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POSTED 23/9/16


DRAGON QUEST VII: FRAGMENTS OF THE FORGOTTEN PAST

Square Enix/Nintendo



Gun-totin’ and perpetually agro Looney Tunes shortarse Yosemite Sam once declared “Dragons is so stupid!”

Well Sammy, six-shooters or no six-shooters, try telling that to the legions of Dragon Quest fans and escaping with your buttocks un-whooped.

This particular incarnation of Dragon Quest, rather ungainly title and all, actually began life back on the first PlayStation system back in the year 2000. With everybody so worried about the supposed ‘Y2K bug” it slipped under the radars of many outside of Japan. That’s sad, but luckily Squenix via Nintendo have revisited it in handheld format. Three years after it hit the Land of the Rising Sun, but whatever...

If you’re expecting to knock this puppy over in an afternoon, you’ll need to recalibrate your ambitions. This Dragon Quest is big, seriously oodles of hours big. Your task is to go back in time in order to save the present – and we’re not talking something wrapped up nicely with a pretty bow on top.

An eye for strategy is essential, as you explore several continents, meeting various helpful (and not) folk and getting down to quests and turn-based battles (when you’re ready) with all manner of incredible enemies – some of which almost redefine the word “challenge”, especially after you’ve powered up. You’ll also be in for some fun puzzles and even mini-games. Plus grinding, we have to mention that you will grind.

With a game that requires such a massive time investment, it’s a relief that the various places you visit vary so greatly. This may be an old game, but the work put into it to make it sparkle on the 3DS shows in most every frame. Whoa, pretty!

The Dragon Quest series is up there with Final Fantasy as JRPG royalty. Fragments of the Forgotten Past reminds us why.

So stick that in your pipe and smoke it, ya ornery varmints!

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