Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen DS


Generally favorable reviews - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 44
  2. Negative: 0 out of 44
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  1. 83
    A more than worthy remake of a gaming great, and RPG fans should consider it a mandatory play. Remakes aren't a science -- they're an art...and Dragon Quest IV has been re-created with deft strokes.
  2. ArtePiazza brings us an impressive remake of Dragon Quest IV that has a traditional RPG gameplay feeling and a superb symbiosis between past and present. If you're a role playing hardcore gamer then you must play this piece of jewellery.
  3. AceGamez
    I feel as though I should be warning you that it's not just retro but positively a step backwards, and as we all know backwards steps are not good ones.
  4. Chapters of the Chosen serves as a strong reminder of just how good some of the old times really were. It's a lengthy and deep RPG that offers a solid challenge without crushing the spirits of the non-hardcore RPG enthusiast.
  5. 90
    Third time is definitely the charm…
  6. The Chapters of the Chosen is a deep, well conceived, measured and expertly delivered title that is as rewarding to play as it is aesthetically pleasing. A title that is both a fascinating glimpse into the past and a wonderful vindication of the importance and durability of solid game design.
  7. If you have played it and are wondering whether it's as good as you remember, it is. It may even be better than you remember.
  8. My biggest takeaway from Chapters of the Chosen is that despite it's sexy new makeover, it still feels like an old school adventure.
  9. Edge Magazine
    While the mechanics are well worn by subsequent Quest dabbling, the narrative structure remains an interesting premise to this day. [Oct 2008, p.100]
  10. A heavyweight update of a marvellous game. Indeed, it emerges as the strongest RPG for the system, an extraordinary feat considering its long journey to get here. Blue moustache and all.
  11. For a gussied-up remake of an NES game, Dragon Quest IV features some nice touches.
  12. With a great story and some fun classic game play as well as the new wonderful graphic updates to this classic RPG, make it a worthy single player title. The multiplayer side of things has a ton of potential if you have a few friends with the game you will have a blast for a very long time. For RPG fans this is a great title.
  13. 80
    But if you're looking for a good, simple RPG that you can pick up and play without chaining yourself down, you should definitely choose Dragon Quest IV this fall. [Oct 2008, p.91]
  14. Whether it sells or not, this is a great remake of a game that totally deserved one from the ground up—but at that, this isn’t for everyone.
  15. The game does a lot of things right, just like the early versions on the NES and the PlayStation. The game is easy to pick up without having a short lifespan. Nevertheless even the graphics seem to be copied from his early ancestors and the whole game concept feels a little recycled. Only die-hard RPG fans will find some pleasure in the game.
  16. While Dragon Quest IV doesn’t offer anything overwhelmingly new or unique, it’s a solid RPG experience that any fan of the genre will have fun playing.
  17. Games Master UK
    This adventure isn't perfect, but stick with it and you'll discover another worthy addition to the DS's growing library of RPGs. [Oct 2008, p.72]
  18. games(TM)
    It ingeniously updates all the problems with the original without destroying the core concept. [Dec 2008, p.109]
  19. With great pacing, clever character development, and phenomenal presentation, this relatively forgiving RPG is likely to convert fence-sitters into fully-fledged RPG fanatics. Even though it might be considered “by-the-book” by today’s standards, Dragon Quest IV should be considered required playing for any role-playing fan out there.
  20. Chapters of the Chosen is a charming, absorbing, and addictively fun role-playing game that offers the best chance Westerners have ever had to experience Dragon Quest IV.
  21. 80
    Dragon Quest IV offers a classic RPG experience that you'd be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.
  22. If you like your RPGs old school, yet approachable in their difficulty, you can’t do much better than this.
  23. Even gamers that never played a Dragon Quest game should be able to find the charm underneath the old-school gameplay.
  24. Highly recommended, and something that every RPG enthusiast should definitely check out.
  25. The game was able to fascinate gamers 20 years ago and still, it has the power to do so. Epic role-playing with a brilliant story and a very well done character design!
  26. 80
    Dragon Quest fans may still want to plop down the cash, as it's a great nostalgic package for those that haven't spent time with the Japanese remake on the original PSX, and for those itching to get into the series, it won't get much better than Chapters of the Chosen.
  27. Dragon Quest: The Chapters of the Chosen takes a little while to get on the boil, but once it does you’ll find yourself absorbed in a lengthy, enjoyable, balanced and accessible JRPG that is as welcoming to genre veterans as it is to complete newcomers. There’s more than enough modern polish and sheen to justify bringing this former NES classic back for yet another outing.
  28. 75
    Despite feeling as aged as it is, Dragon Quest IV is still one of the most engaging and endearing RPG titles in gaming history.
  29. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Reserve the next 40 hours of your life for this ultimate remake. Back in 90’s DQ IV was a huge hit on NES and you can bet this NDS version will catch you the same. [Nov 2008]
  30. 60
    If you have fond memories of it or you are an RPG fanatic, definitely check out this game.
  31. It's as a never-before-played adventure that Dragon Quest most impresses. Forgive it its age and appreciate its forward-thinking. We be tellin' yers so.
  32. Nintendo Power
    Although this DS remake offers an attractive polygonal world and plenty of usability improvements, it still feels very much like a product of its time. [Oct 2008, p.86]
  33. Ultimately, Dragon Quest IV is so steeped in retro gaming culture that it's bound to be polarizing.
  34. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    A decent adventure, but it'll require persistence to get the most from it. [Oct 2008, p.94]
  35. Pelit (Finland)
    A quality remake of the classic, charming adventure. [Feb 2009]
  36. 80
    A fairly decent JRPG experience in Dragon Quest IV. The engine is ported from the original PSX version of Dragon Quest VII, with 2D sprites animating themselves in a 3D world.
  37. A solid traditional RPG married to a refreshingly modern narrative, shot through with a lovely sense of humour.
  38. The DS adaption is nothing short of extraordinary, so this expedition is more than worth the time.
  39. 88
    But I can say with confidence that Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen is a must-own for nearly all JRPG fans.
  40. For players who don’t mind the overzealous translation, this game is a gem; for longtime fans of the series, it could be a bitter disappointment. What you get out of this game depends on what your expectations are going in.
  41. If you can cope with the archaic gameplay elements you'll find a JRPG that shames many of its more modern cousins with its entrancing plot and bewitching charm.
  42. 70
    It's tough to make the distinction between where Square Enix was deliberately preserving the game's nostalgic appeal, and where it was just cutting costs.
  43. All in all, Dragon Quest IV is an excellent addition (or duplicate) to any RPG fan's collection. I recommend checking it out if you missed it the first couple of times as it'll keep you busy until the brand new Dragon Quest IX releases later next year.
  44. Dragon Quest IV is a classic RPG in every sense of the word, from its charming medieval atmosphere to its plucky cast of characters. Behind the cheerful exterior lies a tough and challenging game that requires lots of patience and time. The game will easily give the player their money's worth, and is a great starting point in the franchise that will have you waiting in anticipation for the next game.

Awards & Rankings

#17 Most Discussed DS Game of 2008
#14 Most Shared DS Game of 2008
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Oct 10, 2013
    Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen is the first DQ installment on the DS and an enhanced remake of the NES classic Dragon Warrior IVDragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen is the first DQ installment on the DS and an enhanced remake of the NES classic Dragon Warrior IV

    The story is divided into various chapters, all starring your future party members and their own story or quest, it is unique in a way that you get to know your party members and their personal motives behind it all.

    Eventually you'll get to the part where everyone joins forces and the main hero (you!) get introduced proper, from then onward you'll try and stop a certain Psaro the Manslayer (Who looks kinda like Sephiroth the elf?), who's out to evolve into the ultimate being and rid the world from all evil, after the story is beaten you can replay the ending with a twist, which I won't spoil here. ;-)

    There's some sidequests to be done, like casino games and increasing your frontier town by looking for people interested to move there.

    The gameplay is similar to any console-like RPG of it's kind, you train your party members as they gain XP and other stats, talking to people to get clues on where to venture next, defeating monsters to get coins to buy upgraded armor and weapons.

    There is a huge overworld where you to leave town in which you'll be able to ride a ship and even a hot air balloon as you progress trough the story.

    Battles are fought out in a 1st person perspective as you can see your enemies moving and doing their own thing, the pace of these battles you can decide yourself by manually doing everything or letting the AI decide the right course of action, it makes decent decisions and ensures you stay alive, tho I advice doing it manually at boss fights, I usually had the healer controller by the AI with spellcasters under my own command.

    I played this on a 3DS XL and I must say the circle pad was heavenly, as the characters can actually move in 8 directions, but it's really annoying to do on the D-Pad, other then that I have no complaints, everything is mapped to the right button, movement is fluid.

    It seems to be using the graphic style found in Dragon Quest VII on the PS1, personally I think it has a charm to it, it's a 3D world inhabited by 2D/Sprite characters and objects, still they look quite good.
    I'm assuming it's hit or miss for some people, but it does the job well enough for me.

    The music is your typical Dragon Quest kind, it's very melodical with a classical touch to it, some songs are better then others, I very much like the song Homeland, played when your hero traverses the overworld...

    + Charming graphics that capture the Dragon Quest spirit
    + Chapter system, showing you what drove your party members to join your cause
    + The battles are fun and paced to your own desire
    + Able to continue game after beating it with a suprise twist!
    + Some songs are amazing!

    - Having no circle pad when not on a 3DS, seems annoying to move diagonally
    - While the story is good, it takes a backseat after the main quest starts
    - Some songs are not!

    This is an excellent game and Dragon Quest experience on the go, the story while lacking near the end still holds up pretty well to keep you going all the way trough. The battles are good and the overworld is fun to explore.
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  2. Jul 25, 2013
    The over-ambitious NES vision is properly realized on the DS with few flaws and great pace. A lengthy but satisfying quest that never takesThe over-ambitious NES vision is properly realized on the DS with few flaws and great pace. A lengthy but satisfying quest that never takes itself too seriously. Full Review »
  3. Jan 23, 2012
    Outstanding port of one of my favorite NES games. I was anxiously looking forward to this one when I first heard it announced, and it did notOutstanding port of one of my favorite NES games. I was anxiously looking forward to this one when I first heard it announced, and it did not disappoint. The graphics update was sweet, and the extra post-game content, that much sweeter. The NPC's accents were laid on a bit heavy, but it does give the game a bit more character then it had the first time around. Full Review »