Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation Review

Dragon Quest VIDragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation (Available exclusively on Nintendo DS)
ESRB Rating: T
Number of Players: 1
Genre: RPG
Publisher: Square-Enix
Developer: ArtePiazza
Release Date: February 14th, 2011

The Dragon Quest series is one of the most cherished RPG franchise out there. Sadly, most of us missed out on all these great games during the SNES era. Thankfully, Nintendo and Square-Enix partnered up during the Nintendo DS days and brought us all the DQs from the Super Famicom. Dragon Quest VI absolutely requires at least one play-through if you’re a fan of Japanese role-playing games. It’s one of the best in the series and shines brightly on the little dual screened system.

The Great:

The introduction of a dual world adds a nice twist to the storyline. Similar to A Link to the Past, there’s an “opposite” place here called the ‘Dream World,’ which you need to visit to solve puzzles and whatnot.  This also means the gigantic overworld is now twice the size. The biggest impact this dual world system has, is on the game’s plot. Most of the characters you find in the Dream world have actually passed away a long time ago. The sad part is that they don’t even realize this fact until much later on. Sometimes you’ll meet a family who’s son has died a long time ago, and then meet that kid somewhere else. Eventually he’ll find out his sad fate and he’ll have to move on. There are tons of events like this in the game that makes Realms of Revelation such a memorable game.

DQVI2The Good:

+ Fair challenge. You’ll die a lot but the punishment is not terrible. Sure you lose a bit of money, but all of your levels and experience are kept, and now you have some general knowledge of what not to do next time you challenge the dungeon’s boss.

+ Awesome combat system. Classic Dragon Quest, simple but you need to take your time and strategize a few things during battles. Who should you kill first and what moves you need to use are all simple things to consider, but are necessary to conquer DQ VI.

+ Extremely exciting boss battles! They will kick your ass!

+ The vocation system rocks! It’s the best class-based system I’ve ever experienced in a JRPG. Every class has different perks and disadvantages, and the ideal thing to do is to master a good variety of classes so you can take on the advanced one and create a juggernaut. This actually makes grinding super fun as you learn different skills and take on different jobs.

+ Music and visuals are fantastic. Super NES graphics on steroids!

DQVI3The Bad:

– No main villain for most of the story. I find that an antagonist really adds an epic feel to the plot. You pretty much beat the final boss after the twelve hour mark then you don’t see him again until the final encounter, forty hours after you’ve started you’re adventure.

– Random battle encounter rate is on the high side.

DQVI1The Lowdown:

Dragon Quest VI comes highly recommended and is one of the best Nintendo DS games around. It remains one my favorite RPGs of all time and I wish Square-Enix would get their shit together and release the DQ VII 3DS port overseas. None the less, Realms of Revelation shouldn’t be missed! Buy it now!

Final Score: 9.2/10

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