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- Embark on a journey to explore the land, seas and skies of the DRAGON QUEST universe in this grand entry from the Zenithia Trilogy. Soon to follow are DQ V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride and DQ VI: Realms of Reverie, never before released in North America
- 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
- Experience the world of DRAGON QUEST through the perspectives of multiple characters with a unique, chapter-driven storyline while you journey through a beautifully rendered 3D world, with dynamic dual screen presentation and newly animated monsters
- Enjoy an all-new English translation that incorporates 13 known dialects from around the globe, bringing the diverse world and characters of DRAGON QUEST to life
- Unravel the ancient mystery behind a cursed kingdom by expanding your town via Chance Encounter mode, available through local wireless connection
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In a far-off land, a group of disparate individuals soon will come together to embark on a journey they never could have imagined. Among them are two sisters seeking to avenge their father's death, a merchant longing to open his own shop, a princess desiring to test her skills outside the palace walls and a respected army captain. As the hero of this compelling tale, you will join these seemingly unrelated companions for an incredible adventure. Battles, mysteries and an engaging cast of characters await as you take off on an epic journey.
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If you can accept the above, or if you played the original on NES and want a trip down memory lane (like myself) then go for it! You will not be disappointed, and you may even suffer flashbacks.
Graphically the game is a definite throwback to the SNES/PS1 era of JRPG, check out some screen shots, you'll see what I mean. I personally love this particular style, and sincerely miss it. I have nothing wrong with graphical masterpieces, but sometimes the nostalgia kicks in on me hard and I feel the need to boot up an older game to sedate it (the Dragon Quest DS series is fantastic for these nostalgia attacks). The music is also fantastic, as it is in all DQ games. I was actually surprised at the sound quality, given the DS speakers are kind of lackluster when compared to the PSP.
The storyline itself as a whole is extremely grand; however, considering the time that the original was released, story development generally took a backseat in favor of game play. Do not expect monologues from characters or intense character development. There is some lore to explore, but do not expect Dragon Age. That was not the focus during the NES era, which could be a result of technological limitations (I am speculating). This particular remake is extremely faithful to the original, and that includes the vague story. In all honesty, the DQ series is not really known for story, it is more known for Toriyama's character design and old school game play mechanics, which are what truly make the game enjoyable. Oh, and slimes.
You can finish DQ4 in ~20-24hrs depending on how much you grind. I highly recommend this game if you are in the mood for some old school fun, or if you just want to occupy some time on your commute (the grinding is great for that), and with the addition of the 'quick save' feature, it makes playing on the go even more accessible.
I would also like to mention that DQ4-6 are part of a trilogy, so if you really enjoyed DQ4, go for the trifecta..although be warned that DQ5 is extremely hard to find at a decent price. DQ6 on the other hand was released about a week ago.
The Dragon Quest games are much more lighthearted and humorous than their more famous competition (read that Final Fantasy) and unlike the FF games, don't take themselves too seriously. Also, they are, for the most part, significantly shorter, which I appreciate since I no longer have 100+ hours to devote to a single game. And, except for the Dragon Quest game that was released for the PS2 the difficulty hasn't been increased for the American audience to the point that the game becomes virtually impossible to beat, like most FF games unless you cheat or spend 50+ hours leveling up just so you can beat the final boss. If you encounter a boss you can't defeat, in a DQ game, you only need to level up one or two levels and you'll have a chance to win the fight.
Chapters of the Chosen is unique in that it is divided up into 5 distinct chapters (6 if you count the bonus chapter you get after defeating the main game). This means that you have to begin leveling up your party from level 1 five times, the only thing really annoying about this game. If you like starting over and over and over again, this game is for you! Almost all the Dragon Quest games have characters and monsters designed by Akira Toriyama, the artist who drew the Dr. Slump and Dragon Ball manga, and his style is instantly recognizable. All your favorite monsters are here, from the simple slimes to dangerous dragons. The designers of this game took the final boss to extremes, and I think they are poking fun at the RPG cliche where the final boss resurrects three times. Pisaro the Manslayer has no fewer than seven resurrections but he isn't impossible to beat. You have to carefully manage your resources to beat him, though. I managed on my second attempt.
It's a pity that this game is becoming difficult to find in the stores. It's a fun game and well worth playing. This makes it difficult to get any benefit from the online portion of the game because you aren't likely to find another DQ IV player to connect with. I have to admit, I haven't finished the last three Final Fantasy games I started and the Dragon Quest series has supplanted Final Fantasy as my RPG series of choice.