Reviews and Problems with Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
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Dragon Quest IX Review
4 March 2013
Conclusion: Dragon Quest IX isn't just one of the best RPGs available on the Nintendo DS--it's one of the best RPGs available on any current console. It's not without its flaws: Portions of the game can be difficult, tedious, and sometimes require level grinding in order to take down particularly tough bosses. But that's all balanced out by the depth of the job system, the never-ending exploration and questing, and the game's healthy sense of fun.
Conclusion: This actually meshes quite well with the more simplified story found in DQIX. Unlike more recent installments in the series, like Dragon Quest VIII, where the story line was rather fleshed out, and we saw a very strong cast of characters, in this game things have been simplified like what one would expect to find in Dragon Quests of old. With a basic premise, a hero who never talks, and nameless mercenaries that are recruited to help the hero on his adventure.
Excerpt: Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies is the first original mainline Dragon Quest series entry to be released on the Nintendo DS. While to some this might seem like an odd decision, for Square Enix's flagship Japanese RPG series it really makes perfect sense. What system is more widespread than the DS? And what better way to ensure the game spreads like wildfire, at least in Japan, than to add a local co-op mode?
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies Review
11 November 2010
Excerpt: What do you expect from the next iteration of your favourite JRPG series? Better graphics? Improved voice acting? An innovative new battle system? Dragon Quest IX has none of these things. The reason for this can be traced back to a decision made before the game was even in development; the decision to bring the game to a handheld console.
Summary: The Dragon Quest series is gaming's greatest immovable object. While many franchises can be accused of repetition, no series has ever remained so close to the tree it fell from as this legendary collection of role-playing games. The same mechanics, the same artist, the same monsters, the same battle screens, Dragon Quest has never yielded to evolution, proudly digging itself into the turn-based RPG trench and refusing to come out.
Summary: Dragon Quest IX is not a radical departure from past games, and that’s exactly how fans like it. It’s got the same elements that made past entries so memorable, and fits right in with the rest of the series. Anyone who likes JRPGs – of any flavour – will thoroughly enjoy this title and the hours upon hours of gameplay that a $35 DS cart can fit in. There are very few games with a better bang for your buck.