Metascore
65

Mixed or average reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 43
  2. Negative: 3 out of 43
  1. If the main Dragon Quest series is the main course, then Dragon Quests Swords is a frothy aperitif - not enough to fill you up completely, but appetizing enough to get you interested in the next meal.
  2. The series had some good games but this latest addition doesn't convince us. The storyline and fighting are simply poor. The movements just aren't right. The developers probably had good idea, we just don't see them in-game.
  3. A game that fails to deliver. The visuals and sound are mediocre. The battle system is repetitive and mind-numbing. The level design is linear. The story is confusing and lacks depth.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. AndyH.
    Mar 30, 2010
    9
    While, it's not flawless, this is a great addition to the DQ series. It combines my two favorite genres in one, On-rails action and traditional RPG. The combo works wonders, it's just simply too fun, slicing enemies about, and leveling up to tackle any problem. The only real complaint I have, is that sometimes the controls don't work to their fullest. Still, this is my favorite of the spin offs in this series, bar none. Full Review »
  2. Jun 1, 2011
    7
    Dragon Quest Swords is a combination of RPG and First Person Light Gun Shooter. As bizarre as that sounds it actually works to some degree. The RPG aspect is pretty simple. You buy your weapons and armor, you level up by beating monsters, buy potions, etc. The light gun shooter aspect of the game is you select where you aim your sword and slash away at the evil doods. Sadly putting the two together means they both must suffer. The RPG aspect feels extremely light and the story feels cliché
    , there's only a handful of levels to go to and there's no real power ups you expect from a light gun shooter. But the game does manage to make do with what it has and if you can get pass the awkward control scheme at the beginning (D pad to move in a 3D space?!) then you should be fine. If you want a light RPG that will keep you moving, try this one. It should be in the bargain bins everywhere by now..
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  3. TashaB.
    Aug 28, 2009
    3
    After completing all legend of zelda games, i was looking for an equally as exciting game. after briefly looking at the cover and no attempts to read reviews of the game i decided to give it a try. i would not recommend this game for anyone over the age of 7. it was a grave disappointment. i invested 5 hours of game playing to this poorly plotted game and decided its just not for me. u are restricted in your actions and in some parts its almost like you are on train tracks. you can literally hold the run button and it will guide you to your destination. where this may be an advantage to some gamers, it was irritating to me. i would have loved to have explored my surroundings a little more. like i said, i haven't put forth much effort to the game and i may have retreated a little early but there is little to no incentives to make me want to invest... sorry, waste anymore time with this game. Full Review »