5 The definitive DS RPGlordirongut | 28/07/2010 | See all lordirongut's reviews (4)There's something about Dragon Quest IX which just makes you fall in love with it. This is a game which everyone can love, from the most hardcore JRPG mega-enthusiast to someone who only plays for half an hour per day.Beginning with graphics, DQIX's are beautiful. This is easily the best looking game on the DS. There is a sort of psuedo-cel-shaded look which works really well. Akira Toriyama's (of Dragon Ball fame) designs are stunning as always, and are incredibly detailed. Monster designs are just as good, and there are a lot of them, including classic Dragon Quest creatures like Slimes.Gameplay is that of a traditional RPG, and is menu and turn-based. battles are not random encounters, and you can see enemies on the field map to run in to. A certain amount of grinding is required, but battles are fun anyway so you won't be bothered too much by it. The battle system is very traditional, but is also very charming, There is a lot of room for development and strategy as you level up.The story is brilliant. It's not as deep or heavy as Final Fantasy, but is still emotional and very enjoyable.Level-5 and Square Enix have proved their mastery of the RPG with this game. It is a game which no DS owner should be without.