0 to Z of Playstation 1 Games is a blog looking at the various titles released on the console, looking at what the games are, the gameplay and story, as well as how the game was critically received and the current availability of the game. As well as other projects such as Modern Game Weekly and Gone But not Forgotten.
0 to Z of Playstation 1 Games - Bounty Sword First
Bounty Sword First is
a 2D Scrolling tactical strategy role playing game with a fantasy theme that
was developed and published by Pioneer LDC. The game is a remake of a
relatively obscure SNES game titled Bounty Sword, a game that was also published
by Pioneer LDC when it released in 1995.
This remake was a
Japanese and Playstation exclusive release, with the game coming out on the 6th of June 1997, the
game also received a re release as a part of the Major Wave series of budget
titles in August of 2000, this release was published by Hamster Corporation.
In addition to these
releases the game also received a PSP and PS3 release coming in April of 2011,
as well as a PS Vita release the following year on September 11th 2012, Hamster
Corporation published all three of these releases as well.
Bounty Sword First puts a great deal of focus
on the games Battle Mode, the game offers the player a comprehensive tutorial
that the player can go through before tackling the main Story Mode. The games
combat is a mixture of up close and personal with weapons such as sword or the
more long ranged magical attacks, combat also features special attacks which
can be devastating as well as the use of item, both offensive and healing items
and magic are present in the game.
While traversing around the world the player
will encounter various cities and towns, this being an RPG the usual staples
are present in these towns, with shops for you to buy and sell items, you can
visit the local inn to listen to any local gossip as well as save your
When starting the game the player will only
have the main protagonist Sword as a party member, as you progress through the
game however additional party members will join your party. Once they have
joined the party they will also participate in combat in the game Battle Mode.
Battle Mode unlike combat from many RPG’s does
not let you control you party members when in combat, the only character the
player has control over is the main protagonist Steel. The game instead allows
the player to plot trajectory paths which the characters will follow, you can
also set how the characters should act when encountering an enemy. Special
attacks and magic spells can be performed at any time if the player is able to
The game offers a variety of classes each
having their pros and cons, some of these character classes include, Bounty
Hunter, Knight, Ninjas, Samurais, Amazons, Clerics, Priests, Sorcerers,
Wizards, Snipers as well as a few more. Each party member has their own level
and can be levelled up further by gathering experience in combat.
As previously mentioned the game features towns
and cities that have shops in them, your are above to buy weapons such as
swords, bows and arrows and many others, also available from shops is better
quality armor that offers various degrees of protection, as well as special
items that can be equipped to your characters to increase the chance of winning
Bounty Sword First takes place in the year 4093,
with a looming war between Europea and the Kingdom of Rheinmetall in with both
nations in a struggle for power. The player plays as a once glorious and
distinguished knight named Sword.
It has been 10 years since Sword was a knight,
in the intervening years he became a bounty hunter and works for a fairy named
Tethys, until one day when he meets a young girl and his the beginnings of his
This being a Japanese only release, and one
from way back in 1997, critic reviews for the game are none existent, so we
will be heading over to GameFAQs for their user ratings, where sadly even on GameFAQs
we find the game has no user rating and only one user rating for both the games
difficulty and lifespan. We find this single user rated the game as having just
the right difficulty level, and having a lifespan of around 20 hours.
This is the part of 0
to Z where is visit four online retailers and see what the availability of the
title is, and what price you would be looking at if you wanted to pick this
title up, the sites that I will be using for this are Amazon.com,
eStarland.com, retrogames.co.uk and Gamedude.com I know the last one is very
location specific, but from a podcast I listen to, I’ve heard they have a huge
stock of older games, Ebay has now been dropped unless the game is unavailable
at other retailers.
So lets get down to
business with Gamedude, where unsurprisingly this Japanese only release is not
listed, the same goes for Retrogames.co.uk and eStarland.com. As a last hope we
head to Amazon.com in the hopes of finding at least one copy of the game
We do in fact find
the game listed and available, with a modest number of copies currently on the
market, where we find the first two copies on offer complete copies in good
condition and priced up at $12.53 and $12.99 respectively.
Another few good
condition copies are priced up at $13.68, $13.77 and $13.83, with a fourth
successive good condition copy priced at $13.97. We find out first very good
condition copy a couple of copies down from here, this copy will set you back a
total of $16.44 once shipping has been added in.
A handful of new
copies of the game are also available, new copy prices start from $28.36, this
copy comes with free shipping. As does the second new copy on the market, this
one priced at $28.65, a few more copies priced between $30 and $32 and a final
new copy, the usual overpriced one at $69.99.