In Japan, the Dragon Quest series is outsold only by Mario and Pokémon, its cute ‘slime’ mascot as recognisable as Pikachu. When Dragon Quest IX was released for the DS in the Far East last year, it smashed sales records. Due to its heavy focus on ad-hoc multiplayer, special DQ ‘zones’ had to be assigned in the district of Akihabara to avoid congregations of players blocking the streets.
The Dragon Quest IX is full of content, with an entirely new original plot line plus a brand new mutiplayer mode. It presents a solid & tested Japanese RPG like gameplay. Gamers experience traditional menu-based combat. However, each combat is fast-paced against an amazingly diverse gang of enemies. The monsters in the game are elegantly designed, drawn with an unsettling degree of cuteness.
The multiplayer components of the game are superbly integrated. The game can be played with up to four players in co-operative multiplayer mode. It also lets gamers to share character information, greetings plus treasure maps over the WiFi connection.
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