OFFICIAL BUT STILL UNAUTHORIZED TUMBLR OF BOB MACKEY
So Fran and I recently picked up a used copy of Breath of Fire 3. In good condition, this runs around $30, give or take, partially because it’s not on PSN (though BOF4 is.)
I played it for exactly an hour before saving my game, and I have some thoughts on it.
It came out 9/1997 in Japan and 4/98 in the US — the same day as Panzer Dragoon Saga, I remember (and Wikipedia backs me up.) I remember heading into EB to buy a copy of PDS and seeing just a BILLION (okay, probably 100-150) copies of BOF3 on display behind the register. It was probably the first major third-party JRPG to be released after Final Fantasy VII busted the genre wide open, so it’s little surprise how heavily stocked it was.
I got around to trying BOF3 at the time, but instantly dismissed it. Now I have pretty much the opposite reaction. I think I’m both more prepared to appreciate it for what it is, but also for what it’s not — which is a modern video game.
The way Principal Skinner says “Billy and the Clone-osaurus” is one of my favorite line readings in the history of The Simpsons.