Reviews and Problems with DRAGON QUEST V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride
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The Long Road to Adulthood
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...
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.
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: 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...
Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride (DS) Review
17 April 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.
Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride – Staff Review
16 April 2009
Excerpt: The immense popularity of the DS has allowed North American gamers to get their hands on several games that previously never saw release on this side of the world. Like so many other games of the 8-bit and 16-bit era, Dragon Quest V has been completely remade as Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride
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.