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Anybody play these awesome RP Gs?
I've played I thru III (Gameboy Color Version) , but only got around to beating I.
I've been too busy to beat II or III.
edited 24th Oct '09 9:17:04 PM by Schitzo
Freaking love this series. It was one of the first RPG series I ever played. Heck, I'm one of the main contributors for the various DQ pages. :P
Also, Dragon Quest I's Overworld Theme is great listening to when wandering around here and there.
Currently playing III on the GBC and V on the DS.
I have played Dragon Quest 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, Monsters, Monsters 2: Tara's Adventer or whatever, 1+2, 3 GBC. I desire 4 DS for Christmas as that is my favorite next to 7. God I loved 7....I wish I had a copy of it. I really liked the world piece gathering aspect of the game. I adored 4's multiple story line style. 3 I really like the custom party idea. The jester ad cleric were my favorite classes. 1 is nice and easy to beat. Make's a good way to pass time since it's so simple. 2 I liked but never beat because I got lost in the boat. 8 originally made me recoil because of the 3-d, but proved wonderful. I like the graphics even though they made me uneasy when I first saw them. Monsters I miss. I lost my cart one day when I was in elementary school. Monsters 2 I really liked. Pokemon paled in comparison as far as I was concerned.
I've been playing these games since I was about five. Bah! on reading! I had a mother to read things to me. And then I learned how to read and played them even more.
Also: Monsters made me cry the first time I bred a pair of monsters. I wasn't expecting the parents to leave. I am occassionally saddened by it still. I just remember that they continue on in their children. Mons games are a very personal affair to me in general. I didn't cry as much as when I played Monster Rancher 2 though. Damn....I wasn't expecting my Mochi to die on me...It shocked my little kid mind.
So yeah...I love Dragon Quest.
edited 25th Oct '09 2:14:31 PM by Aeondug
Only 8. I liked it a lot, but damn if it wasn't the most uneven thing on earth. Brilliant presentation, great music, challenging gameplay for a change, all paired with the most forgettable story and battle system I've seen in an RPG. I'm led to believe that the prequels are even worse as far as that goes.
But I had a slime controller. Loved that thing.
The battle system and story is YMMV I guess...I loved it because it was simple. It hit me hard with nostalgia in those areas.
Also...because it is so awesome...A video of the theme song must be embedded. This is the Overture of the fourth game on the NES. Good classic stuff it was...
Oh yeah, I forgot about the atmosphere. Completely charming. I think it's about as pure as traditional turn-based RP Gs can get ... for better or worse, I suppose.
I've only played the remake of IV on the DS. I didn't like it at first, what with the grinding and all, but I eventually warmed up to it.
And then I lost the cartridge.
Currently playing V.
And I'll get a copy of DS!IV too.
I played VIII. It was pretty good, but a bit too unforgiving and about 20 hours too long. If it weren't for the great voices, I wouldn't have cared about it too much.
What's a good game for someone who wants to get into the series again?
Big fan of the series. I'm sort of hoping that Dragon Quest III will get an Updated Re-release on the DS after they get Dragon Quest VI out. Or even a remake of Dragon Quest VII, though I don't know if it would FIT on a DS cart...
^^ DQIII is the best of the NES era, IMO.
^^ They could always bring it over to the PSP. I assume IV-VI on the DS is because they're originally on Nintendo consoles, while VII was on Playstation.
Can't wait for VI and IX to be out in English.
^ I thought they brought/are bringing out the IV-VI remakes on the DS because the most popular of the current handheld systems in Japan, and DQ's a Cash Cow Franchise over there?
At any rate, DQIII and DQIV were what got me hooked on RP Gs when I was little, and I like the updates they added to the remakes of III, like the Thief class and Personality System. It'd be nice to have a newer version than the GBC one. * And an English version of IV that actually included and translated Party Chat, while I'm dreaming.
Apparently Dragon Quest IX is bringing back a lot of the features first introduced in Dragon Quest III so that's going to be awesome. :D
Dragon Quest IX seems to have the make-your-own-party system of Dragon Quest III combined with the skill system of Dragon Quest VIII and the class system of Dragon Quest VI and Dragon Quest VII.
Anyways, I don't think the fact that IV-VI were originally on Nintendo systems have anything to do with their presence on the DS. I think it's more likely because they haven't had a handheld remake yet and I-III already have.
...that and Dragon Quest VII is absurdly long and can take quite a while to remake. Hopefully we'll get that soon, maybe on the Wii or 3DS or something.
I have Dragon Quest IX preordered. Can't wait to play it, I've loved most of the games in the series (beat I, IV, and V)
Dragon Quest VII could really do with a remake. It was absurdly long, even for a Dragon Quest game.
I would love Squareenix forever if they remade the seventh game.
Fact: Square Enix will never remake a game that has VII in the title. Ever.
Dragon Quest V is notable for being one of the few video games to be about family and growing up, a subject mostly ignored in a medium whose target audience is teenage boys. The way the game handles Pappas is particularly brilliant. It's kind of a gaming cliche to include a character for the first few fights that's much more powerful than the rest of the party, only for them to leave in a Heroic Sacrifice. DQV takes this Up to Eleven: Pappas isn't just overpowered, he's A WALKING GOD. But the thing is, he's your father, you're a little kid, and that's how little kids see their fathers. This also means that the first time you see Pappas take real damage, it's really shocking—it's the moment your character loses his innocence, and by extension such a moment for the player as well.
It also has one of the few video game romances I've ever actually enjoyed. Even though the game does gently encourage you to pick one of the possible wives over the other, the love story with the preferred wife is quite beautiful. It also has one of the best love themes in any video game. Seriously—this song plays in only one room during most of the game, and I found myself continually going back to that room to hear it when I was playing.
edited 4th Jul '10 5:55:11 PM by merton
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