Trying out Dragon Quest IX
Posted June 16, 2010 by Jallen (152)
Dragon Quest is a big thing over in Japan, and dispite a few hardcore fans overseas, it’s pretty unknown in the US or Europe. Well, after being a massive success in Japan, Dragon Quest IX for the DS will be releasing in a store near you soon. Not soon enough for some people, though, as the game release is a full year later than the Japanese version.
What’s changed other than the language? Well, apparently nothing. It’s all as it appeared in the Japanese Verison. So what is the game then? Well, it’s your standard JRPG: a group of three characters go out on a quest (probably involing dragons at some point). You’ve got the town areas where you can talk to NPC’s, and a large field area (separated into different areas) which is populated by many different monsters. The monsters are on the field, so you can avoid them if you’re fast enough. You can also sneak up behind them to get the drop on a creature, or they can do the same to you. Sadly, when I played the game, it had already been on all day, and it ended up in one massive level grind, so I wasn’t able to see the difficulty of the game. Finally, you’ve got your standard dungeon sections complete with boss battles.
Online play is a big partof this game. Up to three friends can join in your game, and you won’t have to all stay in the same area. Players can freely explore the world on their own, but if you’re having a problem in a tough battle, you can ask for help and your friends can instantly transport to your location. Also, you can set your game to passively update itself at wi-fi spots. This will give you access to new weapons, clothes and dungeons.
My 10 minute session involving wandering around a field being vastly overpowered doesn’t really give the game justice, but it looks like a fantastic classic JRPG for the DS. So if you’re looking for something to play on a long trip, then you could do a lot worse.
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