Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past Impressions

Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past released yesterday (September 16th, 2016) for the Nintendo 3DS. Read my impressions of the first few hours to see if it’s worth your time and money. 

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The Good

  • Story is intriguing despite cliché
  • Classic turn based combat
  • Graphical upgrade from the original PS1 classic, makes old locations look bright, colorful, and beautiful once again
  • The humor is spot on and hilarious
  • Soundtrack completely remade
  • Bottom screen always showcases a map of every location making navigation simple
  • Movement speed feels fast and responsive (usually) making navigating from place to place fast

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The Bad

  • Cast isn’t very memorable in the opening hours
  • Stairs are the biggest obstacle in the game. I lost track how many times I traveled from floor to floor because of the analog nub sensitivity.

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and the Ugly

  • It takes roughly an hour and a half to reach the first battle of the game making this a slow introduction to the game which could potentially turn people off immediately. (It matters how much exploration you do.)

Should you buy it?

A mainline numbered Dragon Quest should always be bought. Although the series has been around for 30 years, each new numbered series feels fresh and fun. Dragon Quest VII is no different from the other games despite taking me a whopping hour and forty minutes to battle my first time.  I was intrigued by the story line that I was presented even though how cliché it might seem at first (Kingdom Hearts anyone?). Make sure to find a copy or download Dragon Quest VII immediately to satisfy your JRPG gaming needs.

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Braulio Ortiz

Founder and creator of Cynosure Gaming. Has roughly 24 years of gaming experience and began gaming on the NES. After playing countless hours of Ninja Gaiden and The Legend of Zelda a new hobby was born. Since then I've owned every major console and handheld and have beaten nearly every game that is relevant to the industry. Now I continue my passion through this website and see no end to this awesome world of entertainment. PSN & NID: happydude633

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