Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies

In “Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies,” players begin their adventure as a city guardian who is sent to retrieve a sacred tree’s fruits, which have the power to grant wishes. Players travel the world, conquer fearsome monsters and unravel an epic storyline. During their journey, players will encounter mighty opponents in fast-paced battles, and also interact with a colorful cast of characters. “Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies” contains special modes that let players share their adventure with others, allowing up to four players to team up via a local wireless connection and experience the fun of tackling challenging monsters and dungeons cooperatively with their own characters. Players can even leave the game active in their backpacks, pockets or purses and still interact with other players via an interactive “Tag Mode.” Information about players’ characters can be wirelessly transmitted to others, and treasure maps and customized greetings can be exchanged automatically by players who come within range of one another when their games are set to Tag Mode. Players looking to enjoy a variety of different game activities can take on special side quests. Some of these quests will be earned by progressing through the game, while additional quests will be made available for free download for players with broadband Internet access after the game launches, providing hours of additional content for virtual adventurers to enjoy either on their own or with friends. Some downloadable quests will continue the main storyline of the game, while others offer standalone missions.

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies is an action RPG designed specifically for handheld play on the DSi. The ninth game in the beloved Japanese Dragon Quest series, like its predecessors Sentinels of the Starry Skies features third-person oriented turn-based battles and a deep combo/multiplier system. In addition to this the game possess powerful new features including multiplayer and online functionality, extensive customization options, new play modes and a means to share content with other players
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Battle screen from Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Sky
Turn-based, combo-driven combat.
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Wireless multiplayer screen from Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Sky
4-player multi-card game support.
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Character customization screen from Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Sky
Extensive customization options.
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Cutscene from Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Sky
Dramatic, yet seamless cutscenes.
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An Epic Adventure that Everyone Can Join
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies lets players enjoy an adventure that is entirely their own, yet can be shared with others anywhere, anytime. Players begin their adventure as an angel-like guardian. In order to achieve a heavenly design players are sent to the world of mortals to retrieve the magical fruits of a sacred tree. These fruit have the power to grant wishes, but are also perilous, containing the unexpected power to transform those who eat of them into monsters. Together with up to three friends players must battle those transformed beings, and in the process improve their angelic skills and regain the heavenly fruit in order to gain their heavenly reward.

Customization
Players can create their own heroes, deciding how they would like their face, hair and clothing to look. As the story unfolds, players become stronger, smarter and more powerful, and can create custom companions to join their group as well. Players will also have fun discovering more than 900 pieces of clothing, armor, weapons and other items that will provide them with a unique appearance and special abilities. Even occupations can be customized and changed at any time. Players can take on one of a dozen different jobs with varying strengths, weaknesses, spells and skills.

Battle
Fast-paced turn-based battles unfold as players decide what to do and then view cinematic action scenes. This format rewards careful thinking and strategy over quick reflexes. The more foes players defeat, the stronger their characters become. In the lead up to conflicts, talking with different characters will unfold the story and point players toward their next mission. All quests come with a reward, which might be anything from a rare item to a new, unlocked occupation.

Tag Mode
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies includes the interactive Tag Mode that allows players to keep the game active even while their Nintendo DS system is stored in their pocket, purse or backpack. When two players come within range of one another, Tag Mode enables them to wirelessly–and automatically–exchange character information, customized greetings and treasure maps. These treasure maps allow players to find otherwise inaccessible dungeons called grottoes featuring special boss monsters and even rare items.

Social Play Aspects
One of the most enticing things about Sentinels of the Starry Skies are its many social aspects built into its gameplay. First, you need never be alone. Special multiplayer modes let players share their adventure with others, allowing up to four players to team up via a local wireless connection and experience the fun of tackling challenging monsters and dungeons cooperatively with their own characters. Players can even leave the game active in their backpacks, pockets or purses and still interact with other players via an interactive Tag Mode. In addition, information about players’ characters can be wirelessly transmitted to others. Also the game contains treasure maps that allow players to find otherwise inaccessible special dungeons called grottoes, which can contain rare items or enemies. In Tag mode, treasure maps and customized greetings can be exchanged automatically by players who come within range of one another. Finally, players with wireless broadband Internet access can visit an online shop to find new items or download additional quests. The selection of items changes daily. Some downloadable quests will continue the main storyline of the game, while others offer standalone missions or quests themed to a particular time of year.

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Key Game Features

  • Handheld action RPG action where players engage in epic quests in undiscovered lands filled with dangerous monsters and untold stories
  • Connect locally with up to three friends in cooperative gameplay modes
  • Customization allowing you to create your own hero, either male or female, changing your hair, face, body style and equipping them from a selection of over 1,000 in-game items including weapons, shields, armor and accessories
  • Wireless features that allow access to changing exclusive items and quests
  • In-game treasure maps that reveal otherwise inaccessible special dungeons called grottoes, which can contain rare items or enemies
  • Gameplay with differing stories and missions depending on NPCs encountered

Product Features

  • Gameplay with differing stories and missions depending on NPCs encountered
  • Handheld action RPG action where players engage in epic quests in undiscovered lands filled with dangerous monsters and untold stories
  • Connect locally with up to three friends in cooperative gameplay modes, and utilize wireless features that allow access to changing exclusive items and quests
  • Customization allowing you to create your own hero, changing your hair, face, body style and equipping them from a selection of over 1,000 in-game items including weapons, shields, armor and accessories
  • In-game treasure maps that reveal otherwise inaccessible special dungeons called grottoes, which can contain rare items or enemies

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3 Responses to Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies

  1. Bill Nguyen "Solemn Snow" says:

    This is exactly what the DS was made for Okay, I’ll admit it. When I first heard that the FULL-ON SEQUEL for the PS2′s Dragon Quest VIII was coming to the DS, I thought, “Exactly how much are they gonna have to dumb this game down?” Needless to say, I had very low expectations for the game.Then it was released in the Japan, and over two million copies flew off the shelves in just two days. Those sales, combined with rave reviews from Japanese and American critics alike, meant one thing: I had to play Dragon Quest IX.I’m telling you, if for any reason you’ve been holding off on buying this game, get to the nearest store immediately. I’ve barely been able to put it down.STORY (9.0/10)The story begins with the main character, who is named and fully customized by the player, as an angelic guardian who watches over a town. He/she is part of a group of other guardians known as Celestrians, whose primary goal is to ascend into the “realm of the Almighty,” which I can only assume is heaven. Unfortunately, right when the plan seems to be working, everything goes wrong, and the main character is stripped of his/her wings and halo. He/she then has to cooperate with a sassy fairy to help people in order to regain Celestrian status.Sounds simple, right? The story actually becomes much more complex and endearing as you play and interact with the motley bunch of people you meet. There’s a lot of character development for sure, but it’s not so much a part of the plot as it is the gameplay (more on that soon). Sadly, neither the main character nor his/her party members, who are also yours to customize, ever talk.GAMEPLAY (10/10)The gameplay has changed dramatically from past Dragon Quest games here, and all of it has been for the better. DQIX takes advantage of the DS’s dual screens by using the top screen as a map and the bottom screen for input and movement. All characters in the party, as well as any guests, are visible as they travel. This sometimes results in a minor slowdown because of the excessive pixel-pushing, but it’s more than tolerable.The revamped battle system is a breath of fresh air. Encounters are no longer random, as monsters now visibly roam the lands. A huge variety of spells, abilities, and items are available for use in battle. Players can also use a “coup de grace” when their characters are taking a beating for special effects such as zero MP cost or increased counterattacks, depending on the character’s class. The execution is much more modernized, too. You can see the characters and monsters scurry around the field to maul each other; it’s pretty fun to watch. As usual, dungeons can be incredibly hard and punishing, especially the bosses lurking at the end. The penalty for a wiped out party is half your gold, so don’t die! (Or use a bank.)The new multiplayer system is a welcome change to the old formula. By connecting with up to three friends locally, players can complete the adventure together, loot treasure from other worlds, or if they choose, continue alone and ask for help when they need it. The last option is perhaps the most intriguing one. Players don’t have to be stuck with each other in multiplayer, which allows for some independence.Although I have yet to finish the game myself, I expect that the replayability will be excellent. (The main game itself is quite long already at about 60 hours.) Farming items for the new alchemy system, scouring the world in search of gold and EXP, and doing all the silly sidequests that NPCs have will tack on (from what I’ve heard) upward of 80 hours; the addition of wi-fi to buy items and obtain new quests online should also be interesting.DESIGN (10/10)DQIX’s graphics are absolutely breathtaking, from watching the animated cutscenes to simply traversing the world. The environments are meticulously detailed, and the NPC sprites are prepared to give witty conversation. Players can distinguish between important and trivial NPCs by whether they are 3D or 2D, respectively.The world is astonishingly MASSIVE, incorporating all sorts of different backgrounds and intimidating enemies. Everything, even weapons and armors and the ugliest monsters, introduces sweet, sweet eye candy. In-battle spells and abilities are magnificent, and the smooth animation of attacks and the like bespeak true, through-the-roof-quality production values.My only nitpick is that, as mentioned before, when the party is moving about on the map, the game occasionally lags a bit. It’s not too bad, considering the limitations of the DS, but it is noticeable.SOUNDTRACK (8.0/10)The music doesn’t blow my mind, but it’s not bad at all. The themes are appropriately peppy or gloomy, depending on the situation. Boss fights sound intense, and sound effects are excellent. The sorrow in Coffinwell and peacefulness of Angel Falls are properly depicted…

  2. Everett A. Thrall "crazy cop" says:

    RPG SUPREME for the DS!! Okay, I admit I am too old (64) to be playing these things – but seldom have I started a title that amazed me as much as this one – To be blunt, DRAGON QUEST IX may well define the potential of the Nintendo DS – The graphics, gameplay, story structure, and sound are totally amazing – I own a PSP and a Nintendo, and this title is going to seriously create problems for the Sony – I can almost insure you that once you start this game – you won’t be able to put it down……I have only gotten less than ten percent into the story and I can’t wait to stop writing this review and continue the adventure -Try this one people!!!! You won’t be sorry!!!!!!!!

  3. Jordan says:

    A great game for RPG fans My first impressions of this game were very high. I really enjoy the gameplay, and it has not felt like a tedious rpg for even a second. I think the story is creative, and I actually enjoy reading the text on the screen, whereas i usually just skip right on through it to keep on playing. This game fully suits what i had wanted out of an RPG experience on the ds.To begin, the story is very entertaining. The idea of being an angelic warrior is kinda cool, and it doesn’t seem like the regular run o’ the mill rpg story setup. Its fun seeing where the story is going to take me. I think most people that like this style of game will find the story entertaining as well.Next, the gameplay is just phenomenal. I have played final fantasy 3,4, Pokemon Platinum and Heartgold, and that is really the extent of my rpg playing on the ds. These games are all known for the random battles that just pop up out of nowhere. I find that to be flat-out tedious and boring after a while. On top of that it takes away from the realism of “questing.” I still enjoyed those games, but I have a new favorite here with dragon quest 9. I really like being able to see the monsters. You basically get to choose when you want to fight. Sometimes the monsters will run away from you when you are a high level, and I thought that added even more realism to the experience. The battles are also fun because all the moves, spells, etc. are very well animated. It is never boring to sit through a battle. The learning curve is also very easy. Final Fantasy kinda throws you to the wolves when you start those games, but this gently pushed you into the battling, and before long you will have a good understanding of the tactics and how it all works.I also have to commend the game for its length. I guess i qualify for the category of just starting out the game. I have gotten myself to Stornway though and am getting ready to fight the Wight Knight. I have already gotten a lot of fun out of the game, and i’m sure it will get better as it progresses. The hardest part about this game is making myself put it down.Another bonus is the fact that the game does not sync up with the clock in the ds. I have a job and responsibilities and stuff so when i used to play the pokemon games, I got to play them in the dark the whole time. That takes away from the fun factor of the game, and it isn’t fun when you cheat past this by resetting the clock on the ds. But this game changes from night to day as you battle and roam around. I’m very glad that they stayed away from making the game have a daylight setting only when its daylight in the real world. I’m sure other people can relate to what I’m saying here.The game is very fun, and if you have been searching for an RPG that you can get hooked on, this is it. I think it is one of the most detailed games to be released for the ds, and it looks great. It is fun and the pacing is great. All the optional quests make the value of the game increase a great deal. You can play this game for a very long time. I think this game is worth every dollar they charge for it. Just buy it and have some fun!!

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