The length of Dragon Quest IV

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Mar 31, 2009

The length of Dragon Quest IV by Hillsy_ at 9:12 PM (1,704 Views / 0 Likes) 10 replies

  1. Hillsy_
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    I just wanted to say, I can't believe how long Dragon Quest IV took me to finish. I checked the time of my save and it was 65 Hours.. Well, 64Hours 49mins to be precise. Now, am I getting old or is this normal for a Dragon Quest game. How long did it take for everybody else to finish it? The final boss was difficult to say the least.. Also, how long is Dragon Quest V out of curiousity..

    Man, I'm getting old... [​IMG]

    Happy gaming,
     
  2. darnoc

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    took me around 30 hours to beat dq5 never played 4 tho
     
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    i beat dragon quest 4 with all my characters round level 35-37 .It took me 36 hours but i didnt do chapter 6 sidequests,But i did eventually get round to doing chapter 6 and completing all sidequests.I clocked in round 45 hours with all my characters at level 47.
     
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    My characters were level 37-38 when I finished it.. maybe I took the scenic route [​IMG] I only found 42 Mini Medals and I haven't tried Chapter Six yet [​IMG] 65 Hours... I blame the last boss, I would have done it quicker [​IMG] I couldn't beat him for, well a long time..

    @progaor06 - Well done, have you played DQV yet? Some say the story is better..

    I must be getting old, that's is my backup excuse [​IMG]

    @darnoc - DQV must be shorter, does it have any secrets like DQIV & DQVIII?

    Thanks for the reply.
     
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    I don't have the save's readily available but I found V longer. Probably because I played V first, and found there was a lot more self imposed side-questing. Should you make it a priority you can spend hours tracking down monsters to hire and leveling them up. I recommend a cheat to reduce the capture rate though, the default capture rate for certain monsters borders on the pointless.

    The varied party builds and the added 'talk feature' which lets you hear different things from just about everyone based on wherever you are makes for great replay/extended play incentive too. Dragging you kids to old haunts often sparks some interesting commentary for example. You may even feel its worth a replay to try a different wife (Debora for example has some memorable dialogue).

    Specifically the secrets are once again mini medals, TNT board's (great little rpg inspired board games), and curiosities (knick knacks you can display in a museum) many of which have their own little quests. In V your main character cannot wear the Zenithian gear which you still have to find, but scattered about the world and hinted to in passing comments is alternate hero worthy gear waiting to be discovered.

    I raced through iV really, a lot of its so focused on low level adventuring that I ended up whizzing through it. You also get a boat rather early in IV and can safely travel to shops selling the highest level gear for a song. Battle wise the Whack spell works far too well in IV (for both you and the enemies that use it, I often lost 3 party members in one round) and you can stack debuffs making lots of monsters butter to your knife. I never managed to stack buffs on anyone in V.
     
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    I still play DQ IV sometimes.
    I was playing DQ V but i don't know wich wife to choose! :S
    Wich did yuo choose or is your favourite?
     
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    @Porkdish - interesting..

    I liked the Casino in DQIV, if I remember correctly there was one in DQVIII too. [​IMG] Yes, I did that too - Repeat casting of the spell debuff. I tried it with the Insulate spell??? The protection against Fire and Ice attacks but it didn't seem to work for me. I also used the Holy Protection spell to stop lower level monsters appearing in combat while I was traversing the land.

    Yeah it does seem the Whack & Thrack spell work easily, not against the bosses though. Could you actually buy Magic Water in DQIV, I remember receiving some from quests but never being able to buy any...strange.

    @Sanderino - I haven't played the fifth one yet, but Porkdish recommends - Debora.

    I will try DQV later, I am still getting over my 65 hours of DQIV [​IMG]

    Thank you for your inputs everyone.

    @Porkdish - People say DQIV is harder than the fifth one, would you agree?
     
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    Caveat: I recommended Debora because its an interesting change, I'm sure there are many who won't like her attitude and feel they picked the wrong girl... which is PERFECT too because that's a legitimate experience.

    I picked Bianca the first time through for a couple of reasons, the game seemed loaded toward me picking her and I'd already dumped a lot of attribute building seeds into her when she was a kid. But like many people I found her adult (generation 3 - the game has 3 'stages') conversation a bit annoying. I chose Debora the next time.

    V has casino(s)

    The difficulty difference between IV and V is a question of balance. In IV you can run into bosses that spank you because their abilities are just not on par with your level (second confrontation with the hellion for example can occur before you have multiheal and well before you have insulate) but other times you'll find a boss a walk-over.

    In V you rarely need to take time away from the adventure to grind. Its still a fight fest (take 3 steps = battle) but when you hit a boss, even if its a difficult battle its almost always possible to win at the level you fist meet them. Your wagon is accessible at more boss fights so combined with the monster hiring feature you can (happily) find yourself up against a boss that your current front line team isn't set up for but your substitutes in the wagon are better suited towards.
     
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    Hmmm..

    An interesting choice of words there..

    Ah! so it does have the casino, great. I must admit I don't always like the idea of 'backtracking' through games, but DQIV I thought was excellent overall. Interesting how you hire monsters in DQV, a different approach mechanic; will definitely check it out. Did they change the names of the monsters in the DS version incantations? Aren't the slimes called 'Babble', babbles?? Cheers Porkdish for the info [​IMG]
     
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    slimes are different from babbles
     
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    haha, Oh well.. [​IMG]
     

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