Quest for Glory 5: Dragon Fire

3.7 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
| 5 answered questions
Rated: Teen
$
$ 11 95
+ $6.99 shipping

We are unable to process your trade-in order.

Your trade-in order was not processed due to a system error. Please try resubmitting by returning to your Trade-In order.
Find items to trade in
Confirm your trade-in
Thank you
There is an important update to your trade-in
Amazon Trade-In
Learn more about Trade-In
Platform: Mac OS 9 and below, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 95
Available from these sellers.

Ship to:
To see addresses, please
or
Please enter a valid US zip code.
or
Used: Like New | Details
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: Game in Original Jewel Case, with Front and Back Artwork. FREE Upgrade to 1st Class Shipping. Expedited Shipping Also Available. Ships FAST from California WORLDWIDE. IMPORTANT READ: This is a used PC/MAC game, so if the game contains a key code that key code will be assumed as used. Some key codes can be reused; others may not & will need to be obtained again from the game manufacturer. Please do your own research before buying to determine whether this item will be reusable. This game MAY NOT BE COMPATIBLE with your computer operating system. Please check BEFORE BUYING. Thank you.
Other Sellers on Amazon: 26 used & new from $7.50

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • Quest for Glory 5: Dragon Fire
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player

Product description

Amazon.com

Combining the best elements of role playing with pulse-pounding action in the 3-D realm of Silmaria, Dragon Fire is a journey fraught with peril, mystery, and enchantment. Take the adrenaline rush alone or share it with friends on the Internet. The game is recommended for ages 13 and up.

Review

I have been a Quest for Glory fan since I played the first Hero's Quest over seven years ago. Although I have always loved role-playing games, I never really played too many adventure games. But Hero's Quest blended the two genres together into a greater whole that I found instantly appealing. The series, which later became Quest for Glory, combined the dialogue, item hunts, and other classic story-driven goals of adventure games with the combat, magic, and character interaction of RPGs. Each time I sat down to play a Quest for Glory game, I walked away completely satisfied upon finishing the game. I played the first, second, and third games but never got around to playing Quest IV. That was supposed to be the last Quest for Glory game, but thanks to a plethora of fan mail, Sierra was persuaded to create a final chapter in the Quest for Glory saga. The Coles, the creators of the previous games, returned to scribe an ending to our Hero's tales, and I was ready to retire one of my favorite game characters in his ultimate adventure.

As excited as I was about putting on the shoes of Hero again, I forgave the admittedly lackluster graphics. After all, role-playing games and adventures are about story, and Quest for Glory especially is about plot, characters, and humor. Quest for Glory V has all that. In fact, after looking at my first item and talking to my first NPC, it was as if I had never left the series. The humor and style of the previous Quest games is wholly intact in this final chapter. Quest for Glory has always had a juvenile sense of humor, with corny jokes and heavy sexual innuendo. So of course, you can flirt with all the women in the game, and you can give and receive a number of groaners. Of course, this is something that Quest for Glory fans have come to expect from the series, so rather than be put off by the game's quirky sense of humor, I was heartened. This was the game I remembered. However, if I weren't a fan of the series, I don't know if I would appreciate the game's humor.

The basic plot requires you to answer a summons for help from the kingdom of Silmaria, nestled in the island area of Marete. Ages ago, Atlantis resided around these waters, but the Dragon of Doom crippled it, sending it to the ocean floor. A handful of mages bound the dragon to the earth with the aid of seven pillars. Now, Silmaria is suffering a chain of events that will not only destroy the kingdom, but also unleash the dragon to finish the obliteration of Atlantis. As Hero, you come to Silmaria - via the magic of your mage mentor Erasmus - to right all the wrongs perpetrated on Silmaria. Your adventures manifest themselves in the form of the Rites of Rulership. The king of Silmaria has been assassinated, and the Rites have been convened to select a new ruler. Erasmus and your liontaur companion, Rakeesh, have entered you into the contest so you can travel Marete and find the real killer. If you win the Rites and become King in the process... well, that's an added bonus.

There are seven Rites, and as you finish each one, more of the game's plot is revealed. You soon find that the assassinations, the raids on Silmaria's fishing villages, the kingdom's war with the tritons of Atlantis, and many other problems are all related. Eventually, you'll meet the mastermind behind all this evil and even confront the Dragon itself.

As a Quest fan, I was glad to see old faces from the previous games. Rakeesh is back, as are Elsa, Erasmus, Erana, Katrina, and several other characters. Disappointingly, Rakeesh and Erasmus have relatively small roles in the game. I liked that the characters' dialogue trees refreshed after certain quests or periods of time. The gameworld isn't very large, but the continually updated events and dialogue kept the game from feeling too confined. There was always something to do. Aside from the seven main quests, there are also side quests that don't have to be completed but do give you special items, open new lines of dialogue with NPCs, and add to your score. The first two quests are very straightforward, but the later quests have less in the way of direction. In some ways, this is good. You are left to think up solutions on your own to the quests and to find your own way of arriving at those solutions. Some quests are clever, but other times, you could be stuck wandering around the gameworld, lost and frustrated. The middle game, especially, feels too much like an adventure game where you have to go poking and prodding at every single pixel, looking for certain items.

Some of the game's voice acting was good, but some voices were too strained and annoying (Cerberus is especially terrible). The music was good, with some excellent tracks and event-specific music. The graphics aren't bad, although extreme close-ups of Hero don't look very good. The prerendered backgrounds look nice, and the undulating sea waves are especially good. One of my biggest complaints about the game is the lack of a zoom feature in combat. Sometimes, you could be caught in a battle at the far end of the map, meaning you and your target are barely large enough to click on. This is exasperated when you cast the shrink spell. What makes the problem even worse is the bad interface, which never distinguishes between "hot" items and useless ones. The cursor should light up when you pass over items you can pick up, locations of interest, or enemies and characters. The interface just compounds the problem when you have to look for a specific item or panel (this is most pronounced when finding the crane operation panel on Science Island).

I do like that the game plays differently depending on which character you choose. Each class has a few extra quests and abilities, and solutions to certain puzzles and combat differ depending on your character's abilities. This definitely accentuates the role-playing aspect of the game and makes replay a very real possibility, if you can stomach rehashing some of the game's faults. I do think Quest for Glory is a pretty good game, but much of what fueled my desire to play the game was nostalgia. The game plays very much like what I remembered but with added stories and the chance to revisit old acquaintances. That's what I wanted. However, gamers unused to Quest for Glory might be put off by the less-than-stellar graphics and "old school" gameplay. Gamers also might be put off by Quest for Glory V's bugs. I ran into a few, and people have complained about several others. Some bugs prevent the completion of certain side quests, while others will dump you out to the desktop. Also, the promised multiplayer support is absent, although a patch is supposed to enable it sometime in the future.

I really enjoyed my first ten hours of Quest for Glory V, but as the game wore on, I became more frustrated by the pace of the game and the pixel-hunting instances of gameplay. A better interface, a quest log that showed you what you had to do, and better handling of combat would have alleviated some of my concerns. I did finish the game, and I enjoyed it overall, but the ending was definitely disappointing. As the final farewell to Hero, this game should have at least included an epilogue of some sort that let you know what happened to Hero and all his companions. Quest for Glory V has a few quirks and problems that will try your patience, but series fans will want to play this game to see old friends and follow Hero's last adventure. --Elliott Chin
--Copyright ©1998 GameSpot Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of GameSpot is prohibited. -- GameSpot Review


Product information

Warranty & Support

Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

Feedback

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

on August 17, 2016
Verified Purchase
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on May 7, 2013
Verified Purchase
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on December 20, 2013
Verified Purchase
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on June 10, 2014
Verified Purchase
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews



Look for similar items by category

Pages with related products. See and discover other items: dragon's quest, final fantasy games, roleplaying pc games, fantasy games pc