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I've got an active game in Dragon Quest IV (DS), Dragon Quest V (SFC) and Dragon Quest VIII (PS2). I'm officially infatuated with Dragon Quest.

The last time I was this infatuated with a non-sports game, it was Dark Cloud 2 (ironically, both DQVIII and Dark Cloud 2 are Level-5 games). Granted, I haven't finished that yet, but here's hoping I at least knock out IV before the DS version of V comes out.

Currently, in the DS game, I'm stuck grinding outside Zamovska (or whatever Alena's castle was in the non-retarded NES translation), as I need a Battle Axe, but money's becoming rare. In V, I haven't hit the BIG STORY TWIST yet, and in VIII, I was able to pick it back up after two years, save some king from his crippling... depression, and am currently on the way to Yargas's hometown, if only I can stop hitting Chimeras that take out 31 points of damage from all characters with their fire breath. I'd be tempted to put in a money cheat on DQIV if I could, because God damn is this shit tedious...

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otosaretatenshi
Jan. 26th, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
Dark Cloud 2 was a great game. I haven't played a game I liked that much in a long time - original concepts, and great storyline.
samuraiter
Jan. 26th, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)
I'm officially infatuated with Dragon Quest.

Welcome (back?) to the fold, 'Bus. The DQ games are a 'tough love' thing; they'll beat your ass, but they'll build your character by doing so. To this day, I still swear that beating ol' Dragon Warrior made every other RPG easy for me (except Ultima: Exodus and Hydlide).

I'm really looking forward to the DS remakes; when money allows, I definitely want to hop on that bus (no pun intended).
superbus
Jan. 26th, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
I grew up on the first Dragon Warrior game for the NES, but then kinda fell out; not because I didn't like DQ, but because of things like availability (I could never find DQII - IV for the NES), and the fact that the next DQ we saw in America was DQ VII, which sucked. I really fell back into love with DQ on DQ VIII, which is a bitch to play. The DS version of IV, in comparison, is easy. I'm still working on V, but not much as I'm going to have a Hell Week on my wallet when that game comes out (the week of Feb. 16th brings us Dragon Quest V - the best in the series, I wager - and the new Fire Emblem, of which I need at least two copies to take care of Aith)
samuraiter
Jan. 27th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
I lucked into DQ2, but the only times I saw DQ3 and DQ4 were when they were behind glass at the collector's shop (Game Swap) with things like Tengen Tetris (black cartridge) for $60+ a pop. Fortunately, DQ1 and DQ2 were released on a single cartridge for the GBC, and DQ3 had a solo rerelease for the same. Not quite up to par with the NES releases, but much easier to find.

Oddly enough, DQ7 is, in Japan, considered superior to DQ8 in all things but graphics; to date, it's still the most popular installment in the franchise, chiefly because of its game play mechanics, which are far, far more complicated than those of DQ8, Level 5 or no Level 5. In a way, DQ7 is the last 'classic' DQ game, but, yes, it's also a huge pain in the ass.

The week of February 16 brings me Street Fighter IV. I'm going to hold off on Shadow Dragon, which has been almost universally panned, from what I've been reading; the rating you gave it for DHGF is actually the highest I've seen for it, which, considering your feelings on that game, is saying something.
superbus
Jan. 27th, 2009 01:01 am (UTC)
DQ7 is the prick fight of JRPGs. It's one of those games you break out in a geek fight with another high-end geek, saying "I beat Dragon Quest VII!" "Really?! I'm only 75 hours in!". No, it's not as intricate as DQ8, which simplified things like the class system, but DQ8 is also two things: accessible, and hard. It's not "less" hardcore just because it streamlines the skill management. That's like people saying Eve Online is a great game because you have to take a twelve week correspondence course just to be able to move.

I have the GBC released for DQ 1-3, but I never did get into 2, and... 3 couldn't hold my interest. I'll try it again, but that one might require being on a newer system.

Who's been panning Shadow Dragon? All the reviews I've seen have been positive (though British), and I thought I was the most negative. And I like the game; it's accessible, has much better pacing and options than the Wii games, and I like the variable difficulty. I do like the game, though the names and forced online options piss me the fuck off.
sam767
Jan. 27th, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)
Forced online options?
samuraiter
Jan. 27th, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
^_^ You've got me on that one. I'll say this, though: When DQ6 comes out (not if, when), it's very nearly as complex as DQ7, so I'm wondering how they'll handle it.

The GBC games are disadvantaged in that the big honkin' text boxes make it hard to see what you're doing from time to time, IMO.

Game FAQs has been decidedly unkind to Shadow Dragon; the game may have had greater luck elsewhere.
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