Dragon Quest IX - Sentinels of the Starry Skies (U) ROM
Nintendo DS / DS NDS ROMsGenre: Role-Playing
Rating: CERO: A, ESRB: E10+, PEGI: 12+, OFLC: PG
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If you're a fan of the Dragon Quest series, then this game is no exception. Dragon Qeust IX is an acion role playing game, and is downright awesome. The combat system is fun and exciting, and the story is pretty great as well. Definitely pick this game up, especially if you're into RPGs.
In the ninth installment of Dragon Quest you are a celestial who has fallen to the mortal world and you must perform good deeds in order to gain back your wings and return to the world above the skies.
In Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, players begin their adventure as a city guardian who is sent to retrieve a sacred trees fruits, which have the power to grant wishes. Players travel the world, conquer fearsome monsters and unravel an epic storyline. During their journey, players will encounter mighty opponents in fast-paced battles, and also interact with a colorful cast of characters.
This is a very good ROM for the game, but the number was incorrect. The correct reference for the title is: 5076 - Dragon Quest IX - Sentinels of the Starry Skies (USA) (En,Fr,Es)
To be honest, not my favorite in the series, but still a great game, this game mimics an MMO in its quest and party system, except it's not online but local multiplayer, and only 4 people can connect at once.
Highly customizable, you get to choose your appearance and partymates appearnces and classes. The online shop can help you on your journey greatly if you saved enough money.
The game's difficulty is pretty easy compared to the others in the series, at leats story wise. Post-game has the biggest pull in hours and difficulty since you have many extra dungeons to explore for quests and items, special bosses you can level to increase difficlty as well as get unique items, and some post-game quests that add a lot to the story.
You also get to meet famous heroes of Dragon Quest's past when you update your online shop. By meeting them you also gain some of their clothes so you can cosplay as them in-game if you so choose.
While I liked all the little features in the game, I was a bit disappointed your partymates are mute and do not affect the storyline whatsoever. Some prefer that though, I just felt it made things less intense for me.
In essence, this game is a mix of Dragon Warrior 3 and 6 in that you can create your partymates and they are mute, and that you have a shrine to change and advance your classes. They balance the spell output nicely but not letting them carry over so you can't just make a super class, but still allow you to carry over skills you learned. I just had a bit of a problem with how they made some classes pretty pointless or not as helpful compared to others.
Despite what I found flawed, the game is still very addictive and fun. I just found some of the other games in the series much more satisfying when you play them. The storyline is a bit weak (even for a Dragon Quest game), and the classes could have been balanced a little better, but the quests and customization make up for it some to keep the game very entertaining.
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(Nintendo DS Release #5075)
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