Wired Review: Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen

Review by Chris Kohler:

"Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen is a charmingly old-school role-playing game, a reminder of simpler times. But it's also an interesting stop on the evolutionary journey of the Japanese RPG.

Originally released here in 1992 for the 8-bit Nintendo as Dragon Warrior IV, this fourth entry in Japan's most popular RPG series in great part sticks to the staples: Visit town, buy weapons, kill dungeon full of monsters, repeat. This makes the Nintendo DS remake of the game, 16 years on, a serious retro throwback. There are no big cinematic scenes, no elaborate gameplay mechanics -- just a simple story told by munchkin 2-D characters who don't express emotion.

It's easy to miss, then, that Dragon Quest IV was in some ways a radical departure from the status quo."

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