- ArtePiazza / SQUARE ENIX
- Nintendo Distributor South Africa
- Nintendo Distributor South Africa
- Single Player
- Nintendo 3DS
I may proclaim to love JRPGs, but I have to make a little bit of a confession here: I’ve never played a Dragon Quest game. Even though I know the series exists and how highly regarded the games are, I’ve never taken the time to actually play one. Fortunately for me, however, I’ve been able to pick up a pretty highly regarded entry as my first foray into the series. Now the question stands, is Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past a blast from the past or would it be better left to the past?
You need to know one thing going into this, Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past is a very traditional Japanese Role-Playing Game. While saying that might invoke imagery of prophecies and war, Dragon Quest VII doesn’t really revolve around that. Players will find themselves on more of a self-induced adventure than some quest because they are the “chosen one”. It’s a welcome change of pace for a JRPG and the less serious tone of things is actually quite enjoyable.
The thing about Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past is that it is regarded as a JRPG classic. There is an incredible story to be told and while it will feel incredibly slow, which could be particularly frustrating for some, it is easy to understand why the game is held in such high regard. If you’re willing to endure the rather lengthy opening of the game, you will be rewarded with what is an enjoyable experience.
Since we already know Dragon Quest VII is a well-established game, the only thing we have to worry is how well the game makes the move to the 3DS. As an incredibly lengthy JRPG, Dragon Quest VII is well at home on the 3DS and the portable nature of the game made its density a lot more manageable. Being able to take a JRPG that can easily take over 60+ hours to complete anywhere makes the seemingly daunting adventure a pleasure to experience.
While Dragon Quest VII is able to deliver in the story department, it would all be for nought if it wasn’t at least well presented. Something one should pick up on quite quickly is the familiar aesthetic of Akira Toriyama’s art. Quite a few of us in South Africa grew up watching Dragon Ball Z after school so Dragon Quest VII’s art is probably going to hit a few of you with a bit of nostalgia. The updates to the game’s visuals provide players with something that is incredibly pleasing to the eye and with quite a large game world to explore, there will be a lot of it to take in.
Accompanying the delightful art style of Dragon Quest VII is an incredible score filled with fun and exciting themes. While JRPG enthusiasts are used to being assaulted with heavy soundtracks, Dragon Quest VII provides some incredibly pleasant themes that are soothing and easy on the ears. There’s just something about the general presentation of Dragon Quest VII that makes it incredibly calming and pleasing to play. Additionally, the game also feels very ‘homely’ in many ways.
At the end of the day, deciding to pick up Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past is all up to how much you’re willing to commit to the game. This game does take quite a while to get going and it doesn’t necessarily do much to try and get you hooked. While modern gaming is all about the hype and specific set pieces, Dragon Quest VII is a callback to a simpler time in gaming and provides a far more wholesome experience. This game is something that, even if it’s potentially frustrating at first, will give players an interesting look at how much gaming has changed while also providing an enjoyable experience.
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