Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride
Beautiful visuals and addictive, intuitive combat aside, the story of Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride is downright fantastic
- Great graphics, huge bestiary with many tameable monsters, truly unique story with excellent writing and plot twists
- Tedious beginning chapter, annoying level grinding, huge time investment may scare off casual players and busy RPG fans
If you have the time to devote to its awesomely structured story, Dragon Quest V can be one of the most memorable experiences you'll get from an RPG.
Price$ 69.95 (AUD)
Initially, I didn't realize what made Dragon Quest V so good. Beautiful visuals and addictive, intuitive combat aside, the story is downright fantastic. Even when typical RPG cliches seem to rear their ugly head in the first chapters of the long, 30 to 40-hour plot, DQV starts on a series of timeskips and plot twists that will keep the game firmly sealed in your DS case for days. It's just that good.
Come For The Combat...
Every Dragon Quest game is praised (and ridiculed) for having essentially the same combat system. While Square Enix's other franchises tend to drastically switch things up in every new instalment, DQV's random battles retain the same turn-based combat that we've seen over and over again. Personally, I was staving off boredom during much of the game's build-up, where your barely-out-of-diapers protagonist is just learning the ropes of being a hero by hacking away at bats, Slimes and feral ferrets in the woods. But DQV's monster-taming system skillfully injects a fresh doze of life into building parties and level grinding. It's a fun treat when you're giving the option of recruiting a monster after defeating it, especially since they can wear equipment and feature their own unique stats.
...Stay For The Story
After your first timeskip, jumping you from a globetrotting childhood with your in-game father to a harsh adulthood in slavery, Dragon Quest V's plot really starts to take shape and break cliches. Over the course of the game, my main character grew up, got married, and saw his children continue the long adventure that his own parents started. More importantly, it all happened without me being able to predict anything that would come up next, unlike most RPGs that tend to give away the plot within the first flashback. It's one heck of a way to tell a story, and it gave me a real sense of accomplishment to see a powerful party filled with characters that I pushed through hours and hours of tricky dungeons and painful, punishing boss battles.
Painful level grinding aside, Dragon Quest V is a fantastic, innovative experience. If you're going to play this game, make sure to devote it the time that it deserves, since Dragon Quest V can be as much a daunting game as it is a fun one.
Join the newsletter!
Why virtualise your NAS environment?
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Oppo A73 review: The budget smartphone that sets the bar for 2018
- 2 Oppo R11s review: The iClone you know and love, but not quite the one you deserve
- 3 Blackberry KEYone Black Edition review: What the original KEYone should have been
- 4 Zolo Liberty+ review: The true wireless earbuds you've been waiting for
- 5 Samsung Gear IconX 2018 review: The path of least resistance makes for an easy upgrade
Latest News Articles
- Assassin’s Creed 2019: Release date, platforms and location rumours
- World of Tanks preps for March Madness and St Patricks Day
- PAX AUS 2018 partners with EB Expo
- Planet of the Apes comes to VR
- Razer roll out studio-grade Serien Elite microphone
PCW Evaluation Team
The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
- Interview - Netgear CEO Patrick Lo talks eSports, the NBN and why mesh is the smartphone of home Wi-Fi
- Everything You Can Do, I Can Do Better: Comparing The Google Home’s Assistant To Amazon Echo’s Alexa
- Samsung Galaxy S9+ review: A predictably-exellent flagship uplifted by a standout camera
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- TPProject Manager - Learning SystemsQLD
- CCProject Manager - CRMQLD
- FTLead DevOps EngineerNSW
- FTProject Manager, Capital WorksNSW
- TPWeb Content Publisher (VPS4/5) - Government sectorVIC
- FTUX Design Manager (Urgent!!)Other
- TPTechnical Support ResourceVIC
- TPTechnical Business AnalystQLD
- FTIncident ManagerSA
- FTService Desk ConsultantOther
- FTSenior Security EngineerOther
- FTOracle DeveloperWA
- FTNetwork AdministratorVIC
- FTIT Systems AdministratorVIC
- CCWindows Desk Migration EngineerNSW
- CCChange and Communication SpecialistWA
- FTIT Helpdesk AnalystVIC
- TPChange Lead | UtilitiesQLD
- FTChange and Communication LeadersOther
- FTField EngineerOther
- FTFull Stack Developer - Permanent OpportunityNSW
- CCProduct Owner - TelcoVIC
- CCMid Level, Project Manager, Sydney CBD, 12 month contractNSW
- FT.Net DeveloperACT