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Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels Of The Starry Skies

Rating: 12+ (PEGI)

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  Like an old friend you've never met.

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Sounds a little daft that, doesn't it?

Yet DQIX refuses to be pigeonholed, it manages to feel completely familiar yet also utterly unique.

First things first though, the main meat of an RPG is it's story and in truth DQIXs could be said to be a little lacking. There's essentially a single narrative thread holding the story together but for the most part you're travelling from town to town and dealing with individual problems encountered there, the main narrative being almost silenced in the process. I find it a charming way of presenting the story, yet I can understand those who may criticise it for not being engaging enough, or for nor instilling any sense of urgency. It may also draw ciriticism for one of it's greatest strengths; the ability to customise your own character. Yes, you can make your own party but the options in the create-a-character are a bit limited, and while it's fun to make a likeness of yourself and you best friends / girlfriends/ cousins etc, it does mean that not a single member of your party has any real character development outside of that which you dream up for them. Again, not really something that bothered me hugely, but it is a valid criticism.

So the story and characterisation could be lacking yet I've still awarded it four stars? How so?

Well, for all it's faults, it is still a grand adventure and great fun to take part in. DQ has a very unique and easy charm that makes it almost impossible to dislike and even in the more sombre moments, there's a very real (or surreal!) sense of humour. For the most part it's a very old-school JRPG with all the good and bad that comes with the territory; combat is turn based, you move from twon to town doing good deeds to progress the story and you fight monsters to earn experience to make yourself stronger.

The vocation system (essentially allowing every party member access to one of eight different classes) allows you to choose exactly how you wish to defeat the enemy, be it with brute strength, with Magic, with trickery or any combination of the above.

It's also one of the most rewarding games you'll ever play, regardless of genre and regardless of the limits of being on the DS. The story itself may take sixty or seventy hours to beat, but only then does the game really get going. The post-game content is huge. Gargantuan even. There are literally hundreds upon hundreds of hours of content, be it extra quests, extra dungeons or new bosses, DQIX has always got something new to show you. So, a single player MMO? In some cases, it can feel a bit like that, especially once the main story is done and dusted. There's nothing to drive you forward except your own determination to find ever stronger monsters and ever better equipment, and because the game is far less popular in the UK than in Japan, the local-only multiplayer mode, which was trumpeted as a major selling point, seems unlikely to see much use.

Ultimately, it's not perhaps as good as the much-loved DQVIII on PlayStation 2, but it's still one of the best RPGs on the DS and well worth checking out.

  awesome game !

| | See all ravenz03's reviews (3)

i got this game and can not stop playing it,
the story line is really good and there is so much to do.
ive ben playin it for hours.
a must buy!!!!!


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I love my ds but the market seems to be flooded with games for younger players in mind. I'm in my early twenties and I love this game! it's got a great story line, and I love the rate at which things develop, the fact you can crack straight on with the storyline or take your time. I've got 44 hours of game play from it so far.

  Great Game

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This is one of the best games i've played on the DS the graphic's are good the game play is good the only problem i found was that after about half way through the game you knew how the stroy line would play out. Other than that a great game.


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Dragon Quest IX Offers the fantastic story fans of the series have come to expect.
You would think 9 games into the main series they'd be runnin' short on ideas but not Level 5, they're just as innovative as ever.
I'm about 5 hours into the game and I'm loving it, not that it comes as a surprise though since I've played every other DragonQuest and never had a complaint yet.
Brilliant game with brilliant characters, brilliant story to it and brilliant gameplay 10/10 for sure.

  Great Game - Bad Advertising

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Seeing all these ads on the TV would make the uninitiated think that this game was all about dressing up your character, and seems to be marketed for teenage girls who enjoy fashion games. No mention is made of the plot, or the actual gameplay. This initially put me off buying this title.
However, I have always been fond of RPG titles so I decided to take a chance on it, and I'm glad I did.
The story starts out slow and perhaps a little dull, but after a couple of hours once you gain a little bit of freedom to explore, the game really changes pace and you start to see the depth. Graphics are great for the DS, probably the best I've seen, and rarely do I notice anything that looks odd or poorly animated which is common in handheld systems.
Gameplay isn't revolutionary, but it is high quality and JRPG fans will feel instantly comfortable. Sound is pretty decent too, with some catchy tunes that haven't grown old yet.
On the whole, a very good game. A must for RPG fans.

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  Average, Perks up abit later on in game.

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I felt the custimoizing of characters was kind of a con, it's basically just the armour you're wearing appears on the character, nothing special.

the gameplay is pretty average, there is alot of time spent wandering around trying to figure out what you're supposed to do. But later on it does pick up abit but that's about it.

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  The definitive DS RPG

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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.

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  Short review for those unsure of purchase.

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Like many reading this, I merely observed the series from the sidelines, as I never really enjoyed the random encounter as you walk aspect and also (what seemed to be) a complex battle system. However, I took the plunge and found that the game is by no means easy, but the early hours help you through it and get you to grips with the mechanics. Level grinding is required ofcourse for certain Boss Creatures but this never really felt like a chore, as the battles go so fast and your team can be managed so they attack and use items without you having to select their moves each turn. On the subject of the teams, you can create 3 other characters to follow you and battle. This feature is mainly for those who will not be using the Multi-player feature (like me) and allows you to have many different classes within your team.
Random encounter battles are now gone, and replaced with overworld enemies where you can see what you will face. For me this made the game more welcoming,as you can avoid enemies (at your own expense!) and search the areas for loot and such.
The graphics and sound direction are topnotch, as in most other Dragon Quests. Currently, I'm about 5 hours or so in the game and having a lot of fun. Your character (and followers) can all be fully customised to add and improve attributes and the list of clothing and weapons is very extensive, even 5 hours in.

Yeah, so in short I would really reccomend that you give this a shot, but make sure to take your time with it, dont rush and enjoy the story and the huge expansive world.

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