Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies User Reviews
For years now the ''Dragon Quest'' RPG series has had massive amounts of popularity in Japan, being the second most popular RPG series there (it's only beaten by ''Pokémon''. Unfortunately it's popularity has not spread to other parts of the world, falling behind games hat enjoy the spotlight in the US and UK. But now, ''Square-Enix'' and ''Level-5'', in a bid to spread it's popularity worldwide, have released the ninth instalment of the game on DS, along with many advertising campaigns featuring popular stars such as Seth Green and Jedward. And you know what? Not only have the managed t...
- Easily one of the most enjoyable multi-player experiences currently available on the DS.
- Uncomplicated and intuitive yet challenging combat makes for minimal amounts of boredom and highly forgivable repetition.
- Oozing with visual and musical charm.
- Unexpected but not unwelcome depth of character customization new to the Dragon Quest series.
- Impressive amount of content ensures that the player always has something to do, both before and after completing the game.
- Doesn't take itself too seriously and is riddled with jokes and puns as a result.
- The plot can at times feel very loose, beckoning the evil anti-RPG questions of, "Why?" and "What's the point?" (ie. "Go here and do this for lack of anything better to do" is not exactly inspiring stuff).
- Niched genre means that not everyone will find the game appealing and even fewer will play it to completion; particularly those who are unaccustomed to games that require a bit of experience grinding.
True to its incredibly popular heritage, Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies is a turn-based role-playing game set in a rich, fantasy world rife with mysteries, monsters and magic. Fans of past Dragon Quest games will find this latest installment to contain a good balance of both new and old, and a worthy addition to the legendary series.
After designing the highly customizable look of their character, the player begins their adventure as a Celestrian - an angelic race of beings charged by the Almighty with the safe-guarding of the mortals who inhabit the Protectorate (the world) ...
Impressive graphics push the Nintendo DS nearly to it's limits, character and map design optimized specifically for the DS! Plenty of side quests, ranging from treasure hunts to monster removal, that will have you playing long after the final battle. Classic turn-based combat makes a return! An almost impressive musical score, featuring jaunty town tunes and epic battle tracks the you've come to expect from the Dragon Quest name. The ability to connect with up to three other players via the Nintendo DS's local wireless capabilities or Nintendo Wi-Fi!The bad:
Some of the side-quests are a bit boring, such as the "change into this outfit" or "slay X amount of these monsters" style quests.Summary:
On December 12, 2006, Dragon Quest series composer Koichi Sugiyama confirmed that Dragon Quest IX was being developed exclusively for Nintendo's dual-screen handheld. Little was revealed of the title over the next two years, with the excuse given that the company needed more time to make a better game. Thankfully, in February, 2009, the name "Dragon Quest IX" resurfaced along with the announcement that the game would finally release on July 11 of the same year. Now the game is finally out, in Japan anyway, but for those of you who didn't decide to import - you're probably wondering if the w...
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