Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker Review
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker box art
System: DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Square Enix 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: Nov. 6, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Another way of acquiring monsters is through a scouting feature which attempts to persuade enemy monsters into joining your party. When you approach a monster, you will be given a percentage that displays the likelihood of acquiring it. Of course the bigger and badder the monster, the less likely you will be to get it, but at least you know your odds. If you have less than a 10-percent chance, you may want to wait and come back when you're more powerful. Trying to convert it at those odds can be a real time waster.

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker screenshot

On the surface, DQM is good looking game. It's bright, colorful, and has a very easy-to-navigate interface. I found it easier to use the face buttons rather than the touch buttons on the bottom screen. I would also recommend not using the stylus. It's an option, but a rather cumbersome one that seems to be more trouble than it's worth; like having to learn to eat with chopsticks when you've got a fork on the table.

There are some collisions detection flaws in some of the 3D environments. Invisible walls block your path, and you get stuck around corners and behind obstacles. There are pop-up issues, and some of the commands from the D-pad aren't always smooth and responsive. Overall, these flaws don't ruin the experience, just slightly blemish it.

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There is no online play per se. You can't battle another player's monster online but you can communicate, share data, and trade monsters. I'm not even sure the multiplayer component is something that will be missed. After the 30 hours of gameplay in the single-player mode, the game has pretty much peaked and waned. For the money, that's still a pretty good deal considering that you'd pay this for games that lasts less than 10 hours.

By Cole Smith
CCC Senior Writer

Features

  • The "big three" comprised of series creator Yuji Horii, legendary manga artist Akira Toriyama, and renowned composer Koichi Sugiyama, teams up once again to create an unforgettable gaming experience
  • Witness the same breathtaking visuals that brought Akira Toriyama's art to life in Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
  • Create new species as you synthesize customized monsters from a selection of more than 200 different Dragon Quest creatures Experience an innovative and exciting mix of the monster arena battles from Dragon Quest VIII and traditional Dragon Quest gameplay
  • Challenge your friends via local wireless play to see whose team is the strongest
  • Robust Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection component allows players to upload and download monster team data for battle on their Nintendo DS systems.


    RATING OUT OF 5
    RATING DESCRIPTION
    3.3
    Graphics
    Crisp, clean, and colorful but suffers from occasional mechanical flaws.
    3.7
    Control
    Best to use the face buttons. D-pad can be unresponsive.
    3.0
    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    Average music and sound effects. Turn on your iPod instead.
    3.1

    Play Value
    Long single-player mode, with some online sharing and trading.

    3.8
    Overall Rating - Good
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.
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