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Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker (DS)

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Manufacturer: Square Enix / Genre: Role Playing

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      18.02.2013 21:42

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      A nice simplistic game, that's nice to play

      OK, so recently my supply of games dried up and felt the need to get a new one to fill the gap while waiting for something big, and instantly fell in love with this. While I have got other games to write about, I feel the need to write about this one now. With its fairly straightforward game-play yet challenging levels and the sense of freedom that you have, this game is definitely one to play.
      First, you have the all time classic style of monster capturing and battling. I like the Pokemon series and when first started playing, my original thought was that this was going to be a complete copy, that's less fun to play (having not played the other dragon quest series games). I was wrong. The way to find monsters is different, the way to capture them, even the way to command and fight with them. You can give orders to specific targets and abilities or you can just let your monsters 'Fight' which allows them to attack them head on depending on what 'Tactics' you've assigned to them. I think that this is pretty cool because it gives you the freedom to choose what you want to happen or you just see how strong your monsters are when attacking of their own volition.

      Second, you've got the islands. Each island is basically like a different section of the game. Of course every game has different areas but you can choose your favorite depending on your skill level, what monsters you want and how stupid you are. I like this idea because it gives different players the chance to test their skills.
      Next is something I really like the idea of. Fusing monsters with a function called 'Synthesis'. Now it may not appeal to all, but synthesis is when you fuse two level 10 or higher monsters together to get a brand new monster. The monster may be available for capture later in the game but some can only be obtained via synthesis so extending the time of play. I do love it when games do things like this to make games longer.

      And then there's the story. Now, it's an unusual story. Normally in these types of games your out to stop some maniac from controlling some legendary monster. That isn't the case in this game. On that little note is all I'm going to say about it in case I ruin it for people who haven't played, but it really is a nice spin on the story hen you know. I do love it when the stories are good because who wants to play a game but a dull, short or dull and short story. NOBODY.
      The graphics, for the purpose of the game are pretty cool actually, with a sort of artistic-cartoony look to them. Their purpose is good but I don't like how some of the objects are 2D. That's a little annoying.

      There's not much to say about the sound. There's pretty much the same set of soundtracks throughout the entire game. They aren't particularly catchy either so begin to bug you pretty quickly.
      All in all though, the game itself is pretty good. Its simple game-play, the monster battling, the not bad storyline. Out of 10 I'd give this game about a 7. People who like these kind of games, its worth a try. People who don't, maybe give it a miss, but it's still worth it.

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      05.05.2009 21:02
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      Great fun and lots of levellign up

      I have never played a Dragon Quest game and this surprised me that i shoud've picked it up much earlier!!!

      The game play is very simple. The basic principle is that you need to catch monsters very much like pokemon and your aim is to be the best and beat the evils that exist in the land, win a championship and try to complete the monster index. There is a large variety of monsters to obtain and you can combine any two to make them better stronger! The combinations aren't endless but they get stroner and more powerful.

      You control the game mainly with the buttons, and the use of stylus is limited. The controls are quite easy to get, but sometimes abit frustrating and repetitive and theres quite alot of walking.

      The graphics are surprisingly good and its in 3D. As with any RPG like this, alot of exploring and dungeon work, but its all in the fun in this. I would highly recommend this if you have lots of time because it will be a long game from Square Enix makers of Final Fantasy!

      There is also a multiplayer option for wireless and wifi which is fantastic.

      You can buy this for under £15 at major stores, and get over 40 hours of gameplay!

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      07.08.2008 16:04
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      didn't even see it to the end

      The Dragon Quest series has been around for a really long time. It has had a huge fan base since its arrival on the NES all those years ago. The stories often differ but the theme is always the same. A human master who can tame monsters and train them to fight and become stronger so that they my help the Main character of whichever game save the day. Many of the favourite monster reccur in each and every title.

      This one is no exception.

      You play as the son of an important political figure who has decided he wants to enter the monster tournament this year. As a result you are given your first monster, a choice of one of three low level weaker monsters that you can use to capture others and therefore become stronger and stronger.

      You soon come across a legendary being that is destined to save the world the next time it appears on earth. He decides to tag along with you since you seem "interesting".

      As the story progresses conspiracies obviously arise and the world is thrown into jeopardy and its up to you to use your monsters and save the world.

      The game starts out decent enough but you can tell straight off that its very childish and uninvolving, not at all like its predecessors. It's very hard to get into and while its not the worst game in the world its far from the best.

      The breeding system can be very interesting. always wondering which monster you're going to get next.

      Other than that theres not much going for the game and i didn't even see it through to the end. I doubt many people have or will. One for picking out of the bottom shelf one day when you're bored out of your mind and on a budget.

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