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.
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
Pros: Satisfying plot that has stood the test of time, Impressive dual-screen presentation, Great enemy variety and inventive attacks freshen the battle system, Addictive monster taming, Strong replayability due to storyline twists and extra dungeon
Cons: A little difficult to target specific monsters to recruit
Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride (DS) - Review
11 February 2009
Excerpt: Most of you should have heard of Dragon Quest already, one of the most famous gaming series in Japan, but most of you probably never played a Dragon Quest game. That’s a shame but somewhat understandable. Dragon Quest is all about fabulous stories and a full-blooded traditional Japan RPG.