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- Gameplay with differing stories and missions depending on NPCs encountered
- Handheld action RPG action where players engage in epic quests in undiscovered lands filled with dangerous monsters and untold stories
- Connect locally with up to three friends in cooperative gameplay modes, and utilize wireless features that allow access to changing exclusive items and quests
- Customization allowing you to create your own hero, changing your hair, face, body style and equipping them from a selection of over 1,000 in-game items including weapons, shields, armor and accessories
- In-game treasure maps that reveal otherwise inaccessible special dungeons called grottoes, which can contain rare items or enemies
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Top Customer Reviews
Then it was released in the Japan, and over two million copies flew off the shelves in just two days. Those sales, combined with rave reviews from Japanese and American critics alike, meant one thing: I had to play Dragon Quest IX.
I'm telling you, if for any reason you've been holding off on buying this game, get to the nearest store immediately. I've barely been able to put it down.
The story begins with the main character, who is named and fully customized by the player, as an angelic guardian who watches over a town. He/she is part of a group of other guardians known as Celestrians, whose primary goal is to ascend into the "realm of the Almighty," which I can only assume is heaven. Unfortunately, right when the plan seems to be working, everything goes wrong, and the main character is stripped of his/her wings and halo. He/she then has to cooperate with a sassy fairy to help people in order to regain Celestrian status.
Sounds simple, right? The story actually becomes much more complex and endearing as you play and interact with the motley bunch of people you meet. There's a lot of character development for sure, but it's not so much a part of the plot as it is the gameplay (more on that soon). Sadly, neither the main character nor his/her party members, who are also yours to customize, ever talk.
The gameplay has changed dramatically from past Dragon Quest games here, and all of it has been for the better.Read more ›
Try this one people!!!! You won't be sorry!!!!!!!!
To begin, the story is very entertaining. The idea of being an angelic warrior is kinda cool, and it doesn't seem like the regular run o' the mill rpg story setup. Its fun seeing where the story is going to take me. I think most people that like this style of game will find the story entertaining as well.
Next, the gameplay is just phenomenal. I have played final fantasy 3,4, Pokemon Platinum and Heartgold, and that is really the extent of my rpg playing on the ds. These games are all known for the random battles that just pop up out of nowhere. I find that to be flat-out tedious and boring after a while. On top of that it takes away from the realism of "questing." I still enjoyed those games, but I have a new favorite here with dragon quest 9. I really like being able to see the monsters. You basically get to choose when you want to fight. Sometimes the monsters will run away from you when you are a high level, and I thought that added even more realism to the experience. The battles are also fun because all the moves, spells, etc. are very well animated. It is never boring to sit through a battle. The learning curve is also very easy. Final Fantasy kinda throws you to the wolves when you start those games, but this gently pushed you into the battling, and before long you will have a good understanding of the tactics and how it all works.
I also have to commend the game for its length.Read more ›
Personally, I think this is one of the best games for the DS. Of course, I haven't played every other DS game out there, but of the ones I've played, this one shines above them. The graphics are great and I really feel that Square took advantage of the DS' capabilities. However, I'm one to be more impressed with gameplay and overall "addictiveness" of the game than graphics, so I'll spend more time with those.
Again, I can't compare this game to other DQ's. There may well be others in the series that are much better gameplay-wise. But I really like the way this game unfolds. The story might be a bit "cutesy" for some, but I really liked it and was immediately enthralled with it. It became very hard to turn off my DS once I got started. The gameplay is a classic turn-based battle system. You spend time battling monsters and traveling from town to town completing different missions or "quests". A big thing with this game, as with most other RPG's, is leveling up.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great game. Like the other DragonQuest games, this one has a great story and is full of adventure, quests, area's to explore and secrets to discover. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Aaron Koelsch
Was hooked on this game, although a little different than past installments. The final boss is extremely hard compared to most of the whole game, which is refreshing and rewardingPublished 2 months ago by ledfull
Favorite game! Someone stole my first copy of the game when I was almost finished with it. And it had a lot of time put into it so that was devastating. Read morePublished 3 months ago by TMT
One of my favorite games in the Nintendo DS. The plot is epic combined with the awesome graphics and soundtracks. I love the character designs and the bestiary concepts. Read morePublished 3 months ago by FSanders