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DRAGON QUEST V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride
8.8 out of 10

DRAGON QUEST V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride

Never before released in North America, this entry in the Zenith Read more

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Overall 9
9.0
Gameplay 1
0.9
Graphics 1
0.9
Sound 1
0.9
Versatility 1
0.8
Funfactor 1
0.8

Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride (DS) Review

411mania.com
3 November 2009
  • Summary: If you have played through the original before, I wouldn't recommend buying it unless you are a huge Dragon Quest fan, or if you want to see the changes. If you haven't, and you're a fan of RPGs, I would give this game a very high recommendation.
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Overall 8
7.5

The Long Road to Adulthood

Game Informer
22 September 2009
  • Conclusion: Concept: Find your bride in a beautiful but grind-heavy remake of the original RPG classic Graphics: Toriyama's art style shines through in the colorful characters and monsters Sound: The musical score is a suitable accompaniment, and a newly recorded orchestral version of the opener sounds great Playability: Everything works as it should, but expect a painful amount of experience grinding in order to progress the story Entertainment: This charming but familiar storyline...
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Overall 9
9.4
Graphics 9
9.2
Sound 10
9.6
Control 9
9.0
Addiction 10
9.6

Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride Review

Cheat Code Central
31 July 2009
Overall 9
9.0

Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride review (DS)

HonestGamers
10 May 2009
  • Excerpt: Give or take a year, the time was 1994 and the place was backwoods Oregon. I was in high school--just barely--and I was looking forward to Dragon Quest V like you wouldn't believe. The first four NES installments have always ranked among my favorite RPGs of all time, so the idea of a new entry in one of my favorite franchises kept me awake at nights.
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Overall 7
7.0

Expert Review

Game Informer
10 May 2009
  • Summary: Dragon Quest V is a game from a bygone era - a time when rampant fantasy tropes and clich?d story points were not only expected, but celebrated in role-playing games. The legendary father, the childhood crush, and the pet-turned-ally are all accounted for. In battle, you have a spread of predictable options as you fight the same monsters that appear in every Dragon Quest.
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Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride Review

VideoGamer.com
2 May 2009
  • Excerpt: Finally, 17 years after it was released in Japan on the SNES, or the Super Famicom as they call it, Dragon Quest 5 has jumped aboard the Square Enix/DS love train to the west, following classic 90s JRPGs Chrono Trigger and Dragon Quest 4 onto Nintendo's dual screened wonder. Dragon Quest 5, called Dragon Quest: The Hand of the Heavenly Bride for the western DS release, plays very similarly to The Chapters of the Chosen (DQ4) and uses the classic, love 'em or hate 'em...
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Popular 1992 Japanese RPG gets remake for DS.

Common Sense Media
30 April 2009
  • Summary: Parents need to know that although Dragon Quest V isn't as heavy-handed as other RPGs, it explores some themes that very young children might find upsetting, such as the death of a parent, ghosts who desire to cook children and eat them, the destruction of a village, and people being forced into slavery. Religion figures prominently, with frequent references to a "Goddess" figure.
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Overall 9
8.6
Gameplay 9
9.0
Graphics 8
8.0
Sound 9
9.0
Storyline 8
8.2
Control 9
8.5

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RPGFan
28 April 2009
  • Excerpt: The original, indomitable Japanese RPG series, Dragon Quest, had a rough start in North America. Between a renaming (Dragon Warrior) due to trademark issues and a competitive market where Final Fantasy seemed to dominate, it's no wonder that Americans originally missed out on Dragon Quest V and VI for SNES. We also missed countless remakes of the games in the series.
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Overall 9
9.1

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GamingNexus
24 March 2009
  • Summary: Hot on the heels of Final Fantasy III and Star Ocean: First Contact, Square Enix is bringing eager adventurers another handheld remake of a long-lost classic role-playing game. Like so many of Square Enix's 8- and 16-bit games, this 17 year old adventure game never made it to these shores. It's a shame too, since Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride is easily one of the company's most engaging and emotional adventure games.
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Review: Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride for Nintendo DS

Geek.com
18 March 2009
  • Excerpt: The easiest way to date Dragon Quest V as a 16-bit era JRPG is to look at the dialogue. Even with the stellar translation job done in this Nintendo DS remake and the efforts to give characters regional dialects, the words have this particular special feeling that can only come from a game where the actual voices are imagined in your head only.
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