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Breath Of Fire: Dragon Quarter

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Original Thread: Countdown to Destruction - Lets Play Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter



Countdown to Destruction – Let’s Play Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter

Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter is an RPG-Roguelike released for the Playstation 2 in 2003 as the fifth installment of Capcom’s Breath of Fire RPG series.

In terms of chronology Dragon Quarter is like its predecessor, Breath of Fire IV, in that it floats in a strange void outside the established Breath of Fire continuity. Despite many fan theories about this game existing in the distant future of the franchise, the official word from Capcom is that Dragon Quarter is unrelated to the previous games except through its legacy characters, Ryu and Nina.

The game itself is generally regarded as the black sheep of the Breath of Fire series, being a radical departure from its predecessors in terms of genre, setting and tone. The classic RPG elements are given a pseudo-Roguelike spin, and the traditional dragon transformation ability has been reworked into something that is in every sense apocalyptic. Instead of a colourful medieval fantasy world, Dragon Quarter takes place in a grim and gritty post apocalyptic future where mankind has been forced underground. In lieu of the fantastic and vibrant environments of the rest of the series, the entirety of Dragon Quarter takes place in the dirty, cramped confines of a subterranean shelter.

These changes and others that I’ll get to later were sharply divisive, and Dragon Quarter has since been branded with the dreaded ‘love it or hate it’ label. Personally I respect the game for daring to be so different. It harkens back to a time when game companies weren’t afraid to experiment and try new things, and I applaud the Capcom of yesteryear for taking the risk even if it ruffled a few feathers.

Spoiler Rule
This game is ten years old and the story isn’t Shakespearean. That said, please use spoiler tags when discussing future plot points.

Initial Playthrough:

New Game+ Playthrough

Other Breath of Fire LPs:

Breath of Fire by Me
Breath of Fire II by Me
Breath of Fire III by Rabbi Raccoon
Breath of Fire IV by Daeren

Fanart and Other Stuff:

Nina Acquires Some More Modest Clothing, by blankd:
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