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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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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.
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.
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 (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 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 |
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 |
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.
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.
Top customer reviews
I rented this through Game Fly years ago, because, like Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, the marriage system interested me. I don't know what it is about games with player families that always catches my eye (It's just unique, I guess. So few games do it.), but I gave this game a shot.
I absolutely loved it. I've since played Dragon Quest IV and a little bit of Dragon Quest VII (I think it was 7, I actually can't remember), but neither had the impact 5 did. It's such an incredible story and I love how much it focused on the entirety of the hero's (your) life. It's filled with tragedy and the combat system is anything but terrible. You can tell they really found what worked in the series and kept it. If you haven't played Dragon Quest before, you might not understand some of the spells, but it's not hard to figure out and I believe localization has made some spells much easier to understand (like Zoom, which I believe had a totally different name, but I may be wrong... anyway, it's a teleport spell, basically).
This game is actually a remake of the SNES game Dragon Quest V. It adds a new bride (which for some reason I have picked TWICE now, despite her being kind of a-) and possibly more content that I have not memorized. The game is a lot of fun and I am always so pleased when a story hooks me as deeply as this game has. No offense to the other Dragon Quest games, but not one has gained my interest the way 5 has and I doubt they ever will.
That being said, 4 was pretty engaging and 7 wasn't a slouch, either. I guess it's just hard for me to look forward (or back) after having such an incredible experience with this game.
User mileage varies, but I hope anyone who is interested in the game gives it a shot. It may be from a last-generation handheld, but I passed up buying another 3DS game this month because I loved it so much. That should give you an idea of how good it is.
The graphics are gorgeous, with an awesome mix of 2D and 3D. the sprites are adorable, and the towns are intracate in their design. No real complaints about the graphics.
The Sound is a mix of both old and new. The music is quite new sounding, with a full orchestra playing many of the more grand tunes. The tunes aren't particularly memorable, but they are quite nice to listen to. The sound effects are a lot more old school, sounding almost 8 bit at points. However, this enhances the nostalgic presentation of the game, rather than detract from its quality.
The story is, basically, a typical old school RPG. You are the main hero, chosen by destiny (well, in this case, you aren't. You're searching for the hero.) to defeat an evil demon lord person. However, this game starts out in the character's childhood. You meet many friends and people as you travel with your father Pankraz. The personal element makes the story much more enjoyable than it ought to be.
The gameplay holds very little surprises. Random encounters, exploring towns and dungeons, grinding for gold, leveling up and more await you. If you hate this kind of RPG, the game will do nothing to change your mind. But if you love it, this game is right up your alley. A random luck based monster catching system helps to add some customization to the otherwise linear character/ party progression. Addiitonally, there are some side tasks, like finding Mini Medals for great rewards, gambling at some casinos, playing a life size board game and more!
The game is quite enjoyable as long as you like the older presentation style. I'd reccomend it to anyone who likes games like Final Fantasy and Pokemon. Thanks for reading!
-Story that starts out as a child and progresses with the player (the player doesn't age over time, but at certain times during the story he gets older).
-Monster recruitment! Monsters can be recruited into the party, bringing their strengths (and weaknesses) to the party.
-Lots of different equipment, items, and skills to utilize and learn.
-Linear storyline where the player will travel in sequence from one place to the next.
-Turn based combat, monsters are visual on the bottom screen and the player is on the top. The visuals are good, but nothing revolutionary. It is a classic 16 bit style (ala Super Nintendo era).
-A good throwback, Japanese style RPG.
Overall, I'd rate this game a 4/5 for combat, story and fun. Anyone looking for a good or classic RPG should pick this one up.
Especially, its great musics composed by Koichi Sugiyama have given me special impressions.
I love it very much! So you must enjoy it in Nintendo DS.
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