(dragonquest6.nintendo.com) Rated T for Teen by ESRB. So here we are again. Not so long after the release of Dragon Quest IX here we have… Dragon Quest VI. We’ve been treated to a remake of the third game in the Zenithia series that never made it to the United States. Hardcore fans of the series will be elated for the opportunity to play a copy of the last Dragon Quest in the series to never be released over here. Realms of Revelation is finally here.
(dragonquest6.nintendo.com) Rated T for Teen by ESRB. Two Worlds II, a sequel to an admittedly not very well made title. The original Two Worlds was not well-received by critics, players, and even the developers said that they could have done better. This is their second chance and it definitely made good on their attempt for redemption.
Dragon Quest has always provided a rich atmosphere on par and at times better than other JRPGs like the Final Fantasy series, and the sixth game in the series is no exception. Realms of Revelation has a world full of deep and eccentric characters that is unique to the Dragon Quest series. Eccentricity is not new to the series and it’s one the things that makes Dragon Quest so great. The storyline at times is so quirky and imaginative, it is almost unreal. Still none of this is new to fans of the series.
At the time Dragon Quest IX was released for the Super Famicom, Realms of Revelation was at the forefront of graphics technology. The graphics were absolutely stunning. And while the DS isn’t known for strong graphics, Realms of Revelation wasn’t too graphically impressive. 2d graphics can only go so far to emulate a 3d environment but it still looks a little better than the original. And the integration of the DS’s dual screens makes the graphics twice as impressive. While it can’t escape the fact that it is, in fact, a remake of an old game, that suits it just fine.
As with any remake of a classic game, the sound effects remain true to the original. While I’m not extremely familiar with the original version released in Japan, the soundtrack doesn’t sound like it has changed much if at all from the original. And while the tracks can be a bit repetitive for a game with 40 hours or more of gameplay, the nostalgia value outweighs it considerably.
Gameplay for the Dragon Quest series hasn’t changed much at all over the years. While that is great for fans of the series, it means that series hasn’t evolved much to meet the standards that JRPGs have reached in this day and age. That being said, Realms of Revelation is still fun. The formula is familiar: you explore a world, random battles happen, you do quests. If grinding your characters to level up and complete quests isn’t your thing then maybe Dragon Quest isn’t your thing.
The menus have been streamlined. Since combat is controlled entirely through menus, it’s nice to see an easy to navigate system to keep combat fluid. And clutter has been reduced by moving player info to the top screen for easy viewing.
Plenty of optional content is available too. From traditional questing, to a fashion show, and a coliseum where slimes compete, the list of activities goes on and on.
With a 40+ hour expected time to complete the main story, you’re going to get your money’s worth out of this game. Expect most of that time to be spent simply grinding your characters to the level necessary to actually beat the game’s bosses (some of which are ridiculously difficult). And, like mentioned earlier, there’s seemingly no end to what you can do. If you’re a fan of the series and want to get the most out of your gameplay experience, expect to get two or more times more time out this game than the expected time.
I’ll get this out of the way first, if you’re not a JRPG fan then this game is probably not for you. But if you like JRPGs, especially classic ones, then this game is right up your alley. And fans of the series will be absolutely thrilled for the chance to play this game for the first time in America, and on a mobile platform. It doesn’t bring anything truly unique to the series, but it is a nostalgic adventure that fans both new and old will enjoy.