I think Breath of Fire V is wrongly described as "the worst in the series".
In my opinion, the first one wasn't exactly "fantastic".
Concidering that they adapted it for the Ps2, made it 3D, and gave the characters more bloody emotion than they had in the first 4 previous games, I think it was pretty good.
Hey, I'm not saying it's another BoF 3, that one was awesome beyond compare. I'm just saying it deserves some credit for the concept and time that went into it.
Personally, bought the game a week ago on Amazon, loved it, will play it again on a later date.
Expect some BoF V fanart from me, ye bastards~