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Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2

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Overall 6

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 review

24 June 2012
  • Excerpt: If there was ever a monster outside of Pikachu that you just wanted to take home as your new pet, it'd be Dragon Quest’s lovable slime. How could you ever want to hurt that precious smiley face on that little blue drip? And while Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 will break your heart because you’ll have to do just that, you’ll also recruit these monsters in your attempt to the become a Pokémon Mas... uh, Monster Scout.
  • Pros: Scouting tons of monsters, Getting your party just right, A wealth of online options
  • Cons: Too much grinding, Losing monster pals in fusion, The cliché characters and story
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Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Review

27 January 2012
  • Excerpt: Many Western players are aware that Dragon Quest is the 800-pound reptilian overlord of Japan's game industry, but might not be aware that the series has spawned numerous spin-offs. Among them are the Dragon Quest Monsters games, which takes the Dragon Quest series' roster of crazy, cartoony beasties and puts them at your beck and call.
  • Pros: Offers some different twists on the Dragon Quest formula, Combining and creating new monsters is fun, Goofy creature designs add a lot of appeal
  • Cons: Uninteresting story, Making good monsters requires grinding, Some elements aren't explained well
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Battling monsters is strategic rather than violent.

Common Sense Media
22 January 2012
  • Summary: Parents need to know that Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 is a role-playing game set in a world where the most popular sport is not football or soccer, but monster battles, a la Pokemon . Players collect a team of monsters and send them out to battle other monsters in the hopes of becoming the greatest competitor in the world.
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Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 (Nintendo DS) Review

3 December 2011
Overall 7

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2

Auracore MediaWorks
29 November 2011
  • Summary: Mo' monsters, mo' problems.
  • Pros: Addicting fusion system; lots of monster varieties;
  • Cons: Barebones story; lots of grinding; areas feel empty.
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Overall 9

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2

The Gamers Temple
26 November 2011
  • Excerpt: Anyone who has read this site for more than 3 months or so knows how I feel about Pokemon RPGs. Each time a new one comes out, my wife and I clear our calendars and dive in. She refuses to put the game down until she's beaten the Elite Four; I won't stop until my PC is filled with one each of every species of Pokemon (yup, I have one each of every species my PC right now - all 646).
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Overall 8
Graphics 6
Sound 6
Storyline 4
Originality 6

Monsters Don't Joke Around

6 November 2011
  • Excerpt: The Dragon Quest Monsters series is a long running spin-off that has been around since the original Game Boy. Being that this is the second Monsters title on the Nintendo DS, I found myself going into Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 expecting merely a slightly updated version of the original with maybe a few tweaks and a new story. Instead, I got a streamlined, more polished game with a fantastic monster collection system.
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Overall 7
Gameplay 7
Graphics 7
Sound 7
Storyline 6
Control 7

Expert Review

19 October 2011
  • Conclusion: It's a good game to play while watching TV or a movie.
  • Pros: Tremendous variety, tons of content, imaginative monsters.
  • Cons: Lacks charm, mindless gameplay, where's the story?
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Overall 8

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 (DS) Review

17 October 2011
  • Excerpt: series is something I’m intimately familiar with – although ironically it is only because I review games for Vooks – the series really didn’t “jump” out at me before I began my writing position here.
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Overall 8

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2

Nintendo World Report
16 October 2011
  • Summary: Explore a mysterious island and collect over 300 monsters in this decent Dragon Quest spin-off.
  • Pros: Addicting gameplay, Over 300 monsters to collect and battle, Plenty of extra content
  • Cons: Lack of emphasize on story, Repetitive story
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