I still remember the Dragon Warrior games. I felt they were a little more in depth then the Final Fantasy game at the time and the fact that we got more of them was even better. Final Fantasy ended up going viral while Dragon Warrior kinda sat on a back burner. Of the original four Nintendo games, this one was probably the greatest. It's also one of the rarest and most expensive games to find for the classic system.
Instead of following the legend of Erdrick as previous games did, Dragon Warrior IV has an all new world with all the same mechanics. Talk to villagers, buy weapons, defeat monsters to gain experience and gold, solve puzzles and fight boss monsters. Simple? Yes and a load of fun. This is RPG playing at it's greatest.
The game is divided into 5 chapters. The first 4 follow individual missions of it's supporting cast while chapter 5 has your primary hero finding these characters and going on a quest ot save the world from destruction. Chapter 1 is about a Royal Soldier on a mission to find mission children. Chapter 2 is about a tomboy Princess going on a quest for adventure. Chapter 3 has a merchant who wants to own his own store. Chapter 4 has two sisters a quest to avenge their father. Chapter 5 brings it all together.
Buying weapons for your characters, learning spells, sailing ships to distant lands, finding keys to open doors has all been a part of the Dragon Warrior universe and this one replicates it perfectly. Along the way you can even make friends with new characters or hire them to aid you in your journey. THe game also introduces Tactics where upon Chapter 5 you can have them behave in certain ways so they don't waste magic or that they go on offense or even try out new ways of attacking by using items. The AI here is surprisingly good where your characters are smart enough to when a monster is almost dead and to know which spell to use to finish them off or when to heal the right character. Sadly they also tend to be dumb sometimes and continually use the same spells over and over when they don't harm the monster their fighting. Worse, defense boosting spells or spells that can increase attack power don't always get used when you want them to. Sometimes but not always.
If you can track it down and you liked the other Dragon Warrior games, it definetly deserves play time. Yes the graphics still look wonky and weird even by Nintendo standards but the music is a step up over the older games and the gameplay is still addicting. Dragon Warrior is classic RPG gameplay.
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