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Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and Tower of Mirrors - Nintendo Wii

by Square Enix
Nintendo Wii
Teen
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews) 65 / 100

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  • The ¿big three,¿ comprised of series creator Yuji Horii, legendary manga artist Akira Toriyama and renowned composer Koichi Sugiyama, teams up once again to create an unforgettable gaming experience.
  • Famous game music composer Manami Matsumae teams up with Koichi Sugiyama to deliver a powerful soundtrack.
  • Wii Remote-driven battles are simple to control, but boast a variety of styles. Available actions range from a wide array of sword techniques to casting magic to blocking enemy attacks with your shield.
  • A colorful assortment of unique monsters familiar to DRAGON QUEST fans and vivid battle scenes make for the most realistic battle experience yet!
  • Combine materials to create stronger swords and learn special abilities.

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0010YOQIC
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches ; 5.8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: February 20, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,583 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Five years have passed since the defeat of the Deathbringer, and the kingdom of Avalonia joyously celebrates what seems to be an everlasting era of peace. However, a closer look reveals that things are amiss. Calamity arises within the kingdom, as unfamiliar and powerful monsters invade the outskirts of the town. With the Deathbringer gone, what explanation is there for the onset of these monsters? And what of the queen, who has come to hide her face behind a strange mask? Make your way through the perilous journey, solve the baffling mysteries and return order to Avalonia.

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I enjoyed Dragon Quest Swords more than other folks simply because I had read a lot of negative reviews prior to playing it and I wasn't expecting much. I get the feeling that some of the critics were expecting a first-person Dragon Quest RPG with real action battles. This is actually more like a light-gun game where you use swords and have the ability to do some mild RPG tweaks to your character. The RPG elements are about as extensive as Shining in the Darkness for Sega Genesis, that is, they are about as basic as you can get. For what it is, though, Dragon Quest Swords is very good.

The accurate sword and shield controls add a lot of strategy and fun to the experience, but again, you need to reset your expectations. You can't simply flail your arms around and expect the Wii to read your motions. You have to hold your wrist fairly steady and slash in a controlled motion as prescribed by the game. The result is a game that almost always reads your motions accurately. The only thing I'm having trouble mastering is the thrust/stab motion.

If you are expecting to hear Dragon Quest music performed and recorded from a real orchestra like in Dragon Quest VIII, you may be taken aback by the fact that the Swords soundtrack is in the MIDI format. The compositions are beautiful, but the quality is a step down from what we got on Playstation 2.

People are saying that this game is too short. I hear some folks saying it can be completed in 4 hours. These people probably didn't play through the levels more than once and try to improve their score. They probably didn't explore all the branching paths and see everything there is to see.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too short... February 26, 2008
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Although I just bought the game yesterday and have played a few hours into it (it's actually not much longer so I'm told and I can kinda figure out where things are going at this point anyway), here are my observations so far:

First off let me set this up by saying, I am a long time Dragon Quest fan, since the early days of Dragon Warrior. The attraction to these games for me has always been that they are always a great and expansive adventure that is more like an interactive novel than a game really. Add to that a strong cast of characters/monsters, high quality music, and a fun strategy/battle system, and great replay ability, and the mind-numbing ways to customize your character, it makes it a no-brainer why these games have enjoyed such a strong and loyal fan base since the days of the NES.

Enter the latest installment of the franchise, "DQ Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors."

Cons:
- **** Waaaaay Too short. And no replay ability. ****
- No real exploration or leveling abilities. Unless you return to town before completing any set mission multiple times (Think Rail-game, forward facing only).
- Hate the 3D First Person view you are forced to move around in. Movement is rather limited (i.e. no "strafing"), so you actually have to completely stop moving to turn left or right, otherwise you just make giant circles. Not to mention just "looking around" really takes a bit of effort and time.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money! I recommend renting. February 24, 2008
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
This game was fun for about a day or two but it's way too short. I would definitely not recommend buying it. No replay value at all. I've been a Dragon Quest fan since Dragon Warrior so it was cool to hear some recognizable melodies and see some familiar monsters but I don't even think they covered 50 different monsters. You don't have the freedom to move around once you leave the one and only town. You can only take out one person with you at a time. Dragon Quest is known for it repetition so if you don't like repetition I wouldn't recommend this game for you. Sadly, this game also wasn't challenging unless you consider swinging the wiimote a challenge. I would compare this game to Resident Evil Umbrella chronicles because of the rail-like movement (but you can slightly control yourself in this game) and the repeating of boards in order to get everything. I like the rest of you have waited over 4 years the the next installment of Dragon Quest and I really feel that I got jipped. I would feel better if the game was $30 and not $50. I wish that I had rented it instead. Overall I would recommend playing this game but borrow it from a friend because they'll be done with it in less than a week or rent it. There will probably be a lot of used games popping up on ebay very very soon.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DQS is a great pick-up and play RPG March 31, 2008
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I think this game stands up really well as an introduction the the "Japanese RPG" genre of console games. It utilizes the Wii-mote very effectively game play is solid and fun. The visuals are bright and beautiful and the voice acting the best I've heard in a Japanese-to-English port. The story is a fun and typical entry in the genre and works well. I am a "casual" gamer ... with little more than a few hours at a time to commit to playing the game and I found the length to be satisfactory. I find nothing to complain about in the game and enjoyed playing it immensely. Bonus, as the interface is so very simple, my 3 year old daughter was able to play through an entire "dungeon level" with very little assistance from me. She was so excited to be able to play "daddy's" game. I was pretty proud of that myself. I am a fan of old school RPGs and give this a strong recommendation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
FUN!!!!! Love the Dragon quest games.
Published 27 days ago by Justin C Tung
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible game
Terrible game. Short, pointless. Took me about 8 hours to complete. I love the other dragon quest games. This is the worst video game I have ever wasted my time on. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Brandy
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.-5 stars
It was priced great. It included everything, cards registration info the book. It was like new. It arrived quickly..everything was great-No complaints!
Published 5 months ago by Jimmy L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Wii game we have
Better game play than Twilight Princess. Yes, more repetitive than Twilight Princess, but the game play in DQ Swords is great and and takes more skill. Read more
Published 7 months ago by drk
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Service
Game came in-tact, fully functioning and was here super quick. Can't complain at all and if I want another game i'll probably use em if the price is right.
Published 18 months ago by Zachary Askins
2.0 out of 5 stars terrible controls, terrible game
I've played ALL previous dragon quest games and while this is not the same turn based RPG as those, this is by far the worst Dragon quest game. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kevin
1.0 out of 5 stars not what expected
The heading says it all. I chose this as an rpg that was turn based. The only thing it is, is that it's an rpg. It is not turn based. The controls are awkward using the wand. Read more
Published 19 months ago by FAS
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good
A fun game, not so difficult and could have used the wii-nunchuk for better game play, and the motion sensor cooperation with your swing is satisfactory but very far from perfect.
Published 19 months ago by Shizerhammer
5.0 out of 5 stars Like old times
I've enjoyed what some call old school, so I tried it when I got it. To find my thoughts wrong about it I enjoyed it that much more than Mario or Zelda. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ryan Willford
4.0 out of 5 stars not bad
Finding games on the Wii can actually be pretty difficult if your not a child. There seem to be very few games for adults. Excluding fitness games. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Pen Name
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