Dragon Quest (Series)

A defining influence in the world of Japanese role-playing games, Yuji Horii’s long-running series may not be quite as well-known in the West as its stablemate Final Fantasy, but it takes a delightfully different approach to adventure that is well worth exploring if you’re an RPG enthusiast.


Developer: Various
Publisher: Square Enix
Available on: Famicom, NES, SNES, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, iOS, Android


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Delving Into Dragon Quest: Chapters of the Chosen - Welcome to the first installment of what will hopefully become a regular (though not necessarily scheduled) feature here on MoeGamer: Delving Into… The aim of this column is to give me the opportunity to catch up on and write about games and series which perhaps aren’t entirely practical to fit in to the monthly Cover … Continue reading Delving Into Dragon Quest: Chapters of the Chosen
Delving Into Dragon Quest: Chapters of the Chosen – #2 - Dragon Quest is a great example of what I like to think of as a “comfy game”. That is, the kind of game you can pick up and play, and immediately feel like you’re welcome in its world. There are certain series that do this very well. Gust’s Atelier games — particularly from the PS3 era onwards … Continue reading Delving Into Dragon Quest: Chapters of the Chosen – #2
Delving Into Dragon Quest: Chapters of the Chosen – #3 - I’ve been making good progress through Dragon Quest: Chapters of the Chosen so far. I think I might be nearing the end of the game. Or at least the end of the main story. So far I’ve been playing for about twenty hours or so, and the game has provided a pleasant amount of variety … Continue reading Delving Into Dragon Quest: Chapters of the Chosen – #3
Delving Into Dragon Quest: Hand of the Heavenly Bride – #1 - For one reason or another, fatherhood has always been a popular subject to explore through video games. Interestingly, when fatherhood is presented in a positive light (as opposed to stories of, for example, abusive or absent fathers) it tends to be with the player in the role of said father, rather than the child. But … Continue reading Delving Into Dragon Quest: Hand of the Heavenly Bride – #1
Delving into Dragon Quest: Hand of the Heavenly Bride – #2 - I’m about ten hours deep into Hand of the Heavenly Bride at the time of writing… and it’s been a highly enjoyable adventure so far. Last time, we talked a bit about how the prologue chapter of the game represents an interesting exploration of childhood and fatherhood. Now that my adventure “proper” is well underway, … Continue reading Delving into Dragon Quest: Hand of the Heavenly Bride – #2
Delving Into Dragon Quest: Hand of the Heavenly Bride – #3 - Exciting things have been happening in the world of Dragon Quest V, and I am thoroughly enraptured with this game. I can’t remember the last RPG that managed to make one’s adventure feel so simultaneously personal and meaningful to the broader context in which the narrative unfolds. But Hand of the Heavenly Bride does a wonderful job at this … Continue reading Delving Into Dragon Quest: Hand of the Heavenly Bride – #3
Delving Into Dragon Quest: Hand of the Heavenly Bride – #4 - I think I’m nearing the end of Hand of the Heavenly Bride. It’s just a feeling I have. As we’ve previously discussed, Dragon Quest is not generally a series for making a huge deal out of significant narrative moments, preferring to allow you to draw your own meaning from them rather than attempting to force you to … Continue reading Delving Into Dragon Quest: Hand of the Heavenly Bride – #4
Delving into Dragon Quest: Hand of the Heavenly Bride – #5 - I haven’t had as much time as I’d like to play Dragon Quest recently, but I took the time to play some at lunchtime today, and it reminded me of some things I’d like to talk about. What I’m going to talk about today relates to the series as a whole, but with the release … Continue reading Delving into Dragon Quest: Hand of the Heavenly Bride – #5
Delving into Dragon Quest: Hand of the Heavenly Bride – #6 - Okay, I got it wrong. I have not yet finished Hand of the Heavenly Bride, nor was I near to doing so. Well, actually, that might not quite be true. But I have been getting a little distracted on my way to what I can only assume is the final boss: first with grinding to get Bianca … Continue reading Delving into Dragon Quest: Hand of the Heavenly Bride – #6

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