Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria Review
Dragon Fantasy Book 1 has finally arrived on Nintendo consoles re-dubbed as Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria. Developed by Muteki Corp. Inc, they succeed in porting what I thought was a great throwback to classic JRPG goodness from the NES days. I originally played the Playstation 3/Vita version years ago and thought that it was a blast to play. Having played the original iteration of the game, I did not find myself needing to replay the game so soon but I was completely wrong. The new content that was added to the game gives players an incentive to replay the new JRPG classic on Nintendo’s newest consoles. Having access to a map at all times on the bottom screen is easily the best thing that could have been done. Also being able to see enemy monsters in dungeons roaming around makes the game run smoother as you are not being bombarded by an endless stream of enemy encounters that many JRPG’s throw at you. Finally, having a bestiary and a quest log are nice additions as well if you like to keep track of the monsters you have slain.
Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria features four chapters revolving around different heroes with a similar goal, to an extent. Avoiding spoilers, I’ll focus on Ogden, the primary protagonist of Dragon Fantasy. Ogden is a bald middle aged man who used to be a great hero but is now saving cats from trees for the queen, which is the beginning to this comedy filled fantasy world. The game opens up with the crowning of a new king when a dark knight appears through a portal and kidnaps the future king. Ogden quickly follows the enemy through his portal to save the future king but appears in a completely different location from the enemy and gets sidetracked like any protagonists in any good JRPG.
If you enjoyed the early years of Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, you certainly will love Dragon Fantasy’s turn based gameplay. Dragon Fantasy plays exactly like a classic JRPG. That alone piqued my interest as JRPG’s are a rare sight in today’s world of gaming. The player and the enemy take turns attacking one another adding lots of depth and strategy especially during boss fights. I noticed that I had to grind a lot less in the Nintendo 3DS version compared to when I originally played the game on the Playstation 3. This made it a lot more approachable and less tedious than its counterpart.
Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria gives the player access to change the look and sound of the game. You can play the game with 8-bit or 16-bit graphics and you can change the sound as well to match. These options are nice but I chose to stick with the 16-bit look as the game’s aesthetics look nicer due to the colorful locals that Ogden and the rest of the heroes visit. The music in the game sound great and the battle theme will surely be stuck in your head after playing.
Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria has been the next great JRPG series for the past few years and this new iteration only makes it better. If you love the years of great Final Fantasy games or miss having a new Dragon Quest, Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria is an amazing alternative to fix your JRPG needs. Muteki has created one of the best classic JRPG styled games and they need to continue on giving gamers more of Ogden’s story.