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I'm sort of interested in VI, because I loved V, but... I'm still playing IX. And not really super enjoying it, I feel like at this point it is just town/dungeon/town/dungeon without a really compelling story/characters behind it. VI would probably be more for me, but I'm kind of burnt out on the franchise right now.
Hey I understand the theory behind IX (more about being open-ended / side quests / post game content / etc.) and it's probably awesome for those who get into it. But I feel this makes the core main quest just not as interesting as V was.
And was it not released yesterday? If not, I kind of feel bad for mentioning it came out yesterday while at EB. I just thought it was another Sunday release without knowing for certain so I picked it up then
I've still only stepped into the realm of Dragon Questing with the eighth installment - an unforgettable game for sure. VI looks great, not to mention V and IX look might fun too. I'll buy V or IX first then work my way up from there!
Oh yeah, Yuji Horii was in California this past weekend signing posters and Dragon Quest games. I thought that was surprising and also a very cool opportunity for long time fans and newcomers alike.
I went ahead and ordered it off of Amazon (who already ran through their first shipment of games...). I may not play it right away, but DQV is my favorite in the series and it's really really hard to find. I don't want VI to give me the same issues.
@VofEscaflowne I had played a friends copy when it came out, and I beat it and fell in love with it. I decided, hey it's time for me to give SquareEnix my money for such an amazing game! I had to search like 6-8 different Gamestops until I found one. I fear VI will be the same.
I noticed that too after playing for about an hour or so. Not that it annoys me too much though but I'm sure I'll be bitching about it once I start hitting lengthy dungeons
I feel bad for having started it now... Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together is being released for the PSP today and I'm tempted to buy that. I cannot juggle 2 RPGs at the same time yet somehow I'm sure I'll end up buying it and start ignoring either game where I'll find myself having to restart that game from the beginning a few months from now. Ugh!
So here's the central dilemma for Dragon Quest VI: if we're talking about gameplay systems, then you're better off playing the newer Dragon Quest IX. If you want a great story, then check out Dragon Quest V. Without its superior presentation to set it apart, Dragon Quest VI's main virtue is that it's longer and harder (seriously, get ready to fight a long line of bosses that can hit with two enormously powerful attacks in one turn).
Dragon Quest VI does stand out in one regard though: it's the only remaining game in the series to have never been released in North America. That alone makes it worth a look for series purists, who will certainly want to play it for completion's sake. And like every other Dragon Quest game, it hearkens back to the genre's better days with its straightforward, turn-based combat, and sense of high adventure.
So for series newcomers, I'll say this: put this one aside for now and play through Dragon Quest IV and V first. If you're hungry for more, then I can wholeheartedly recommend the final entry in the Zenithia trilogy. What it lacks in sophistication it manages to make up for in being longer and more difficult, which should be more than enough to please ardent fans, if not more casual RPG enthusiasts.
That middle paragraph is the reason I'm playing it, basically.
Damn it, why did Squeenix have to release so few copies of V? Good luck finding it, guys.