Made in collaboration with Omega Force - the masters of the of 1 VS 1000000 formula, this title marks the continuation of a growing trend where famous Japanese video game publishers allow their treasured franchises to undergo a Dynasty Warriors makeover - a good sign for all gamers! (Zelda Musou)
And while not much has been revealed yet aside from gorgeous pre-rendered CG animations from the Sony pre-TGS reveal and recent Niko Niko streams, what has been stated is making this title one to look out for, especially if you're a fan of Dragon Quest.
The story revolves around 4 Heroes and their quest to protect the Kingdom of Elsarze: Acht - Captain of the Royal Guards and the classic DraQue Male protagonist, Mehr - the female counterpart to Acht with quick rapier attacks, Dirk - a King who confronts threats with massive physical strength, and Julietta - Mage extraordinaire with the whole DraQue magic repertoire up her sleeves.
Once a peaceful place where monsters and mankind co-existed in harmony, an unforeseen event has caused the monsters to attack in droves, and these heroes must band together in the face of such adversity, Musou style!
As with all Musou style games, the sheer number of foes on-screen has always been an impressive thing; in Dragon Quest Heroes, enemies come in the form of the classic DQ bestiary, with Drakees, Golems, Skeletons, Mages, and SLIMES.
There are also famous boss characters such as the titular Dragon, the cyclops Gigantes, and other bosses from previous DQ games like Marquis de Leon aka King Leo and even the dreaded Baramos! As such, each boss is done to scale, and will have their special moves intact.
Omega Force takes respect to the source material even further, as it has been revealed that players will be able to select previous heroes and fan favorites from previous titles as well; extra playable characters known at this time are Bianca, Nera, Jessica, Yangus, Terry, Alena, Kiryl, and Meena!
Of course, all the art is based on Akira Toriyama's signature style, and the music will be based on the complex scores of series staple Kōichi Sugiyama. From what we've seen so far, this is one title that has always needed to happen!
|Original Name||ドラゴンクエストヒーローズ 闇竜と世界樹の城|
|Official Release Date||Feb 26, 2015|
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I am a fan of Dragon Quest games, usually role-playing games, and I am really enjoying this different approach to the series.
For fans of DQ, the music, spells/techniques, monsters and legacy heroes and villains are a nice touch. Just seeing the characters or enemies, and just listening to the music I get excited.
Then there is the gameplay. I have to say there is some repetition to be found in the game, as objectives are often to either defeat a lot of monsters or defend something against a lot of monsters. I found this to be a lot of fun, and it has a lot of personality. But if you think this might not be for you, take it into account before buying.
The graphics are very well done. They respect the design of the characters (which is cartoony) but also give some realism by using textures and lighting.
I see a lot of people talking about framerates in games. I will skip that part because I do not know how to determine if those are good or bad in a game. I will say that I found no problem with the animation at all.
Characters gain levels and then get skill points they can be assigned to different skills (the player chooses which skills to activate). So there is customization, and you can make a character be very strong, or you can give him all the techniques as soon as you can, but sacrifice defense and magic power.
Characters are diverse and focus on different playstyles. There is one who is easy to control and has powerful moves. Others require more skill from the player to be used efectively, and may rely on buffs or are spells or slower but more powerful physical attacks.
The game features a well balanced number of heroes and heroines. So you can have a team full of male characters, or have an all-female team.
At the beginning, the enemy monsters are many, but small. This may make the player feel all-powerful. Later on, there will be larger monsters that will need more strategy to be beaten. And then there will be quite a few larger monsters attacking all at once, and every bit of skill or character specialization will be needed to survive.
I think this game can be enjoyed by people even if they have never played Dragon Quest.
There are some gameplay videos published by Square Enix that will help you decide if this game is for you, in case you are still thinking about it.
Repetitive combat with no strategy, just go to the enemy and spam your attack button like a crazy person, small maps, almost all missions are defend this thing and go around the map destroying portals. The story is very bad as any sense of adventure from the main DQ games is lost since you are confined to your base or the missions so there is no exploration.
Character growth is a joke, just pick up things to improve from a very small list.
Who is on your party doesnt make a difference other than to cast the super moves.
I really hope Heroes 2 is better.
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