The Treehouse folks showed off Dragon Quest VII for the 3DS. The original version of the game came out on the first PlayStation way back in 2001. At the time of its release the graphics were quite dated. That’s why I’ve been anticipating this new release as the entire game has been revamped from the ground up.
Having played the original version of the game, I can attest that this new one looks miles better. Everything has a new look and the animations are very slick. The original core team of Dragon Quest series has been involved with every game for the past 30 years. The creators’ goals have been to make a game that can be played by players of all ages from beginning to end.
Since the Dragon Quest VII story has many bite-sized areas to explore and to experience, the developers thought it would be a good fit for the 3DS where players sometime only have an hour or so to play at a time. There’s a function built-in that can remind you what you were doing the last time you played.
Like in some of the previous Dragon Quest games, you will be able to change your characters’ vocations (jobs). As you level up, you can change it up and learn new abilities and spells, while retaining all of the ones you’ve learned up to that point. One of the vocations is called the Monster Masher. This allows him or her to morph into the monsters, complete with their skillsets. There are 34 monster-type jobs to enjoy.
The main character is about 17 years old and is a son of a fisherman. He comes from a very rural environment where they think the entire world is just their own island. Soon events take place that will allow your character break away and discover a whole new world.
There’s a place in the world called The Haven. You can persuade monsters to join your cause, this town will grow, giving you access to Travelers Tablets, which can warp you to remixed versions of places you’ve visited before.
When entering a battle you’re in first person view and can get close up to the monsters. As you select your attack strategies, the monsters are full animated waiting for your input commands. Once the battle begins, the camera pans back and behind your party. The entire battle is highly animated, and the viewpoint reminds me slightly of some of the older Phantasy Star titles on the Genesis. There are 457 monsters in this game, so expect a ton of variety.
Square Enix had no plans to release Dragon Quest VII in the United States because of how much dialog there is in the game to translate. However, because of fan support and all of the people petitioning for this game to be released, they decided to just “go for it” and release it in North America and Europe. Yes! They really do listen.
Dragon Quest VII hits North America on September 16, 2016! Not too much longer to wait now.