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  • Summary: Five years have passed since the defeat of the Deathbringer, and the kingdom of Avalonia joyously celebrates what seems to be an everlasting era of peace. However, a closer look reveals that things are amiss. Calamity arises within the kingdom, as unfamiliar and powerful monsters invade the outskirts of town. With the Deathbringer gone, what explanation is there for the onset of these monsters? And what of the queen, who has come to hide her face behind a strange mask? Make your way through the perilous journey, solve the baffling mysteries and return order to Avalonia. [Square Enix] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 43
  2. Negative: 3 out of 43
  1. Not the long epic DQ adventure people want, can be fun to play while it lasts, but some might not be compelled to play for a while it once it's completed.
  2. This won't appeal to everyone, but those willing to put up with tired genre formulas are bound to have some fun. [Mar 2008, p.102]
  3. 70
    If you’re looking for a hardcore, 50+ hour experience, this isn’t it. What DQ Swords brings to the table, however, is an extremely accessible role playing experience that works to capture new gamers in the world of Dragon Quest.
  4. If you can get past the shaky controls and low replay value, you'll have a fun experience, especially if you're a Dragon Quest fanatic. However, if the controls aggravate you, the entire experience is going to be more of a chore than a game.
  5. Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors is a decent attempt at bringing the Dragon Quest series to a new, much younger or more casual audience while trying to cater for long-time fans.
  6. This is a truly sub-par DQ effort. Genius Sonority managed to spoil "Pokemon Battle Revolution" and they weave that same inept magic here. [JPN Import; Oct 2007, p.64]
  7. 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.

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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
    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. Collapse
  2. ChrisP.
    Feb 28, 2008
    IT bring something NEW!!! and it is fun in every standard. The total content ashould last about 25-30 hours of gameplay and it has seriously good re-play value. DQS is on par with the best Wii games you can buy. This is the type of game the Wii was built for and is something that can only be delivered with the Wii. DQS has set a new standard for what can be done with the Wii-mote and provides the fresh new game experience I cannot get from other games. Expand
  3. Jun 1, 2011
    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..
  4. TashaB.
    Aug 28, 2009
    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. Expand