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Dragon Quest Extravaganza! (Prizes Included!)

JansonJanson Registered User regular
edited August 2010 in Social Entropy++
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Original OP:
Was released today, except in English. Google wasn't terribly helpful with bringing up the English translation, but the subtitle should read 'Sentinel of the Starry Skies'.

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I'm not sure what it's about yet. I haven't opened my copy. I'm excited, though!


What is the Dragon Quest series?

It is a series of roleplaying games. The series is stupidly popular in Japan, but also relatively popular elsewhere in the world. In the US the games were released under the name 'Dragon Warrior' until 2004 thanks to copyright issues.


Why should I care?

Because they're really, really fun little games, and recently they've enjoyed a resurgence on the DS, with 4, 5 and hopefully 6 being released with updated graphics and, I believe, better translations. 9 is the latest in the series to be released, and it was made for the DS. Previous games in the series have been released for the MSX, Famicom/NES, Super Famicom/Super NES, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and Wii.


But I hate JRPGs and the artwork is horrible!

Believe me, this is what I thought, too. I'm certainly not one for grinding in games (which Japan apparently loves) and the character art style is ghastly. At least, it's ghastly on the covers/in the art books. It actually works rather well on a DS screen. Also, say what you may about the human characters, but the monsters in the games are really quite darn cute.

The Dragon Quest games, however, have managed to worm their way into my affections despite my dislike of most other things JRPG, including Final Fantasy. They're not too difficult, and although a little grinding is required, the battles are mercifully short and the text easily skipped through. The stories are classic rpg fare, but are well told, with a few interesting twists here and there, and a great sense of humour. The sense of humour, actually, is really what carries the games. They are simply fun.


So where do I start?

Anywhere! The games are all stand-alone, although there are a few very tenuous links to the other games in the series.

I've actually only played 4 and 5, but I really, really loved 5 and would definitely recommend that as a good place to start. I understand many people consider it the best in the series.

Both 4 and 5 are readily available on the DS, and are extremely well-polished:

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(Seriously, terrible artwork!)

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Hand of the Heavenly Bride is pretty epic. You start off as a small boy and eventually marry, have a couple of children and defeat the threat to your world.

In Chapters of the Chosen you don't actually play as the hero until chapter 5. In the first four chapters you play as other members of your party, and eventually you all meet up and save the world together.

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What else is there?

I can't make a Dragon Quest thread without mentioning one of the spin-offs: Dragon Quest: Rocket Slime.

The slimes are the most adorable thing about the Dragon Quest series, and are both monsters you fight and can recruit. Rocket Slime, who is blue, got his very own game, in which he rescues all the other slimes of Boingburg when they are slimenapped by a mysterious enemy.

Seriously, look how adorable he is:

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He is just so happy.

The game is very simple - you use two, maybe three buttons for the entire game - but again, great fun, and it has some fantastic boss battles.

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Competition Time!

Okay, so, in order to spread my love of all things Dragon Quest Moriveth & I decided we should hold a competition.

There are prizes!

The winner shall receive a copy of Dragon Quest 9 & Rocket Slime for the DS, and two runners-up will receive copies of Rocket Slime.

How do you enter?

This one is Moriveth's plan.

Since we both enjoyed Rocket Slime so much, we'd love to see what ideas people come up with for a Fake Dragon Quest Spin-Off.

You don't have to have played the games to enter. Just google and you'll come up with dozens of the monsters, including slimes, used in the Dragon Quest games.

For example:

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I don't care how you present your ideas; it can be original artwork, cut-and-paste, anything! Just take a Dragon Quest character and insert them into another game, original or existing, of your choosing. Humour is a bonus!
To prove my seriousness, behold a cellphone photo of the shrink-wrapped prizes, already bought:

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ENTRIES

Kusu:
Kusuguttai wrote: »
Dear Janson and Moriveth,
Here is my entry

With love,
Kusu
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the first image is there because why not and also i was going to have them in the mirthmobile in the background but who cares

thanks to worthless lurker for the idea, even though all he did was post whatever he posted here.

also i just realized that in the second picture it should be 'because I'M' not 'because it's'

Jyradana:
Jyardana wrote: »
This contest is amazing!
DragonQuest Sports!! (and other mini games)


Casino Games: Earn coins to unlock other characters, rare items, and abilities.

Battle Royale: Wager coins against your friends to determine the outcome of the monster battles!

BlackJack/Poker

Slots: for the anti-social lot


Action Games

Sabrecat racing: Similar to a kart racer, but with spells for powerups (Kafrizzle, Zoom, Insulate, Barrier). Each character has a spell set and you run over mana powerups to be able to cast them
compete for prizes and coins!

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Frizzle Slime: This is essential clay pigeon shooting, except with slimes and the spell frizzle. Select your favorite DQ spell caster from the series or create your own! Hit 8 slimes in a row and you earn a Kaboom, which clears the entire screen of slimes!

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Rocket Slime Tanks: Relive the drama from Rocket Slime with multiplayer online tank battles!

Where in the World is Paulo?: Torneko's son is missing! Play the part of investigators hired by the world renown merchant as you try to find where his son has run off to. Use the clue and hints, and if you find him, a handsome reward awaits you! Lay false trails to lure the other investigators away or partner up to split the reward!

Satanic Jesus:
Do we have to do pictures?
Dragon Quest: Slime Knight

The Slime King has a deadly premonition of a great and terrible danger!

In Dragon Quest: Slime Knight, what begins as an innocent voyage of a Slime Knight accompanying the Slime King on a journey soon develops into an eye-opening adventure of a brave young slime traveling the world as he faces life-altering decisions that transcend generations. You - a hero in the making - determine your own path, choose your slime wife, and befriend a wagonload of quirky slimes along the way. Indulge in the colorful Dragon Quest world created by Yuji Horii, combined with the charming characters and monsters designed by Akira Toriyama and memorable soundtrack from famed composer Koichi Sugiyama to create an unforgettable gaming experience.

Jyardana 2:
Jyardana wrote: »
How many entries are we allowed?


edit- here is the other Idea I had

DragonQuest RTS

playing the original on NES helps for the storyline :)

The intro:

Your country is in ruins.

Stricken by drought, your land has dried and withered.

The solitary passage off of your island nation was destroyed by earthquake.

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Even your powerful magic is not enough to help.

While your people are dying, across the sea the Kingdom of Alefgard is prospering.

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You have beseeched them for aide, but alas none has arrived. The kingdom of Alefgard is blessed by a magical ball of light and warmth: they have a year round growing season. They either do not care or simply wish you and your people to perish.
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All was lost and in your despair you paced your castle endlessly.

Until....

Where is that draft coming from? A tunnel?

Delving deeper and deeper you find what seems to be the lair of a creature...no, a Dragon!

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A magnificent beast, matching your skill in magic with sheer strength and size, it bows before you and obeys your command.

Is this fate?

If Alefgard will not help your dying people then they must be overthrown.

You are the Dragonlord.



Take to the skies as the Dragonlord and command your legion of Dragons onward to victory. Wage war with neighboring villages such as Hauksness and Rimuldar to cut the supply lines to Alefgard. Alefgard will not be taken easily, however. The legendary general of Alefgard's army, Erdrick, is said to be personally out for your head. Do you have what it takes to save your people from certain death from starvation?

Aneurhythmia
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SHIBUYA, Tokyo, Japan — July 17, 2010 — Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd., a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today announced that Dragon Quest Monster Paint Sword 2(Doragon Kuesuto ni Koichi Densetsu 2)(TM) is coming to the Nintendo Wii video gaming computer. Dragon Quest Monster Paint Sword 2, the latest masterwork in Enix’s long-running Dragon Quest® series, will be a revolutionary take on the seminal classic, setting course for a new chapter in classic gaming.

A Hidden Legacy

For the next chapter in this dynasty of excellence, Square Enix aims to deliver the most creative Dragon Quest experience yet. In Dragon Quest Monster Paint Sword 2, imagination is the star of the game.

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“We are thrilled to finally be able to announce Dragon Quest Monster Paint Sword 2,” said Yūji Horii, creator of the Dragon Quest series. “This is the Dragon Quest game I have always wanted to make.”

"I called this game Monster Paint Sword 2, because it is a spiritual sequel to my original design for the Dragon Quest game. I have always wanted to release a free-form painting adventure, but in the 1980s, a painting game would have brought much shame to my family. I remember my father banging on the door to my room, demanding to know what I was doing at my computer. I quickly drew eyeballs on a paint drip I had coded. 'This is a slime,' I told him. 'It is a monster, for an RPG.' He acted content with my choice of a traditional Japanese profession, but I think he always knew what I was really doing all night at my terminal. That is why I have dedicated this new game to his ghost."

A Crucial Development: No Music Composition

Mario Paint broke a lot of cultural barriers with its success. Indeed, Horii credits it with making Dragon Quest Monster Paint Sword 2 possible. The Square Enix development team was delighted to have Noriaki Teramoto consult early on in the design process. "We learned one very important thing from the Mario Paint team's efforts," said Horii. "No Music Mode. Teramoto stressed to us how important it was that Goatmon not be able to make music with our game. It was invaluable advice. It probably saved the early development of this game."

A New Style of Play

DQMPS2 features an innovative adventure mode in which the player interacts with monsters in exhilerating first-person turn-based combat through a gestural art attack which is then rated by the game's advanced AI art critic.
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The critic assigns the artistic works a score based on process and technique. Some pieces may also earn a descriptive modifier which affects stats and cultural opinion.
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The Motion Plus technology has been utilized for precise tracking of the artist's movements. This is represented on screen by a high tech lens flare. While the lens flare may be beautiful, it is also useful as a stun attack against lower level enemies.

Free-D Paint Mode

DQMPS2 can be combined with a new Wii video game computer controller peripheral, the Wii Boar Bristle Brush Blade to enable DQMPS2's Free-D Paint Mode.
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In Free-D Paint Mode, the artist can connect real world work with the game's critical interface.
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Here, the system analyzes the gestures made with the DQMPS2BBBBrush at Stale's ex-wife's house. If the ex-wife does not appreciate the critic's review, the artist may then have the option to experience the game's ultra-realistic real-time prison mode.

Look for Dragon Quest Monster Paint Sword 2 this holiday season to experience the next movement in gaming, which can never be comparable to an artistic movement. Also look for the compatible DQMPS2:E for NDS/DSi/DSXL/3DS which links your Nintendo DS to the action.
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Select your winner!

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    RaneadosRaneados police apologist you shouldn't have been there, obviouslyRegistered User regular
    edited July 2010
    That's not Dragonquest that's obviously Dragonball Z

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    Dee KaeDee Kae Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Dragon Quest Monsters was suuuuuuuuuuuuper fun. Pokemon had noffin on dat.

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    JansonJanson Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Same artist, and he really only has three faces.

    The hairstyles, Rane, the hairstyles. They differ...sort of!

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    I'd Fuck Chuck Lidell UpI'd Fuck Chuck Lidell Up Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Raneados wrote: »
    That's not Dragonquest that's obviously Dragonball Z

    when asked about the story in their newest release SquareEnix was quotes as saying it was "TO GO EVEN FURTHER BEYOND!" previous installments

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    JansonJanson Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Dee Kae wrote: »
    Dragon Quest Monsters was suuuuuuuuuuuuper fun. Pokemon had noffin on dat.

    I have not played Monsters. Perhaps I ought to...

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    BucketmanBucketman Call me SkraggRegistered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Yeah the art style is totally Akira Toriyama style. Which I love.

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    DoobhDoobh She/Her, Ace Pan/Bisexual 8-) What's up, bootlickers?Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Bucketman wrote: »
    Yeah the art style is totally Akira Toriyama style. Which I love.

    yes

    it's his style

    because it's him

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    JansonJanson Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Koshian wrote: »
    I really can't stand toriyama's style

    Neither can I...except in the games themselves.

    It translates very well to little sprites.

    But otherwise...ugh!

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    BucketmanBucketman Call me SkraggRegistered User regular
    edited July 2010
    My friend John got me a plush Slime from Japan, he is my favorite.

    Also I am terrible at Photoshop but I was going to do a thing where I took the box art from "Dragon Ball Z budokai tenkaichi 3" and change the name to Dragon Warriors Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3, and then replace the DBZ characters faces with Dragon Quest 5 characters.

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    Dr.FunkensteinDr.Funkenstein Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    anything in any way related to dragonball is a-ok with me

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    Penguin IncarnatePenguin Incarnate King of Kafiristan Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    I've always liked Dragon Quest's artwork. It's charming, which a lot of anime doesn't really have. Hell, most art-- fantastic, Japanese, or other-- doesn't have the same charm.

    I can look at DQ's art and think, "Hey, things are going to be alright."

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    I'd Fuck Chuck Lidell UpI'd Fuck Chuck Lidell Up Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Koshian wrote: »
    Bucketman wrote: »
    My friend John got me a plush Slime from Japan, he is my favorite.

    Also I am terrible at Photoshop but I was going to do a thing where I took the box art from "Dragon Ball Z budokai tenkaichi 3" and change the name to Dragon Warriors Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3, and then replace the DBZ characters faces with Dragon Quest 5 characters.

    how would you even be able to tell the difference

    you're not supposed to say it you're just supposed to repost the picture

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    JansonJanson Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    I did like Dragon Quest 5's 'twist':
    That you're constantly told, growing up, about the legendary hero who shall one day come, and of course you assume it's you, and then you find the legendary hero's sword and...you can't wield it.

    And it turns out the legendary hero is your son, and your part is to be the father and cause him to be born/protect him.

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    Dr.FunkensteinDr.Funkenstein Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    I've always liked Dragon Quest's artwork. It's charming, which a lot of anime doesn't really have. Hell, most art-- fantastic, Japanese, or other-- doesn't have the same charm.

    I can look at DQ's art and think, "Hey, things are going to be alright."

    and then you get owned by a giant booger with a crown on its head

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    Dee KaeDee Kae Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Janson wrote: »
    Dee Kae wrote: »
    Dragon Quest Monsters was suuuuuuuuuuuuper fun. Pokemon had noffin on dat.

    I have not played Monsters. Perhaps I ought to...

    The first installment is what I'm talking about. The one for the gameboy. There is DQM Joker for the DS but it's mildly lackluster for some odd reason. Just not enough pokemon.

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    George Fornby GrillGeorge Fornby Grill ...Like Clockwork Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Playing Hand of the Heavenly Bride right now
    Just about to go
    rescue Prince Harry
    I never got past the next major plot point the last time I played

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    JansonJanson Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Ah, you should, there is so much more to the game!

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    CrashmoCrashmo Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    I want these games. Perhaps I should compete!

    Nobody else compete, so I can win!

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    Macro9Macro9 Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Getting this probably today. Journey of the Cursed King is still the best one. I will cut anyone that says otherwise.

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    GoatmonGoatmon Companion of Kess Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Macro9 wrote: »
    Getting this probably today. Journey of the Cursed King is still the best one. I will cut anyone that says otherwise.

    That was fun!

    But I got bored after reaching the next continent and never finished it.

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    DE?ADDE?AD Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Would it be in poor taste for me to enter?

    I'm thinking probably.

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    KusuguttaiKusuguttai __BANNED USERS regular
    edited July 2010
    im going to enter this because i want dragon quest IX so bad it hurts

    edit: i already have the perfect idea
    everyone else should just quit now and kill themselves in embarrassment

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    SquallSquall hap cloud Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    I've been told to play these games

    but I have such a huge backlog and no time hurg

    also was there a deadline in that OP that I missed?

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    KusuguttaiKusuguttai __BANNED USERS regular
    edited July 2010
    Dear Janson and Moriveth,
    Here is my entry

    With love,
    Kusu
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    the first image is there because why not and also i was going to have them in the mirthmobile in the background but who cares

    thanks to worthless lurker for the idea, even though all he did was post whatever he posted here.

    also i just realized that in the second picture it should be 'because I'M' not 'because it's'

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    The Sneak!The Sneak! Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    had to call in sick, have a migraine and horrible sore throat, but i had to post how much i approve this thread and gush about my love for dragon quest

    picked this up yesterday and it is so good so far

    going to die now

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    Zen VulgarityZen Vulgarity What a lovely day for tea Secret British ThreadRegistered User regular
    edited July 2010
    You should also pick up Dragon Quest 8.

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    HyperAquaBlastHyperAquaBlast Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    DQ9 took my whold day yesterday. I like simple JRPGs a lot but not in a addicted way. I had to force myself to stop playing and go to bed.

    I bought DQ5 back in March but I got stuck in some dungeon pretty early in the game and I never went back which sucks since I was enjoying myself.

    I also don't like Toriyamas style at all. Neat factoid: This artstyle with their larger foreheads and tiny eyes actually make me queasy if I look at them too long. True story.

    Still waiting to see some blackface in DQ9.

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    Zen VulgarityZen Vulgarity What a lovely day for tea Secret British ThreadRegistered User regular
    edited July 2010
    No

    Really

    Pick up Dragon Quest 8

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    KwoaruKwoaru Confident Smirk Flawless Golden PecsRegistered User regular
    edited July 2010
    So I've owned a few Dragon Quest Monsters games, and I loved them like I love all things even remotely similar to Pokémon.

    The color full pictures and words of praise have convinced me to buy a game from the main series.

    Is there a story that extends from one game to the next or can I just jump in?

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    MorivethMoriveth BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWNRegistered User regular
    edited July 2010
    I don't like the way Toriyama draws people, but I like pretty much everything else in the games. The people just look... kinda weird.

    Also, I just got a DSi XL. This thing is awesome and kinda huge.

    And don't DQIV and DQV have some sort of online functionality? Or is that just local multiplayer?

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    IloveslimesIloveslimes Everett, WARegistered User regular
    edited July 2010
    From what I remember, DQIX has a mode that lets you get random dungeon maps off of people via wireless. There's a famous map in Japan that someone found that is all metal king slimes, so it was perfect for getting levels.

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    MorivethMoriveth BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWNRegistered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Kwoaru wrote: »
    So I've owned a few Dragon Quest Monsters games, and I loved them like I love all things even remotely similar to Pokémon.

    The color full pictures and words of praise have convinced me to buy a game from the main series.

    Is there a story that extends from one game to the next or can I just jump in?

    Nope, there are some extremely vague references to some of the games in some of the other games, but that's all.

    The world even changes every game.

    I'd definitely recommend DQ5, but that's just my personal preference.

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    JansonJanson Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Squall wrote: »
    I've been told to play these games

    but I have such a huge backlog and no time hurg

    also was there a deadline in that OP that I missed?

    No, but we probably should state one!

    Like....a week hence?

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    SquallSquall hap cloud Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    maybe I'll make something up if I find time!

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    MorivethMoriveth BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWNRegistered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Bonus points for Deadly Premonition references*



    *Points do not affect your chances of winning**







    **But they do affect your chance of me liking you

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    DoobhDoobh She/Her, Ace Pan/Bisexual 8-) What's up, bootlickers?Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Dragon Quest: Dragon Premonitions

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    MorivethMoriveth BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWNRegistered User regular
    edited July 2010
    What do you think, slime?

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    OrikaeshigitaeOrikaeshigitae Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited July 2010
    hey mori i got a 360 and i bought deadly premonition but then my 360 exploded

    so now i just have deadly premonition

    gonna repair the 360 and play it eventually, but i thought you'd like to know because i was excited

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    MorivethMoriveth BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWNRegistered User regular
    edited July 2010
    I read that in the AW thread!

    I hope you enjoy DP when you can play it. I know it looks like a turd but the story is amazingly bizarre.

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    Cilla BlackCilla Black Priscilla!!! Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    So excited for this game, even though I'm still disappointed they moved from the original idea of an action-RPG just to the standard faire of DQ. Which is still fine, but having a hyper-polished portable action-rpg would be all kinds of awesome.

    Unfortunately my DS is a state away so it'll be a while till I can actually play. :x Tempted to get the DS xl. The screens are friggin huge.

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