It would increase slowly over the courser of the game. And some actions would increase it drastically. One being a power/transformation you could use in battle, which made Ryu insanely powerful. You could double, triple, quadruple, etc your power in battle which increased a certain amount of %.
I increased my power like tenfold one time, and one shotted one of the final bosses.
But that all comes at a cost. There is no way to lower the % number. It only goes up.
Once it reaches 100%, it's game over. Completely. You'll have to start all over from the very beginning of the game.
So they essentially give you near limitless power at your disposal from the start of the game. But you have to calculative or cautious with how you use it. For most bosses, I never made use of that power at all.
Another interesting system was a rank assigned to all the people in that world. Certain doors would be locked behind a certain rank. Once you beat the game, you'll be assigned a new rank, and can go through New Game + with that rank, giving you access to new areas which would prompt new cutscene and events, explaining more of the characters backstories.
I'm not expecting Capcom to revive this series any time soon sadly. I hope I'm wrong though.
But until then I guess the SFV Breath of Fire costumes is the closet we'll get.
That game was so good, from the setting to the way the story develops its really eerily beautiful. It has that "melancholy" feel to it. Bosch was such a good villain as well, and the increase in the D-Counter really makes things tense, specially when you are struggling with a boss and want to use a transformation.
Yeah, the atmosphere in BoF 5 was really thick. Eerie and melancholy. Things like that make games especially memorable for me, when done in a good way.
Last edited by Hiku - on 19 March 2020
But I do remember being disappointed that Bosh still called me a scrub for being rank 1/1 in the opening during a New Game+.
Wish they would have altered the dialogue a bit, and him believing it was a miscalculation or something.