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DRAGON QUEST V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride

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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 7
7.0

Expert Review

Game Informer
30 June 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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Overall 9
9.0

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

HonestGamers
10 May 2009
  • Excerpt: Narrative strength is one of two important elements that make
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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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Overall 8
8.0

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

Expert Review

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
9.0
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
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.
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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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Overall 8
8.0

Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride Review

G4
11 March 2009
  • 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
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