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Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride (DS) Review
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.
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...
Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride review (DS)
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Review: Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride for Nintendo DS
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.