Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen

  • Tons of time-tested gameplay
  • Low-key but detailed graphics
  • Interesting side quests
  • Art style is cartoony to the point of being "kiddie"
  • Not innovative in the least
  • Too many dumb puns involving Slimes

In Japan, there are two elder statesmen of the RPG world: Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy. Both were forged on the NES/Famicom and both continue to be insanely popular in their home country, but Dragon Quest has never come close to achieving the international success of its rival. Numerous attempts have been made to spark American interest in the very traditional JRPG series, with little success. And now the venerable franchise is trying again, with the re-release of Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen.


Though it had an underwhelming US release on the NES (as Dragon Warrior IV) back before most of our readers were crapping their diapers, this DS remake will be brand new to all but the most hardcore western DQ fans. Its story is pretty standard: an ancient evil awakens, and the chosen one must stop him. But at least the devs put a spin on the way it’s told, as the early parts of the game are devoted to introducing the supporting cast, all of whom are more interesting than the boring old hero you’ll play as for the rest of the game.

The gameplay’s just as conventional as the storyline, and the battles play out exactly the same way they did in the very first Dragon Quest: attack the monster, get attacked, and then the turn begins again. It might sound dull, but it’s still as uniquely satisfying now as it was back in the ‘80s.

More Info

Release date: Sep 16 2008 - DS (US)
Available Platforms: DS
Genre: Role Playing
Published by: Square Enix
Developed by: Square Enix
Franchise: Dragon Quest
ESRB Rating:
Everyone 10+: Alcohol Reference, Animated Blood, Simulated Gambling, Suggestive Themes, Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Language
PEGI Rating:
Rating Pending
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