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Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
2 September 2013
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.
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.
Accessible RPG with mild violence, safe multiplayer mode.
Common Sense Media
29 October 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies is a lengthy but easy role-playing game with a focus on local area network multiplayer play (not online). As with most games of its ilk, it dabbles in grownup themes, but the violence is tame, the language mild, and the sexuality limited to a few female characters with somewhat revealing tops.
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Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies (DS)
13 September 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. The top screen...
Pros: Simple and fun game play, lots of online content, no random battles
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies (DS) Review
16 August 2010
Excerpt: Dragon Quest is one of the most storied franchises in Square Enix’s line up, though it’s understandably living in the shadows of the Final Fantasy series too, having had notably less exposure to the West. Thankfully, with the most recent entry in the franchise developed exclusively and uniquely for the Nintendo DS, coupled with the backing of Nintendo themselves, Dragon Quest IX is one of the best RPGs available on the system.
Review: Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies (DS)
4 August 2010
Conclusion: Despite its unfortunate lack of character development thanks to its new emphasis multiplayer and continued emphasis on grinding, Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies has one of the most complete and polished original RPG’s currently available on the Nintendo DS, and it is well worthy of the franchise name. Whether you’re at home or on the train to work, Dragon Quest IX is a game that should keep players interested from start to finish.
Excerpt: Dragon Quest IX has kept its fans waiting for quite some time. After the success of Dragon Quest VIII on the PlayStation 2, fans eagerly awaited news of the series’ next instalment for years. Square Enix had released a bombshell and shocked many diehard fans with news that the game would not be developed for a next generation console as expected, but for Nintendo’s handheld device.