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1UP Review - Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies

1up: In some ways, DQIX is a throwback to Dragon Quest III for NES: The main story is fairly simplistic, and the player's traditionally mute hero (or heroine) is joined by a trio of generic, roll-em-yourself allies rather than a band of named characters with backstories and personalities. The task of defining the game's personality is left to the inhabitants of the world (whose tales are occasionally moving but never inspired) and the hero's faerie companion Stella (whose bluster is offset by an amusing penchant for muddled clichés, malapropisms, and spoonerisms). This, too, seems like a step backward next to the powerful narrative of Dragon Quest V and the memorable cast of DQVIII, but it also serves the game's larger aim of creating a free-form toy box of an RPG capable of keeping fans involved for endless hours. ...

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