I've started playing again after a friend got me up to speed on things, and I think the game's getting better again. After the initial batch of aimlessness, I felt like it started to become more apparent where the next place to go was. Like when you get a new vehicle or something then you use it to check the remaining greyed-out spots on the map. Or maybe I've just gotten used to the way the game operates, but in any case, after getting over that first hump, it's manageable now.
@Guillaume How are you doing on your vocations? Are you picking ones that suit each character, or going your own way? I've mostly been picking the obvious stuff, such as Warrior for Carver, Priest for Milly, etc. Nevan's working on sagehood right now, which is taking quite a while. Most of my characters have mastered Priest because I like to play it safe and have a lot of heal spells available.
That's probably my problem with Carver too! I suppose there's not much I can do about it though, except maybe deliberately seek out powerful enemies for him to fight? I know there was that well you climb down containing powerful monsters early on in the game; I haven't been there in a while...
Which is THE DQ game to get on DS and 3DS? I know 9 was a huge deal because it was the first in the main line series to go to the handheld first, but it seemed more geared around loot and gear. I think I read that 5 is the one to go for in regards to the best story? Or am I wrong?
@Guillaume 9 is kind of loot heavy at the end of the game (post credits) if you want to really max out your characters. 9 is better in the sense that you can really sink 200 hours into that game and still be discovering new things every minute. Its fantastic.
Gotta say the story is better in 5, in my opinion. Nine was a little weaker story-wise, I think, because there was only one main character; the rest are all for-hire. There's no real interaction between your party members. Still loved it, though. Honestly, either game is great.
I don't remember grinding for loot much in 9, more than any other Dragon Quest game. There's always that grinding for levels and cash to buy your thorn whips and iron shields. But I didn't play the post game for long, so there you have it.
Knowing Square Enix's tendancy to remake games, is there any chance that they will port any of the DS DQ games to the 3DS? I'd love to play them but I really do prefer playing native 3DS games on my XL. It's awesome having the bigger screen, but if I could wait a bit, then hop on a version that isn't blurry, I'd love to do that.
Who knows. The three DS games were actually ports of PS2 remakes of IV, V and VI. The 3DS remake of VII was built from scratch for 3DS, maybe now that they have that engine, they'll remake the others? That sounds like significantly more work, though. In the case of the DS games, most of the work was already done.
I'm not sure I would count on potential 3DS ports of IV, V and VI to be localised.
There's way too many maybes, here. I say get the DS games.
I prefer DQIV to DQV, I liked the characters better, and wasn't into the whole monster capturing thing of V. The chapter progression feels more smooth than the generations of V. Both games have a good story though so you can't go wrong with either one. Get both if you can swing it.
@Guillaume I think you've gotten things mixed up a bit. For starters, only DQV is on the PS2. DQIV is on PS1, and DQVI wasn't remade until the DS version. The DS games are based on the PS system remakes, but are not ports, and have some differences in graphics and a few other things. As for DQVII on 3DS, I'm pretty sure it's using a modified version of DQVIII's engine. The game certainly looks similar to VIII.
I'd guess a port of DQVIII on 3DS is what we'll see next.
@TheOldManFromZelda That's especially amazing because they usually have piles of licence crap in those kinds of deals. The only sad thing about that is that it likely means they couldn't sell off their stock of DQ games. :(
I bought this game yesterday as part of a Walmart online bundle: 3 DS games for 20 bucks! I got this, Dragon Quest IX, and Starfy. Those were the 3 best games available out of a crop of 72 games.
A good deal, no? In terms of man-hours to be spent on the Dragon Quest games alone, I think it's a great deal!
Dang, man! You just convinced me to do the exact same thing (same games and all).
I really like Dragon Quest--the series has a lot of charm and a super-comfortable familiarity to it that I find most enjoyable. But I'm just terrible about finishing them; the only ones I've actually beaten are DQ1 and DQ4 on the NES. I've put about 70 hours into DQ8, and a good amount into 5, and now I just added 6 and 9 to my backlog! Sheesh. But it was too good a deal to pass up, and now I've got plenty to play in droughty times.