From the review:
"Like almost all RPGs, you really need to play Dragon Quest IX for a few hours before you realise the brilliance. I say this fully in the knowledge that when I first started playing it, I was underwhelmed. The story felt shallow and excessively lightweight, the fact that unlike the previous Dragon Quest game, all the other controllable characters are faceless drones. This wasn’t what I wanted in an RPG at all. I play them for the deep and emotive storylines, with characters that I can become attached to. As time went on however, I realised that this method was to Dragon Quest IX’s advantage."