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  • Summary: You plan to become a humble fisherman of peaceful Estard Island, the only land in a world of ocean. But when you discover the artifacts from an ancient land, you tear the fabric of time and unveil the world that once was. Transported to past lands, you must solve their mysteries and breakYou plan to become a humble fisherman of peaceful Estard Island, the only land in a world of ocean. But when you discover the artifacts from an ancient land, you tear the fabric of time and unveil the world that once was. Transported to past lands, you must solve their mysteries and break the spell of annihilation. Prepare for your destiny! Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 56
  2. Negative: 0 out of 56
  1. Sep 13, 2016
    92
    If you seek classic Japanese RPG in its most traditional way, you'll be fully satisfied with this superb Dragon Quest VII remake. An incredibly long adventure, lots of secrets, charismatic characters and a good variety of vocational classes.
  2. 90
    Dragon Quest VII was already a great game when it released on PS1 15 years ago, but the remade Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past takes that experience and improves on it twofold. The rebuilt visuals look great on the 3DS and pair well with the already exceptional story and gameplay to make Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past the definitive experience for the seventh entry in this long running franchise.
  3. Sep 22, 2016
    90
    If a traditional menu-based RPG that spans nearly 100 hours isn't your idea of a good time, run away from Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past. Run away *screaming*. On the other hand, if you want to tuck into a great RPG for months at a time, you couldn't ask for a better companion.
  4. Sep 13, 2016
    80
    Dragon Quest 7 Fragments of the Forgotten Past for Nintendo 3DS is a great Turn-based RPG. The game doesn't set itself apart from other RPGs, but with the iconic art style, it doesn't have to.
  5. Nov 23, 2016
    80
    One of the most beloved RPGs of all time receives a new skin and elements. Although we can find some things a little bit old DQ still is a really nice rpg which is now portable.
  6. Sep 20, 2016
    80
    If you're after a truly traditional RPG experience with some modern 3DS trimmings, Dragon Quest VII is a safe bet that'll keep you busy till Christmas.
  7. Sep 18, 2016
    50
    It feels unfair to call Dragon Quest VII a bad game, as it was fine in the year 2000. However, in 2016 we are not okay with a game that does not innovate enough. It just feels old, instead of retro.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. Sep 16, 2016
    10
    This is a remake of Dragon Quest VII on the PS1, one of the best in the series. For those unfamiliar with the series, Dragon Quest is one ofThis is a remake of Dragon Quest VII on the PS1, one of the best in the series. For those unfamiliar with the series, Dragon Quest is one of the "big two" JRPG series, alongside Final Fantasy, but never had much success outside of Japan. The original DQVII was released very late on the PS1 life, and had bad outdated graphics and trashy controls. This made people avoid the title in favour of other rpgs, and in general DQVII was ignored by most. And that is a pity.

    Fast forward to 2016, and we can play the remake in the West, at last. And it is totally worth it: Great graphics, both in terms of engine and in terms of art style, great music, control improvements, gameplay improvements. The way it was meant to be played.

    If you have played a DQ game before, you know what to expect: Great story, charming characters, a lighthearted mood, tons of playtime and some grinding. The battles are the typical archaic JRPG battles, but for some reason they feel fresh and fast paced on this remake, so they won't bother you that much.

    I understand that the lower ratings come from people who don't like those archaic elements, and believe me, i hate those too, but for some reason i am always making an exception for Dragon Quest games: The typical jrpg battles are part of their appeal.

    One of the true gems on the 3DS, and a reason to own the console (at least until they port the game on other platforms).

    I am surprised at the relative low metascore. This game deserves more. So i am giving it a 10, and a recommendation if you own a 3DS and like RPGs. Don't miss this.
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  2. Aug 9, 2017
    10
    This was my first Dragon Quest so I wouldn't know how it compares to other dragon quest games, but I've played hundreds of RPG games before,This was my first Dragon Quest so I wouldn't know how it compares to other dragon quest games, but I've played hundreds of RPG games before, and completed every final fantasy game there is, which is my favorite RPG saga.
    Well, getting to the point, this was a completely different experience from other rpgs i've played, and loved it, it has a special charm that I cant quite explain with words, but know this.
    This is an RPG adventure you shouldn't miss, even if you're not an rpg gamer.
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  3. Sep 18, 2016
    10
    The best JRPG on 3DS. The storyline is amazing, the music is amazing. There is so much good about this game. Everyone who loves jrpgs needsThe best JRPG on 3DS. The storyline is amazing, the music is amazing. There is so much good about this game. Everyone who loves jrpgs needs to buy this game. With over 100 hours of gameplay you are definitely getting your money's worth. Expand
  4. Jan 21, 2017
    9
    I have managed to get every game in the collection and this one is a favorite of mine. It is extensive and at present I have put almost 300I have managed to get every game in the collection and this one is a favorite of mine. It is extensive and at present I have put almost 300 hours into the game play and have not reached the end of the game. It is well worth the money and time to invest in, and play. You can find a complete walk through guide on gamefaqs. And youtube has links that you can use to show you what you need to do. Search for Twist Highspirits, to find the complete game play and visual guide to enjoy this wonderful fun filled game. I strongly suggest if you enjoy the Dragon Quest games. That you purchase all 6 games for the 3DS, they are all great role playing games and full of many, many hours of fighting, side questing and other amazing activities. The post games are just as long and amazing as the main story line. And usually open up unique places, items and equipment that will make your game play much easier. The time spent playing all these games are very fulfilling and guarantee'd to keep you delving deeper into each quest that comes your way. Expand
  5. Oct 13, 2016
    9
    My first dragon quest game. I have put over 50 hours into it now and I love it. Great story, which is just grand in terms of scope andMy first dragon quest game. I have put over 50 hours into it now and I love it. Great story, which is just grand in terms of scope and time-line and sometimes very touching. Good translation and writing. Good graphics for a 3D 3DS game. Even the mini game, like the casino is very fun. Vocations are also a blast.

    The only con I can think of is close to linear storyline, no side quests, frame skipping in 3D and the grinding. Sometimes you feel like the dungeons are designed just for grinding and to make the story longer.
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  6. Dec 26, 2016
    8
    I just finished DragonQuest VII, and I have to say it is a good, but flawed game. DragonQuest VII shines in the storytelling, and explorationI just finished DragonQuest VII, and I have to say it is a good, but flawed game. DragonQuest VII shines in the storytelling, and exploration departments. The flaws come in the form of easy fights, grinding, and everything being drawn out.

    You start the game out as a young boy living on the only island in the whole world. Eventually you discover that there used to be other islands, but they've all been wiped out by the Demon King in the past. The game involves traveling back in time to restore those lost islands to the present. On each island in the past there is a village, and each village has a problem that will wipe the island out if not solved by the player. Once each island is saved in the past you can travel to the present to explore the island a second time. It is a lot of fun seeing just how your actions in the past effect the present. These time traveling storytelling elements are by far the best part of the game.

    Exploration comes in the form of seeking out mini-medals, looking for chests, playing games at the casino and building a monster village.

    There is a job system in DragonQuest VII, but it never lives up to it's full potential due to the easy fights. Enemies go down in a single turn. I found myself just setting my party to "show no mercy" hitting A, and then watching as my computer controlled allies made short work of enemies. In a good JRPG you have to fight carefully during the smaller fights, or else you won't have enough HP and MP left over to tackle the dungeon boss. This game lacks that.

    The job system is further hampered by the fact that you have to grind to level up your job classes. Don't get me wrong I don't mind grinding, but there is such a thing as too much grinding. It takes three times longer to level up job classes in this game as other JRPGS, with a job system.

    Everything in DQVII just takes too long. Instead of jumping aboard a boat, you are forced to watch as your party slowly walks on deck, and the boat slowly takes off for thirty seconds. Instead of using a key to open a door, you are forced to travel to the castle town, ask the king for permission to open said door, and then travel back to open said door. During this time no random battles are encountered. You are just forced to walk for no other reason than to take up time. DQVII is littered with little moments like these. They make the game about 30 hours too long, and are really annoying.

    Overall DQVII is a good game, but it is only for hardcore fans of the series. DragonQuests 8 and 9 are miles ahead of this entry in the series. Play those first.
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  7. May 2, 2020
    3
    No, this...this is a very awful game. Awful game. I don't think I have ever played a game nearly this depressing. Not because of the story,No, this...this is a very awful game. Awful game. I don't think I have ever played a game nearly this depressing. Not because of the story, but because it's just a dull, boring, slog of a game. Expand

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