I’m working on posts about Summoner: Goddess Reborn (Gamecube, 2003) and PixelJunk Monsters Online (Facebook app, 2011), but just wanted to briefly mention another game I’ve been playing (which I’ll have to post about someday), Breath of Fire 4 (Playstation, 2000).
I always wondered, “what if modern-day-size teams and budgets put the kind of effort into 2D graphics that they put into 3D graphics on AAA titles?” And, with Breath of Fire 4, I found out.
It IS over 10 years old, but the animations are stunning- smooth, crisp, expressive, and just… luxurious. Battle never gets old simply because I get to watch the characters’ battle animations. Even the enemies get multiple, fully-animated actions. It’s incredible.
And character and creature designs across the board are imaginative, colorful, and fresh. (At the top of this post are the designs for the “dragon avatars” that appear in the game). Highly recommended for these and other reasons.
Anyway, another full post coming soon.