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i haven't played them all but my favorites go in this order:

1.dw2(hargon rules!)

2.dw3

3.dw1

4.dwm2

5.dwm1

 

that's all i have played so far i'm mostly a portable gamer in case your wondering!

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Hi, all. After quite the sojourn to central Florida, I'm back... and my baby is gone!   That's quite alright. It's time to start anew... and I'm really going to go out on a limb here:   The best g

My favorite game in the main series is Dragon Quest V, but I also really like III, IV, and XI.   In terms of ranking them to me personally: DQV DQIII DQIV DQXI

In DQV, I am probably only half way through the game.  I am taking way too long to beat this game...

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I haven't really read through this thread but I feel that each game is amazing for their own reasons.

 

DW1..well because it was the one that started it all.

DW2 because of the satisfaction you felt when you finished it...unless of course you haven't finished it. I don't remember a game where one false move in any random encounter could turn deadly.

DW3 because it introduced us to class changing, as well as customizing your party from the names to their classes.

DW4 because it introduced individual characters with their own back story and a villain you could sympathize with.

DQ5 because how many games span over three generations with such a rich story?

DQ6...haven't got around to playing yet but it looks fantastic.

DW7 because...again...the story...restoring islands...sweet.

DQ8...haven't gone through the entire game so I can't really pass judgement on this one.

 

You get my drift. Each game has their own special quality about them. I think I can speak for a lot of us when I say that I enjoy the old pixelated graphics. My roommate saw me playing DW3 and pretty much scoffed at the graphics. Two weeks later, he's hooked.

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Considering that I love the Loto/Roto/Erdrick Trilogy, I'd have to go with Dragon Quest I - III.

 

The best one out of those three for me was III. I'd go for anything with creativity.

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WARNING: The following contains some spoilers for many of the main series games!

 

1. Dragon Warrior III

 

The first and only game in the series that (at least to me) has no glaring flaws. The plot was good at finishing up (or is that beginning?) the original trilogy. Party size is up to 4. Most of the spells we know and love are finalized. And best of all, nearly infinite replayability. Want the traditional party of a hero, soldier, pilgrim, and wizard? Done. Want to play with just the hero alone? Done. Want to play with a hero and three goof-offs? Done.

 

2. Dragon Warrior IV

 

Hands down the best plot of all the DW/DQ games. The chapter system was highly original, and Necrosaro was a wonderful villain. In fact, it would easily rank #1 on my list, if it weren't for the one gigantic flaw. Yes, I'm talking about the AI controlling the characters in Chapter 5. My doorstop is smarter than that AI.

 

3. Dragon Quest VI

 

Not much of anything bad I can say about this game, but it ranks only #3 because it has neither the customization of DW3 nor the excellent plot of DW4. The job system is introduced here to good effect; if only DW7 didn't go overboard with it later on...

 

4. Dragon Quest VIII

 

This game usually ranks neck-and-neck with DQ6 for me, but I finally decided on this order. Why? Two reasons. First, Jessica gets taken out of the party for a while. As you read on, you'll find that this sort of thing really annoys me. Second, the casino got gutted! One of the very few things DW7 managed to do really well was the casino, and it vexed me to no end to see that most of my favorite games were gone. Yes, I said vexed.

 

5. Dragon Warrior VII

 

The way I see it, this game tried desperately to outdo DQ6, but failed miserably. This was supposed to be the series' big switch to 3D, but it wound up being hideous for a PS1 game. The job system from DQ6 returns, except that its a lot more complicated and tedious. And the game takes away characters just when you need them most. Keifer and Maribel, I'm looking at you two. The only reason it ranks this high is because the plot was good (but not great) and I like long games.

 

6. Dragon Warrior

 

Yes, this is an extremely primitive game by today's standards. However, it was great for its day. Catchy tunes, great character designs, and a good challenge. Although I'm judging each game on this list by its original version, I do want to note that the GBC version is my favorite for a long car ride (when I'm not the one driving, of course).

 

7. Dragon Quest V

 

Don't get me wrong, this game has a few things going for it. It does have the second best plot out of all the games, and it does give you the option of shutting off the AI (a huge plus over DW4). However, it was in many respects a step backwards. The graphics were hardly good for their day, and seemed more NES quality than SNES. Party size was back down to 3 (the first time since DW2). And worst of all, again, the game was horrible at taking away characters once you invested lots of time and gold on them. Young Bianca and Henry, I'm looking at you two.

 

8. Dragon Warrior II

 

Yes, the game gives us a multi-character party. Yes, it gives us a ship for the first time. Yes, it definitely has the best intro in the series. However, I'm not crazy about everything else. The plot seems to vanish partway through the game, leaving you wander aimlessly around the game until it decides to show up again once you get to Rhone. I don't like easy games, but the difficulty is way too high, especially in certain places. Road to Rhone, I'm looking at you. And oddly, I think many of the graphics were a step down from the original game.

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Oh dang, was agreeing with you 100% until I saw DQV, but it's a good summary of each game! :thumbsup:

 

WARNING: The following contains some spoilers for many of the main series games!

 

1. Dragon Warrior III

 

The first and only game in the series that (at least to me) has no glaring flaws. The plot was good at finishing up (or is that beginning?) the original trilogy. Party size is up to 4. Most of the spells we know and love are finalized. And best of all, nearly infinite replayability. Want the traditional party of a hero, soldier, pilgrim, and wizard? Done. Want to play with just the hero alone? Done. Want to play with a hero and three goof-offs? Done.

 

2. Dragon Warrior IV

 

Hands down the best plot of all the DW/DQ games. The chapter system was highly original, and Necrosaro was a wonderful villain. In fact, it would easily rank #1 on my list, if it weren't for the one gigantic flaw. Yes, I'm talking about the AI controlling the characters in Chapter 5. My doorstop is smarter than that AI.

 

3. Dragon Quest VI

 

Not much of anything bad I can say about this game, but it ranks only #3 because it has neither the customization of DW3 nor the excellent plot of DW4. The job system is introduced here to good effect; if only DW7 didn't go overboard with it later on...

 

4. Dragon Quest VIII

 

This game usually ranks neck-and-neck with DQ6 for me, but I finally decided on this order. Why? Two reasons. First, Jessica gets taken out of the party for a while. As you read on, you'll find that this sort of thing really annoys me. Second, the casino got gutted! One of the very few things DW7 managed to do really well was the casino, and it vexed me to no end to see that most of my favorite games were gone. Yes, I said vexed.

 

5. Dragon Warrior VII

 

The way I see it, this game tried desperately to outdo DQ6, but failed miserably. This was supposed to be the series' big switch to 3D, but it wound up being hideous for a PS1 game. The job system from DQ6 returns, except that its a lot more complicated and tedious. And the game takes away characters just when you need them most. Keifer and Maribel, I'm looking at you two. The only reason it ranks this high is because the plot was good (but not great) and I like long games.

 

6. Dragon Warrior

 

Yes, this is an extremely primitive game by today's standards. However, it was great for its day. Catchy tunes, great character designs, and a good challenge. Although I'm judging each game on this list by its original version, I do want to note that the GBC version is my favorite for a long car ride (when I'm not the one driving, of course).

 

7. Dragon Quest V

 

Don't get me wrong, this game has a few things going for it. It does have the second best plot out of all the games, and it does give you the option of shutting off the AI (a huge plus over DW4). However, it was in many respects a step backwards. The graphics were hardly good for their day, and seemed more NES quality than SNES. Party size was back down to 3 (the first time since DW2). And worst of all, again, the game was horrible at taking away characters once you invested lots of time and gold on them. Young Bianca and Henry, I'm looking at you two.

 

8. Dragon Warrior II

 

Yes, the game gives us a multi-character party. Yes, it gives us a ship for the first time. Yes, it definitely has the best intro in the series. However, I'm not crazy about everything else. The plot seems to vanish partway through the game, leaving you wander aimlessly around the game until it decides to show up again once you get to Rhone. I don't like easy games, but the difficulty is way too high, especially in certain places. Road to Rhone, I'm looking at you. And oddly, I think many of the graphics were a step down from the original game.

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My personal favorite is Dragon Warior 4. I really liked the Characters, the Chapter System and Monsters.

 

I'm gonna have to side with you on that one. I love Dragon Warrior 4. Its right behind Mario 3 as my favorite NES game. Right now I'm playing Dragon Quest 6, and I have to say this one is a close second. I love being able to catch monsters and fight with them.

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Some people already know that dragon quest 3 is my fave. But what i have not announced is that dragon quest monsters and dragon quest 8 are second. I will give them a tie. I can not remember much about monsters but i do remember having fun. While eight on the other hand the world blew me away the graphics where just stunning they fit in with the dq series. I also love the classic music (especially the battle music).

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IV hands down hard fun chapter system The only problem was not being able to control your people thats it

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DQ4 was my favorite. I loved how each chapter coincided with each other and it all came together in the last chapter when you played the hero. Very well done especially for a game that came out during that time.

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Of the DQ Games(Main Series) I've played, I've beat DQIV(NES & PSX), DQV(via ROM), DQVII, & DQVIII. I've gotten to the Major Boss for the 1st world in DQIII, but haven't beat it(though I haven't played it in a while), in DQII I've gotten all 3 characters, but that's about it so far. I may have beat the original, but I don't remember, and I've played a little bit in DQVI(via ROM again). If I had to rank the ones I beat, it'd go this way:

 

1.Dragon Quest IV(My fav. Game of all time, barely over FFT, and I'm also importing the DS version).

2.Dragon Quest VII(It was a really fun game, and long, which was cool too)

3.Dragon Quest VIII(A good game as well)

4.Dragon Quest V(The reason it's the lowest is because I played it a few years ago, don't remember much, but that I didn't beat Esturk in the Secret Dungeon)

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;) Everyone seems to have a serious gripe about the "Forced AI" in Dragon Quest IV but did you know that there is a way to turn it off in the NES version and thus manually control your party? All you must do is enter a Game Genie code and that is it. In the remakes however they come with the option of doing so. Thus making Brey and Cristo MUCH more usefull.
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I'd have to go with III and VII being teh best. I also enjoyed DWM I very very much...

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DW III

 

by far the best, I enjoyed playing it as a kid, and still play it at work on emulators to pass time

 

I remember waiting forever for DWII to come out and all of a sudden I saw DWIII at the video rental store lol

 

anyway you just could not match the amount of data it had and strategy needed to beat the game, being able to choose the different combo of team you could create your own challenges, just too much fun in my opinion..

 

 

woohoo finaly get to post here, i've been reading these forums for long while just never decided to post, feels great to be a part of the forum

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Hard to pick, but in order of my own preference right now-

 

1) DQ VIII- Gorgeous graphics, wonderful sense of exploration, and good story.

2) DW IV- My favorite NES game, hands down. Loved the plot, and the AI in Ch. 5 didn't really bother me too much.

3) DW VII- Excellent old-school RPG with a very intriguing story, and some hilarious lines and moments.

4) DW III (GBC)

5) DWM II- The infinite random key worlds is something I'd like to see in other games; great feature.

6) DWM I

7) DW I

8) DW II

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I have only played 1,2,and 3. They are all great . I brought 1 and 2 for nes 3 on a dreamcast nes emulator . 4 is ther also but havent played that one yet. I would say 2 is my favorite. Why it was the nostigla factor when I sailed to a mysterious land that looked familiar and I saw a certain castle that held a very important sword in it. True you could complete the game without going there, but if you wanted the 3rd best swrod in the game you went there to get it. So I wouldsay two it was bigger and gave me party members .

Now DQ2 wasnt the hardest rpg of its day, that went to Phantasy Star 2 , but it was challenging enough and best of all I only used the world map to see where I was going. I beat the game withouot faqs or anyting. COuldnt say that for DQ1 or the other ones afterward.

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;) Actually Lufia is Taito's signature RPG series which plays alot like Dragon Quest. I've played the first two and I highly recommend playing through them at least once.

 

 

agreeded . Lufia is fun fun fun . Hard but FUN FUN FUN. Im near the end of 1 now and love it .

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Warning. Some Minor Spoilers.

 

These are subject to change. All are original versions or translated (DQ5/DQ6) - Did not play any spinoffs.

 

1. DW4 - It is as close to a pefect game as it gets. I love the chapter system and the background of the characters. Some of the best villians are in this game, although I wish they did not change the graphics of the dragons and made the "Green Dragon" and "Red dragon" mean something more like it did in DW1 and 2. Master Malice and Ogrebashers look like bosses, and might as well be. Blizag I still would like to shoot to this day for "Defeating" me. Dragonits, Eigerhorns, those damn chickens, and Bull Bashers I still remember well. The only drawback is the AI as some of these characters have their heads up their asses, but I think that's part of the challenge. Tactics are so important here, and I use the wagon often. There's nothing like whacking Balzac with the Sword of Lethargy and putting him to sleep making a nearly insanely hard fight an almost pushover - if it works. The chapter system and story plot is one of the two best. Everything flows near perfectly.

 

2. DQ5 - I loved the three generation setup, and was shocked when I couldn't equip the Zenethian Sword when I got it. I wasn't the hero. The plot and gameplay was excellent. The monster recruting in this game was excellent. Slime Knights are like dogs. Man's best friend. They can Heal and fight. Tactics are very important here as is in 4. The only two knocks I have on this game outside of a non-release in the US is that it is are 1. Losing characters and 2. Too easy. I only struggled in three areas. The volcano, the mtns, and the last area (and never lost to big boss). Graphics aren't SNES level, but I don't play DQ games based on the graphics.

 

3. DQ8 - Another very good game. Story was excellent, and Yangus stole the show. The monster arena was great, and the familiarity overall made this great. There's things I expect from a DQ game and I got it. I normally do not like voice acting in games. FFX was one of only two FF's (FFII other, did not buy FFX-2) that just sucked, and I pin most of that strictly on the characters and voice acting. I'd root for the villans in that game if I wasn't controlling such a whiny wimp named Tidus. DQ8 got it right. Only two reals complaint. Way too easy. I lost three times the first time I played. Twice to big bosses. That;s it. The other - don't change the spell names on me. What's happened to Blazemore? Frizzle? A great "modern" adaptation of a classic. Edited on - The talking between the characters was classic.

 

4. DQ6 - Very good game, but I just didn't get as into this one as I did the top three. I can't really explain that.

 

5. DQ7 - The story here and talking between characted moves this ahead of DW3. The damn shard hunting keeps it from moving up past DQ6, as does the level grinding. I'm not expecting Final Fantasy style of level grinding is better, but the job classes takes SO long to improve - and are also musts to beat some of the bad guys. 2nd most difficult of the DQ games. What I liked though is that the bosses here were BOSSES. HellCloud killed me I don't know how many times. That's going too far on the bosses, but Gracos, that guy near Orph, and the wizard at Dharma are all very tough and good challenges. I didn't like this game at first, but it really grew on me. I think DW2 will as well when I go back and play that one again.

 

6. DW3 - Being 6th here does not mean it is a bad game, far from it. DW3 Reminds me a lot of the first Final Fantasy game, but with a much better story. Just when you thought you won - BOOM! Anyone remember Tentacles BTW. Seems to drag a little more than the others with me however.

 

7. DW2 - The best thing about this was the party brought in. Very difficult game, and it was the hardest for me to win. I thought that cave west of Osterfair was a bear, and that was nothing until I got to the Rhone Cave and ran into 4 green dragons breathing scortching flames. And then there's the pitfalls. Gold Batboons deserve a spot on the bad guy hall of fame. Bazuzu is the worst non big boss this side of Hellcloud. Good game, but almost too difficult with a weak supporting class - and I'm not even counting the times "Sacrifice" was used on me. It was real satisfying to win however.

 

8. DW - It's not a bad game, but it has not aged well. I put it along with FF1 NES - it could be much improved with a good remake. Maybe it has had it. (I haven't played the GBC). The best thing about this looking back was the bad guys. I'll never forget the eyes getting big when I ran into the Red Dragon trying to soften you up before facing the dragonlord

himself. Finally Beating the legendary Green Dragon and Starwyvern was a big accomplishment. So was the skeleton early in the game.

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You all know my favorite DW is #1, 7 dosen't change that.  Before I played 7 i thought 3 was the best though and well having such a good time with my DW3 GBC solo quest I still think 3 is the best DW game.  I'm really loving 7 but the nostalgia plays a bit of a roll. So there, i posted in Esturk's new baby.  haha  And I want to keep my posting average around at least 1 a day.  After several weeks away from DW7 I played 4 hours yesterday and will be playing a few more tonight.  I don't know if i'm a bit slow but at 65 hours i'm still on disk 1.  WOW.  is disk 2 a lot shorter or am I just taking my sweet time?

 

 

 

 

i've been playing dwvii for about a month now and i have about 150 hours on it. just last week i was in about 55 hours. i have put hardcore time in on it with the holidays and what not...and its so addicting. but im babbling.....150 hours and im at the final fight or so i think. haha, you never know in this game....I LOVE IT!!!!

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