Well first let me tell you that I have followed the series on Kongregate while it had only released Epic Battle Fantasy 1 and to be honest the first and second game wasn't that great but then the third instalment came to the series and it changed everything becouse it had absolutely everything an JRPG could offer for a flash game.
I played Epic Battle Fantasy 3 about 5 to 10 times and when beating the game it gets a bit repetative so I usually came back for it every other month or so. Even when I had played it 9 times it was still as fun as it was the first time I started the game. But years passed and one day 2013 just before I was about to turn off my computer I just wanted to check my Kongregate and there it was, Epic Battle Fantasy 4.
I played the game 2 times or so on Kongregate but never really took the time to beat it but then a half year later when it got to steam I instantly bought it and played it through. I'm currently at my second playthrough and it has been some time since I bought it now.
Lets get into the game shall we
Art and Graphics: (10/10 absoultely love the art style)
I personally love the cute anime based art style that the game has and the effects are well animated aswell as the world and items and don't forget all the monsters and characters all have high detail. You may wonder why I say that they are detailed while their not having that mush details like shadows and particles but that is becouse it has a perfect balance between being cartoonish and detailed so i would say that this is a kind of masterpiece.
Sound and Music: (11/10 its my favorite game music and I listen to it all the time)
I think that the sound effects in this game fits perfectly with only some few improvements coming into my mind sometimes but thats just if I'm picky.
The music which is written by HalcyonicFalconX is absolutely stunning and as it changes from every region you visit it also changes the games atmosphere. From relaxing in the forest to intense in the factory aswell as epic while in the volcano. All I can say is that without the music the game wouldn't have such an impact on me as it had.
Gameplay (combat): (8/10 the combat is great but can sometimes get a bit repetative)
The combat system is that of any JRPG just that it is simple, highly detailed and fun but it does get repetative when going through an older region or before you unlock multi target skills. Anyhow the combat can make you quite impressed sometimes as some skills/attacks is simply epic.
Gameplay (exploration): (9/10 the world and exploration is so relaxing)
With a bunch of puzzles, easter eggs and a large variety of biomes to explore the exploration gets quite relaxing and at the same time interesting as you never know what you will find before uncovering the map.
Content: (8/10 very mush content for having one developer)
There is a large variety of quests, skills, items and monster but its not as mush content as you will find in an AAA game but thats obviouse that it would not have as mush content. I'm not saying that the game is low on content of items etc. but when you reach high levels for example you might have acctually leveled all skills to max and uppgraded every piece of equipment to the max. There is still enough of content to satisfy any player but I'm just saying that you might end up with nothing more to level up other than the characters levels but you wont reach the "no more upgrades" untill your in New Game+ or New Game++.
Story: (7/10 even without any focus on the story I still like it)
The game focuses on explorating, upgrading and combat but still offers a small story and its quite lighthearted and ammusing but still every time the game reveales a new part of the story you really feel like you are there in that offten wierd situation.
Final Score: (9.8/10 this game is a must buy)
Why such a high score well here is some ups and downs:
+++ : The music is absolutely amazing
++ : The sound fits very well with almost everything within the game
++ : Exploration and puzzleing is very fun and can get you obsessed to clear everything to a 100%
++ : The combat system is very strategic and interesting but its still simple enough to be played by a child
++ : The sudden notices from the characters can get quite hilleriouse
++ : The games easter eggs makes the game quite fun if you try to notice them all that is
+ : The game offers New Game+ aswell as a large variety of items to use
+ : Some skills/attacks can only be described with one word only: EPIC
- : There is a large variety of Skills and Equipment but after starting New Game+ it feels like you found everything
- : Going back to an older region does not provide with any supported combat untill you reach the next New Game+
This is a must buy for all RPG fans aswell as to all Fantasy and Comedy fans so I hope this review helped and that you might buy this game.