Gamer Vault:Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies

Imagine that you are a Celestian(angels kinda sorta) you live in a world above the Protectorate(Earth),you are the personal guardian of a small town called Angel Falls.You fly there and help people, when you do things to help people their thankfulness comes in a tangible form, that you take back to your world to the World Tree.In hopes of making it produce fruit,and you ,yes, what you bring it the final bit it needed to bloom figs….

 

… … … It blooms finally, after well whose to really to say how long  a wait,the figs are ready so you would have brought them to the realm of the Almighty, well that is if somehow your home hadn’t been attacked…

You are flung down to the Protectorate,all of your power are gone and you are now visible to humans..

What is a Celestian to do?

This is my first experience with the Dragon Quest series but it’s starts off the way I would like to start off all my games,with a customization of my character,nothing better than being able to define my skin color and sex.Not only that, this game doesn’t thrust a party of people on you.Normally you meet people through your travels, they have an in-depth background story,you learn about them  and they’re important to the game.Maybe if you don’t do stuff/go to a certain place you miss them entirely(like Vincent in FF7),sometimes based on the way you answer questions is the only  deciding factors in which characters in which you keep(like in Star Ocean:Till the End of Time).Nevertheless I’ve never played a RPG in which the only you the first player are important.You basically rent three party members,out a list.You essentially choose them by sex/class,but later on in the game you can change your characters class along with the classes of your party.

Every class has a different strength,defense, use of different weapons,different magic,you choose your class by what strengths that your prefer your characters to have.My main character started as a Minstrel,which has a pretty matched strength and magic usage.Looking at different message boards most people like to have their main character as a warrior or a gladiator.I like that my character has strength but also has healing and resurrection magic.I strive for balance in the games I play.Strength is great, but balance is the reason why my team has never lost a battle.Any enemy can be warn out over time.

Also your party follows you around, it’s really interesting.Most games have everyone collapsing into you ,I’m not use to seeing my whole party at one time.I also really like how you can see all the equipment you have on your characters.You see every shield/shoe/sword/headband you find or alchemize on your character.And not to spoil it, but there is a beautiful drawn cut scene in this,Level Five in my opinion does great work.Fighting style is normal turn based kinda sorta.I really like the fact that you can set up how you want each of your party to fight(minus yourself of course).You can have them show no mercy, fight wisely,mix it up,focus on healing,don’t use MP or have them just follow your orders.I normally control my warrior and let my MP users do their thing.

Problems:

Only one really and it’s not super huge.

There’s no phoenix down in this game,so basically if someone in your party dies you carry there body in a coffin until you get to a priest to resurrect them.OK so they do have a thing called Yggdrasil Leaf which is really super rare version of Phoenix Down,I’ve only manage to find one in my whole time of playing the game, so I’m saving it for the final battle of the game.There is a spell called Zing that can revive, but it doesn’t always work, it is a hit and miss kind of spell.It will always eventually revive your characters but it can end using  a lot of your MP though.

 

Besides that one thing I like this game a lot.

6.5/7 Dragon Balls

(The storyline and gameplay has to blow me away or the series put together has to tug on my heartstrings if I think it’s good enough to call Shenron with)

P.S.

This is a great game,I bought it it at Yongsan[R.O.K.] along with ChronoTrigger both are known as really popular solid games,the seller told me that one was more popular in Korea the other was moreso popular in Japan I can’t remember which was which though.

~BlerdLikeMe

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