Somehow, I’ve been writing and talking about JRPGs on the internet for a few years and I’ve still never played a Dragon Quest game. This might be because one of the first JRPGs I fell in love with in high school was Final Fantasy X since Final Fantasy is much more popular in Australia and since Final Fantasy X is a more of a modern-looking RPG, it definitely influenced the kind of aesthetics I like in JRPGs. Despite being a big fan of what some consider to be its rival series, Dragon Quest seemed interesting the first time I heard of it. Akira Toriyama’s art looks great in it which makes its aesthetic more appealing, it's got a cute slime mascot, turn-based battles and I’ve always wondered how its fantasy stories and worlds compare to others in the genre. With the English release of Dragon Quest XI coming up soon, I’m strongly reminded again that I still haven’t touched this series, so here’s a list of games in the series I want to try to help me get into this classic JRPG series.
Dragon Quest VIII
Dragon Quest IX
Dragon Quest IVwhich since I just played Octopath Traveler recently sounds like a more linear version of a multi-protagonist story. The only thing about Dragon Quest IV is that while it appealed to me most out of the older ones, it does have that old school JRPG look and feel from what I’ve seen so far, which there is nothing wrong with, but there are times when I get tired of that aesthetic in favour of going back to something more modern looking as that’s what I usually play. If I do play Dragon Quest IV, I think I’ll have to make sure I’m not experiencing that kind of retro fatigue and can enjoy the game for what it is, but I like the idea of its story flow so far.
Dragon Quest VWorld of Final Fantasy and the Digimon games I appreciate. I also recognise some of the characters from this game like Bianca, so I wouldn't mind getting to know characters like her more since they seem to be used in spinoffs and artworks and I don’t really know much about them.
I watched the smartphone version trailer for Dragon Quest V and it didn’t look like a bad smartphone port, which makes me consider getting it on my phone since I once played most of Final Fantasy I on iOS and got really addicted to it, but it’s also available for DS if I want to use a portable console instead. With what looks to be a world full of important Dragon Quest characters and fun JRPG mechanics, Dragon Quest V seems to definitely have a few things going for it and will be one I’ll be keeping in mind.
Itadaki Street 30th Anniversary Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy (JP)when I tried it last year. Since I know Final Fantasy much better than I do Dragon Quest, not only does seeing characters I know in an adorable art style in a fun looking board game already appeal to me, this could also introduce me to the iconic characters from Dragon Quest’s world in a more simplified way where I could get to know its characters and which ones I like through its relaxed party game experience. With over 11 core games in the Dragon Quest series, despite my efforts to make this list it is hard to know where to start, so Itadaki Street might be a way to get to know the series a little better before fully choosing a game if I ever go into the series backlog of games.
Dragon Quest XIDragon Quest XI looks really cool with a more polished version of the art style that has been used throughout the series and it looks like a fun world with your typical JRPG mechanics in its turn-based system, but also other extra things like being able to fly dragons and the game having plenty of fun-looking minigames. I’m planning to try Dragon Quest XI this month on PS4 as my first step into the series, although I do want to go into its backlog at some point still and I hope Dragon Quest XI acts as motivation to do so. As I prepare to try the first of these Dragon Quest games I’ve been wanting to try, I hope it lives up to the hype and makes me when to try the other games I mentioned in what seems to be an important and iconic JRPG series.
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