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Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies

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Nintendo DS
 Everyone 10+
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Platform:   Nintendo DS
  • ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies is an action RPG designed specifically for handheld play on the DSi. The ninth game in the beloved Japanese Dragon Quest series, like its predecessors Sentinels of the Starry Skies features third-person oriented turn-based battles and a deep combo/multiplier system. In addition to this the game possess powerful new features including multiplayer and online functionality, extensive customization options, new play modes and a means to share content with other players

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Battle screen from Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Sky
Turn-based, combo-driven combat.
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Wireless multiplayer screen from Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Sky
4-player multi-card game support.
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Character customization screen from Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Sky
Extensive customization options.
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Cutscene from Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Sky
Dramatic, yet seamless cutscenes.
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An Epic Adventure that Everyone Can Join
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies lets players enjoy an adventure that is entirely their own, yet can be shared with others anywhere, anytime. Players begin their adventure as an angel-like guardian. In order to achieve a heavenly design players are sent to the world of mortals to retrieve the magical fruits of a sacred tree. These fruit have the power to grant wishes, but are also perilous, containing the unexpected power to transform those who eat of them into monsters. Together with up to three friends players must battle those transformed beings, and in the process improve their angelic skills and regain the heavenly fruit in order to gain their heavenly reward.

Players can create their own heroes, deciding how they would like their face, hair and clothing to look. As the story unfolds, players become stronger, smarter and more powerful, and can create custom companions to join their group as well. Players will also have fun discovering more than 900 pieces of clothing, armor, weapons and other items that will provide them with a unique appearance and special abilities. Even occupations can be customized and changed at any time. Players can take on one of a dozen different jobs with varying strengths, weaknesses, spells and skills.

Fast-paced turn-based battles unfold as players decide what to do and then view cinematic action scenes. This format rewards careful thinking and strategy over quick reflexes. The more foes players defeat, the stronger their characters become. In the lead up to conflicts, talking with different characters will unfold the story and point players toward their next mission. All quests come with a reward, which might be anything from a rare item to a new, unlocked occupation.

Tag Mode
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies includes the interactive Tag Mode that allows players to keep the game active even while their Nintendo DS system is stored in their pocket, purse or backpack. When two players come within range of one another, Tag Mode enables them to wirelessly--and automatically--exchange character information, customized greetings and treasure maps. These treasure maps allow players to find otherwise inaccessible dungeons called grottoes featuring special boss monsters and even rare items.

Social Play Aspects
One of the most enticing things about Sentinels of the Starry Skies are its many social aspects built into its gameplay. First, you need never be alone. Special multiplayer modes let players share their adventure with others, allowing up to four players to team up via a local wireless connection and experience the fun of tackling challenging monsters and dungeons cooperatively with their own characters. Players can even leave the game active in their backpacks, pockets or purses and still interact with other players via an interactive Tag Mode. In addition, information about players' characters can be wirelessly transmitted to others. Also the game contains treasure maps that allow players to find otherwise inaccessible special dungeons called grottoes, which can contain rare items or enemies. In Tag mode, treasure maps and customized greetings can be exchanged automatically by players who come within range of one another. Finally, players with wireless broadband Internet access can visit an online shop to find new items or download additional quests. The selection of items changes daily. Some downloadable quests will continue the main storyline of the game, while others offer standalone missions or quests themed to a particular time of year.

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Sky 1UP Best DS Game of E3 Winner

Key Game Features

  • Handheld action RPG action where players engage in epic quests in undiscovered lands filled with dangerous monsters and untold stories
  • Connect locally with up to three friends in cooperative gameplay modes
  • Customization allowing you to create your own hero, either male or female, changing your hair, face, body style and equipping them from a selection of over 1,000 in-game items including weapons, shields, armor and accessories
  • Wireless features that allow access to changing exclusive items and quests
  • In-game treasure maps that reveal otherwise inaccessible special dungeons called grottoes, which can contain rare items or enemies
  • Gameplay with differing stories and missions depending on NPCs encountered

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This is an engrossing and addictive game, despite its significant limitations. For instance, since your playable characters are (for the overwhelmingly most part) made by you, there are few animated scenes, the protagonist is silent, and the plot isn't so much soul-searching as it is episodic. These thing have their ups and downs. Some of the non-player characters are quite well done, though.

The battle system is antiquated by modern standards. Final Fantasy V was the first Final Fantasy game in which you could take your actions at any time, and fans new to Dragon Quest will wonder why they have to set all their actions prior to every turn, something that should have been done away with ages ago. The job and skill system is onerous - it takes forever to learn skills, unless you do it in a "roundabout" way. There really should have been some kind of ability points system, like Final Fantasy V's perhaps? Not that I was particularly fond of FFV, but if you're going to have a game with jobs you might as well crib from that.

Considering that the environments are all rendered with game-graphics (think Xenogears as opposed to Final Fantasy VII-IX), they're quite engaging and manage not to be *too* similar.

The postgame is a game in itself, and you will have finished everything by the time Korea reunites.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Digital Tiger TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   

* Characters are customizable.

* NPC's are fun and interesting.

* Combat is turn based and straight forward.

* No more random encounters, monsters are viewable on the world screen.

* Less pointless combat that just wastes time.

* Beautiful graphics that enhance the gameplay experience.

* Lots of side quests.

* More fleshed out story then in previous DQ games.

* Characters appearance changes when armor and weapons are changed.

* Tons of different monsters and equipment.

* Improved AI.

* Don't lose experience if your party gets wiped out.


* Common actions in town like saving at the church and banking still have too much dialog.

* Combat is too easy and lacks challenge.

* Getting key items for the alchemy pot takes up too much time and is boring.

* Unlocking some of the classes requires completing annoying side quests.

* Most of the side quests are boring and are a waste of time.

* All of the playable characters are created by you and have no background or personalities.

The gameplay is standard like most turn based rpg's, you control a party of characters and you save the world with them by undergoing many quests that lead up to defeating powerful foes.

The graphics are very good for an ds game, they look and feel like an early ps2 game

The story is much more fleshed out for a DQ game compared to previous DQ games.

DQ 9 is packed with value. I spent 68 hours playing the main story and some of the side quests, but there are a lot of extra side quests that I didn't do. It's not unreasonable to believe it could take 100 hours or more to play all the content in this game.



STORY: 8/10

VALUE: 8/10

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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic RPG with a twist June 2 2014
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The game lives up to the hype. I've just started the dungeon delving and it looks promising for end game content. I also enjoyed the fact that you pretty much create your entire party.

Cons: The storyline, at least up to now is simplistic.

The game's mechanics makes this a definite grinder.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun RPG to run on my 3DS/2Ds May 13 2014
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There are not as much rpg games on the nintendo 3DS/2DS as I'd like, but fortunately there is quite an extensive library on the older DS system and the 3DS/2DS plays them very well. This is a nice rpg, I really like the story so far and the graphics are much better than I had expected for a DragonQuest game on the DS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected March 24 2014
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Excellent game, delivered on time and in the condition specified. Such a great game! So deep and addictive at times. I honestly did not expect the transition from console to handheld device to go as well as it did. Great stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite RPG Jan. 31 2014
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
A fantastic game with many moments that make me feel nostalgia even though I played it about 3 years ago. The story is beautiful and touching. Just play this now. Deep RPG systems, nice graphics and cutscenes for the DS and a fantastic soundtrack with a huge world to explore. The game is almost endless. I challenge you to truly complete everything in the game. After the story is over the content doubles. You haven't seen anything yet until you grab some friends and do some "Grotto Grinding" in the after game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great game, zippy shipping May 30 2013
By Adam
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Bought as a gift for a friend, he loves it. He always loved final fantasy and dragon warrior when he was younger.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's an awesome game. May 20 2013
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It's really fun, great controls, great music and story line, interesting characters, its all around amazing. definitely one of my favorite games.
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