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Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies (Nintendo DS)

Platform : Nintendo DS
4.5 out of 5 stars 98 customer reviews

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  • 4 player co-operative local communications gameplay
  • Carry the Nintendo DS in “Contact mode” and meet and exchange info with other players
  • Weekly downloadable content over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection
  • Create and customise characters for the first time in the series
  • Considered the most challenging Dragon Quest title in the series
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  • Platform:   Nintendo DS
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B003OUWU4C
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 13.8 x 1.6 cm ; 27 g
  • Release Date: 23 July 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,551 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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You will begin your Dragon Quest journey as an angel in the kingdom of Angels. You and your fellow angels are seeking to move into the God's Land, by helping and protecting your mortal town and earning the thanks of the villagers which intern will earn you ‘Sta Auras’ which are the key the God’s Land. But this is not to be as the kingdom of angels is attacked from below by a mysterious and powerful force. The force scatters the angels, and knocks your character into the mortal world, where you awaken without wings or a halo in the town you formerly protected. Having lost most of your angel powers, but the ability to see deceased and magical spirits, you must travel the mortal world to find a way back to the kingdom of angels.

You must help and protect the villagers to gain ‘Star Auras’ that will enable you to return to the kingdom of angels. You will need to immerse yourself in the role of the Angel and even customise your character before you begin to play, you will need to ensure that you are interacting with everyone and defeating enemies to gain the knowledge and ability to get back to your kingdom. Your will embark on an epic adventure protecting your mortal town participating in turn based battles against evil enemies notably the slimes.


Dragon Quest IX is a fully immersive role play adventure, with a strong storyline. You will really need to get in to character in this game as you customise your character using a wide variety of pre-set features to produce your own unique Angel, hair & eye colour clothes and many more features. The story for this game involves an array battling in an attempt to protect your village and gain ‘star auras’. The battling mode in Dragon Quest IX will allow you to attack, defend, cast a spell use items or flee but in addition to these features you may, use a ‘combo system’ where you can chain consecutive regular attacks on an enemy, each attack sees a cumulative multiplier applied to it.

Battles are essential to acquire experience points, which allow you to improve your character’s skill’s and strength’s. Furthermore battles will allow you to collect items as well as money to buy better equipment. Battles are a necessity to progress in this game so it is important that you hone your skills and acquire experience points to develop your battling abilities.

Each character will will have 12 attributes which will influence your efficiency to battle:

Power, Speed, Defence, Dexterity, Charm, Recovery magic, Attack Magic, Max HP (Hit Points), Max MP (magic points), Attack strength, Defence strength and stylishness

Dragon Quest IX will offer single player as well as 4 player co-operative multiplayer you can link with fiends to help one player in there game, battle alongside friends or help them progress. In addition to 4 player mode you can also enjoy ‘contact mode’ set you game and Nintendo DS system in local wireless communications and if you meet another player with the same setting you can share information, enter their world.

Weekly downloadable content via the Nintendo WiFi connection will allow you to every week download new content including quests which will reward you with new items and equipment as well as special events.

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I got this game about a month ago and have really enjoyed it so far. I wanted a game that was fun and light-hearted but also one that was in-depth enough I could get lost in it; being a Final Fantasy lover I was hoping for something similar!

This game is really good at easing you into it, starting off with simple tasks before you get into the real stuff. The monsters can be quite tough later on if you don't take time to level up enough in-between story-points, but it doesn't get too monotonous levelling up. I didn't realise when I bought the game that you basically create your own party in 1P mode; I thought characters joined you as you went along. While this is fun because you get to design your party members' looks and choose which skills they pursue, it does mean they are relatively non-descript, just to use as healers/attackers etc, rather than having any part in the story at all.

Overall the game is really good, I have just managed to aquire a ship to explore further and feel like even though I've spent a lot of time playing there is still a lot further to go. Doing side-quests bulks the game up further and it has kept my interest well, I would definitley recommend this game!
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It's a brave new direction for Dragon Quest. Much has been made of making this for DS, but I'm happy to report that it works well. If anything, it taps into DS's strength.

The beginning is a cliché : I started the game by customizing my main character, walked, talked and battled as you do, and it took a while to get to grips with the story and system. I was never quite sure how I should develop my character with the skill system, somewhat akin to DQ8. I stuck to the old RPG wisdom of "stick to the skill you started to develop", and narrowed down to 1 weapon skill and 1 class skill. A pretty good wisdom (to start off with, that is).

Some hours into the game, just as I begun to wonder whether I've missed the chance to form a party, I went through some events and an inn opened for business - I formed a party of 4, and the rest is history - I forgot myself as I got drawn into obsessively chasing that next big thing. I often talk about replay value in reviews. I won't this time; exhausting it the first time is long enough that you'd go truly mad to replay the lot.

The crux of the obsession for me boils down to 2 things: skill development and equipment upgrades. The main story is not the strongest I've seen, but it's intertwined with bewildering number of quests and character-development elements. The pace is set from around when you make your party, and after that you will find yourself obsessively pursuing your desires until you forget where on earth you were in the story. I actually recommend this sidetracking from the main plot. I can say that it's a great way to enjoy it, with the benefit of the hindsight.

It isn't without its faults.
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I play a lot of rpg games however don't own many on the ds. This is certainly a great game with lots of gameplay and the story continues once you finish the main storyline. You can change classes easily which is a good aspect and although you can't change your own players features once you create him/her at the beginning you can create your own guys that adventure with you which is pretty cool. And all weapons and armour is interchangeable which means you can change their costume which is a really good thing as you dont have to keep looking at the same guys throughout the whole game. Some bosses are a bit difficult at first but it's mostly a very good and very playable game. There is a lot of multilayer gameplay too which is good if you have wi-fi or another person with the game near you, but for those who dont (like myself) that section of the game remains distant although I am told it is very good :)
Even if you havent played any other dragon quest game like me it's still a very good game and if you like rpg's then I would suggest this.
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As a person who has never played a dragon quest game before I relied on online reviews to guide me upon whether to buy this or not. I would definitely recommend it for anyone over the age of about 9 as the game play is simple and easy. It has good graphics and a long story which is great for those of us who appreciate long term appeal. It has similar game play to pokemon, however a different storyline and I think that this game is completely worth buying
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A Kid's Review on 26 July 2010
I think this game is utterly brilliant, it always gives. For the first time i have ever played on a Dragon quest, i was overwelmed as i havent noticed the series before.

Dragon quest is fun, querky and sometimes funny. If you like RPGS this game go's down your street, but if you like other game genres this game you might like it.

The monsters i love, they are so imaginative and the graphics make them look brilliant. I am astounded as they have put a brilliant, massive, and really good graphics all into a tiny catridge.

This game is really good and fun, the story is massive and you can go out of a city and fight loads of cool monsters.

This game is for 12 to well any age. i think that this is the best game ever on ds.
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