Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past on Square Enix on Nintendo 3DS

April 26, 2017

At the year of 2010, Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies was released. After that, no game from the Dragon Quest series that was published yet until in 2016 that satisfied the Dragon Quest fans, both old and new. The Amour Project, with the creator of the game Yuji Horii, announced the well-loved game, Dragon Quest VII Fragments of the Forgotten Past will be released on the Nintendo 3DS on September 16, 2016. This video game, like all Dragon Quest games, is rated for role-playing that you can control your characters on what to do in the game.

The game story is similar to the Playstation version of the Dragon Quest VII which is about the son of a fisherman (Hero of the story, known as Auster in North America) that finds a shrine called the Shrine of Mysteries with his childhood friends, Prince Kiefer of Estard and Maribel Mayde of Pilchard Bay. What they find are pedestals that hold a tablet of each country in the world.The catch is that Pilchard Bay and Estard (another kingdom with Pilchard Bay) is the the only island above the endless oceans. Each time they complete the tablet with pieces of the tablet known as “fragments”, they will be driven into the past of a country. When they solve the problem which is from healing a town from illness with an item called Angel’s Tears to defeating a boss monster like a giant zombie soldier, they restore the country when the party comes back into the present. As they continued their journey, they meet new party members like Ruff, Aishe and Sir Mervyn. The party would soon find out that all of the evil that occurred in the world must be the work of the Demon King, the archenemy of the Almighty.

The music is instrumental and only made for the game which sets each scene and moment perfectly. The graphics are amazing and the only disadvantage is that you’ll ever have is that you sometimes have to rotate your camera view around using the left and right tab. There is main character development, which is opposite to some of the Dragon Quest games like Dragon Quest IX that you can make the main characters yourself. 

The main standout to both the veterans and newbies of the Dragon Quest VII is that are 30 types of vocations. It can range from the beginners that is easy to master to the advance that takes a while to master, but has plentiful benefits and skills that can turn the tide of the battle in just a few moves. Another that stands out to most for most gamers is that the way you can “grind” your characters by going to “The Haven”. The Haven is a sanctuary for former monsters that want to get another chance. What’s the trick is that you have to find the former monsters by listening all the clues that your previous founded villager. When you found the former monster, talk to him/her and he/she will go to the Haven. When you go back to the Haven and talk to the new member, he/she will thank you with a tablet that will take you to dungeon that is consist of the former monster the former monster is (For example: The first member was a slime, so you would get a tablet that takes you to a dungeon that has only slimes).


As a fan of the Dragon Quest series, I highly recommend to anyone who likes to use strategy, adventure, orlikes to play role-playing games such as Final Fantasy. If you are new to the game, it wil pass time as in just a few seconds in the game, but it will be worth it. You’ll not regret it one bit. 






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