Review by nWoWhammy
Best Dragon Quest game in a while, but not for small kids
Now for the Dragon Quest 9: Sentinels of the Starry Skies review:
Graphics: 9/10. Cool graphics, maybe not as sharp as the PS2, but they definitely look clean and the blockiness from DQM: Joker has been severely reduced, ESPECIALLY on DSi. Looks pretty good actually for a Dragon Quest game.
Sound: 7/10. Never one of Dragon Quest's strong suits, though the Corvus tune and Zoma's remake sound pretty cool. Estark and Psaro use the same exact music from the DQ 4 game, don't remember Nimzo that well because it was the end of the night when I played him.
Difficulty: 8.5/10. Definitely more difficult than your average Dragon Quest game. The enemies have been readjusted to fit 999 HP rather than 255, and so have all the weapons, armor, spells, and other aspects of the game. The EXP curve has also been nicely adjusted. This is not as easy as say, Dragon Quest (Dragon Warrior) 1.
Replay Value: 10/10. With the Extra Mode extending to well over 250 hours and the remakes of the old game bosses making this Dragon Quest Anniversary Edition, you will be playing this one for a good while. The game has a steep learning curve and will continue to challenge you late-game, with the Dragonlord's resistance to most everything to Psaro's instant-death attacks.
Multiplayer: 10/10. You can share the most difficult and event maps with everyone as you beat them through the game's tag mode at the Inn, making the experience more enjoyable for everyone. Unlike Pokemon, everybody can actually enjoy the maps and you can throw away hacked ones because you can see where they are. So far, Mortamor (NoA3), Dragonlord (though not necessary), Zoma (NoA1), Estark (NoA4), and Malroth (Nintendo)have been released as Nintendo events.
Wardrobe/Dress Up Function: 8/10. While it's cool to dress up your character and everything, the fact that some of the "slutwear" actually has actual value and not just for eyesight is a bad taste for the game and makes it somewhat inappropriate for young children. This is a negative drawback to what is generally an expansive feature of the game and unfortunately some points have to be taken from it.
Overall: 9.5/10. The game is really good overall, but has two major flaws. The first is that a lot of enemies including bosses are palette swaps, showing they ran out of room for making unique enemy designs. The other is relatively inappropriateness for all ages with the wardrobe. Other than that, the game is really good and I'd recommend this to anybody teenager age and up. Certainly the best Dragon Quest game since 4.
Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Product Release: Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies (US, 07/11/10)
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