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- Travel to the past to save the present in this timeless quest
- Rebuilt visuals and localization make this a fresh way to experience this classic game
- Customize your party with over 30 vocations
- Explore a beautifully designed world that you shape as you travel back and forth in time
- No. of Players - 1, Category - Role-Playing
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Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past - Nintendo 3DS
Travel to the past to save the present!
Travel to the past to save the present as you restore forgotten lands and battle an unknown evil in this classic DRAGON QUEST adventure completely rebuilt from the ground up for the Nintendo 3DS system. Customize your party with over 30 vocations and level up in turn-based battles to learn new spells and abilities in this timeless quest!
Featuring character and monster designs from acclaimed artist Akira Toriyama, in the Dragon Quest VII game, you'll explore an ever-changing world filled with mystery, intrigue, and danger. On your quest you'll meet a captivating cast of characters that will help you change time as you solve their problems and save their lives. Expand and share your adventure even more with the StreetPass feature—send and receive traveller's tablets to explore new dungeons that contain rare monsters and unique equipment.
You have always dreamed of being a fisherman just like your father was. One day you discover that the world once held much more than the single peaceful island you called home. Solve the mysteries of these continents so they will exist in your present. Uncover the puzzle shards to travel back in time and discover lost continents. If you can finish these tasks, the world you live in will be complete.
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Be aware, this game takes a long time to get going. She stated that it took about an hour before she got into her first dungeon and battle. Story wise, the game is amazing, and will eat up a ton of your time. Sadly, as is typical of DQ games, grinding is heavily encouraged, as enemies don't give you much money or experience points. If those things don't bother you, you'll find a great RPG with great writing, likable characters, adorable art, and pun-filled antics.
The only reason this does not get a full 5/5 is due to some obnoxious mechanical issues. The game camera has a bizarre way of tracking your party that can be difficult to look at sometimes. There are also minor graphical glitches as time which I feel like should have been ironed out already. The second reason it doesn't get a perfect score is the fact that the first dungeon was scrapped in this version. The original PlayStation version had a fantastic, immense dungeon to solve at the beginning of the game, and I have very fond memories of working through it. It has been shortened to three rooms and a mini quest that are far too easy to be fun. This should not pose any problems for new players who never played the original however.
DQ VIII looks great to me, far better graphics than the most recent DQ title I've played , V. The 3D graphics look great on the 3DS with or without the 3D slider turned on. It takes about 2 hours to get to your first battle, which is both boring and tedious, I'm not gonna lie. But once you get into the first battle you get to see the changes they've made to the battle screen. First off, the 3D character models and their battle animations look vibrant and alive. No longer do we have to leave this aspect of the battles to the imagination. I appreciate everything that's happening on the top screen of the ds. The Battle decisions, monsters, and your team all fight on the top screen with bottom devoted to your HP and MP stats. This looks cleaner than in previous installments.
So far there's no random battle either *gasp*!
You can see your foes in front of you and choose whether or not to engage with them.
I can't comment on the full storyline of the game because I haven't finished it yet, but so far it seems charming and full of DQ's particular brand of action role playing game play. I'm excited to put some more hours into it and watch the story unfold between these colorful characters and the world opening up around them.
The biggest improvement one would notice (had they played the original) is the graphics. DQVII now looks pretty much like DQVIII from the PS2. Other nice improvements include a journal-like feature, and polished dialogue. The story is pretty much unchanged (though they claim the intro portion has been streamlined, but it still took me about 2 hours to get through.) Mechanically, the combat is still the same as I recall, but they changed the graphical presentation, to match DQVIII.
Some things that haven't changed - the music! As usual to the series, the music is quite good, and always captures the mood of what's going on.
Ultimately, I'd highly recommend this game to any RPG fan. For those who've played the game before and enjoyed it, I think this will be a refreshing way to capture some nostalgia, as the visual improvements are definitely worthwhile. Those who couldn't get into the original due to the rather terrible graphics, well... give this a whack!