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.
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.
Summary: On the surface it looks like a simplistic role-playing game with cartoony graphics and a less-than-serious story. But Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride is so much more than that. It's a deep adventure game full of memorable characters and an epic story.
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.
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...
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...
Summary: Another great retro release? Or the death of your childhood? Adam takes a look at 'Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride', a new RPG for the Nintendo DS and finds out in this X-Play Review.
Pros: Exotic and imaginative settings, Hits all the classic Dragon Quest notes, Awesome Monsters
Cons: Slightly more conventional than Dragon Quest IV, Sancho's stereotypical Mexican accent, Still the same turn-based grind
Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride (DS) Review
11 March 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.