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Developer: Spike Chunsoft
Content Rating: Teen
The legendary RPG comes to Nintendo Switch with updated controls. Whether you're a veteran fan in need of a nostalgia trip, or a newcomer to the series looking for a fresh take on an old classic, there's something here for everyone. Enter a fantasy world of sword, magic, and monsters!
Other Games of the Series
DRAGON QUEST II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line
Sep 27, 2019
DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition
Sep 27, 2019
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Critic Reviews14 Reviews
The first Dragon Quest feels like a relic from the past with its incessant grinding and tiring dialogue. But it’s hard not to recommend: it does have that Dragon Quest appeal that many games in the series have, and the soundtrack and visuals (save the character models) give this release a great classic feel. There’s no doubt this 33-year-old game shows its age, but Dragon Quest presents a simple, straightforward experience that’s worth playing if you can forgive its dated flaws.
Unfortunately, as much as the modernization improves the original game it still feels primitive compared to current titles. Fans of Dragon Quest who are feeling nostalgic for the original title should check this out as this is the best way to experience it and it isn’t a huge time sink. Outside of nostalgia or historical curiosity about early JRPGs, Dragon Quest is a hard sell. Because of nostalgia, binge playing it in a single sitting for the review was enjoyable but this title shows its age and the limitations of the time too much to engage newcomers.
The Dragon Quest 1-3 Collection is a solid, if bare-bones, port of the JRPGs that started it all. The games are nostalgic trips down memory lane mixed with some frustrating relics of video games of yore. If you've ever wanted to experience where it all began, this is the best way to do it. Since this collection was released at the same time as Dragon Quest XI S, it's tough to recommend it over the new hotness. Sometimes, though, you just want to sit down and slip into a comfortable classic, and Dragon Quest is made for that.