I’m sure that if you enjoy Dragon Quest like me, you’re tired of waiting for the game to be localized. (Yes, I speak Japanese, but I find that I enjoy my RPGs more in my native language. I’m lazy.) It’ll still be a while before it crosses the ocean, but in the meantime, we can all see what Japan is saying about it, right?
Kotaku has been doing some legwork following the new release of Dragon Quest IX in Japan, and there’s a pretty big split in the ratings so far. First, they found that Amazon Japan customers were completely trashing DQIX in their reviews, with 1 star ratings outpacing any of the other scores. The chief complains were about the level of graphics on the DS, the fact that costume changes were important to the game (See Final Fantasy X-2, Ar Tonelico, and Cross Edge for other examples of this) and a ganguro-esque fairy named Sandy.
On the flipside, there is the perfect 40/40 rating that Famitsu has given DQIX. Traditionally, Famitsu has given high scores to Square Enix games, but this is the first Dragon Quest title to get a perfect score and only the 10th in the history of the magazine. They rave about the gameplay, that it is enjoyable for both veteran fans and newcomers alike, and that the soundtrack and inclusion of multiplayer were both great.
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