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The graphics are great but the accents are thick.
posted by tiloho (IRON RIVER, MI) Sep 24, 2008
Member since Jun 2005
10 out of 13 gamers (77%) found this review helpful
sam920 from Antelope California
posted by smorri1 (ANTELOPE, CA) Sep 25, 2008
Member since Sep 2005
2 out of 3 gamers (67%) found this review helpful
posted by RPGruler (PHOENIX, AZ) Sep 26, 2008
Member since Jan 2006
4 out of 7 gamers (57%) found this review helpful
Finally a DS RPG remake i could get through
posted by Ascalon (LEWISVILLE, TX) Jun 14, 2009
Member since Dec 2006
1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
Anyway, i really like the fact that this game is broken down into chapters, which i really need in DS game, something that just says "Hey you're making progress in this game!" every time you get to another chapter. One thing that's in this game that you don't see in a lot of games -- especially RPGs, is that you focus on one or two of the 8 characters you play as through the first 2-3 chapters. It makes you care about the characters, and lets you feel each of the characters out so you can have an idea of which guys/girls you'll play with.
The battle system in this game is typical turn based stuff, with each character having their own unique spells and attacks. The graphics are also awesome, they're colorful and pretty much what you'd expect from a dragon quest game. Compared to some other RPGs, this is pretty forgiving, meaning that if you die you basically transport to the last town you visited with a church. Also, you keep your stats too(but you may lose money, i really don't pay attention to that stuff). So you're not going to have one oft hose annoying moments where you're trapped in an impossible battle you can't run from, die, and then start over from wherever the heck you last saved.
Basically this is a really solid RPG that should keep you busy for several hours, if you're looking for a RPG to play on your DS or want to get into dragon quest then i definitely suggest put this game in your Q.
OK, but not a good plot.
posted by amr050 (SPRING, TX) Jun 29, 2013
Member since Nov 2011
posted by Suckersword (GILBERT, AZ) Nov 15, 2012
Member since Nov 2012
Great game spent about 30 hours questing!
posted by charanajo (PUYALLUP, WA) Oct 8, 2012
Member since Nov 2011
But... here is my but.. Sometimes I would go a day or two without playing Dragon Quest. I would turn the game on and have no clue what to do next as it doesn't give any hints... I had to use a walk through many times. So thank my lucky stars for walk throughs. But that was kind of a pain in the butt. Most games at least give some clue as what to do next.
Play this game if you want to spend hours and hours leveling up... everything about it is fun!
Meh level Dragon Quest Game
posted by davidbonatz (RESTON, VA) May 31, 2011
Member since May 2011
Could have been a 7 or 8...
posted by zOMGREI (MEDFORD, NJ) Feb 28, 2010
Member since Feb 2010
I'm not the type of person that really cares about the quality of a game's translation---as long as it's legible and the story isn't completely altered by some overbearing weeaboo, I'm fine with it. In this case, however, the translators must have thought they were being cute and clever when they went around and gave all the characters different accents depending on their location in the game world. They weren't.
Accents are notoriously difficult to pull off properly in a text format, and this effort is a prime example of how not to do it. It's obvious that the two people involved in this just used search and replace, which leads to a lot of text that needs way too much thought in order to decipher. In addition to this, there are a number of made up "foreign" words that can't even be translated through the use of context clues.
Yes, there were only two people translating this title. This does not excuse this incredibly sloppy work. If they were stretched too thin, they should have abandoned the accents (or toned the usage down significantly). I honestly preferred the Early Modern English used in the NES localizations of the first Dragon Quest to this.
My other major gripe with the game is that there's almost no reason for this to be on the DS. There is absolutely no usage of the touch screen capability---the top screen merely acts an extension of the 3D view, a world map, or a status screen. There's no real excuse for it either---the interface was perfectly scaled for stylus use.
All my complaints aside, the content of the game itself is decent. You'll get about 20-30 hours of play out of it (excluding the bonus chapter). The combat system is tedious outside of involved boss battles though, which is a shame. The graphics (especially in battle) are impressive, with incredibly detailed sprites and animations, all running at a smooth 60 FPS.
E games don't have to be this horrible
posted by Capdain (SAN JOSE, CA) Mar 3, 2009
Member since Aug 2007
What happened to this game
posted by namcinos (SALEM, OR) Jan 27, 2009
Member since Dec 2006
Insult to the Original
posted by noelholmes (San Jose, CA) Jan 2, 2009
Member since Apr 2008
-The environments are incredibly ugly.
-The characters (when walking around in the world) look stupid and deformed. i.e. one eye will be bigger than the other
-The dialogue is terrible (seems like poor translation)
It's very sad because the original was definitely a masterpiece, and FAR before its time. DQ4 for the NES had one of the first 'epic storylines' ever seen on a console, and the DS version makes a joke out of it.
A good game but a bit frustrating at times
posted by reddevi1 (GLENNS FERRY, ID) Dec 20, 2008
Member since Dec 2008
Dragon Quest IV - Chapters of the Chosen
posted by ms56gamer (RENO, NV) Dec 2, 2008
Member since Jan 2003