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Dragon Quest

Even though I have a big amount of respect for the series, I don’t actually have that much experience with Dragon Quest games – the first one I played was DQ8 on PS2, and then I played a bit of DQ9 on DS, but didn’t get super far in it. This year I played a bunch of Dragon Quest Heroes, and liked it for what it was (Dynasty Warriors-like with more RPG elements and pretty graphics), and then played the Dragon Quest Builders demo. So after all of this, it was a couple of days ago when I watched a recent documentary from NHK about the series (in celebration of its 30th anniversary) that I just got in the mood to go and play the very first game, which I had bought for iOS a while back, but hadn’t really played much. I started the game again, and 2-3 hours later I was still playing. Two days later, I’ve reached the final castle, and am just in need of a bit more grinding before I’m ready to face the final boss. And yes, I’ve already bought Dragon Quest II (the DQ games on iOS are currently on sale). As for the quality of the iOS version, I’m not crazy about using a virtual pad to move around, but I do find it convenient to play (I’m playing on iPhone this time), and I’ve gotten used to it.

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Dragon Quest Heroes

I’ve been very curious about this game, with the main thing attracting me to it being just how beautiful it looks – to have those colorful Toriyama designs with crisp HD graphics was enough to draw me in. I’m not really into the musou games, but I liked Hyrule Warriors enough that I figured I could have fun with this too. As expected, the game is gorgeous, and it just makes me that much more excited for Dragon Quest XI. It does do things a bit differently from what I experienced in Hyrule Warriors, incorporating a few more RPG elements (like having access to shops and vendors between missions). I don’t know if it’ll keep my attention enough to finish it, but I’m already about 4-5 hours in, and I’m still having fun with it.