I finished up with Dragon Quest 8 3DS a few weeks ago, but since I’ve already said just about everything I have to say about it in this post, I figured I would mark the achievement, such as it is, by making a list ranking the main line Dragon Quest games. I could have tried to fit in some of the spin offs I’ve played, but what I’ve played and what I haven’t outside of the main series is pretty spotty and it’s been so long since I’ve touched the original Dragon Quest Monsters, for instance, that I thought it better to just stick with the main series.
- Dragon Quest 5: Hand of the Heavenly Bride – This is just about a perfect rpg. It is Dragon Quest at its best, with solid if basic gameplay and interesting narrative experimentations. Playing through the life of the protagonist, from starting out as a little kid until he has kids of his own. It is just a delight
- Dragon Quest 4: Chapters of the Chosen – Much like 5, this is another game that plays around with narrative structure, opening with several short sections with completely different casts until they all come together under the protagonist.
- Dragon Quest 8: Journey of the Cursed King – Possibly the simplest game in the series since DQ4. Yet is is also the most charming since 5. 8 deliberately breaks no new ground, but it is a perfectly executed classic style jrpg.
- Dragon Quest 9: Sentinels of the Starry Skies – The only new DS entry is the best version of the series’ class system. The gameplay is fine but nothing more than the enjoyably basic JRPG that most of the series offers, though it does have a somewhat enjoyable multiplayer mode.
- Dragon Quest 7: Fragments of the Forgotten Past – I’ve only played the recent 3DS version and I liked it, but between this and DQ6, no series is better at bungling a class system than Dragon Quest.
- Dragon Quest 6: Realms of Revelation – I kind of hate most of this game’s characters and it takes forever to really get going.
- Dragon Quest 3: Seeds of Salvation – Full disclosure: I haven’t played more than an hour or two of this game. Instead of using that as a reason not to include it or to postpone this list, I am instead considering it a mark against the game, since I’ve found the time to play all the rest. I will revisit when I finally do play it.
- Dragon Quest – There is stuff to like about the original Dragon Quest, but there really isn’t that much there all told.
- Dragon Quest 2: Luminaries of the Legendary Line – Grindy and not all that fun.