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The best RPG series: Dragon Quest or Final Fantasy? [poll]
 
Dragon Quest (6/23 votes)
 26%
Final Fantasy (17/23 votes)
 74%
 
Iíve always had a hard time formulating the question, but in this case I think Iím more interested in what you think is the best series, not necessarily your favorite series. (Though I would think they would be one and the same).

Personally, I have very little experience with the DQ series, and itís something I seriously need to address. I only played and finished the original Dragon Warrior on NES, and it was great for its time.

Iíve played many of the FF games though. I finished: IV and VI on SNES, VII through IX on PS1, X and X-2 on PS2. The SNES games were amazing displays of the hardwareís capabilities as well as having long and interesting story lines.

Feel free to share your own experience with the series.

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Posted: 02/09/11, 00:23:32  - Edited by 
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Mr_Mustache said:
...Final Fantasy III(US) is my favorite game after Chrono Trigger. Its freakin' mint. I measure all RPGs against it...

I feel about the same - Pokemon Platinum is my favorite game of all time now,but FF3 and CT are tied for 2nd. I try not to, but I still find myself measuring all other JRPGs by the standards those two games set.

And yeah, I know I bitch a lot about the more recent games, but it's still a matter of "play it for yourself" as far as I'm concerned. Others mileage may vary - they just haven't interested me in the slightest. Visually and story-wise, they seem to carry the same melodramatic "feel" as FFxiii, a game I quickly loathed (though I guess to be fair, I didn't play very much of FFxiii at all either).
Posted: 02/09/11, 19:31:16
Isn't DQV DS super-rare now?

I think it could be argued that the FF franchise is trending downwards, while DQ is trending upwards, in terms of popularity. FF still sells waaaaaay more in Western territories, though.

@Mr_Mustache
Was DQIV on NES, originally? Crazy.

I did enjoy the couple hours I played of FF III (VI).
Posted: 02/09/11, 20:16:16
@Dynablade

It just LOOKS bad though, too. I know that graphics/style don't DEFINE gameplay, but I don't need to watch an episode of Glee to know that I'll HATE IT. Newer Final Fantasy = GLEE.

@anandxxx

Yeah, it totally was. One of the later releases.

--Why haven't you played through FF III(US) all the way?!
Scabs!
Posted: 02/09/11, 20:43:20
Final Fantasy VI


Dragon Quest VI



Tough, call still..
Posted: 02/10/11, 02:56:40
Since no DQ game is close to as good as FFVI, I'm gonna have to say Final Fantasy gets the nod here.
Posted: 02/10/11, 06:43:12
I've only played one Dragon Quest game, I believe it was IV or V on the DS and I didn't care for it all that much. I absolutely abhor newer FF games however their old school 16 bit ones were pretty good.

As much as it pains me to give Square credit for anything, from my limited experience Final Fantasy wins this.
Posted: 02/10/11, 06:46:45
@Whiffleboy

I've heard a lot about DQVI... someday I'll have to play it.
Posted: 02/10/11, 06:58:08
I'd say Final Fantasy wins mainly because the older ones were incredible. IV, VI, VII were just games that could not be missed. Granted, I love me some Dragon WARRIOR (Quest) and recently that series has beaten the shit out of the joke that is Modern Final Fantasy, but they really haven't given me something on the level of those three I mentioned before.

But the abortion-that-should-have-been XIII and the newly announced XIII-2 means I'll be switching to Dragon Quest fairly soon. No matter how good your past is, you can't rely on it forever.
Posted: 02/10/11, 06:59:59
Never got into DQ at all. I don't see the attraction. FF is 10x better cuz of FF6 alone, not to mention the other greats.
Posted: 02/10/11, 08:32:54
Final Fanstasy, by a landslide. Anyone saying differently either has never played any rpgs or they've only played the Dragon Quest series.
Posted: 02/10/11, 08:53:27
Dragon Quest for me. I like FFVI like everyone else, and I've enjoyed IV (though I think it's overrated), IX, X and XIII. But I gotta say the style of the games and the emo crap really saps the enjoyment out of it. The heroes all seem to blend together, they all feel a bit samey. All brooding and with various issues... they annoy me.

I like DQ's more positive outlook. Maybe the characters aren't as fleshed out, but the DQ series is more about the events than the characters anyway. I'd say their simpler plots makes their charm, and also makes them more palatable to me.

Jeremy Parish had this awesome analysis of the differences between the two series but alas, I cannot find it.

@Oldmanwinter

I told you not to play IV.

@Rothwyn

Have you played V? I think it easily matches VI's quality.
Posted: 02/12/11, 01:23:14
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