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 (DS)
26 August 2010
Excerpt: Quests are a big part of this game and usually have good rewards. There\'s story line quests and side quests that you can accept by talking to the villagers. You\'re limited to a certain number of open quests; fortunately you can later decline doing them. More quests are available via wireless download. In fact, many of the DS features are utilized in this game. You can use the stylus to move around, but I preferred using the regular controls.
Pros: Simple and fun game play, lots of online content, no random battles
Excerpt: Dragon Quest upholds tradition with every new iteration. Its mechanics have certainly been streamlined since the days of the original game on the NES, but Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies will fool no one familiar with the series into thinking it is a bold break with the past.
Excerpt: Long ago, the Almighty created the angelic Celestrians to watch over humanity. They were to protect the feeble creatures and guide them in times of trouble. The Celestrians didn't always appreciate their task, but they performed their duty admirably... until one day when everything they knew was challenged by one of their own, a lone hero. Thus begins Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies for the DS. If the story sounds familiar so far, it's because it is.
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies – DS (Review)
11 August 2010
Conclusion: Add a point to this score if you’re lucky enough to have a friend-or-two with a DS and another copy of Dragon Quest 9. Still, even without the ad-hoc multiplayer, Dragon Quest 9 is a great game that will keep you occupied for months. While I wished that there were some type of personality between your party members, it’s not a deal-breaker. Even so, the rest of the games story is charming and simple in a good way.
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies (DS) - Review
27 July 2010
Excerpt: Dragon Quest remains one of the most popular JRPGs and it is the best selling series of its genre. Many have been anticipating a western release for over a year now, and even though games in the series are known to maintain core elements of their predecessors, Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies doesn’t really offer anything new, besides a limited character creator and a frustrating online multiplayer system.
Excerpt: Americans might think we love videogames, but we’re mere hobbyists compared to Japan and its unstoppable lust for the Dragon Quest series. The long-running RPG is so popular there that new entries are only released on weekends, to prevent loss of national productivity when everyone picks up a copy on the first day and gets to level-grinding.