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This review was submitted by Jenn Christodoulou. If you’ve played Dragon Quest IX, or just want to ask Jenn more about it, leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Dragon Quest IX (DS)
Imagine a world where, even in tragedy, everybody is smiling. Imagine a world where everything happens because you make it, and yet you never say a word. Imagine a world where the fate of it relies solely on you collecting magical fyggs to appease a tree. If you can do this, you are imagining the happy little world in Dragon Quest IX, where you are the silent hero whose quest really does have a lot more to do with fyggs than it probably should.
Loved No Random Encounters: No more are we plagued by annoying battle music every three seconds, and no more do we have to worry about running into an enemy when all our characters are half-dead. Our enemies are now quite visible to us, and it’s up to us to fight, or run. The actual fighting system hasn’t changed at all, still employing a turn-based approach. Change is good, but too much change is frightening.
Character and Party Creation: For the first time in a Dragon Quest game, we get to do more than simply name our heroes - we get to create them! The options are limited, but I try to be grateful for the little things. Plus the armour and weapons you purchase from stores actually change the way your character looks, which means you now have the tough choice between being tough, or looking cool.
Hated Silent Characters: No matter what happens to your hero, nothing is enough to motivate them to speak, which makes it seem like the storyline would go on without you, even if you died. It’s really hard to believe I’m playing out my character’s story, when my character doesn’t have a say in it.
Seek the Church, my child: How about you seek me, you doofus with the funny hat? And how about you stop charging me money every time I wanna do something? What sort of a church IS this? Whenever you want to resurrect someone or rid party members of curses you must first find a church. And then you must pay the church ridiculous amounts of money before they’ll do what you ask (except to save. Thank the Almighty that’s still free). This has always annoyed me, simply because I resent paying anyone upwards of 1000 gold coins for them to bring a party member back to life.
Dragon Quest IX annoys me in some parts, and the storyline is just too weird and childish for me to care about, however I still found myself drawn in by the gameplay. I was so looking forward to exploring new areas and finding new items that most annoyances could be pushed aside. Dragon Quest took a risk trying so many new things at once, and I was pleasantly surprised by how well they worked. But now if you’ll excuse me, I just reached a new town that isn’t going to explore itself. That would just be weird.
Reviewed by: Jennifer Christodoulou
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