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I will stay with this http://www.1up.com/do/reviewPage?cId=3180316&p=39





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axumblade said:

8 is actually a really good score considering it's IGN who reviewed this. RPG's this generation tend to get torn apart critically.


Personally I don't think this gen's JRPGs have been that impressive.  So I somewhat agree with IGN's take on this gen's JRPGs in general.  The only JRPGs that I really liked this gen were Valkyria Chronicles, Lost Odyssey, and Tales of Vesperia.  And all 3 got >8.0 from IGN.  I wouldn't say that IGN torn apart a lot of JRPGs this gen.  They gave a lot of mediocre JRPGs positive reviews (ie. Infinite Undiscovery, Resonance of Fate, Star Ocean: TLH, Enchanted Arms, Blue Dragon).    



IvorEvilen said:

The problem for me with the review is that a lot of what he marked the game down for are things I like about Dragon Quest and would be upset if they changed.  I'm playing Dragon Quest IX right now and it is the most fun I've had with a game in a long, long time.

Criticizing a game's flaws is one thing, but criticizing aspects of the games that aren't flaws doesn't make sense to me.  Examples:  You don't criticize a game for being a shooter that uses guns... so why criticize a rpg with fantasy environments?  MMOs aren't required to have emotionally developing playable characters... why is a JRPG where you create the characters and are supposed to use your imagination be held with higher standards?  Why should a massive DS game (with clearly no room for anything else) be marked down for lacking voice overs, which would have been of poor quality and possibly from bad actors?  He criticizes the game for not having a "fun battle system", claims he has nothing against turn-based systems (Dragon Quest being known for having one of the most sophisticated, fine-tuned turn-based systems), yet I have always enjoyed playing with Dragon Quest battle systems because they revolve more around strategy and being satisfied by planning out my moves just right than the quick reflex requiring, often shallow, battle systems of more flashy rpgs (I like those games too :P).

I guess I sound a bit whiny, but reviews like the above frustrate me, because it isn't a professional critique.  It is a guy stating his personal preferences and saying the game is bad because they aren't lining up with those preferences.  Whenever I review games, I put aside whether or not I like the game, or how much I do, and I consider whether someone else would and what the target audience would think of it and how well it performs regardless.

Oh well, I won't let IGN ruin my fun, I am going to resume my enjoyment :D!





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This game had a simillar backlash in japan (atleast from user reviews) that FFXIII had in the US, and its what its said here , the repetition and the fact that all the towns are the same, i do have to play it to see for myself though , i love DQ games, they're so cute.



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okr said:

Funny that people always post IGN scores.

My most trusted game magazine: 87, RPG Fan: 83, Eurogamer: 90, 1UP: A, VGC: ...


EDGE gave it 9/10 as well...



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okr said:
axumblade said:

8 is actually a really good score considering it's IGN who reviewed this. RPG's this generation tend to get torn apart critically.

The 1st sentence does not make any sense as it implies that the IGN guys are some sort of harsh reviewers, who generally give lower scores than other media, which they aren't. IMO they are not a harsh review site, they are a bad review site.

You said it yourself, they're a bad review site. I read that first line, and saw the 8.0 as good for a different reason. This game is a (1)traditional (2)JRPG on a (3)Nintendo (4)handheld. Each numbered word is a reason, in many "professional" reviewers eyes, to dock points. I'm still waiting for my copy to arrive from Amazon, though, before I call it myself. Then again, I don't really trust any reviewers, given that what makes them go wow is considerably different from me.



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Severance said:

This game had a simillar backlash in japan (atleast from user reviews) that FFXIII had in the US, and its what its said here , the repetition and the fact that all the towns are the same, i do have to play it to see for myself though , i love DQ games, they're so cute.


If you're talking about the swarm of 1-star amazon reviews on the day of release, that was planned beforehand by a bunch of members of 2chan. The game was very well received otherwise.



Cactus said:
Severance said:

This game had a simillar backlash in japan (atleast from user reviews) that FFXIII had in the US, and its what its said here , the repetition and the fact that all the towns are the same, i do have to play it to see for myself though , i love DQ games, they're so cute.


If you're talking about the swarm of 1-star amazon reviews on the day of release, that was planned beforehand by a bunch of members of 2chan. The game was very well received otherwise.

might I ask why they did that. it seems like an interesting story



thelifatree said:
Cactus said:
Severance said:

This game had a simillar backlash in japan (atleast from user reviews) that FFXIII had in the US, and its what its said here , the repetition and the fact that all the towns are the same, i do have to play it to see for myself though , i love DQ games, they're so cute.


If you're talking about the swarm of 1-star amazon reviews on the day of release, that was planned beforehand by a bunch of members of 2chan. The game was very well received otherwise.

might I ask why they did that. it seems like an interesting story

I have no idea. If you look at reader polls from magazines like Famitsu or Dengeki, the response was positive, so it was probably just a big practical joke considering that Amazon.co.jp was specifically targeted.