#1 Posted by Shotgunblast97 (125 posts) -

<p>So what dragon quest game would you recommend to someone who has not played the series before and what dragon quest in the best representation of the series.</p>

#2 Posted by EnduranceFun (1114 posts) -

Dragon Quest VIII

#3 Edited by Blu3V3nom07 (4297 posts) -

Dragon Warrior I on NES. Quest? DQ VIII

#4 Posted by Branthog (5595 posts) -

I don't know that it necessarily matters. I know that I would really like to play from the beginning, but as is typical idiotic game industry fashion, that requires multiple handhelds, multiple consoles, a bunch of ebay hunting, etc... because putting out all the older ones on a cartridge for a 3ds for $60 would be too much work.

#5 Posted by Chaser324 (6716 posts) -

I recommend starting with either the DS remake of DQ V or DQ VIII on the PS2.

Just keep in mind before going into either that Dragon Quest, even in its most recent entries, is a hardcore old-school JRPG. Be prepared for a lot of random encounters and required level grinding.

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#6 Edited by RioStarwind (575 posts) -

I got into the series by playing Dragon Quest 1 and 2 on the GBC. So I would say start at the beginning since they are still fun to play.

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#7 Edited by Oscar__Explosion (2409 posts) -

Dragon Quest VIII

#8 Posted by casper_ (908 posts) -

dragon quest V is a real solid start if you actually want to play an extremely conservative JRPG.

#9 Edited by totaboy (45 posts) -

Yeah, DQ 5. Remember to use the party chat button a lot: They have things to say about pretty much every location and every NPC you talk to.

DQ 8 is also good, but I don't think Level 5's games feel quite right. DQ 9 is pretty bad, so only play it if you've played the rest.

I like 7 the best and I'm considering buying a 3DS just to play the remake.

#10 Posted by oraknabo (1514 posts) -

@totaboy: I like VII, but it seems to drag on in the later parts. Have they made any changes to the structure and pacing in the remake?

I second getting V on the DS or VIII on PS2. I really hope we get another one like those on real consoles again. I would probably buy a PS4 solely to get a single player DQ on it.

#11 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7617 posts) -

If you have a DS, IV, V, VI and IX are all really good.

VIII is on the PS2 and I believe you can get VII on the PSN, but I'd probably hold off for the 3DS remake with that, which should hopefully have a better translation.

#12 Edited by Petiew (1355 posts) -

VIII is one of the best to start with. The battle and skill point system is straight forward and easy to get used to. One of the biggest strengths of VIII is the world and the atmosphere, the world map is huge, the characters all have a lot of charm (Partly due to the interesting voicework) and the soundtrack is great. The Western release of VIII was modernised a bit, so it's easier to get into the series with it.

@totaboy: What didn't you like about IX? I thought the main quest was a bit weak, but everything else (Post-game, quests, treasure maps, all of the customisation, DLC, etc) really made up for it.

#13 Posted by hermes (1591 posts) -

To be fair, I only played DQ 8, but it is a great game and, as far as I know, its separate from previous games in the series, so it should be a good starting point.

#14 Edited by totaboy (45 posts) -

@petiew: What I dislike most is that your entire party is custom made. They have no personality and no dialogue.

The polygonal fighting is very slow and ugly. They should have used sprites like the old games to speed things up.

Rendering four characters causes awful slowdowns, while running around solo is smooth... No good.

I also didn't like the story... Overall it just doesn't feel like Dragon Quest. As if it were a cheap clone or something. Those are my thoughts anyway...

#15 Edited by Svenzon (729 posts) -

I've only played a little bit of Dragon Quest VIII and so far I've really liked it. The graphics hold up very well and the localization is excellent. Jeremy Parish of 1Up has spoken very highly of the DQV remake for DS, so you could check that out. I plan on doing so once I get a DS myself.

#16 Posted by Slag (4737 posts) -

8 I feel is the best

But 4 or 5 might be a better introduction into the series