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I’m finally playing Dragon Quest

July 26, 2010

I’ve not really been avoiding Dragon Quest but it’s not a game I’ve ever felt compelled to play. Which is strange because I love Japanese RPGs and Dragon Quest essentially ticks all the traditional RPG boxes. So what has stopped me for so long? The art style.

Years ago, when I split my time between school, gaming and animé, I used to watch Dragon Ball Z. I eventually got tired of watching burly, blonde men look constipated for numerous episodes and ended up beginning to hate the series. Sadly this resulted in anything by artist Akira Toriyama getting the cold shoulder.

This means anything Dragon Quest got ignored. I ended up getting a copy of DQVIII as a gift and it was left collecting dust. I’m a huge Final Fantasy fan and it was only after reading an article about the popularity of Dragon Quest in Japan, I decided to give it a go. A little late to the party, I know.

Walking into GAME this weekend, I noticed Nintendo & Square Enix were running a huge Dragon Quest IX campaign. I ended up grabbing a copy at the counter and nervously reading the manual on the way home, hoping I hadn’t wasted the remaining credit on my gift card.

You can customise your own character in DQIX.

Now I understand the hype, the buzz and the total Tokyo meltdown when Dragon Quest comes out. It’s seriously addictive! After seeing modern day jRPGs lose their tradition bit by bit, Dragon Quest holds that tradition up and adds to it.

I think the major selling point was actually being able to create my own hero at the start and potential of multiplayer with friends. I’m a bit gutted that the multiplayer is local wireless rather than WiFi. Now I just need to find a bunch of people willing to quest up!

So my new obsession is Dragon Quest. I’m sorry if I start constantly tweeting about it, I don’t mean to be annoying… I’m just excited. This just means I got a huge back catalogue of games to check out. What are your favourite Dragon Quest games? Let me know so I can check them out.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. July 26, 2010 12:10 pm

    I just finished reviewing this. Great title that might not rock the boat but proves it’s the grand daddy of the JRPG. Shame about co-op being limited to local (obviously not a problem if you live in Japan).

  2. July 26, 2010 12:12 pm

    It’s brilliant 🙂 I’ve really enjoyed it.

    I’ve only played DQ8 beforehand (the PS2 one) and that’s great too although it’s quite different.

    Pity we don’t live nearer to each other, could have some good multiplayer times then 😀

  3. July 26, 2010 12:18 pm

    You have to check out DQ5 on the ds if you have a chance. It’s the best DQ game I’ve played out of the lot and had a great story that 9 (in my crazy opinion) lacks. In fact both 4 and 5 remakes on the ds are pretty cool.

    I’m with you on the art style though, it does nothing for me but there’s something comforting with the classic turn-based battles. Like eating cake or something. Yeah, DQ is definitely like a Victoria Sponge.

  4. July 26, 2010 12:33 pm

    Okay you’ve convinced me, I’m going to go grab a copy this weekend – particularly interested in the multiplayer elements.

  5. Rose permalink
    July 26, 2010 1:59 pm

    I’ve only played Dragon Quest VIII on the PS2 but it’s one of my favourite games of all time. Just loved the humour in it, the voice acting wasn’t irritating as it can be in some of these jRPGs and the music was excellent.

  6. July 26, 2010 9:36 pm

    I actually love Toriyama’s art style. And Chrono Trigger is a good game. Jump over the hurdle once more. And as far as Dragon Ball Z goes, I love it too, but I know why some can’t like it, but the show is at fault mostly for it’s exposition of grunts and bluffs, etc. becuase the show was originally running concurrent to the manga and they need something to pad out the the time.

  7. July 28, 2010 3:13 am

    Ugh, I’m with you on the DBZ bit. >__<

    As for Dragon Quest, I've only played one. ^_^ It's Dragon Quest 8 and I REALLY liked it! The story was amazing and really fun to play through. If I wasn't so busy I'd pull it out for another play. Love that game. ^_^

    • July 28, 2010 3:15 am

      Crap. Half of my comment was eaten because I forgot that some forms don’t like my angry face. Whoops. *^_^*

  8. August 2, 2010 3:11 pm

    As silly as it might be, I think the greatest aspect of DQIX is all the clothing and weapons and how each one is visible on your character(s). This keeps me going a lot during the long grinding process because if I can just get X more items then I can make Y recipe and dress up my dude in a thief’s turban or whatever. Love it!

    • August 2, 2010 3:12 pm

      Gotta agree! Adds such a fun element to the game 🙂

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