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Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past - Nintendo 3DS

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    • Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past

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    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (299 out of 309)

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    • Developer: Square Enix
    • Publisher: Nintendo
    • Platform: Nintendo 3DS
    • Genre: Action and Adventure
    • Release Date: 09/16/2016

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    Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past

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    Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past



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    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 309 reviews

    97%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Amazing RPG remake

      Posted
      Kylemyron
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      This is complete remake of Dragon Warrior VII that was released by Enix in late 2001 for the original PlayStation One. Dragon Warrior VII is the last game, of a long list of Dragon Warrior installments, to have the title Dragon Warrior in the U.S. After Enix and Squaresoft merged, the trademark for Dragon Quest in the U.S. was registered and subsequent releases were titled Dragon Quest. Dragon Quest is the original title for the series in Japan. I only bring this to your attention in case you played any of the original Dragon Warrior games on the NES, Dragon Quest VIII on the PS2, or the Dragon Quest remakes on Nintendo DS. Story: The story is comprised of a bunch of shorter stories that develop as you discover new islands from the past. This makes it nice for those who wish to play the game, or afforded time, only in small spurts. The game starts out with 3 main characters, a fisherman’s son (the protagonist), a prince named Kiefer, and a mayor’s daughter named Maribel who believe there to be life and adventure beyond their lone little island. They fall upon a mysterious shrine that unlocks lost islands from the past, by collecting magical stone tablets they find on their adventure. When you solve what problems plague each town in the past, it magically makes the island appear several years ahead in the present. You get to see the repercussions of your assistance in the past reflected in how they interpret and see things in the present. Your task is to travel the world, both past and present, for these lost shards and to bring these forgotten islands back to the present. Gameplay: I warn you, this game is VERY long; arguably one of the longest games there is. It will take over 100+ hours to finish this game, and much longer for those who are completionists. This can turn off some who only want to play a game for a short duration, such as 25 hours. One of the reasons this game took so long to localize to the U.S. is due to the enormous amount of text that has been retranslated and localized for its release. There is no voice-acting, meaning everything will be text-based; and there is a TON of text. So be prepared for a lot of reading. This game hasn’t deviated too much from its roots, despite being a remake. The battle system is a classic turn-based system: Attack, Defend, Magic, Item, etc. There is quite a bit of grinding involved (fighting monsters for experience, which levels up your character and makes them stronger). However, compared to its original version, the speed in which you level up is a lot faster. What makes the game shine is its character classes that unlock about 20 hours into the game. This allows you to learn new skills or spells, or increase specific attributes related to your chosen class. There are about 30 different classes to choose from and makes customization of your party your own. There are a number of puzzles to solve within each story which makes it a good balance between story, combat, and thinking. There is also a StreetPass system, where you can collect Traveler Tablets which can then be used to enter randomly generated dungeons filled with monsters and treasures. Overall Impression: I thoroughly enjoy this remake. This was one of my favorite games when it came out in 2001, and is reminiscent of my experiences back then. Some of the new features are welcome and help speed up the pace of game. If you enjoy role-playing games this would be highly recommended. I would suggest however that if this is a gift, you purchase it for someone at the age of 12-13 or up. There is a lot of text related to the story. This can make it difficult or discouraging for those that don’t have some of the vocabulary or comprehension to understand. Combat is turn-based style as well, which can be a turn off for youngsters who are more accustomed to fast-paced action styles more prominently seen in this genre. I feel the ESRB rating for this game is appropriate (Everyone 10+), although I must admit I don’t recall seeing any actual blood or reading any offensive language. More information on this game can be found at: http://dragonquest7.nintendo.com/ http://www.metacritic.com/game/3ds/dragon-quest-vii-fragments-of-the-forgotten-past

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Remarkable Remake

      Posted
      Denvy
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      Dragon Quest VII remade into a full 3D game? Yes please! While the original Playstation version was okay, it had it's fair share of problems. The 3DS version looks fantastic, fixes a few pacing issues and is just plain classic JRPG fun. Keep in mind this is easily a 100+ hour game. If you don't think you can commit the time, it may not be for you. No voice acting so there is plenty of reading and battles are classic DQ turn based. Enemies are now visible on the screen! It's nice to be able to choose the harder enemies when grinding for exp, and grind you will. They are hard to avoid in dungeons though, but can still be done. While the job system is touted as a feature in this game, it will take 20-30 hours to make it to Alltrades Abbey. So no jobs right off the bat. Start of the game is slow. Taking most people up to two hours just to reach a battle, but that is still faster than the original game. And I had not problem with it. I enjoyed the story it was starting up and getting to know the characters If you have a hankering for old school JRPG action, this is easy to recommend. Dragon Quest as a series has not deviated much from it's roots. And I love that fact.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Incredible Value, Great Remake

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      Sylvanio
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      For those unacquainted with dragon quest 7, this is a remake of the original that had originally released on the playstation 1. Just like the original, this is still one of if not 'the' longest dragon-quest game in the entire series, where it isn't surprising to reach where the 'second disk' began, 50+ hours into it. Like the other modern entries, the game has made a 3d-overworld and has done away with random encounters in lieu of monsters popping up that you can run into for battle. For the most part, the game looks pretty great, and the combat is quite solid, so I highly recommend this game. If there were any downsides to Dragon Quest 7, it would be the sluggish prologue after starting a new game (which was much longer in the original) , and the rather ugly 'pop-up' of overworld features when traversing the map. But as both factors are relatively minor, I am happy to give this a 5-star rating.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Not one of the better entries in the series

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      JDG00
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      I'm 30 or so hours into this now and the game is having a hard time holding my attention. It just doesn't maintain a relatively constant flow of action like most Dragon Quest titles. You go into the past and can play like a regular Dragon Quest game, but back in the present there is little to do but solve puzzles, talk to people, and advance the story to the point you can go back into the past. So it tends to alternate back and forth between a few hours of good, and a few hours of dull, and the dull periods are killing it. Really a disappointment after the greatness of 4, 5, 6, and the later 8. Recommended only to fans of the series who need to play this one out to 'complete the set'. Newer fans should avoid: better to get chapters 4 or 5 now (if you can find them used), or wait for chapter 8 to land on 3DS in 2017.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic Entry in the Dragon Quest Series!

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      ebb91
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      I have a love/hate relationship with this game. Originally purchasing the PS1 version of the game on release day, I ended up losing my job the very next day—so the game was returned. A year later under better financial circumstances, I purchased the game again, logged 100 hours(!) into it, only to lose interest and move on to other things (probably Final Fantasy X, knowing me.) Now the 3DS version of the game is out, and it is markedly improved from the PS1 original. All new graphics and dialogue, 3DS online StreetPass functionality, a streamlined job system, and a blissfully shortened introductory chapter are all worth the price of admission. If you grew up on turn-based jRPGs like I did, and still love them for all their quirks, Dragon Quest VII is a solid entry and should not be missed!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Dragon Quest is back!!!

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      HardcoreGamer
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      Finally after so many years Square Enix has started to bring Dragon Quest into the spotlight again. And what better way to do that than with a classic remade for the 3DS. DQ7 was originally on the PS1 and I never knew about it or got into the series tell 8 on the PS2 but this game looks beautiful, the colors and animations the music the cute little slimes you will kill to level up all here in full DQ glory. If you never had a chance to play this game on the PS1 then now is your chance all the improvments make this classic turn based jrpg look appealing for newcomers to the series and being that all DQ games are stand alones you won't be lost starting here. So what are you waiting for? Start the grand journey that is DQ7 those slimes won't kill themselves. ;)

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      This game is outstanding

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      Daemon
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      I absolutely loved the original on PS1. When I heard they were remaking it on 3DS, I knew I had to have it. The original looked pretty terrible even by the standards of the time. This new version looks great. They've also streamlined the very long opening portion of the game. My only complaint would be that they've decided to add different regional dialects to the game. Every island's inhabitants have their own accent native to the island. This makes it pretty difficult to understand some of them. Honestly it got to the point where I wouldn't speak to any characters other than those required for progression. Totally killed immersion for me. Other than that, the game has a wonderful storyline and memorable leads. Definately recommend if you can get passed the hard to understand NPCs

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Old school RPG - temper expectations accordingly

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      DFR1988
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      This game is a tough one to review. If you're a fan of old-school JRPGs then this is an obvious recommendation despite its antiquated mechanics, since you will easily adjust to them. If you are new to JRPGs then this will be a really tough game to get into. There are numerous refinements and improvements that the genre has seen which can make this blast from the past seem more like a relic. Pros: - excellent characters and focus on mini-stories - wonderful character/enemy designs and animations - get your money's worth with dozens of hours of gameplay Cons: - outdated gameplay mechanics will scare all but the most old-school JRPG fans away - LOTS of backtracking Bottom line - easy 5/5 for old-school diehards like me, likely to be a 3/5 for most other gamers.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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