Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation First Look

Dedicated Dragon Quest fans will finally be able to complete their collection with this updated classic.

The Dragon Quest series may be one of the most popular video game franchises in Japan, but it has a loyal following in other parts of the world as well. The Nintendo DS remakes of Dragon Quest IV and V gave fans of the series an opportunity to play it again with updated visuals and DS-specific additions. But Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation has never been released in North America before, so this will be a first time for everyone (unless you imported). The platform has also allowed the franchise to reach a larger target audience, which was a contributing factor to why Dragon Quest IX launched specifically for the handheld. While Dragon Quest IX was tailored specifically for a more action-oriented multiplayer experience, Dragon Quest VI continues along the path of the other remakes to give it a fresh new look and new features.

Other than the real world and the dream world, there's also the underwater world to explore.

Dragon Quest VI is a classic turn-based Japanese role-playing game where you'll spend a good chunk of your time fighting monsters through random encounters and dungeon crawling. As always, you play as the hero, who in this case can travel between the real world and a dream world. The opening of the game shows you, as well as a couple of other party members, taking off on the back of a dragon and eventually coming face-to-face with a demon named Murdaw. It doesn't look like things are going to end well, but you are suddenly roused from your slumber and find that you're actually in a quiet little town and need to run an errand for the local mayor. Along the way, you stumble upon a portal, which is the link between the real world and the dream world, though when you enter the dream world, no one can see or hear you.

You'll learn more as you progress through the game, but the premise is interesting, and like in previous games, there's always plenty to do. When wandering through town, you'll see that it spans across both screens of the DS, and you can use the shoulder buttons to rotate the camera angle. Another interesting addition is that in some cities you can view what the shops have on their item list before going in (definitely a time saver!) Another unique feature of DQVI is that you can have up to eight characters in a party, even though four will always be fighting at any given time. As long as you have your wagon along for the ride, you can swap your characters from the front to the back to keep them out of harm's way. Your entire party will gain experience equally, so there's none of that swapping around just to level each of them individually. During our demo, we noticed a bed that was just hanging out in the overworld. It turns out that there are some unique modes of transportation in this game. A flying bed, a magic carpet, a submarine, and even a floating island that you can explore are just some of the ways to get around.

You can have different vocations, similar to how you can in the recently released Dragon Quest IX, and there are more than 15 to choose from. There are unlockable ones that require you to master a couple of the others first, such as mastering the martial artist and priest in order to become a paladin. You'll learn the skills and spells of the trade, which can be taken with you whenever you decide to change at the Alltrades Abbey, so this lets you build up quite a beefy character. Not only can you customize your own party members, but you can recruit monsters too, so if you want, King Slime can tag along and do your healing for you.

There are some benefits to having slimes in your party (besides just being awesome), but you can enter Slimopolis, a battle arena where you can enter three-round tournaments to earn rewards. Another slime to look out for is a slime-themed arcade machine, which has six touch-screen minigames that can be unlocked if you want to take a break and play some curling. All this is optional, but it's there whenever you get tired of adventuring.

Welcome to Slimopolis! Let the games begin!

After unlocking a place called "Sweet Dreams," you'll be able to use Tag mode to share a diorama of yourself and a message. This is the same mode used in Dragon Quest IX for sharing information and special items with other players who are also in this mode. You'll be able to unlock various backgrounds and characters as you play through the game and customize how you want to present yourself to other DQVI players.

It's no surprise that DQVI is packed with content and things to do. We're told that at some point you'll even take part in a fashion show, where you'll need to strut your stuff on the catwalk for points. If you've played the other remakes, it will look and sound very familiar. Stay tuned to GameSpot, where we'll have more information on Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation, as well as a review, when it's released February 14.

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hellpolice
hellpolice

@CyberKlown28 I like Atlus' rpgs too they are a contender for the top of the rpg elite, but your spamming around here is laughable "Don't try the big name brand try ours!" *ping* smiles*

cprmauldin
cprmauldin

This game looks like a blast, from what I've read, it has an extremely revolutionary amount of depth for a 1995 RPG.

jamilius
jamilius

@CyberKlown28 i'd say the reason they're "old school" is because they're remakes of 90's Snes games... just saying. Plus J-rpgs are notoriously similar in their look and feel.

KennyBlanknshp
KennyBlanknshp

I'm stoked about this release. Too bad all of these are on the DS. I played DQ4 and 5 on DS and started on 9 and I now will need to get a DSI XL. Now I will have all the DW/DQ games. My collection will be complete now.

CyberKlown28
CyberKlown28

Square Enix's rpg's are too old school "hit attack, win" or too poorly managed "and the 100th kingdom hearts games before kh 3 comes out..." I like Atlus :D original rpg's, hardcore enough for any real rpg fan, enough length in it to last months, etc. as wolflink stated, Radiant Historia looks amazing and unique

CrowMedicine
CrowMedicine

I am looking forward to this game as I played with my son so many years ago the first release of Dragon Quest but not by that name at that time. I now am playing Sentinel of the Starry Skies and am loving it. To me this is one of the best games on DS other than Pokemon. Sorry but I am a Pokemon fan too, but Dragon Quest is my all time favorite

slingshot_ylo
slingshot_ylo

I can't wait, but I need to finish DQ IX first!

Wolflink001
Wolflink001

I want this game but then theres Radiant Historia published by Atlus.

dieyie
dieyie

ohh yeah cant wait

widdowson91
widdowson91

The only Dragon Quest game I've played is Dragon Quest VIII, but I thought it was ace. I really want to play the earlier titles too. I might just get Dragon Quest V and VI for the Super Famicom instead of the DS.

DaShiznawz
DaShiznawz

God this looks so good. I LOVE Dragon Quest

taxonomic
taxonomic

I played DQ6 several years ago with the fan translation. Even with a shoddy, half-finished script it was still my favorite of the series. I'm glad it's finally getting a real, proper release.

NekoKouji
NekoKouji

Can't wait for this, looks amazing!, with this the zenith series will finally be complete!.

Knightarce
Knightarce

Only played viii but loved it, been waiting for a new home console one since then, but now considering getting a ds with this and ix

linkster362
linkster362

wow i have been waiting for this! its odd though that they only gave us a month or so of warning..........

SaltyMeatballs
SaltyMeatballs

I really can't wait for this. DQ5 is my favourite DS RPG.

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

Really cool can´t wait for february! Currently playing DQ IX and loving it.

paul_hubans
paul_hubans

Ah, what a great series... I remember playing the first one as a kid in 1989 when it was Dragon Warrior. At first I didn't know what the hell was going on because I had never played an RPG before and it took me about 15 minutes before I figured out how to get out of the throne room... lol This and 7 are the only two I've never played. I'm really looking forward to this! I'm glad that this series kept true to what made it great throughout the years, unlike Final Fantasy, which used to be my favorite series until it went to crap.

calvinsora
calvinsora

This will definitely be awesome.

bjohnson003
bjohnson003

Nice playing DQ IX right now. Monsters in the party are always good.

elbert_b_23
elbert_b_23

i am so happy i can just slam my head into a wall

Gloryfinder
Gloryfinder

I'm really looking forward to this game. It's good that Dragon Quest has a decent (enough) following here in the US, so we won't ever miss out on games like this anymore.

AzelKosMos
AzelKosMos

I enjoyed IV and am playing through V now so will have to get VI down the line.

joet1973
joet1973

I'll buy it if it has challenging boss battles. I won't buy it if it doesn't have challenging boss battles. You kiddies can handle a challenge after all the DQ games you've played by now right?

widdowson91
widdowson91

I've been thinking about importing a Super Famicom version of this from Japan.