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Congrats on finishing that chapter! I started it but knew it was going to take some time, so I didn't finish it all the way through.
Oh yeah, I remember playing this game last year. I was posting my progress in the "So what have you guys been playing on your DS/3DS lately?" thread since there wasn't really a game discussion thread, I think. Anyway, I'll go ahead and post those comments here so they'll be in the official thread:
Beside Kid Icarus Uprising, I've been playing through Dragon Quest IV (DS). Well, I'm not that far into the game yet, but I'm loving the game so far. I miss playing these traditional JRPGs, and Square Enix has done a wonderful job of updating this game for the DS. Awesome graphics, animation, music, and great use of the top and bottom screen for any given situation, all add up to a wonderful package of a game. I like how the story is divided up into chapters, I can't wait to see where the story goes from here. I'm in chapter 2 right now with Alena (precocious Tsarevna of Zamoksva), traveling with Borya the Magician and Kiryl the Priest.
Played some moreDragon Quest IV. I completed chapter 3: Torneko and the Extravagant Excavation. When I first started playing this chapter, I was thinking whether the jolly merchant would be able to handle himself well during battle. I liked the fact he picks up a lot of decent items from battling enemies. This chapter had a little bit of grinding, especially when you had to save up enough money to clear objectives like being able to afford your own shop and such. But it wasn't too bad or too drawn out. There aren't too many moments where I'm stumped or left guessing what to do.
I'm really enjoying the story and seeing the world map expand more and more. This is the first time that my character interacted within the town visited by a previous character (Alena). Torneko's chapter is handled quite nicely where you start off just working your normal job employed at the guy's weapon shop, actually selling and buying weapons from behind the counter and getting paid (not much) to do so. Going home to see your wife and child (and she packs a nice little lunch for you every day, how sweet). It was kind of weird to see Torneko just get out of the town and venture off for days without seeing his family, but ah! It's the way of life for a merchant such as him. And by the end of the chapter, his hard work pays off.
I can't wait to see how these different characters and events are brought together.
I've been making good progress in Dragon Quest IV. Of course, chapter 5 is where the game really starts to get going. I think I have all my party members now, now that Ragnar has joined me! I love sailing the ship, but I have to be careful not to wander somewhere I'm not supposed to (due to my low level characters). The Chancellor mentioned that Balzack headed for Zamoksva so I think that will be my next destination.
How satisfying it was to take down Marquis de Léon after his brutal attacks on Maya and Meena earlier in the game.
I've been playing mostlyDragon Quest IV lately, getting deeper into the game. I've been collecting the Zenithian equipment and only need to get the Zenithian Armor and Sword.
One thing that makes it difficult to navigate to my destination sometimes is that I can't view the names of all the towns on the map. Yeah, there's a lot of them, so I can sort of understand why they wouldn't want to clutter the map, but often times I use Zoom and have to pick different town names from the list to try to remember a town I want to return to.
Also, I thought I was doing a good job of talking to everyone to figure out where I should go next, but having to pick up clues from one or two people in the whole world and having to remember that stuff much later in the game (since I'm at a point where the quest is a little bit less linear considering I have different options on where I want to go next) is not easy, especially when I am unable to play in long sittings. This is definitely a game I would love to feature Game Notes such as that found on the 3DS system itself, so I can just pause the game, jot some notes down with the stylus, and return just as quickly.
I also have to remember, or perhaps, rather, re-visit, all the towns that had some from of locked door since I now have some kind of ultimate key that basically opens all locked doors I couldn't open before. Which is pretty cool; I'm picking up a lot of nice treasure.
It's getting harder now to accumulate money quickly to afford some of the best equipment, and having to spread the goods among my 8 party members means I am constantly broke. But it's not a big deal.
I like getting rewarded for finding all the mini-medals, which often times means I need to break every pot and search every dresser whenever I go someplace new, especially other people's houses.
Cool game. The story elements are not exactly keeping me on the edge of my seat, but I really am enjoying it!