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    So goo to see you! Welcome to the Dragon Quest thread!
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    Dragon Quest is a series of Japanese role playing games created and overseen since by Yuji Horii. The original game was first released in 1986 and actually precedes Final Fantasy.

    Those of us in PAL territories had to wait twenty years before we saw the release of a title. In 2006 we got to play the eighth main entry in the series, Journey of the Cursed King, developed by Level 5 and released on PlayStation 2.

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    Dragon Quest VIII on PlayStation 2

    Since then we've been lucky enough to see further releases in the long-running series, with Dragon Quest IX, my personal favourite, arriving on the DS in 2010 along with the Monsters spin-off series, which I believe was a monster collecting precursor to Pokémon in Japan.

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    Dragon Quest IX on Nintendo DS

    The DS is actually a fab system to have if you love your Dragon Quest, as it also hosts really quite excellent remakes of the The Zenitha Trilogy, which are DQ's IV, V and VI in the series.

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    Dragon Quest V on Nintendo DS

    It's actually now possible to play the entire numbered series, with the exception of X, which is an MMO, in PAL territories, as the first three titles along with other entries are now available on mobile devices.

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    Dragon Quest on mobile

    Out right now on the Nintendo 3DS is the remake of the infamously gargantuan Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past, a game I'd long since given up hope on seeing it ever make its way over here as it was originally released in Japan in 2013. And that's not all! Early 2017 sees the release of Dragon Quest VIII on the 3DS. There are pluses and minuses with this compared to the PlayStation 2 version. Graphics take a slight hit, but there are new party members, a new post main quest dungeon and enemies are now visible on the map for those who don't like random encounters.

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    Dragon Quest VII on Nintendo 3DS

    There are other games to check out too, such as Dragon Quest: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below, a musou type brawler for PS4, and Dragon Quest Builders, a RPG x Minecraft thingy, also coming to PS4.

    Last but not least, there's the big one. Dragon Quest XI, coming hopefully in the next couple of years to PlayStation 4, 3DS and very probably Nintendo's NX.

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    Dragon Quest XI apparently

    Phew! That was exhausting! I could goo with a bit of a rest.
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  • Epic OP, love it!

    I've only ever played a tiny bit of the very first game (GBC re-release) and a fair amount of number 8. Loved the latter and I really should go back and complete it. May do it with the remake. 

    I have the ones on the DS and will one day, one day, will play through them all.
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    Great thread name. I'm buying 7 next week
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    Bounced off DQ8 on PS2 around the point you leave the big first land to head to the new continent iirc.. Happy to go back on DS next year.

    DQ7 seems lovely so far. Memories drifting back.. wells, weapons, pan lids.. manure...
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  • Did OP mention DQ Heroes: Rocket Slime?
    Because if not, you missed one of my favourite ever DS games.
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    I didn't cover everything because I didn't really want the op to go on forever.  It's long enough as it is.
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  • Rocket slime is my favourite one.
  • IX was pretty much amazing. I think the only other one I've played is the IV remake on DS, which was also pretty smart, even though the combat was dated.

    Would be very pleased if (or when) XI turns up on PS4.
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    I could listen to the 3DS game load screen all day. No exaggeration. Love that hi-hat.

    (Obvious double exaggeration)
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  • Good work on the OP. I impulse bought 7 and haven't got nearly enough time to start it, but I loved 5 and 9 (I think those are the ones I've played) so I'll try get it started at some point.
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  • I liked five. To this day it's still the only jrpg I've completed.

    Just battled my first slime on vii so there's hope!
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    Spoilers! Ffs bob
  • Is any one else getting weird pauses on this? Some one just joined my party and there was a long pause before I could do anything
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    Yeah. I have the sound low but I think it is when  there's a special 'event' tune playing as a rule.

    I think the Jap version of this had a fancier soundtrack didn't it?

    edit: Seems the Jap version did indeed have an orchestrated soundtrack more like 8. Would have been nice to have the option.
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    Yeah, about 5 or 6 seconds, hopefully there won't be too many comings and goings.
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  • Ah. Cheers guys, sound down!

    I like that you can see the monsters roaming in 7.
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    I'm really enjoying VII - it's nice that in some respects it feels like a super-charged version of the DS remake series (it's by the same developer). I'm increasingly not sure what I think about having to re-explore areas for fragments... It is what it is though and I'm very glad it's finally reached us - pleased that the localisation is the usual charming UK-centric stuff too.

    Once this is done, I need to finish III, VI and then play VIII next year, then I'll finally have done the 'set' as it were.
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    isanbard wrote:
    Yeah. I have the sound low but I think it is when  there's a special 'event' tune playing as a rule. I think the Jap version of this had a fancier soundtrack didn't it? edit: Seems the Jap version did indeed have an orchestrated soundtrack more like 8. Would have been nice to have the option.

    Yeah it's a shame we didn't get it, but on the upside they've re-recorded the orchestral score for VIII, which was already awesome, and we are getting that.
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  • Christ I'm stuck on the first gem puzzle in the first
    Mine?
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    They can contact each other in all sorts of ways...
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  • Watched a YouTube video and still struggled oh dear
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    Ha! I thought the same, but I was slapping my forehead within a few minutes.
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    I like the way in the fights the L & R buttons allow to click through everything once you  set your crew onto various auto modes. Glass of plonko and DQVII enabled!
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  • Right done for today - about six hours and I guess the tower is the first proper dungeon?

    Did a bit of grinding for xp and gold and bought some better equipment- the battle system is entirely the same as V iirc.
    Still it's warming up - do I have to back track everywhere for fragments now?
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    Probably. Have you unlocked any spells recently?
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  • Yeah and an ability for

    The
    Spoiler:

    Which seems to not cost anything

    We are all about level 8
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    Last thing I did yesterday was finally unlock a fourth island after horbgorbling around not knowing where to go for a couple of hours.
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    Bob wrote:
    Yeah and an ability for The
    Spoiler:
    Which seems to not cost anything We are all about level 8

    That's a good'un indeed. Free bigger hits! 

    Your main character will be getting some more handy spells soon too then. 

    I put all my little dudes on auto (no magic for the magic users, fight wisely for the bashers) to speed up the general grind fights. Only have to decide what your main is attacking then.

    You can change it to full before any of the bigger boss fights of course.
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  • Raiziel wrote:
    Last thing I did yesterday was finally unlock a fourth island after horbgorbling around not knowing where to go for a couple of hours.

    I've just had the first island turn up but perhaps we shouldn't be too specific?
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    That's about as unspecific as I could get.
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    Indeed. I'm trying to be full Yoda vague mode too but if there's anything too fruity just give us a holla.
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