Are Dragon Quest series related?

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Sep 14, 2008
  1. svnelvn
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    DQ 4 is coming out next week, and i'm quite eager to try it out. but i'm wondering if the stories are related (DQ 1-4) and it's better to play previous ones first? or is it like Final Fantasy and each franchise is an individual story?
     


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    You can play them out of order though. The games that are related have certain themes that appear in each other but you won't be missing out story wise if you play VI before you ever play IV.

    So you don't have to play III before you play IV or anything. I recommend that you do play III because it is my favorite one! [​IMG]
     
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    +1

    DQ3 is one of the greatest RPG's ever
     
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    ^ LOL i thought the best RPG goes to Golden Sun, though i've never played it
     
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    Agreed, the remake for the Gameboy Colour was awesome. Dragon Quest 2 was pretty darn good as well, but I got annoyed grinding in the last area that leads up to the boss, those enemies were insanely tough. I would not complain if there was a trilogy released on the DS in remake form similar to the ones on the Gameboy, 1 & 2 were combined and 3 was on it's own cartridge but it would be convenient to have all 3 on one cart.
     
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    I'm playing DQ4 now. Classic RPG, in love with it.
     
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    no, golden sun was just the best available on the GBA
     
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    I have this game on my computer, but I'm too lazy to drag it onto my SD card. Is it worth it?
     
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    Well there are mixed reactions with DQ games, depending on how picky you are or what you expect. I wouldn't go comparing it to FF though, because it's style is more traditional, which is also part of what is so appealing to those who like DQ games. That's not to say one is better or worse, but just that I find different qualities in each so comparing them is like comparing apples and oranges. I've played DQ since I was a kid, 4 being one of my favorites out of the bunch, so I say it's worth it. But again, it's all in how you see it.
     
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    But Golden Sun is still better than DQ3 [​IMG]
     
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    Oh god no! The only RPG better than DQ3 would have to be DQ8.
     
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    And that in itself for the same says very little. Golden Sun was at best mediocre for an RPG, but being on GBA it was by far and large the most beautiful looking and sounding RPG and the story was ok, combat was ok or better depending on tastes.



    ...On the topic though...
    Dragon Quest games seem to at least over the first six play out in linked trilogies. DQ1-3 all were around and bound to the story of Loto (or Erdrick if you did the old NES games.) Then you had DQ4(which hit NES well after SNES was out stupidly) 5, and 6 and they are also a trilogy. The unique thing about these games while they have tied elements that'll be a great thing to see born out while doing the game, they're not handled in a way where you have to play them in order to make any sense as they stand alone well.
     
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    The connections between Dragon Quest games is not terribly important. There are extremely vague references to things that happened in other games in mythological terms (mostly person/place names), but no plot details or anything... you can play them in any order you want.

    Anyway, Dragon Quest 4 is probably one of the best in the series. It's divided up into five chapters, with many different main characters, and it's actually very original throughout (the chapters tend to get stranger / more interesting as you go on, too.) It was probably the best RPG of the NES era, hands down (or at least the best one that we got in English); it was one of the first console RPGs I can think of to have a large cast of detailed, distinct characters, say.
     
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    I think it could also just be interesting because each chapter is like a new game kind of so it'll keep people more interested as it won't just drag on forever.
     
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    That's true. DQIV does not feel like the 40+ hour chore that most RPGs are becoming to me these days. Even FFIV, which is a game that is very high on my list of favrorites and I have played a million times started to feel very stale to me on my recent playthrough.

    DQIV is like the best part of an RPG; the beginning for the whole game. Mother 3 also accomplished this feel.
     
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    No it isn't, not by a long shot. Dragon Quest 3 reinvented the series, Golden Sun is easily one of the best RPG's of all time, but Dragon Quest 3 was so much better. You also have to remember that Golden Sun was split across two games whereas Dragon Quest 3 was a single game, however in reality, Dragon Quest 3 is actually two games in one. It combines the first section of the story which is all based around the events after Dragon Quest 1 and 2 in succession, but once you defeat the boss Baramos, you wind up in the Dark World, aka the land that is Dragon Quest 1 and you must once again collect the same items and explore the area that is a completely revamped DQ1 where you must defeat Zoma (instead of DracoLord like in the original). The only difference is that you can travel with a party instead of being solo in the second segment of the game.
     
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    I like how you play through various chapters in DQ4, it is no doubt a fresh take on the RPG concept, plus I love spinning the camera to find hidden objects [​IMG]
     
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    well

    the 2nd part of the game is where you're actually creating the legend of erdrick

    it's set prior to DQ1
     
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    If you haven't played it, why mention it? Go play it. PLAY IT.
     

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