What are the best Dragon Quest games?

Hardcore gamers! It's time to celebrate the Dragon Quest name that has pioneered a wave of strategy RPG games. Let your inner warrior take control as you walk into towns and buy weapons, armor, and items to defeat monsters. Dive into this list of the best Dragon Quest games available.

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    #1Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

    Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

    The Journey of the Cursed King is the 8th installment in the Dragon Quest series. This is the first title in the series to be presented in full 3D and also the first English version of a Dragon Quest game to drop the Dragon Warrior title. 

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    Rachel Webb
    Written on March 7, 2019
    "Plating this in my 3DS took me like forever but it was one heck of a game. I enjoyed taking the role of a castle guard and destroying enemies all throughout. One of the best Dragon Quest games of its era for sure"
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    #2Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

    Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

    The Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is considered by many critics to be the best entry in the Dragon Quest series as well as one of the best contemporary Japanese role-playing video game overall. 

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    Andy Ma
    Written on March 7, 2019
    "Being the hero in this Dragon Quest game is really fun as the story is wonderful as well as the graphics. It's a JRPG that actually is very fun to play and has its own charm. I'm glad I got this as soon as it came out for my PS4"
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    #3Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation

    Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation

    The Realms of Revelation is the 6th installment to the Dragon Quest series. This is the last game in the series to feature the Castle in the Sky trilogy. It was the best selling game of 1995, with over 3 million copies sold. 

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    Lawrence Jensen
    Written on March 7, 2019
    "This game is the real deal with good enemy selection and wide attack variety. The strategy element here is really good and makes the gameplay lively. The only thing I dont like is the long dialogues that I have to endure throughout the game but overall a good Dragon Quest game"

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that there is a “Dragon Quest Law” in Japan? The game has been at the forefront of strategy RPG games worldwide. Most notably, it has been such a big phenomenon in Japan. When it launches a new game, not only children get their hands on it. Many grown workers often take a sick day just to quickly play such new releases. This has reportedly lead to a measurable drop in productivity across Japan. In their country, there is usually no such thing as mandated sick pay. This means that losing money to play a game on its release date has many implications. The government didn't have to step in to address this issue though. The so-called “Dragon Quest Law” was mandated by the game's developers themselves.

Having created a nationwide issue, Square Enix made sure to avoid a weekday release for the game. In Japan, it was a general practice in the industry for games to be shipped out on Thursdays. However, because of what has become of the situation, adjustments were made. The game's executive producer Yuu Miyake stated that they had arranged a deal with Nintendo to have future Dragon Quest games released on a Saturday. Such tradition continues to this day. There is no denying how the series has made a mark not only in terms of gaming. It also made known to the world that it has altered Japanese pop culture in a big way. The game has influenced many of its contemporaries. Nowadays, wherever you are in the world, you will find different strategy games on PS4 and different platforms that would give a slight resemblance to Dragon Quest.

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    #4Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past

    Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past

    The Fragments of the Forgotten Past is the 7th installment in the Dragon Quest series. It was released in North America under the title Dragon Warrior VII. Before its release, it was ranked as the most wanted game in Japan. 

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    Gao Wei
    Written on March 7, 2019
    "Dragon Quest VII has everything I've come to expect from an RPG with a few puzzles, a dungeon to conquer and, usually, a big boss in the end. Great pacing and its not really the average RPG but you'll like it"
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    #5Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation

    Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation

    Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation is a role-playing video game developed by Chunsoft and published by Enix. It was first released for the Family Computer in Japan and later for the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America. 

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    Alexander Patel
    Written on June 4, 2019
    "I thoroughly enjoyed playing this game. I like how the old school rpg feels. Although this one has an improved interface and visual enhancements. I wouldn't say that this is the best dragon quest game because the diffioculty level is low but this is my favorite so far. I even play it on mobile. "
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    #6Dragon Quest Builders

    Dragon Quest Builders

    Dragon Quest Builders is a sandbox action role-playing game. It's like a Dragon Quest version of Minecraft. Famitsu, a Japanese video game magazine, gave it an overall rating of 36 out of 40; since all four reviewers rated the game a 9. 

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    Aanya Jayaraman
    Written on March 7, 2019
    "This is really a good game as a Dragon Quest fan but it has a twist that one will like. Complete game as it also has the exploration of a Zelda game and it’s got a quest system reminiscent of the Super Nintendo classic Actraiser. I really love this game"
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    #7Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride

    Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride

    Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride is a role-playing video game and is a part of the Dragon Quest video game series. It was the first Dragon Quest game in the series to not be released outside Japan. 

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    Vishal Subramanium
    Written on June 4, 2019
    "The game is awesome!!! I especially like how you can recruit monsters to be on your team. A very good story (as far as Dragon Quest games go) where it follows the hero on a path from a little kid to an adult, to getting married. I absolutely loved it. For me, it's the best dragon quest game. "
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    #8Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2

    Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2
    This is the sequel to Square Enix's blockbuster spin-off in the Dragon Quest realm. The follow-up promises over 300 monsters available to collect, raise and combine.
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    Wei Xie
    Written on June 4, 2019
    "the battle system is just similar to previous series. but it's addicting. no wonder, it was on the top selling games in japan in 2010 (i think??!) and as a top dragon quest games per se. i particularly love the tag mode feature which was first found in dragon quest ix. "
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