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  1. Sweet, thanks for the heads up! I called my local Gamestop here in Central New York and theyre having a midnight release too. Grabbing my preorder tonight then! I'm just going to pretend everyone in line is there for DQVII.
  2. I got the Slime Race game for Christmas last year, and have played it a couple times with friends. It's very simple to understand... essentially you're betting on what places the Slimes end up as. Each Slime has it's own move set in the cards, with some Slimes having definite advantages that make them more likely to win. However, you only make a small profit if you wager on those Slimes and they win. The gamble is to try and bet on the lower performing Slimes and use your cunning when playing your cards to get those Slimes in the lead. It's all pretty self explanitory, except for one part... the wagering. You're supposed to bet your coins at the start of the race on which place you think the Slimes will end up in. The problem is that we couldn't figure out how the order of betting went. Who bets first? Once a race is completed, does the order of betting change based on your current points standings, and how so? There are distinct advantages if you're in 1st place in points at the start of a race, because you can just copy anyone else's betting strategy and be assured of staying in 1st place. Very fun game, and great even for those who aren't interested in Dragon Quest or who don't play board games regularly. I'd really love to get that "Dragon Quest Dungeon R" board game, but unfortunately it seems to be out of print, and any copy that appears on the web commands hundreds of dollars.
  3. This is great... The wide variety of comments in this thread are a perfect representation of what DQVI is to me. It's the only main series DQ game I haven't beaten. I started it once as a translated SNES rom years ago, but lots of life events got in the way and I only got about 5 hours in or so. Late last year, I wanted to rectify this and finally beat the game, so I started playing the DS version. I have to say... most of the time, I was VERY confused on what to do next in the story. Once the game world really opens up to you, you have so much freedom to do what you want... almost TOO much! Also, if you're not playing this consistently, you can easily lose track of what you're doing, and what your goals are. I'm at a point where I'm going to have to go and use a FAQ to finish things up I think.... which I typically avoid at all costs when playing RPGs. I really like the class system, and the characters seem interesting, especially as you use the party chat feature... but there's just SOMETHING to it all... whoever said that it doesn't feel like dragon quest hit the nail on the head to me. I think there needed to be a narrative... some piece of string... to generally follow to push the overall story along. It reminds me a bit of DQII once you get the boat. It's like: "Ok, here's this big world ... go figure out a way to finish the game", and you're really left to your own to do so with a very minimum amount of hand-holding. I'm ok with that to a point... but with DQVI, the world is so big, that the task is incredibly daunting. When I was a kid playing DQII, I relished the challenge that game presented! I kept notes to keep track of clues to where the seals were, and built maps so I'd know how to reach each town the easiest way... and I definitely played the game every single day until I beat it. Now as an adult, I might take several days up to maybe a week or so break between gameplay sessions.... This kind of gameplay schedule will definitely hurt your enjoyment of DQVI. At any rate, I'm going to power through it and try to beat VI.... but that's not usually the feeling I want when playing a Dragon Quest. I never felt like "Ugh... lets just get this over with" playing any other DQ title (well maybe aside from VII... which is a whole other topic I might get into in another thread).
  4. I'm kinda in the same boat as eal... the only system that this game could have come out on in the US where I wouldn't be able to play it was the PS4. Anyway, I DO own a Vita, however... So how does the PS4/Vita streaming connection work? Is it only certain PS3/4 games that are able to be streamed to play using the Vita? Or is it not really 'streaming', but more of 'cross-play' where the game just works on both systems? Does DQ Heroes have this option?
  5. This.... is incredible news! I'm actually going to try this now, as it's true, the IP block and CC restrictions were the main roadblocks for me. This is probably answered elsewhere, but do you need to give a credit card for the initial free period included with the game? As for what this means for a domestic release, couldn't this be seen as a way to help with developing versions outside of Japan? We all know they're looking for entry into Asia, so this probably assists them with that (developing things using the JPN servers initially until dedicated country-specific servers are set up). So for now, I'm still in the camp of "the US will never see this game" until further developments.
  6. I think the issue isn't that it's been a year since the game was released in Japan... it's been a year and there's not even an ANNOUNCEMENT. Why don't they just say "It's not coming out in the West" and save us all the grief of waiting and holding out hope? BTW, I was just thinking.... SqEnix says they plan on supporting the game for 10 years... What happens after that? What happens when the servers eventually shut down? No game company is invincible in today's economic climate... Will DQX end up being the only game in the series that no one can physically play in 25 years? On topic... How comfy is holding an ipad for hours at a time in that position?
  7. For a lot of us in our 30's, it's no surprise that the original Dragon Warrior on the NES was our proper introduction to the series... But my experience had a little twist. I rented the game from my "ma & pa" Video rental store. I played the crap out of it for a day, and then my mom would dutifully send it back to avoid late fees. This meant, I would have to wait until the following week or so when we rented movies again to rent Dragon Warrior... and then I'd have to pray that no one else rented it and erased my save! Lucky for me, it seemed like no one in my area was a huge Dragon Warrior fan, and I was able to keep playing the game without interruption... just very slowly! (Imagine getting a new DQ game and only being able to play it one day every week or two!) Then, Nintendo Power decided to be extremely generous and give away copies of the game with a new subscription. I was already a subscriber, but if you added on another year, you got the deal too. Joy! I didn't even mind having to start over... I was ready to go though it all again. A friend of mine got the game through Nintendo Power at the same time, so what we did was call each other on the phone at night and play the game at the same time while chatting. It wasn't quite a race to see who beat it first... but just something where we could help out each other if we got stuck or provide updates on how we were doing. It was almost like being in a primitive form of an MMO, since the places we were in the game were pretty much similar. We'd tackle the caves and dungeons at the same times too. It was lots of fun! Anyway, I must have played that copy of Dragon Warrior to completion a dozen times. Fond memories...
  8. Hmm... I've often thought about my favorite DQ and it sometimes can fluxuate. It's never really a simple choice is it? You have to factor in nostalgia... the attachment you have to certain characters and storylines... your favorite bosses... the best challenge... It's very difficult! I will say that the game in the series that I thought had the best storyline, the best characters, and the most interesting boss was DQV. It's just such a well paced game! I never felt like things were dragging on, or were rushed, and I really wanted to keep playing to further the story, and see how things would turn out. DQVIII and DQIV follow closely 2nd. Maybe it's weird, but my favorite part of DQ games is right at the beginning, when every enemy is dangerous, and you're excited to get a very simple upgrade from bamboo stick to club. Well in DQIV, you got to experience that FIVE TIMES! The chapter system was so cool and the characters were probably the most memorable in the series. As far as DQVIII? A technical masterpiece! I sometimes wish that the heroes in DQ games could speak, because I think this was one game where it would have really benefitted from that change. Other than that, visually, the game is so stunning. And the world is so massive, it really makes it fun to explore to find out what's behind that next hill, or what that little lake in the valley is all about. DQX seems pretty great so far. The cutscenes are simply beautiful. I just finished the first offline part, and should start the extended offline stuff this weekend. Online might follow next week, so I guess it's VPN hunting in the meantime. I wonder... is it possible to ONLY play during the 'kids' time so that you never have to pay money to play? By the way.... BEST..... FORUM GIFT..... EVER. Thanks for the warm welcome everyone! Bean
  9. I've used the resources here and lurked on the forums far too long, and decided to jump onboard finally. I'm an old-school DQ fan, dating way back to the free Nintendo Power DW giveaway. I survived the 9 year DQ Drought by playing half-finished rom translations and replaying the originals with new challenges (like "never buy anything" or "only equip weapons/armor you find from enemy drops")... anything to satisfy that DQ fix. Well, DQ fans are in a bit of a bind at the moment, of course, with no new domestic games on the horizon... And wouldn't you know it, about a month ago I started to get that DQ itch again. I finally made the commitment to import DQX and find a way to play it. A month of trial and error later, and now I can happily say that I have a fully converted Japanese Wii sitting atop my domestic one, with DQX all snug inside it. I just started playing the offline game yesterday, and I hope to slowly figure out how to actually play online. Anyway, that's my first post... hope to chat with my fellow DQ fans soon... Bean
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