Review by fawful_X
"Dragon Quest is not worth the time... to ignore."
Introduction - Dragon Quest was originally called Dragon Warrior, and originated on the Nintendo Entertainment System, otherwise known as the NES. It was made to be easy on those new to the RPG genre, because at it's time, other RPG's were merciless to beginners. It has a few remakes, along with the fact that a few spoofs by the creators were created. The original game was created by Square Enix, AKA Square, but at it's time, it was called Enix.
Gameplay - 9/10. The Gameplay involves a Turn-Based RPG interface, where you can take as long as you want choosing your attack options and uses quite some logic. You don't need a good understanding of the idea, but it works like this; you select your move, and the character with the highest speed goes first, and the character with the lowest speed goes last. You can also change your job, or class, after a relativity early point in the story, and recruit new party members even earlier. Even though it has a few gimmicks to those that played Turn-Based RPGs before, those gimmicks are quite nice to have.
Story - 7/10. The story is very generic, with the "You were once a normal guy for your species, but now you have to save the world" theme going on. Still, there are enough plot twists in this game that are classified as spoilers in general to keep it from feeling redundant.
Graphics - 8/10. The 3-D graphics may not be as advanced as, say, the Wii, but otherwise, it gives the Nintendo 64 a run for it's money! The 2-D graphics are good, but not perfect. Still, both types of graphics aren't as much as an eyesore as one can complain.
Sound - 8/10. Even though the sounds were mostly re-used from previous entries in the series, it somehow feels like Dragon Quest II/2 all over again, but with better graphics.
Play Time/Replayability - 9/10. The speed depends on your style of play, so if you want a strong party, you can go slowly, or if you want to beat the game as soon as possible, you can attempt to ram through the game, and there are even achievements for going so fast that your time is below a certain time, or so slow that your time is above a certain time.
Final Recommendation - Like in the title, you shouldn't ignore this game. You should give this as a gift to someone if they never played any Dragon Quest game, or if they don't have this game in their collection of Dragon Quest games. I would recommend you to at least give this game a go, even if you are new to RPGs or Dragon Quest. The only true problem(s) is canvassing for guests, who will give you goodies and upgrade the "Hub Town" inn.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 10/04/10
Game Release: Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies (US, 07/11/10)
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