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Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker

by Square Enix
Nintendo DS
 Everyone 10+
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
Price: CDN$ 45.99
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  • Platform:   Nintendo DS
  • ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun game! Nov. 12 2009
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
DQM: Joker is square enix's newest monster collecting game. If you like pokemon or monster rancher I suggest purchasing this, it's somewhere in between the two. Unlike what some claim this game to be, a clone of the pokemon series, I personally enjoy it much more. I find the game has more dimensions to it, especially with the ability to "synthesize" your old monsters into new and improved ones. Having played the two prior english releases (dragon warrior monsters I and II) I find this better in some ways and worse in others. It's a shorter game but had endless playability -- as most monster collecting games do. DQm: joker is a 3d game which adds a very neat element and even though some of the models are reused the game doesn't get old quickly. I would suggest this game to anyone who likes devoting time and strategy to a game, however, if you're looking for a fast paced, action game this isn't the product for you.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  28 reviews
45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a Pokemon Wanna-be Nov. 8 2007
By David Michael Xanatos - Published on Amazon.com
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Dragon Quest Monsters initially began as Enix's answer to Pokemon. However, since it's beginnings on the Gameboy, it has grown into so much more than just a Pokemon clone. Dragon Quest Monsters Joker has its own spin on the "gotta catch'em all" philosophy. First of all, rather than using "pokeballs", you must impress Monsters using your Scout abilities to get them to join you. The higher rank the monster is, the more powerful your team must be to impress it. Second, your team consists of 3 primary monsters and 3 backup monsters. During battle, you are allowed to have out 3 monsters, but you cannot switch to your backups during battle, making for some difficult fights. Monsters level up in the style of Dragon Quest 8, where you gain skill points in addition to stat boosts that you can allocate as you see fit to the monster's skills. Monsters can use spells and abilities just like in the regular Dragon Quest games. Third, rather than breeding monsters, monsters are synthesized to create new breeds of monsters.

The main difference between this game and the regular Dragon Quest series is that rather than have random monster encounters, you can actually see the monsters on the field. This is great because you don't have to go through the guesswork of having to encounter the monster you want as you do in Pokemon. You can just walk around until you see it, then run up to it! Personally I like being able to see the monsters before I fight them so I don't have to waste time looking for certain ones. Also, the monsters respawn at a fairly rapid rate, so you don't have to worry about running out of monsters to fight when leveling up. An interesting part of this is that as you explore, you may notice certain strange objects in the area. These are actually indicators of rare monsters that may show up in that area. For instance on an early level, you walk by a campfire and some giant stones that look like dumb-bells. If you come back, you might encounter a Gigantes in that area!

As if that were not enough, Dragon Quest Monsters Joker also has an online battle portion where you pit your team against other teams on a regional, national or global scale to find out who's the best. Unlike other games where your only reward is bragging rights, this game has in game rankings and you earn items and monsters for each victory!

Dragon Quest Monsters offers solid gameplay on par with the main Dragon Quest series. With over 200 monsters to choose from, excellent online play and a great storyline, this is one game that is not to be missed!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Aug. 20 2008
By M. Diaz - Published on Amazon.com
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
What can I say, DQMJ offers some of the most unique and interesting ideas into what appears to be a Pokemon clone. Even though the DQM series was inspired by Pokemon, the game and the series in and of itself offers inovative ideas to the "catch em all" formula. So let's begin. What sets this game apart from Pokemon?

-you can have 3 monsters in battle at once
-none of the monsters are rip offs of Pokemon monsters, they all appear in past DQ games
-monsters have skill sets which harbor a decent number of skills and each monsters can have up to 3 skill sets, offering a large number of skills on one monsters( lot more than Pokemon's 4)
-the breeding *Ahem* the synthesising system( it really is breeding but probably some people thought they didn't want their children to know that male and female = baby) is much deeper than Pokemon's breeding system
-ultimate monsters are created through repeated synthesising, which means if you like grinding to get higher numbers(ex. Disgaea) this game is for you
-in many ways the game is superior to Pokemon, although Pokemon offers better story and a more interesting catching system

Whew. Ok. So whats the goods right? If you like numbers, if you like struggling to make a monster better then you will love this game. The story is decent, but that is not where this game shines. Everything revolves around making bettter monsters and if you have wifi you will find that you will have to create some of the best monsters the game offers in order to have a chance at online play. A lot of hours will be spent on getting prepared to be a fair contender online(is Pokemon for Wii any different?). if you hate grinding, stay away form this game. This game is for grinding lovers, nough said. It's a great game, but it is NOT for everybody. Don't look at this as a role playing game because it's really not. It's a "catch em all" game. I really believe "catch em all" should be an actual game genre, because none of the the "catch em all" games feel like true RPGs. So if you are looking for some great epic story with many loveable characters, again, stay away. If you liked Pokemon you will likely fall in love with this game. It is a must buy for such players!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A new version of a childhood favorite Jan. 25 2009
By Heather Evans - Published on Amazon.com
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I picked up Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker because I remembered playing the original Dragon Quest Monsters when it came out (I was in middle school at the time) and enjoyed the game.

I have to say, the series is still really fun. I'm about halfway through now and haven't been able to put it down. Since it's a monster battling game, it's tempting to compare it to Pokemon, but they're two entirely different games. DQMJ offers a lot of customization in terms of monsters and skill sets, which is what makes the game so much fun. Gameplay is excellent.

On the downside, the story isn't really that strong and there is a lot of grinding required. Which is good when I have time to kill on the bus, but it tends to make the game drag a bit. In addition, the story isn't very strong and there's no real connection with the main character-or any of the characters.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a game!! March 24 2008
By Rose M. J. - Published on Amazon.com
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Unlike a lot of other reviewers, this is my first in the DQM series, although after reading about the earlier ones, I want to play them. :)

I'm an avid gamer, and DQM has to go in my top ten list of all-time favourite games. I love a game with depth and extendability and this has both. As one other reviewer so aptly stated, "This game is easy to pick up and hard to put down". I have about 350 hours of gameplay in DQM, and still going strong.

I have only one issue and it's not with the game. Square Enix does not police the online tournaments for hackers anywhere near as much as they should, and yet they give a big warning at the beginning of every online game about hackers being disqualified.

Other than that, I have only wonderful things to say about DQM. If you don't have it .. do yourself a big favor. :)
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a pokemon in sight, but a monster battling game all the same Feb. 4 2008
By Dan - Published on Amazon.com
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I was a little worried when I first thought about getting this game; I knew it had the Dragon Quest name on it, so I thought it should be good. But, from game play descriptions (and my own imagination), I was a little worried I might be buying a slightly more "mature" pokemon game. Thankfully, I was wrong, and what I ended up with is one of the most-addictive, fun, and time consuming games that I've played for the DS. For those of you who've played Dragon Quest 8 for the Playstation 2, the game plays much like DQ8 does if you have a monster party fight for you. And of course there's scouting to allow you to get new monsters; you must impress the "wild" enemies by a show of force from your current monsters (basically a regular attack that does no damage). Other than that it's a fairly typical RPG, but instead of just leveling up your monsters, you can also combine ("synthesize") monsters to create new, more powerful ones. The story is a little weak, but the fantastic game play more than makes up for it. Plus you can battle over wi-fi against your friends' monster teams to see how you both stack up. Overall a very solid game; DQ fans should definitely pick it up, and so should most fans of RPGs.
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