I know you mentioned that your computer doesn't do well with DS emulation, and I completely understand why that would make you think PS2 emulation is definitely out, but I would actually encourage you to give it a shot. DQ5 for PS2 is incredibly light on PC resources, and will often play at full speed (or nearly) on crappy computers, where a more resource-intensive game (like DQ8) would definitely be out of the question.
I think it has a decent chance of working well for you. If you need help with emulator configuration, there are plenty here that would be willing to help (including myself). It may not be viable, like you suspect, but I know from my experience that it runs way better than expected on crappy PCs.
Ok, I spent more time on this than I had intended, but they are done now, to the best of my ability. I have ripped all weapons from the game, including the non-sword ones like the Poison Needle and Kitten Claw etc...
As you have seen, many of the swords are cut-off due to the limited size of the graphic panel that they flash across the screen when a battle begins and ends. In some cases there is nothing I could do about that (Zenithian Sword for example), but for any sword that is symmetric, I have cloned the top half (and flipped vertically) so we can see the full sword. Hopefully I did an OK job at that.
King Zenith are you calling for a recount with those numbers
Ha ha, no it's all good. That was really fascinating to see though, so thanks! What's most interesting from that is converting it to the percentage of overall posts that someone makes in that topic. For example, Democrobot has made more than 20% of his lifetime posts in that topic. I think he has the highest percentage among the top two pages of forum member post-counter leaders.
I just upgraded my phone as well and I was a bit worried about this. As luck would have it, I have had no issue at all. All DQ mobile games work great now. I upgraded from a Samsung Galaxy S2X running Android 4.0.4 to an LG G4 running Android 6.0 (Marshmallow).
When you say you transferred your apps over, did you do that directly via something like Mobile Transfer, or did you just re-download the apps from the play store again? I used the latter approach (understanding that my save files would not transfer over for DQ1,2 or 3... the rest have cloud saves). I wonder if doing a clean re-install would fix this? That being said, I have seen plenty of people who seem to be installing this for the first time that have the same issue as you.
Sometimes I find that playing a game with the help of a guide can make it a little bit harder. What I mean is that by eliminating more of the walking around and discovery parts of the game (which can be fun), you cruise through too quickly and easily and find yourself underleveled for what lies ahead. This often leads people to grind, which they may then find boring.
Definitely agree with ShdwDragn about using the maps and guides only once you have given it a good shot on your own and just need to get unstuck.
In any case, I hope you enjoy the game. Good luck.
I found the site in 2006 while looking for information on fan translations of DQ5 and 6 for SFC. I didn't join until two years later, when I starting out with DW7 for the first time. One of my first posts on the forums got a pretty nasty response from a long-time forum member (whom I now haven't seen around here in years). I stuck around anyway (this IS the internet after all) and tried to make posts that were a more significant contribution to the community. Got a couple of "Dwaine posts" in response to some of them, but I quickly learned his sense of humor and have called this place my internet home ever since.