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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.

 

I agree with all your points, shard hunting was fun but i got annoyed of it when i missed a shard but i could not remember where i missed it so i back track to every area (some times more than once) and in the end and after hours of searching i would finally find it. Sometimes i actually got annoyed and shut the game because of this back tracking i would often not play this game for an hour. But when i did find the shards i actually love this game.

 

I also agree with the difficulty part i often level grind of an hour before tackling the story mission or whatever.

 

The one part i disagree with you is on the characters, personally i feel that the characters from this game cant be compared to the ones from dw3. In this game you get characters which actually have stories around them but in dq3 you have one main character with a task and then a bunch of other characters that you get to pick kind of like mercenaries.

 

I would kind of agree with you on the story part. This game doesnt really have a big story but instead it has a bunch of small stories. As for dq3 i loved those side stories like the one is this cave i cant remember when or where this happened but you see a ghost in this cave. I believe it was two lovers or something meeting.

 

But with all that said its your opinion so i cant really do anything about that.

 

 

 

Also i apologize if in any way i tried to say that you are wrong or if i did anything else offensive in my post.

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Hmm... I think III, IV and V. That's just a trio of back-to-back awesomeness.

 

Though I'm still to finish II, VI and VII.

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DW3 is the "best" in my opinion, though I have definite nostalgic affection for DW1.

 

I've only played bits of 4-6 via Japanese ROMs, though, and I don't really care for 7-8 at all.

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Also i apologize if in any way i tried to say that you are wrong or if i did anything else offensive in my post.

 

No offense taken. It's a discussion really between what's good and what's best. I think III's a good game, and I may move it up when I get back to it. I haven't played the game in probably 15 years.

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i would have to say DW 4. i loved how the game was set up and listening to the music would make me play for hours and not even know it. also having heali join your party makes it awesome :o

 

after that i would pick 8, graphics are great

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DQV in my mind has the most epic storylines in DQ.

Followed by

DQVIII

DQIII

DQI

DQVII (by no means bad, but just frustratingly long)

 

Still have to play

DQ II, DQIV, DQVI

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I responded to this a year or two ago, but I've replayed some things since and I think I've changed my mind a good bit. I've discovered that half the series sticks out head and shoulders above the other half, not because any were BAD, but because these four had something in particular that put them over the top... some more than others:

 

1. V

Just a brilliant and epic storyline from start to finish. The characters are interesting and captivating, everything flows at a strong and steady pace, and the monster taming system was nothing short of awesome. Also, I saw someone else mention the same thing that first shocked me - "What? I can't wear this...? I'm not the hero?" was just one of the plot turns that really impressed me.

 

2. VII

The longest game I never got tired of. The shard system, while it could be frustrating at times, really brought me in. I was always curious what the next world would challenge me with - and I was very rarely disappointed. By far the most challenging game since DQ2, and while some people have complained about the length, I wouldn't change a thing.

 

3. IV

The chapter system and character backgrounds were a breakthrough for their time, and have been emulated by other games in the years since. Despite the limited dialog and imperfect localization, the story was still captivating and, at some times, purely brilliant. The introduction of the Hero had me staring at my TV screen in shock when I first played it so many years ago.

 

4. VIII

Certainly the most polished of the series, and the most immersive experience yet in the series. It may be true that I put it down here at #4 because of the nostalgia values of the older titles, but this is by no means meant as a slight - VIII was everything I expected it to be and more. Especially Yangus. He really did steal the show on this one, but I'm also very pleased with how they kept to the tradition of the silent hero, and how so many sounds and effects were kept "old-school" despite the massive renovation to the series' conventions.

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Ok first off, haven't played far into six and I just can not get my hands on seven. Had this problem with three when I was younger.

 

My favorite would be three. It's simple. Easy to pick up. Started the most well known saga in dw/dq. Has the coolest villian, Zoma.

 

III, Epic story

IV, Loved the chapter idea. Would be one if it wasn't for the AI system. I want to control my people.

V, Great idea getting monsters to join. Great challenging last battle.

II. I probably love this game more then most people. It's hard. It has tons of history with my being mad at it :P. I never cried out so loud after beating a game, even castlevania for nes.

VIII. 3d, voice acting. Still has the old school feel with the new school look.

I, Classic, but more boring with what we have now. Kinda stopped this one after two was released.

VI and VII can't be on my list due to the fact I haven't seen enough of these two. Remakes get bumped down a few notches from thier nes versions. The remakes may added some nice features, but I don't think the games should be easier.

 

With that said, Im going to go wack some slimes.

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DW4 is my favorite of the series. The chapter system, music and graphics (some of the best of any 8-bit RPG) are memorable and some of the best in the series. I have played through DW4 more times then I can count and every time I do it never gets old. I love the character development and every time I start chapter 5 and see the home town destroyed it still makes me want to go get Necrosaro and annihilate him. I am importing DQIV for DS on payday and am looking forward to getting re-acquainted with my favorite game ever :)

 

I started playing DQ5 again. I love it. I am actually hurrying to help Bianca because I want her to be safe again (lol). I love killing things with my kids as well, and being able to roll around as a family and save the world is pretty cool. I am currently looking into getting the remake for PS2 and am also looking into options for playing it as I have a PS3 and am not sure if certain methods that work on PS2 would work on PS3. Bourn (the giant thing that attacks you outside of Sarabona) is currently kicking my ass as of late because I am a tad low level right now with my kids right now (even though my Son tears it up. Hits harder then my main guy does :D)

 

Third on my list is DW1. Like DW4 I have played this numerous times as well. I love the fight music during the Dragonlord fight and the quest to acquire the Erdrick (or Roto :D) armor and sword was fun and exciting (that Axe Knight has claimed my life wayyy to many times. Saving Lora was also great because it kinda reminded me of an old Knight tale where the brave Knight saves the Princess and all is well, even though all is not well after saving her of course :)

 

These are my top 3. I love every game in the DW/DQ series, but these three stand out as my top favorites.

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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 .

 

HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

it is so RARE to find LUFIA fans! if you haven't played Lufia II yet, just wait. oh my word, just wait. i love the difficulty and the puzzles. getting stuck for days on a brain bender. not for the person who doesn't like a challenge! unfortunately the series overall is lacking. the first is pretty good, the two sequels on handhelds are pretty lame. but Lufia II is a shimmering example of the pinnacle of rpg's in the golden age of video games.

 

as diehard as i am for DQ, .... LUFIA II: RISE OF THE SINISTRALS is the best RPG ever, in my opinion. The characters, the depth, the story, the massive scope of the game and all the gameplay things like the unforgettable music, vehicles, capsule monsters, the IP system for special attacks, etc... Absolutely amazing.

 

anyone who has ever played any rpg and liked it needs to play Lufia II.

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;) You're among Friends here, Neclord and I are huge Lufia Fans, Speaking of which, I found an awesome remake of the Sinistral Castle Song from Lufia I and II.

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My favorite in the series is Dragon Quest IV. The chapter system was very novel back when the game was first released (and still is a rare storytelling format in videogames). The A.I. was imperfect, to say the least, but it didn't make Chapter 5 overly frustrating. The game is still fairly easy. Dragon Quest III is a close second and definately the pinnacle of the original Loto trilogy. I can't even count how many times I've played through that game from start to finish, but it is always a satisfying experience.

 

As for the remainder of the series, I've never played through Dragon Quest V or VI. Though, I hope with the announcement of a release of Dragon Quest IV DS for North America seemingly imminent, Dragon Quest V DS and VI DS will follow in time. Dragon Quest VII was a lot of fun, though very, very long. Level grinding has always been a feature of Dragon Quest games, but in the case of VII, the combination of slow character and job class leveling, along with an extremely long chain of story elements to work through, made for some rather slow sections in the game. Dragon Quest VIII is surely an audio-visual spectacle, the likes of which the series had never enjoyed before. I only wish the North American version had retained more of the famous Dragon Quest idiosyncracies, such as the "8-bit" sound effects during battles, the plain black text boxes, etc. Still, the game managed to provide that Dragon Quest feel with little issue. Every once in a while, I play through Dragon Quest I and II again. Though rather primitive in gameplay and scope as compared to later entries in the series, they still hold their own in terms of charm and fun.

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MY list may be incomplete seeing as ive never played V or VI but here is my list

 

1. DW4- It was the first of any type of game that i jumped up and screamed at the television because i was sad and pissed at the into to chapter 5. Also i thoroughly loved the chapter system and music and the entire structure of the game.

 

2. DW1- Purely nostalgic in reasoning. I remember ordering nintendo power and recieving a free copy of this game. And thus subsuqentialy becoming a huge DW/DQ fan.

 

3. DW3- Nothing i can pin down about this game as being the singular reason for my choice but i have played it completely threw more times then any other game i own.

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1. DW4- Best Dragon Warrior/Quest game i have played ever.... Its music... Its areas.... and secrets! Even plot is perfect! :P

 

2. DW3- Was also good. I did also laugh when i created characters in Luisa's Place... I used funny names.... Anyway, good game.

I did enjoy it.

 

3. DW1- It was ok... Didn't just like that thou and thee language. Anyway good game. O_o

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My favorite was DW III. When I first played it, all I could think was what a huge improvement it was from the first two. I had a lot of fun creating, then classing and re-classing my characters. The world was the biggest I'd seen, there were secrets everywhere, and some places were completely different at night. It took a long time to get through it (as in, just this year), and it's one of my favorite games.

 

My second favorite was DW II. One of the hardest games I've played, but I have such good memories of getting obliterated by a pack of slimy hands, and getting Explodet-ed to death for the hundredth time by Malroth. Huge world, lots of weapons and armor, and some very deep, scary dungeons. Big improvement from the first one.

 

Third favorite was DW I. It introduced me to RPGs as a kid. It took me a while to figure it all out, but it was really fun. The people who didn't have this is a kid don't like it very much. Maybe it's just the nonstalgia.

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As of right now it goes in this order

 

Dragon Warrior(Quest) IV then I and then VIII

 

I love IV because of the chapter system which is something I got used to in the Sailor Moon RPG that I played for the Super Famicom by getting it from eBay and a rom

 

DW I has an obvious reason: Its the first but also just the fact that it was somewhat condensed area and at the time you really didn't have a whole lot of spells to learn or items to get.

 

DW VIII is a good game but it does have its things that I just slam my head up on a desk for that drive me nuts!

 

First ya got the alchemy system. I get that people look at this like its something cool and some people probably think that it is but considering how long it takes to get an item made sometimes just makes ya go ARRRRGGGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!

 

The second thing is the casino when ya go play Bingo. How many different ways can ya get screwed out of winning the game sometimes like they don't want you to win or get some of the better items in the game!(This also applies to the alchemy pot)

 

This next one is a little bit harder to explain but I'll do my best.

 

I understand that the game was made for the PS2 and it was supposed to be 3D. Cool. Gotcha. Let's move on with it.

 

The problem there lies when you are trying to figure out which way is up(and some caves DON'T follow the compass that you are given) its sometimes disorienting to look at an area and go *OK I need to go this way to find (insert item here)* Kind of frustrating at times isn't it? The only saving grace there is that you got a map in each dungeon a la Zelda where you found a compass and a map for each dungeon you went into.

 

Hopefully when S-E brings these three games over here they change one other thing that seems common in II ,III ,IV and VIII(probably VII too but I haven't played that game) and that's when they list enemies if there's more than one grouped together they put them as ONE GROUP!! Its a pain in the neck when you see like 3 slimes together and this is how its listed:

 

Slime 1

 

Slime 1

 

Slime 1

 

sorry for turning this reply into a complaint but there are the games I found to be the best so far and the order I put them in. when the remakes come out and I can play V and VI on a DS I might have a change in my ranking but we'll see on that

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It's hard to choose a favorite but I will go with 5. I love the recruiting of monsters first of all. That alone can add extra hours of gameplay. But most of all I think the story was great. Going through the different generations, getting married, having kids. It was the most in-depth game of the series in my opinion.

 

Falling just short of 5 would be 4. I love the story and the characters. Cristo gets a lot of slack for his casting of spells that don't work, repeatedly, but he's my favorite from the game. Plus his healing magic is far superior to that of Nara. And equipping the Metal Babble Sword on him doesn't hurt either. The chapter system is excellent, playing out like a book. Which is why I play RPGs, for the stories.

 

Five, then four.

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It's hard to choose a favorite but I will go with 5. I love the recruiting of monsters first of all. That alone can add extra hours of gameplay. But most of all I think the story was great. Going through the different generations, getting married, having kids. It was the most in-depth game of the series in my opinion.

 

Falling just short of 5 would be 4. I love the story and the characters. Cristo gets a lot of slack for his casting of spells that don't work, repeatedly, but he's my favorite from the game. Plus his healing magic is far superior to that of Nara. And equipping the Metal Babble Sword on him doesn't hurt either. The chapter system is excellent, playing out like a book. Which is why I play RPGs, for the stories.

 

Five, then four.

 

I'd choose these three games:

 

Best Character and Game Play: DQ III

Best Overall story and Character design: DQ IV

Best Story and blend of characters: DQ V

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Hmmm... so hard. So I'm going to borrow a page from a couple of other people and just classify the DQs according to different elements. I have refused to download the ROM because I want the day of the official release be extra special. Since that day is coming true, I do know there is a Dragovian God that loves us all. :)

 

Best Storyline: Dragon Quest VIII

 

Best Music: Tie between Dragon Quest III and Dragon Quest V

 

Best Characters: Dragon Quest IV

 

Most Innovative: Dragon Quest IV

 

Lengthiest, Most-Involved: Dragon Quest VII

 

Most Difficult: Dragon Quest II (NES)

 

Most Heroic: Dragon Quest I (C'mon, you felt pretty damn good when you saved that princess!)

 

Best Localization: Dragon Quest VIII (Despite what some other old-school Dragon Quest fans say, I absolutely LOVE the way Square Enix has translated this game; I also welcome the new spell names because I think it adds more to the quirkiness of the series, and I am even excited to see what they do for the accents in Dragon Quest IV because it will really add depth to the various counties within the game, giving each their own distinct personalities. It's also nice to see that they gave Dragon Quest VIII a very professional translation that really has a lot of depth to it. I felt that Dragon Warrior VII, though a decent translation, was a bit amateurishly done and rushed in terms of localization.)

 

Best DQ Spin-off Series: Dragon Quest Monsters Series

 

Overall I tried to include every Dragon Quest, with the exception of Dragon Quest VI because, honestly, I haven't had the opportunity really to play that one. But next year, with Realms of Reverie coming its way, that will change!

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DWIV was just too cool, and the characters and stories for each kept me wondering what was going to happen next, as it was my third one played. Loved messing with costumers yelling at them to get the heck out of my store just for kicks while playing as Taloon(Torneko). Casino rules!!!

 

DW 1 & 3 are tied for second because of being the original, and the introduction to character creating which made it great, on top of the stories which were interesting.

 

DW2 & DWVII would be a close 3rd because of the difficulty, and they turned out to be really good even though a little tedious at times.

 

DWs 5, 6, 8 were also great, but not much in my opinion compared to the other ones, but still enjoyed playing all of them, a reason why they're liked so much I believe.

 

DQMs are a great twist on the series, currently playing Caravan Heart and have Joker on hold until I'm done with the former. First two(DQM and DQM2 Cobi's) were lots of fun for me as well, way to go ENIX!!!

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Well Tim Rogers seems to think it's Dragon Quest V.

 

I know he's not for everyone but personally i love reading his reviews, and that one has certainly got me stoked for V on the DS, the others too of course!

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Dragon Quest V has a really nice nostalgia for me.... also nice to have an installment of the game where you get to play as cute little kids~!

 

Dragon Quest VIII is another favorite... it really implemented the 3D thing better than most other games I've played (much better than the clunky and disappointing 3D of Dragon Quest VII)... so I do have to give it props for that.

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Eh, I have to jump onto the ship with the others whose choices are I, III, and IV. They're too close for me to clearly call it, though, so I'll just list the reasons why they made it in in numerical order, and some reasons why I feel that some of the other titles fall a bit flat.

 

DWI- The classic, it has (IMO) one of the best overworld tunes in the entire SERIES, it has the beginnings of the wildly-succesful DW/DQ formula, and though short, and the story sparse, I still find myself more enthralled with the land of Alefgard than I feel with the lands of other DW games.

 

DWII- Well, it was great, but one turnoff is the Hero can't cast spells, leaving you to have to spend all your money on herbs until you find the Prince of Cannock. Also, battling is a pain in the arse when you're alone, so it's basically the first bit of the game that drags it down. Otherwise, it's pretty good- right up there, though not near first.

 

DWIII- What can I say? Out of the Loto Trilogy, which I am as a whole partial to, this game is the most technically stunning. You have the class system, the two-worlds bit, resulting in an even LARGER overworld than DWII's, you get to see the pieces of the Loto legend fall into place- you actually get to LIVE the legend, bringing a whole new perspective to the first two titles. You get to return to Alefgard, which is always nice, it has my favorite battle music throughout the series, and the Hero can be such a powerhouse compared even to LATER Heroes. Thordain, I love you!

 

DWIV- This title took pretty much everything DWIII did, and built upon it. The more rudimentary class system, with every character permanently assigned a class, was a bit of a letdown after the class system's debut in III, though. However, the engrossing storyline, and having to play as so many different characters before you meet the Hero was a VERY nice touch- with the other titles, you have to experience their backstories prior to meeting the Hero in cutscenes, but here, you LIVE it. Actually getting to experience things firsthand is something I'm fond of, I'm pretty sure you can tell by now. XD

 

DWV and DWVI, I've only played briefly, and though they're awesome, I just don't feel it'd be fair to judge the whole game on fifteen minutes of gameplay, you know? XD One twist that was really annoying to me in DWV is being the Hero, but not THE Hero, if you take my meaning. It came out of left field, and I believe that the fact that they haven't pulled that twist again speaks volumes.

 

DWVII- Sadly, this is the only game in the main series so far that I HAVEN'T gotten to play, so I cannot judge it.

 

DQVIII- Well, this one's a biggie. See, though there are more NPCs, there's the whole 3D world bit, and the Alchemy system was a refreshing addition, it's just... well, levelling up and doing things that don't directly forward the story tends to be more boring than in DWI, if you take my meaning. The story is great, but it just doesn't have enough OOMPH to keep me going when I have to do little sidequests or monster-mashing. The world also tends to fall a bit flat when compared with the worlds of III and IV, and even I to a degree. Why? I don't know- I just wasn't able to get the whole "awesome new world" vibe I did with previous entries- it was almost like every new town was sorta just... THERE. I don't know how to explain it.

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My best to least DQ/ DW list

 

*note that I like them all but some are better than others*

 

DQ VIII (PS2) I loved everything about it the only boring part was the Dragovian Trials

 

DW VII (PS1) Im around 70 hours into the game and boy do I love it. I really like the graphic style, The only things I didnt like were finding shards and the fact that it takes 2 hours until you kill your first set of Slimes.

 

DQ IV (DS) Great story and I like the characters and I love the graphic style since it is like DW VII but waaay better.

 

DW III (GBC) I love the job system and I also love how I can play as the Legendary Loto

 

DW I (GBC) Since I played DW III before this game I thought of it as a sequel and I loved it for that even though it was short and easy

 

DW II (GBC) I love the Loto trilogy so I loved that I can play the third part of the story but other than that the game as alright for a DW/ DQ game and it was hard but once I grinded it was manageable.

 

I never played DQ V or DQ VI but the day they come out in America for the DS I will buy them

 

and for the Spin-offs

 

DQM: Joker (DS)

 

DQ Swords (Wii)

 

DQH: Rocket Slime (DS)

 

Torneko:The Last Hope (PS1)

 

DWM: 2 Tara's Adventure (GBC)

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