Reviews and Problems with DRAGON QUEST V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride
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Dragon Quest V - Fans Of The Hyperbolic Opine
25 September 2013
Summary: In every long running series of video games there's often one title that players hold in highest esteem. Well it just so happens in the eternal Dragon Quest franchise, number 5 is often noted as the crème de la crème by ardent fans. The number one reason cited is Dragon Quest V's (DQV henceforth) "amazing story". But before I get to that, let's break this game down into modular criticisms. Graphics: DQV on the DS is largely graphically the same as DQIV was on the DS.
Summary: I chose this game because I'ma fan of the Dragon Quest series. I enjoy seeing monsters and hearing sound effects I remember from being a kid. The storyline of this game delivers as well. It carries you a long with a fair balance between playing time and passive story watching. The thing that keeps this game from being really great is the grinding. I didn't finish it. A lot of games we all love do throw in endless hours of leveling up and kill for cash game play.
Summary: Dragon Quest V: The Heavenly Bride is a great game. Don't consider it inferior if it is a portable game. This DS remake of an old sixteen bit game for the Japanese equivalent of our Super Nintendo Entertainment System (their Super Famicom) follows Dragon Warrior 7 on PSone (which debuted the graphical style of several Square-Enix RPGs on DS) and Dragon Quest 8 on PS2 (sadly this is the only super duper 3D release the series has known with it's very Akira Torimaya...
Summary: The monster gathering and character building can be fun but the story is typical trite RPG gimmicks. What do you expect though from game this old, it was part of the development of those trite gimmicks. Overall decent game, engrossing but a little dull at the same time... hard to explain.