Dragon Quest IV: Chapter of the Chosen (NDS / PAL)

7.07.2009 @ 10:27:47 | Midori  |   français

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A fidelity card at the *beeeep* having left me with gift vouchers, I took advantage of those to buy the two DS games, being a fan of RPGs and of Dragon Quest. This episode is the remake of the game for NES.

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Graphics
Well, it is clear that on a small screen it is not easy, but the idea of using the upper screen for the surroundings, additional information or peripherical vision is well developped. The Akira Toriyama design is easy to recognize, even in this miniature rendition, and turn out well.
Grade: 8.5 / 10
DQ Chosen village DQ Chosen Donjon

Music
I like the pseudo-symphonic themes of DQ, and am positively surprised of the good result for what is ultimately an adaptation (partly remade, yes, but still an adaptation). Some themes are used several times in different variations, and style adapted to each situation.
Grade: 8.5 / 10

Gameplay
Pure old school RPG, with menus, shops to buy arms, armours and items, and so on. The only thing not so clear is the action order in combat, which is sometimes annoying. And the fact that there is no possibility to use the stylus to validate or choose. Saving and resurecting is done in villages’ churches, and you travel with a coffin until then.
Grade: 8.5 / 10
DQ Chosen Combat

Length / Sidequests
No problem for the length, for what I played, it seems more than reasonable. Not having reached the end, I can say there are at least three “types” of quest I know of: Casino, mini medals and special doors. If it is a typical DQ, there is a “Monsters book” to complete somewhere, and perhaps other things.
Grade: 8 / 10

Story / characters
Not extremely original, though at the time it first came out, it was. But the numerous RPGs published since disminished the innovation. But there are funny details, like the slime doctor who helps you if you go fetch him… or discussions with some NPCs.
Grade: 8 / 10

In the end…
A good rpg for cheap on an handheld console. Practical and good. But if “old School” repels you, do not buy it, it is a bit of an archetype…
Final grade: 8.3 / 10

Images Source:
Official Site http://na.square-enix.com/dq4/

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