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Brave Fencer Musashi

by SquareSoft
PlayStation
Everyone
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews) 81 / 100

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  • ASIN: B000038AAN
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: February 15, 1999
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,122 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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The setting is 160 years ago, and a great tension is brewing between two rival nations: the Yaquinik Kingdom and the LeCoir Empire. The LeCoir Empire stages a surprise attack on the Yaquinik Kingdom, with the intent to steal Reygund, the legendary sword of light. Yaquinik was not prepared for such an encounter and was, consequently, in great danger. At the moment of their greatest distress, the supervisor of the kingdom decided it was time for the "hero summoning." So 160 years after he had last saved the world from complete destruction, Musashi was called upon once more to serve the kingdom.

Musashi. Legendary warrior of ancient Japan. Originator of the Ni TenIchi Ryu method of sword fighting. Philosopher. Samurai. Poet. He's also the star of Square's new action/RPG, Brave Fencer Musashi. Touted by some as Square's Zelda killer, Brave Fencer Musashi is really a much different game. Sure, it's an action/RPG in the sense that there's a lot of action, and there are RPG elements in the game, but at its core, Brave Fencer is really more of an action/platformer than anything else.

Imagine, if you will, a game that looks like a cross between Klonoa and Gex: Enter the Gecko, and you'll have a fair approximation of Brave Fencer's stylistic approach. The game is made up of polygonal characters and fully 3D backgrounds. Some backgrounds can be rotated 360 degrees, like when you're exploring towns. Other times, the backgrounds remain fixed, so as to let you concentrate on solving the matter at hand, and since problem-solving is a main fixture in Brave Fencer, it becomes apparent that lots of thought went into the design. Each level has its own logical set of challenges that careful thinking will solve every time. It's very rewarding to escape the perils of the first few stages, which neatly sets the tone for the game.

Control in the game is very good. If you have a Dual Shock pad, you'll be glad to know that Brave Fencer fully supports both analog mode and Dual Shock vibrations. In an RPG of this nature, it's fun to feel the hits and spell effects in action. However, if you don't have a Dual Shock pad, digital control is just fine, too. In any case, the L2 and R2 buttons control the camera angle, while the square and triangle buttons perform such functions as checking treasure chests, attacking, using the Book of Five Rings, and reading signs. The X button is used for jumps, while the circle button activates the "get in" technique. More on that later. Lastly, the R1 button is used for blocking, which, if you want to get anywhere in the game, must be used effectively or else your numerous enemies will make quick work of you. Musashi, when he has the appropriate equipment, can perform all sorts of functions. For example, when you first start the game you must embark on a mission to recover Lumina, Musashi's powerful Sword of Light. Additionally, when he finds a certain item, he'll be able to climb rock walls using his two swords.

One technique that gamers will find particularly useful is the get-in technique. By holding down the block button, a gauge on the side of the screen begins to fill. When the gauge is full, you'll press the square button to throw Raikoumaru (your short sword) in the direction you're facing. Assuming you threw it at an enemy, once it hits he will be immobilized for a few seconds. While your enemy is trapped in this attack, quickly press the square button to absorb his power. Your enemy will disappear, and you will have temporarily gained a new get-in attack, which can be used, at the expense of BP points, by pressing the circle button. Later in the game you will find different spell books. Each book has different attributes, such as the Book of Earth, which can cause earthquakes when properly powered up. Additional sword techniques, like the Ni TenIchi Ryu Slash, may also be learned as the game progresses. Each of these skills will become necessary to overcome the increasingly difficult challenges the game will provide. --James Mielke
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game! November 24, 1999
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game was SOOO much fun! I don't know why it never became more popular! It's one of my favorites.
A game very much like Zelda, Musashi is a young boy who is summoned to another land to save the kidnapped princess. To do so, he must find parts of the legendary sword Lumina and break the spells cast over the five scrolls. Thus, Musashi embarks on a long journey. He strolls around town, shops at the local stores, climbs the nearby mountain, and, of course, has to defeat numerous meanies.
Besides the obvious role-playing/puzzle solving fun, there is plenty of battle to be done with the enemies, which becomes very exciting when you can actually absorb the powers of just about any creature in the game. There are also lots of little fun perks along the way, such as your dance contest with one the head of the Leader's Force (how else would Musashi fight a girl?)
I would highly recommend this game to anyone who is interested in role-playing/platform combination games, especcially if you are a Zelda or Final Fantasy fan. This game is exciting, unpredictable, funny, and it will keep you up all night!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sword Swinging Fun April 22, 2000
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Brave Fencer is an amazing game. Some of the puzzles may be difficult but in time you will slove them all. The story line is amazing, it could be turned into quite a good childrens film. If you're worried about people being killed by swords, worry no longer. It's kid friendly violence, the villians don't look human and there is no blood at all. Most of the people have a quick yell and disapeare. I really feel this game will make a great present for any person (who likes video games). So all in all, I recomend it to everyone.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly creative, fun game! March 13, 2000
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
When I started the game, I thought it was dumb. It starts off as just a 3D action/platform game. But after the first 10 minutes, it develops into something much more: A highly open ended, involving, entertaining, funny game. The plot flows perfectly, but isn't linear. That is you always know what you should be doing, but you don't have to. There are plenty of other things to do than just follow the plot: Save the prisoners, find all the longivity berries, locate all the secret treasure, go on subquests. This RPG included many clever new features. The idea that somethings only happen at certain times, or on certain days is very clever, as is the fact that Musashi gets tired and needs sleep (although sleeping in the dungeons is a little strange). Most people commented about how they didn't like the voice overs, but I thought they were hysterical. They just took some getting used to. Each character had a strangely unique accient. It gave them personality. I really don't understand why this game was so unpopular. I thought it was a real winner. You should give it a shot.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Masterpiece December 7, 1999
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
A engrossing story combined with a breath taking soundtrack make this a very good game. It's what you would expect from Squaresoft. It's graphics are sometimes choppy, but the large and egrossing area's make up for it. It's story is at times joking and then serious. The music is very emotionally conveying. Brave Fencer Musashi can be cosidered on of Squaresofts best games.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars #1 Game January 3, 2000
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Best game, I loved it! Great graphics, sound, voice, bosses,you name it. If the rating went up to 10, I'll give it 10! Figuring out the puzzles and tricks were great, especially the ice temple. Two thumbs and to toes up!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Game June 20, 2000
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Well for starters please don't buy this game thinking it will be like Final Fantasy. But this game is fun all the way around. You use your brain alot. Grapics are great and as you learn new techniques your attacks become stronger and a lot more exciting (explosions, crosses, etc.)It has alot of detail and is well thought out. Controls swords are t and s, jump is x.They are so simple a baby could use it. When you have to do a new move the game will tell you how step by step so do worry about not knowing how to use his sword correctly. Camera angles [are awful] sometimes and you can't change them unless you are in the village that is about the only thing that [is awful] in this game. and last but not least is the gameplay. This is where it gets exciting. You are on a journey and they always tell you what to do so you don't get confused.(I also suggest buying the strategy guide). You get to use your enemines abilities against them. You never know what ability you will get. This is a must buy for all RPG lovers
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BYE THIS GAME April 2, 2000
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I THOUGHT THIS GAME IS THE BEST IN THE WORLD SO FAR AND I PLAYED AND WON OVER 50 GAMES (INCLUDING ALL THE FINAL FANTASY'S). THIS GAME GOT EVERYTHING YOU CAN THINK OF, I DON'T KNOW WHY ANYBODY WOULD NOT LIKE THIS GAME.THIS IS A MUST BUY GAME.I ALSO RECOMEND BUYING THE STRATEGY GIUDE. GOOD LUCK.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different taste December 4, 1999
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Brave Fencer Musashi is yes, fun, a great deal kidsy? yes, and the voices in the game are a way to drive away the gameplayers. It's not very much like Zelda I thought either. However I liked alot of the way things worked such as the assimmilating ability that Musashi gains. You can rescue the members in the town that have been frozen and distributed throughout the world. By rescuing these town members you can get armor, items, and new things in shops for your deeds. The story is fun to watch and the battle system never gets old. This game's about a young samurai boy who gets transported to the world in the game (I forgot what it was called) and he must save a princess that's been captured by several different people throughout the game. Musashi can also gain levels by defeating enemies and gaining experience such as most RPGs have it. The puzzles aren't too difficult so it's a game you can play through and not have to worry about being stuck on a puzzle for too long. I'd reccomend this game to most RPG players who just wanna unwind from most games. It's a joke for the vetrans. ~Seth~
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
It came perfectly in the condition, it worked in the beginning. It doesnt play on my ps3, im pretty sure it would work on a ps2 or ps1 though.
Published 8 months ago by raul
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic Game
An incredibly fun action-adventure game, with a quirky sense of humor. The graphics may be quite dated, but the game design and music are both quite well done.
Published 11 months ago by Philip Stupakewicz
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun game, zelda fans would probably enjoy
This is a really great game.
It's a bit like zelda in terms of how everything is set up.

The game has a bit of humor and charm to it and is also generally very fun... Read more
Published 14 months ago by N. J. LACROSS
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
Just as described and it works perfectly. No skips, no glitching, just perfect in every way. Great experience with this item.
Published 23 months ago by William
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This was one of my favorite games as a kid and it was great to get to play it again. The discs were in excellent condition and mine even came with the original FF8 demo disk which... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Justin Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Never stopped loving this game.
This game was an instant classic for PlayStation. I've never grown tired of playing this game over and over. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Gregg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game
For it's time, and very enjoyable. I just couldn't forget when I originally played and wanted to get it again.
Published 23 months ago by Gerardo A. Mora
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic adventure game from the golden era of squaresoft.
Musashi was one of the last Squaresoft titles to be released before the big merger with Enix software. Read more
Published on January 16, 2013 by The_Pickles
5.0 out of 5 stars great
this product came in on time if not earlier. item was descibed exactly as it was in the description. thanks.
Published on December 29, 2012 by Chu
5.0 out of 5 stars Brave Fencer Musashi Review
I absolutely love this game. I hadn't played it in years. I ha a copy when I was a kid and lost it. Fortunately for me, Amazon exists. Read more
Published on October 17, 2012 by Carson
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