Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Dragon Quest quandary

Although I'm still hopelessly addicted to Dragon Quest IX, I know its days are numbered. What will I turn to when the bloom has fallen off the Dragon Quest IX rose? Why, more Dragon Quest, of course!

Unfortunately, I'm not sure which Dragon Quest should be my next. Although I'm leaning toward Dragon Quest VIII, that game's PlayStation predecessor (Dragon Warrior VII) is a distinct possibility, too.

I'd add the original Dragon Warrior (North American cover art to the right) to the list above, but I played it for a few hours last weekend and although I enjoyed the experience I'm going to put it on the back burner until I can pick up a copy of Nintendo Power's Dragon Warrior Strategy Guide.

Anyway, to any of you have played Dragon Warrior VII and/or Dragon Quest VIII: Which one should I turn to after I (inevitably) lose interest in the series' latest iteration?


Viewtiful_Justin said...

Yeah...the first Dragon Warrior is TOUGH. I beat it with game genie once, although I'll bet if I leveled up for hours and hours and hours, I could have beaten it without. But having one person in your "party" is really hard after being used to having four. I got this game with my subscription to Nintendo Power, and I still have it. As far as being self-explanatory, it isn't. You have to go to a cave in a swamp to the north and east of Tantengel Castle, and you beat the Green Dragon to save a princess. From there? It's grinding for money so you can buy keys...damn keys.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Yeah, I definitely think you have to grind A LOT to beat this game, Justin. Hell, I had to grind a lot just to explore the areas surrounding the main castle and town.

Actually, that's where I got into trouble -- I think I wandered into the cave where the Green Dragon lives and got my butt kicked. So, I rebooted the game and went somewhere else -- and got my butt kicked there, too.

I have to say, the original Final Fantasy seems a lot more accessible and enjoyable...