Dragon Quest

Dragon Quest (Also known as Dragon Warrior) is a series of Role-Playing Games created by Yuji Horii, and published by Square Enix.

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Just The Facts

  1. Dragon Quest was one of the first good RPGs on a home console, and set a lot of trends for future RPGs to follow.
  2. Dragon Quest is one of the most successful RPG series, with 9 main series games, a Pokemon-esque Monster series, and many other spin-offs.
  3. The character design for Dragon Quest is done by Akira Toriyama, so all the games NPCs double as Dragonball extras

The Main Games

Dragon Quest I: The original Dragon Quest. In this game, your goal as the hero is to find and defeat the Dragon Lord, who has been terrorizing the people of Alefgard. SPOILER ALERT: The final boss is a dragon. (No one saw that coming, eh?).

Dragon Quest II: Takes place 100 years after Dragon Quest. You play as a descendant of the hero in the previous game, and this time, you have two other party members to help you on your quest. This game features a much larger world than before, and introduces many new mechanics that became mainstays in the series.
Dragon Quest III: This game gives you the option of creating your party members, choosing what class they become, so you can have the standard hero, soldier, priest, wizard line-up, or you could roll with the hero and three soldiers if you so choose. You can also change their classes once they get to a certain level, and they'll keep all the spells they learnt, and half of their stats, meaning your hero could end up with three soldiers who all know wizard and priest spells as his companions.
Dragon Quest IV: This game is broken into chapters, letting you first play small chapters with your future party members before you get to play as the hero. In the original NES version, you were only able to decide what the hero did, not being able to specify exactly what your party members should do, which lead to some hilarious-if-it's-not-you situations where one of your only healers would waste his turns casting death spells on bosses immune to it while your entire party gets wiped out. Luckily, this issue was resolved in the DS version, as you were able to control all your party members in combat.
Dragon Quest V: In this game you start off as a child adventuring with your father, but you eventually get to grown up and explore the world on your own, eventually getting to marry, and having the option to recruit monsters for your team. It's an adventure that's fun for the whole family.
Dragon Quest VI: This game involved a real world and a dream world for you to explore, with the hero needing to traverse between both to progress through the story, this lead to many interesting scenarios as you explored the connection between the two worlds. This game also featured monster recruitment, but to a lesser extent than its predecessor. In the DS version, the ability to recruit enemy monsters was removed (although a few slime monsters can be recruited through certain events), which led to many people raging about it, despite the fact that there is an entire subseries of Dragon Quest games dedicated to monster recruitment.
Dragon Quest VII: One of the longest Dragon Quest games, you embark on a quest to repair the world. The main quest alone can take dozens of hours to complete, even without doing any of the sidequests and other extra content.
Dragon Quest VIII: In this game, you play a character who finds the kingdom he resides in to have become cursed. All its inhabitants have been turned to stone, except for the King and Princess and you, the hero. Naturally you embark on a quest to reverse this curse, but end up having to save the entire world. Also, your hero can go super saiyan in this game.
Dragon Quest IX: In this game, you play a hero who is completely customizable by you, you get to decide what your characters face looks like before it is hidden beneath a helmet shortly into the game. You have the option of playing through the game with friends instead of party members controlled by you, that way, when you fail at the game you can blame it on them.