I don't quite understand the appeal of Dragon Quest.

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#1 Posted by redmangoose (397 posts) -

I've tried a little bittle of both IV and V for the DS and they're by no means bad games, actually kinda enjoyable.
Although IV, did seem pretty bland compared to V especially in terms of story, but this seems to be the case in alot of the DQ
games from what I've heard. The hero is often silent with little to no backstory, and instead of actual human allies you get recruitable
monsters, which means there's almost no character development regarding your party. The gameplay is really simple and old school
and the graphics for the majority of the games are subpar, even in the DS remakes. I just can't seem to understand why such a series
would be the number one most popular series in Japan, topping both Final Fantasy and Shin Megami Tensei, both of which have superior stories, memorable characters, and much more innovative gameplay(although the former has fallen off within recent years admittedly).

Is it pure nostalgia that seems to get fans craving for more with every release?
Or am I just plain ignorant and blind to what the series truly has to offer?

#2 Posted by Inferi-Fang (78 posts) -
I can honestly say, I really love the art style. I also like the gameplay because it stays to its roots.
#3 Posted by Yangire (8795 posts) -

The games are fun, RPGs don't need crappy attempts at stories to be good.

#4 Posted by LOSTLEAD8R (473 posts) -

Considering that im like 24 and started the series with DQ9 I can say that Dragon Quest isn't a nostalgia based game. (better candidates for that, but for another time).Honestly I think the reason why I like Dragon Quest so much is because its a basic RPG that constantly adds changes too it, but never changes itself because of it. Its consistent, but at the same time no Dragon Quest game is alike. Also the stories actually are pretty in depth, and aside from DQ5 and 9 all your allies talk, have a back story, etc. But if you really want to see what the hype is about I'd pick either Dragon Quest 4, 5 or 9. I think they represent the series the best, and Dragon Quest 5 is easily the best of them all because it just makes everything work so well.

#5 Posted by BigBen11111 (1528 posts) -

I like Dragon Quest for being old school RPG games. And IV-VI offers plenty of old school & nostalgia. And with each game the story keeps evolving & keeps it from being too blend, in my opinion. And the art for the characters is done by the creator of the Dragon Ball series, Akira Toriyama. I hope they bring DQVII outside of Japan, especially since I never played that one.

#6 Posted by OreoMilkshake (12825 posts) -
and instead of actual human allies you get recruitable monsters, which means there's almost no character development regarding your party.redmangoose
You said you played IV then follow it up with this sentence. Yikes.
#7 Posted by Will47 (6824 posts) -
Have you played IX? I saw no mention of it in your post. I started the series with IX and had a lot of fun, its a very good game. Then I bought one of the remakes on the DS thinking I would prolong the fun, and didn't really enjoy it that much. So before you write off the series I would see about playing IX or the upcoming VII remake for the 3DS.
#8 Posted by darkziosj (166 posts) -
People like them because they are good old school rpgs, graphics don't really matter in DQ games and obviously they are old (DS), look at ff13 awesome graphics, but it's so boring, bland characters, horrible story and combat compared to old ff games, DQ keeps the formula that made it famous and that is a plus. and there's alot of character development but it seems you only played for like an hour.
#9 Posted by jedinat (3560 posts) -
I like the idea of Dragon Quest games. They just never live up to what i want them to be. I've eventually dropped every one but the 9th... and that one left a bad taste in my mouth.
#10 Posted by jedinat (3560 posts) -
Still I'm looking forward to the remake of VII. I liked all the improvements in IX, the removal of random battles, the visible armors, etc... the narrative is what disappointed me.
#11 Posted by TheBlackKnight3 (1586 posts) -

I only really like V and VI, and VIII is my favorite game of all time. Most other games in the series (haven't played VII) are just plain bland and boring to me, so to an extent I agree. I like V, VI and VIII though because of the fun, cartoony graphics, and character and monster design, and the simple combat system. It isn't really overcomplicated like most other RPGs, which isn't always a bad thing, but can sometimes be annoying when I'm just trying to have fun and relax.

#12 Posted by turtlethetaffer (17198 posts) -

It's the fact that they are so old school and simple that is the charm. That and the "gung ho" adventure feel of it, along with the very charming art syIe. It's an RPG series that has stayed true to its roots since the beggining. Whether or not that's a good thing depends on the individual.

#13 Posted by Detroit222 (5352 posts) -

I LOVED the storylines. If I were going to rate them I'd say V had the best followed by IV and VI. IX was ok, although it had the best graphics. For IX, I liked the town stories a lot better than the main one. (Who DIDN'T get a LUMP in their throat when the princess danced with the knight?)

I'm going to HAVE to buy a 3DS now that VII is coming out. Didn't want to but now I will.

#14 Posted by GreekGameManiac (6439 posts) -

It's the fact that they are so old school and simple that is the charm. That and the "gung ho" adventure feel of it, along with the very charming art syIe. It's an RPG series that has stayed true to its roots since the beggining. Whether or not that's a good thing depends on the individual.

turtlethetaffer

#15 Posted by fgjnfgh (2630 posts) -

guys you should play pokemon games

#16 Posted by Wolfysteve (35 posts) -
I am ashamed to admit that I have never played a Dragon Quest game myself but the games have for long been on my wishlist. They look like they have a lot of charm.
#17 Posted by Hakumen21 (359 posts) -

i tried Sentinels of the Starry Skies.

Boring gameplay, beautiful art style. thats basically it.

#18 Posted by Soilworkcob (626 posts) -

I've played through every DQ from 1-9 and I love this series because every episode provides a huge world to explore that is really quite charming. part 5 is the best btw :P

#19 Posted by delectabledoz (404 posts) -
i enjoy them :) really loved sentinels of starry skies, didnt like the 1 that much after it.. will the new one coming out be good? or if its already out
#20 Posted by xGamePlayerx19 (378 posts) -

yea i guess for the most part like everyone else has said, their just old school fun rpgs which you dont have much of anymore, well that are done right. my first dragon quest was dq8 and it was great, ive also played 9 which was loads of fun too. planning on getting around to 4 5 and 6 eventually.

#21 Posted by Bubble_Man (3098 posts) -

I like them, but can see how they might be a bit too old fashioned for some people.