Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen Review
Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen box art
System: DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: ArtePiazza 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Square Enix 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Sept. 16, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

By the time you reach the final chapter, the situation improves substantially as the adventure opens up full-throttle. You can assign specific tasks and behaviors to party members, which they'll follow until prompted otherwise. Characters can be switched in and out of your party, though those in storage will continue to gain experience. There are plenty of new equipment, items, and spells to obtain. New modes of transportation eventually open up, allowing you to explore additional locations. Essentially, early chapters whet your palette for the main course, which continues the grand journey to a satisfying length.

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As a nice surprise, the dual screens come into play more frequently than you'd expect from a typical retro remake. In battle, the top screen tracks your vitals for each party member, while the lower screen holds all the excitement. Both screens are used to display a broader expanse of land, when you're roaming around dungeons and towns. The top screen also provides a helpful geographic display that auto-maps as you travel to different regions in the overworld map on the touch screen. In either case, it's a great use of the visual real estate. The rest of the graphics do little to push any boundaries; they balance delicately between being a little outmoded for present times and a fitting match for the old school vibe. They're definitely a tad crisper than the PlayStation version.

In contrast to the smart use of the dual screens, the controls are functionally basic. The lack of any touch control implementation is glaring. It feels like a missed opportunity. Instead, the game utilizes a ho-hum D-Pad and face button setup that works well but lacks innovation. It's an area where some creativity and well thought-out changes could have gone a long way toward modernizing the gameplay. The one neat trick here is the ability to use the L and R buttons to rotate the entire view in 3D to locate secret doors in some areas and gain a different perspective. That's about it.

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Chapters of the Chosen serves as a strong reminder of just how good some of the old times really were. It's a lengthy and deep RPG that offers a solid challenge without crushing the spirits of the non-hardcore RPG enthusiast. Those who haven't played a Dragon Quest game would do well to pick this one up; current fans may find themselves hard-pressed to put it back down.

By Nathan Meunier
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.9
Graphics
A nice visual update from the original, but it doesn't go above and beyond.
3.7
Control
Reasonable controls that don't do anything new.
3.8
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Fun sound effects and good audio.
4.3

Play Value
A fun RPG with tons of hours worth clocking-in on it.

4.0
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Embark on a journey to explore the land, seas, and skies of the Dragon Quest universe in this grand entry from the Zenithia Trilogy.
  • Indulge in the colorful Dragon Quest world created by Yuji Horii, combined with the charming characters and monsters designed by Akira Toriyama and memorable soundtrack from famed composer Koichi Sugiyama to create an unforgettable gaming experience.
  • Experience the world of Dragon Quest through the perspectives of multiple characters with a unique, chapter-driven storyline.
  • Journey through a beautifully rendered 3D world, with dynamic dual screen presentation and newly animated monsters.


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