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Spawn Kill Review: Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies

Although the reason for DQ’s failure to catch on in the West is multi-faceted, one of the biggest gripes many had was that little seemed to have changed since the first game debuted in Japan in 1986. Although we did recently get two NDS remakes, Dragon Quest IV and V, the games were mostly graphical upgrades with little gameplay changes from their Famicom and Super Famicom origins, and the series still was more than a blip on most gamers’ radars outside of Japan. A new entry in the franchise, Dragon Quest VIII, released on PS2, also failed to make a significant splash in western waters. Obviously, something had to change if the series was ever to be truly successful in the rest of the world. The result of that experiment is Dragon Quest IX, which, while not perfect, is certainly one of the best RPGs available for Nintendo’s handheld.

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darkcharizard2889d ago

I have yet to get this game.

I hope it's as awesome as they say it is!

ShadowPraxis2889d ago

Same here. Sadly, I keep feeling guilty for never having gotten into the DQ games more. I played a bit of VIII on PS2 but never got that far into it.

All my friends are raving about this one though. I feel like the odd man out.

tigresa2889d ago

It's doing so well that I'm finding it hard to come up with reasons why I didn't think I was interested...

K-Tuck2888d ago

I'm not interested in the visual style. It wouldn't normally make a difference, but this particular style is just too pervasive.

rrquinta2889d ago

Seriously, unless you just don't like RPGs, you really owe it to yourselves to try this game out! I love DQ already, but this really is a great game with so much content you will be playing it all the time.

Heart1lly2889d ago

I loved Dragon Quest VIII for the PS2, so I really don't have much of an excuse for not playing this one.

theherp802889d ago

another JRPG that everyone loves but i will prob hate