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Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride - Nintendo DS

by Square Enix
Nintendo DS
Everyone 10+
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  • Journey through a beautifully rendered 3D world, with dynamic dual-screen presentation and newly animated monsters
  • Recruit a unique cast of DRAGON QUEST monsters and create an indestructible party of your own
  • Brace yourself for some life-altering decision making – a key decision will affect the outcome of the game, and change the course of the hero's life forever
  • Take a breather from the main quest with addicting mini-games like Bruise the Ooze, T'n'T, the Slurpodrome, and the Tombola
  • Collect and customize knick-knacks from around the DRAGON QUEST world to create a personalized Knick-knackatory. With the wireless capabilities of Nintendo DS, players can now exchange their creations with friends for a one-of-a-kind collection of rare ite

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  • ASIN: B001NJMMHG
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: February 17, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,980 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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DRAGON QUEST V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride – the second installment in the Zenithia Trilogy – makes its way to North America for the first time. Follow a journey that crosses three generations of a family's legacy in a classic RPG brimming with new ideas, numerous lands to explore, multiple branches to enhance replayability, and dozens of your favorite GRAGON QUEST monsters. With over 1.1 million units shipped as of September 30 in Japan, this pivotal title that introduced a monster recruitment system to the series and presented players with an ultimate choice that changes the course of the game comes exclusively to Nintendo DS(tm). Embark on a journey that spans three generations in this classic RPG experience crafted by creator Yuji Horii, manga artitst Akira Toriyama, and composer Koichi Sugiyama.

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Beloved by role-playing game fans around the world, Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride is the second installment in the Dragon Quest, Zenithia Trilogy and has finally made its way to North America. Follow a journey that crosses three generations of a family's legacy in a classic Nintendo DS RPG brimming with new ideas, numerous lands to explore, multiple branches to enhance replayability, and dozens of your favorite Dragon Quest monsters.

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Story
In Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride, what begins as an innocent childhood voyage of a boy accompanying his father on a journey soon develops into an eye-opening adventure of a brave young man traveling the world as he faces life-altering decisions that transcend generations. You - a hero in the making - determine your own path, choose your wife, and befriend a wagonload of quirky monsters along the way. Indulge in the colorful Dragon Quest world created by Yuji Horii, combined with the charming characters and monsters designed by Akira Toriyama and memorable soundtrack from famed composer Koichi Sugiyama to create an unforgettable gaming experience.

Characters
Although players will make the acquaintance of many characters and monsters throughout during their travels, here are just a few of the faces they can hope to see.
Young Hero from 'Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride' Young Hero (You)
As a child you discover a world filled with bizarre creatures and fantastical realms while traveling with your father. The owner of a truly pure heart, you have an unusual affinity with monsters.
Pankraz from 'Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride' Pankraz
Pankraz is your father, with whom you travel with as a boy. He has a hardened look and a talent for magic. What is the purpose of his quest? There is more to Pankraz than meets the eye.
Young Bianca from 'Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride' Young Bianca
You meet young Bianca in the town of Roundbeck while traveling with your father. Bianca is one of your oldest friends and has an animated personality overflowing with curiosity.
Great Sabrecub from 'Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride' Great Sabrecub
Saved from the hands of the town bullies as a cub by you (The Hero), this great sabrecub travels and fights by your side during his youth and will mature along with you.

Gameplay
Although Hand of the Heavenly Bride is based in standard turn-based RPG gameplay mechanics like character leveling through with increased experience points and armor and weapon equipping for use in combat, it does add something new to the Dragon Quest series, monster taming. Throughout your quests you will encounter monsters both known and new to the Dragon Quest universe. Once tamed, these can join your party, level up just like your other party members and provide valuable aid in combat.

Key Game Features:

  • Journey through a beautifully rendered 3D world, with dynamic dual-screen presentation and newly animated monsters.
  • Recruit a unique cast of Dragon Quest monsters and create an indestructible party of your own.
  • Brace yourself for some life-altering decision making - a key decision will affect the outcome of the game, and change the course of the hero's life forever.
  • Take a breather from the main quest with addicting mini-games like Bruise the Ooze, T 'n' T, the Slurpodrome, and the Tombola.
  • Collect and customize knick-knacks from around the Dragon Quest world to create a personalized knick-knackatory.
  • Use the wireless capabilities of Nintendo DS to exchange in-game creations and one-of-a-kind collection of rare items with friends.


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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Dragonquest game August 1, 2011
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
STORY: 5 of 5
A very good story. The part where the hero and Bianca go to the haunted castle is my favorite scene of all the Dragonquest games. Getting married was also interesting.

CHARACTERS: 4 of 5
Bianca is one of my most favorite characters of all the DQ series. However, I can't say the same about the others. Not only were the other human characters not memorable, their stats weren't that great or well-defined. In fact, I liked the monsters better than the other humans.

Concerning the wives, Flora and Deborah's characters weren't developed enough to the point that I would want to marry either of them - the game is clearly biased toward Bianca. If the choices were developed as well as the FF 7 characters Aeris and Tifa, I think everyone would have a hard time choosing between them because both were equally well developed. I really wish DQ 5 had a wife choice that rivaled Bianca, such as the DQ 4 characters Alena, Minea, or Manya. If those were the choices, I'd have to play the game 4 times so I can choose them all. I really couldn't care less about Flora or Deborah.

But despite these flaws, Bianca more than makes up for it.

WORLD: 5 of 5
A typical DQ world with no flaws except that it's not as big as the DQ 6 world.

BATTLE SYSTEM: 5 of 5
Despite its simplicity, the battle system for DQ 5 is one of the best I've ever seen. What really makes the battle system fun is being able to make monsters into teammates - not knowing who will become your next teammate and trying to decide who to keep when you reach the maximum number made this game more fun than all of the DQ games I've played. And add to that, since no class change is permitted in this game, all the characters stay unique and don't become overpowered.
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41 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars: A Fantastic Enhanced Update of a Fantastic RPG February 17, 2009
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Pros:

+Updated visuals
+Fantastic soundtrack
+Plenty of things to do off the beaten path
+Fun gameplay

Cons:

-It's nice to have updated graphics, but there are some gameplay elements that might've benefited as well.

For many RPGers, Dragon Quest has a special place in their heart. Unfortunately, two Dragon Quest games never made it to the states. Those games are finally getting that chance to shine, with Dragon Quest V landing down now, and Dragon Quest VI landing down sometime in the near future. This is the first time many gamers have gotten to experience Dragon Quest V, and it turns out to be one of the better DS RPGs out there. Unfortunately, there's still a matter of how long it'll take for Square-Enix to update the Dragon Quest series.

As usual, there's not too much to expect from a story in Dragon Quest. It's a run of the mill story. Dragon Quest has primarily been about gameplay. Even after so many years, Dragon Quest is still an incredibly fun game to play, despite being dated. The series basic crux for battling hasn't changed since the first game. It's incredibly simplistic, looks incredibly dated, but still plays incredibly well.

You'll go exploring dungeons and getting into random battles. When in battle it takes place from a first person perspective where you select commands and watch them get acted out. While your enemies have more movements, which is a far better upgrade from the still life shots of the Super Famicom original, you won't actually see your character run up and physically strike the enemy. After so long, it would be nice if Dragon Quest really made it's battles come alive. This isn't in 16 bits, this is now on the Nintendo DS and has gotten a few notable upgrades.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best JRPG of all time! April 6, 2009
By Akira
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I've been playing JRPG since early 80's. And there is only few RPG that really make me care about the characters. This is in my opinion best "classic" RPG. The game play is pure JRPG and the story is one of the best ever written. This game is EPIC! So if you are fan of RPG, play the DQV. This remake is worth buying the DS for.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outdated but still fun March 9, 2009
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Fun:
+ Addictive monster recruiting - The expansive monster recruiting system gives the game a unique feel because you can play the game using dozens of different characters.
+ Classic DQ charm - I got a chuckle at the enemy designs, and some of the humorous actions they take, like staring off into space. When your characters get confused, there are hilarious descriptions of what they do.
+ Epic story - It has mystery and talk of legendary heroes. Kept me mildly curious.

Frustrating:
- Cumbersome inventory system - It's difficult to move items between characters
- Repetitive quest structure - The game follows a pattern of visiting a new town, then going to a dungeon to get something for someone in that town.
- Repetitive battles - Most battles just require you to repeatedly press the fight button, because enemies don't have many resistances or specific weaknesses.
- Grinding - I waltzed into the second dungeon without upgrading my weapons and got beaten down instantly. You also lose 1/2 your gold on dying, so that set me back as well. After some grinding and buying shiny new weapons, the dungeon was fine. But you need to do a lot of fighting to keep your level and equipment on pace.
- Slow scrolling text - There is no way to show dialog 1 speech bubble at a time. It slows down the game as you wait for the letters to appear.

Most of the cons are minor gripes which are not as noticeable in the grand scheme of the game. The game is a must buy for RPG fans. For people who are unsure, I recommend Dragon Quest 8 for the PS2 instead. DQ8 is the pinnacle of classic RPGs. It has stunning 3D cell shaded graphics, flawless voice acting, a full orchestral soundtrack, deeper character leveling and better monster recruiting. It has a terrific story with a memorable villain and easily lasts 80 hours of gameplay.
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