don't even need to save your game with the PSP, you just turn it off when you can't play no more and back on and it's where you left it. Awesome, Breath of Fire is very like Final Fantasy, same magic potion fights and strange mystic dialouge but truth be told it's all quite intriguing.
Graphics - Pretty special, reminds me a lot of Devil May Cry on the PS2 at first, all characters are masterfully rendered and the environments are stunning. 7 out of 10
Gameplay - This is it's downfall, these games are hard ot control because theres so much going on plus theres little mini games for the fight sequences which aren't as easy to conrol as the actual game. 6 out of 10
Sound - Not bad, the cutscenes have good voiceovers so that can't be complained about, the music is the kinda medevil stuff you would expect. 6 out of 10
Longevity - Well I think I clocked out about 8 hours of this game and didn't quite complete it, i've no urge to start again but 8 hours+ ain't bad for a game nowdays. 6 out of 10
Overall - With games like Final Fantasy this will always struggle, on it's own it's a decent RPG but it looks average compared to the bigger and better ones. 6 out of 10