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The other day I was perusing my intimidating gaming backlog. I’m the proud owner of a new 3DS XL, and one game on my shelf stood out: Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies. I have only ever play a bit of the first Dragon Quest in the Game Boy Color reboot, but I don’t feel it gave me a sense of the series. I heard fans pumped hundreds of hours into Dragon Quest IX, so it sounded like the perfect opportunity to experiment with the series. After investing about 5-6 hours, I’m looking for reasons to continue with it.
Before I continue, let me summarize my feelings on the game:
For a sense of how far I am, I just recently filled up my party. However, the battles I’ve fought have been too easy to get a sense of how extra characters change the flow. So if I’m not impressed at this point, is there some greatness around the corner? I want to catch the Dragon Quest fever everyone seemed to come down with playing this title. I know there's a job system that's yet to be integrated, but is that a real deal-breaker?
Thanks in advance for the feedback.
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I played my way through the entire game, and I can safely say that the class system is the most interesting thing you'll encounter. I really enjoyed the game, if only because it was simple. It never gets overly complicated ( in terms of story or gameplay) but it's still fun.
Not after so few hours. Give the game a good chance to heat up first.
The thing I personally liked about the game was the ability to create and name my own party members, and then build them from the ground up. The Job system really does play a whole lot into it, though unlocking some of them can be a pain. But yeah, the class system is great, and the skills play a large role into it. I would go until you at least hit the class system, and see where you are from there.
I say put it down, boot up Steam and play through the entire Soul Reaver series again or for the first time. It's the only logical thing to do.
Tim, you're right about Dragon Warrior(Quest) 1. It gives you just a small taste of what the series is about. You don't even control more than one character. I loved the game, but when 2 came out I don't think I ever went back to replay the first.
I'm not sure if they've re-released 2-4 (I'm guessing yes), but to me those are the three best games in the series, and I recommend you add them to your backlog.
I've yet to play DQIX. I hope you eventually enjoy it enough to finish it and maybe explore the other chapters.
Tim, I'm having the exact same experience with this game. I just don't like the battle system or the random characters it uses. If I was playing with others like it is intended then I would consider playing it again, but without the connectivity, the game just feels lifeless.
I second Shatterhand's suggestion. Probably worth noting I stopped playing JRPGs a decade ago and haven't looked back once (man did I hate FFX).
To be honest..seeing as your only a few hours in..i wouldnt say continueing..i myself bought the game when it came out..and still havnt finished it.Its long,the story(if you could call it one)goes nowhere..and it just becomes very boring very very fast.
I have beaten the game, and i had gotten all my chars to the max level (a big star which you can get by hitting lv 99 9 times). I have also gotten all my chars maxed in all the classes and overall, i still play it! The only other DQ game i have played before this was DQ IV: Hand of the Heavly Bride! You should keep on playing, and you should buy the new DQ when it comes out to wii and wii U
The game is long because there's so much to and sometimes the quests can be very cryptic. It's also frustrating when you want to change classes and that character has to start over at level 1 for that class. There is a lot of grinding involving metal slimes if you want access to better skills, higher classes, and better parties. You can pull off some ridiculous combos further along, but getting there is very time intensive. If you decide to keep going and find a grind spot, turn on a movie and have that going while you do because this game doesn't have great flow but it's alright as an RPG.
Personally I was disappointed with DragonQuest 9.
I felt the job system was very grinding and the quest system was very fetch quest heavy and not very initiative or fun for that matter. And to me the story feels particularly silly compared to the 8 th game which is one of my favorite games of all time, probably my favorite .
I really recommend DQ8 which has a great story and better graphics and the third person perspective makes exploration more fun and involving than the 9th game's isometric view.
Also all three teammates were nice and quirky and have great personalities .
I recommend the 8th game and at that I have to say I disliked the 9th compared to the 1 st 2nd 3rd or 4th( haven't been able to get the 5 or 6 on the day and I keep hoping that the 6th comes to PSN).
I think it's already been said, but I would recommend keeping it in the backlog, save it for a rainy/extreme boredom day...The things you have listed as likes are all good things, but I feel that they are not enough to carry you through the rest of DQ9's grind-heavy, time-consuming, lifeless-support-character-ridden, metal slime hide & seek romp.