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Dragon Quest IV by Square Enix




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  • Alcohol Reference
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  • Mild Fantasy Violence
  • Mild Language
  • Simulated Gambling
  • Suggestive Themes
Dragon Quest IV is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 12.
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  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Category: Role-Playing
  • Players:1 Player

Product Details:

A prestigious army captain, an adventurous princess seeking to test her skills beyond palace walls, a humble merchant aspiring to open his own shop, and two sisters who wish to avenge their father's death... These seemingly unrelated individuals will soon cross paths when fate brings them together to journey alongside you, the hero. Dive into this unique adventure, and discover an epic tale told through the experiences and emotions of characters from all walks of life.

For the first time, a full-fledged DRAGON QUEST adventure arrives on Nintendo DS with DRAGON QUEST IV: Chapters of the Chosen. The brainchild of series creator Yuji Horii, the DRAGON QUEST series has continued to excite and enchant players with its engaging storylines, charming characters designed by world-famous manga artist Akira Toriyama and imaginative worlds complemented by the memorable scores of renowned composer Koichi Sugiyama.

Experience an adventure of epic proportions, presented through a unique portrayal of multiple character perspectives. While retaining the classic look and feel of the original release, this remake breathes new life into a much-loved entry in the DRAGON QUEST series with 3D graphics, dual screen presentation and newly animated monsters.
  • Embark on a journey to explore the land, seas and skies of the DRAGON QUEST universe in this grand entry from the Zenithia Trilogy. Soon to follow are DRAGON QUEST V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride and DRAGON QUEST VI: Realms of Reverie, never before released in North America.
  • 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.
  • Experience the world of DRAGON QUEST through the perspectives of multiple characters with a unique, chapter-driven storyline
  • Journey through a beautifully rendered 3D world, with dynamic dual screen presentation and newly animated monsters.
  • Enjoy an all-new English translation that incorporates 13 known dialects from around the globe, bringing the diverse world and characters of DRAGON QUEST to life.
  • Unravel the ancient mystery behind a cursed kingdom by expanding your town via Chance Encounter mode, available through local wireless connection.


Game Details

Number of Players
1 Player

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    Game Informer Rating:

    Rated 7.0 out of 10 by Game Informer.

    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun but confusing. This game is fun but it's really confusing on what to do. Also I'd rate the story part of the game only a 6.7 out of 10. But the battles are fun.
    Date published: 2012-07-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from People are Under Rating Dragon Quest IV People who are giving a 7 or under on a scale through 1-10 just DON"T get the point.The game is a true clasic that stands out on it's own. I played this game for 3 months and I'm still not done beating the main story. The 5 chapers makes the game like 5 different video games combind into one epic most-get RPG.
    Date published: 2011-05-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Game This game is great. The Cover is not that good but the game itself is excellent.
    Date published: 2011-04-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Has its high points fun game was really disappointed with the lack of depth of story, even though they go into backgrounds of the individual characters which was okay but still lacked depth. Overall its dragon quest so its a good game though
    Date published: 2011-01-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compared to Other Dragon Quests I will admit that I have never actually played the old NES version of this particular game,so I have nothing to base this off of as compared to that.And even though I'm sure this a 150% step up from that from what I heard,this game is sorely lacking in the one area I appreciate most.Graphics. I have played Dragon Quest VIII on the PS2 and found myself completely ENAMORED so i decided(when I saw the game)to purchase it.And found myself a little bit shc=ocked,at the graphics.Which I can compare to as old GBA style graphics for the most part.Now I do realize that this is a remake but please!I bought the game hoping for a remake with a little modern graphics,like actual 3-D.Of course,I'm not expecting PS2 quality here considering it IS a portable system,and the 3-D rotation is very nice(if in my opinion a bit tedious),but I would like there to be at least travel scenes with more than just classic traveling.For me I guess I was just expecting alittle more and not just another GBA game,but maybe I was aiming a little too high.I guess the fact that it didn't let me use the touch screen wasn't selling me on the oiint that it played almost like a slightly enhanced GBA game. On the lighter side.I do like the way this game is played in Chapters,letting us know our characters background(which is a fresh change from having to play every game before the one you have to understand the full story) and I do like the use of the two screens.The music,as always with a dragon quest game from what I see,was very catchy and made playing the game enjoyable. Overall I would reccommend this game to people who will see this a s a remake as an old NES game and those people really only.You can't really expect much in the way of an exciting new way to play the game as a DS game as you might as well have put this out for the GBA but some poeple will enjoy it if they like the classic RPG playing system.However,it sort of isn't my cup of tea.
    Date published: 2009-01-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic RPG for DS I have been a RPG fan dating back to the early 80's. If you are a true RPG genre player you must buy this game! This is the first remake to reach the USA shores regarding the Dragon Quest series or known in the US as Dragon Warrior. Dragon Quest IV DS is a remake of the original game for the Nintendo NES Dragon Warrior IV. In Japan (Dragon Quest as it's called in Japan) - did see a reprise for the Super Famicom for Dragon Quest I, II, in one Cartridge & Dragon Quest III Reprise. Dragon Quest IV did not appear on the Super Famicom in Japan. Dragon Quest V, and VI did however make it to the Super Famicom in Japan. I have played the Dragon Quest IV Japan version and the USA Version. I have played them entirely from start to finish. The Japanese version and USA version are the same. It's nice to see that Square-Enix kept the game in conjunction between the US version and Japanese version. For the very first time Dragon Quest IV - V - & VI will be revised for USA RPG players. I would recommend the Dragon Quest IV - V - & VI to any DS RPG fan. My personal opinion - the Dragon Quest series are far more dynamic fighting in the 3D perspective. It's about time the USA players can enjoy the Dragon Quest series for the DS. Final Fantasy I - II - IV & VII has been the only other RPG to keep up with Dragon Quest games in my RPG book. I really hope to see more Dragon Quest games make it to the USA! I hope that Square-Enix in the USA will do a remake of the Dragon Quest III reprise Super Famicom edition for the Sony PSP! If you like the good old days of RPG nostalgia - buy DRAGON QUEST IV for the Nintendo DS!
    Date published: 2008-12-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from such a great game I never played the original dragon quest games but from this game right here I would highly recommend this game to everyone. This game was so well planned out and the storyline and the characters how the story is split up into 5 parts and the characters all come together. I have been playing this game non stop since I got it last week. I got it used with a discount so I got it for around 30 bucks but I would have payed the full forty otherwise. The controls are good and easy to use but I wish the ds touch screen would have been used at all because it's no use at all in this game. Also the music is real good too and it gets stuck in your head, ha-ha. Overall I would grade this game a solid A because of the depth of the story and how the game is played and I would highly recommend this game to anyone who loves RPG's.
    Date published: 2008-11-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect RPG for a fan of the NES series My favorite types of games are RPG's, and even though I'm spoiled by more current games within the genre (MMO's like Warcraft), I still enjoy playing the more linear, turn based RPG's from 15-20 years ago. I was extremely excited to see DQ4 make it's way to the DS, it was one of my favorite all time RPG's on the old NES, even more so than the Final Fantasy series. Overall an excellent game, very well done storeline. The game is divided into 5 chapters: the first 4 are fairly easy to complete, and give the perspective of 4 separate storylines on a wide range of characters, all with their own unique quests (one chapter focuses on a warrior class playing solo, another focuses on group play with a mage & warrior, etc). The 5th chapter is very very long, and merges the 4 prior chapter stories with the main story about the hero; this is where the game really begins. As the hero begins his/her travels, the hero eventually meets up and joins all the prior chapters characters. It's a lot of fun to see what happened to your characters after their chapters ended but before the hero meets them; each of the first 4 chapters all end in a cliff hanger as well. Start to finish, definitely one of the best epic storylines in an RPG; definitely the first time I saw the overlapping of multiple story arcs within one game. Very in depth gameplay that moves at a good pace, I never feel as if I'm getting slowed down by endless grinding just to advance; as long as you fight most of the monsters you encounter while completing quests, you will level up at a good rate & be able to buy the best weapons/armor for all party members. Not overly challenging for the die hard RPG'ers, but still enough of a challenge that you will get well above 40 hours of game play. What is also nice is that even when you have upwards of 12 characters in your party, and only 4 can participate in battle at a time, the other characters not in battle still earn experience & level up, thus avoiding a ton of pointless grinding. Controls are pretty standard, game does not require the use of the stylus pen, which I never thought was a good option for RPG's anyway. No memory option for the battle user interface, so you every time you want to repeat the prior fight's commands, you have to reselect everything, but that's only a minor inconvenience. The graphics are on par with most 16-bit games, and Square/Enix did a good job revamping them, very colorful & adding cut scenes and animating the battle sequences. The music is also really well done, but very repetitive; it's the same background score for every town/castle/house, and for some reason the underlying bass line is super annoying to me. I do have one major complaint, that I've also seen mentioned in other reviews; the translation is the worst I've ever seen (yes, even worse than "all your base are belong to us"). I'd say you have to read about 80% of the in game text mulitple times to understand it, I mean you can figure out what the NPC's are trying to say, but some of the text is one step above gibberish. How hard is it to plug Japanese into an auto-translator, then run a spell check? If I can do it through any number of free websites, why can't one of the largest & wealthiest game companies not do it better? Overall though, definitely worth buying & playing, whether new to the genre or an experiened gamer. Still just as fun as I remember, and maybe we'll get some DQ's that were released in Japan only brought over to the US.
    Date published: 2008-10-16
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