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A peek inside Dragon Quest X [PREVIEW]

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After playing through the two hour offline story mode that acts like a tutorial for Dragon Quest X, I was dropped into its world with a lot to do but having no idea where to start. I put in over 60 hours of playtime into Dragon Quest X, which left me with a unique experience that I couldn’t wait to log into everyday. With that much time spent in game I barely scratched the surface of what DQX has to offer.

There is no quest hub structure like the MMOs of today. The player get to choose whatever you want to do and how to do it. Do you grind for experience points leveling up a certain class, or do you hit the casino and try to win big? I for one found myself battling in the coliseum for glory.

Most of my time with DQX was spent leveling. This is where the game stands out most. Starting out as the Warrior class wielding sword and shield I set off to kill some slimes. Later on I decided to go as Battle Master and I became a duel wielding glass cannon that decimated enemies. Leveling up and switching classes has its benefits. The skill system in DQX is similar to that of Dragon Quest 9.

Many of the classes in DQX share a variety of skills trees as well as having their own unique ones. For example, since I had my sword tree maxed on my Warrior I started with all of the those skills on my level one Battle Master which made grinding at the early levels a breeze. It is about growing your characters horizontally not vertically. This may leave you wondering how the combat works.

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DQX’s combat doesn’t follow your typical keyboard rotation of skills. Combat is turn based with real-time movement. What this means is you have to wait so many seconds before you input your next command. This makes combat a thinking man’s game allowing the player to think about positioning and make tactical decisions. During combat monsters are intractable; you can’t pass through them. When you start moving into a monster your character will start pushing them away.

This is extremely important since it will take multiple players to move bigger enemies. You’re going to want to deflect them from the squishier party members, because in the late game some monsters will hit like a truck. After a battle you just don’t regenerate HP and MP like most MMOs. In order to regain those attributes you have to use healing items. If you run out of these items, then like old Dragon Quest games, you’re going to need to stay at an inn to recover.

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In my party of four, the typical amount of players for experience grinding, we lead an assault on a bunch of octopi. My party was a sight to behold in combat. They ranged of Mages to other types of melee classes. A Warrior with a two-handed axe charged into battle delivering massive AOE damage slicing through foes. The Martial Artist gave a brutal barrage of attacks with claws melting single targets. The Mage stayed in the rear and casted spells that light up the ground and the enemies around it. DQX provides the players with choice. Gone are the same old MMO triangle of DPS, Healer, Tank. Want an all melee party that can cast healing? So be it, feel free to experiment with the different class combinations to find out what you like best.

So what if no one is around for you to level up or do story content with? No problem. DQX has a very robust NPC system in place. After completing the required quest you will be able to hire NPCs from the Tavern. Here’s the genius part though. The NPCs you are hiring are players that have logged out of the game. After using someone’s character they will gain experience and money when the player logs back into the game. One evening when I logged in I found I had gained a level and a few thousand gold in my pocket.

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DQX’s server structure connects every player in the game. You are connected to one server that is split into different channels. Find camp that has too many players? Simply talk to the NPC at the inn and change channels. Do you want to play by yourself? Go to one of the many channels that prefer solo play. After achieving level 20 the Magical Labyrinth opens up. This acts like a dungeon finder found in most MMOs but it gives you five randomly generated rooms to battle through with a boss at the end. These play sessions last around 20 minutes and are great if you don’t have a lot of time to play. There is no race to get to endgame here. Play at your own pace and you’ll see that DQX offers many ways to play.

One last thing I need to mention. All of this couldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the help of the Dragon’s Den Dragon Quest X community. If you wish to play Dragon Quest X head over to their forums and give them a read. It will give you all of the information you need to play. The community is very helpful and the guild chat is very active.

That was my experience with Dragon Quest X. I am hopeful we will see something at E3 about this game since they did hint at bringing it over to the west. For further Dragon Quest X coverage keep checking Wii U Daily.

Feel free to ask questions about the game in the comments below. I will try to answer as many as I can.

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  • Lee Skilton

    Alas this will never be in English. I’d buy it in an instant if it were.

    • metalpants

      We can only hope… (T^T)…

    • http://www.bagofgames.com/author/jennero/ Jennero Rossi

      I would totally buy it again!

    • The Clockwork Being

      I would also buy it. I wouldn’t mind if it were in Japanese with subtitles.

    • mojack411

      SE actually stated that they had an “interest” in bringing this game “overseas”. Key words are interest and overseas. “Interest” by no means means official and “overseas” can mean anywhere from US and Europe to simply an Asian version. Regardless, there is hope.

  • Shota

    can’t they realize we want it too. i don’t care if i have to play my friend has and looks so fun to play online no lag at all. please SE bring it to EU and NA so everyone get the chance to play this great great game

    • http://www.bagofgames.com/author/jennero/ Jennero Rossi

      I wish they would too. There’s wasn’t too much text outside the story mode that would need to be translated. If they would release digital only it would do well.

  • Skelterz

    I wish this was made in europe.

  • Rich Garriques

    WHEN THE HELL IS THIS COMING TO NA THIS ISNT FAIR.

  • satoru iwata

    please understand that this WONT come to the west but we will give you mario fps that will also not release in the west

    • Yoshifan3

      the other iwata is WAY better and more convincing than you are, even though he is a fake.

      you sir, are weaksauce and you fail.

      • Fierce-Deity Link

        lol.. harsh ;p

      • http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008SRISGU#reader_B008SRISGU Adam Howell

        I’m not sure the other one is fake.

      • satoru iwata

        please understand that theres a difference between humans and sauces

        • Yoshifan3

          Please understand that you are becoming even more pathetic than I thought. The fact that you have to copy the other Iwata just to get likes is even more pathetic. At least capitalize the first letters of his first and last name. Your grammar is not very good as well.

          You are weaksauce.

          • a nintendo employee

            grammar nazi

        • Christopher Taylor

          Please understand that I have a urge to crush your scrawny little retard neck with my boot to prevent you from ever being able to say anything stupid out of your bitch mouth ever again, and then to promptly break and permanently cripple your fingers so the idiotic retarded impulses from your brain that reaches said fingers, would no longer be able to type anything ever again.

          • satoru iwata

            go for it arsewipe

          • Nothing5555

            Now, now, little kiddies (Christopher and employee) please play nice…….and please understand.

          • Christopher Taylor

            I feel sorry that you lack the intellect to notice I was just baiting him.

          • Christopher Taylor

            God your so easy to troll, how do you like being trolled back? Lost your composure now eh? What a n00b.

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        Yeah, the other is much better at it. That and this one doesn’t capitalize or end a sentence in a period. Not too convincing.

      • jjbredesen

        Harsh, but true, for me it is way easier to make funny conversations with the other one, think he needs to study there ways of speaking xD

        • Yoshifan3

          It amazes me what people will do just to get likes. Some can do it really well but others just cant.

          • http://Nintendo.com/ Nintendo of America

            On behalf of my real counterpart, thank you ;)

          • Yoshifan3

            Your welcome!

          • jjbredesen

            On behalf of my not real counterpart thank you :P

          • Yoshifan3

            wait you made the Nintendo of America, and Original Iwata accounts?

          • http://Nintendo.com/ Nintendo of America

            Original Reggie, and me, but not Iwata.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Iwata is my creation. Which I’m sure people will have a hard time believing due to my rep here. :P

    • Pablo Lavín

      I hate looking on names that start in lower case. Damn, it’s a NAME

  • DC777

    This would be a great summer game along with MK8. Wake up N.

  • Satoru Iwata

    Please understand, that this will be coming in 2015 to North America. We apologize for the long wait as we at Nintendo, are working hard with Square Enix to make this game that greatest of quality. Please be patient, and enjoy Mario Kart 8. It’s only two more weeks. I am confident that this will keep our fans busy for the time being. Enjoy my honorable fans.

    Thank you for supporting Nintendo.

    • http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008SRISGU#reader_B008SRISGU Adam Howell

      Could you confirm it’s coming to the uk too?

      • Evil Iwata

        Please understand that Nintendo has no intention of doing that. That market is doing horribly bad. Fear not Nintendo fan. We will gimp the North American port, and make sure it is at the poorest quality. I shall take Nintendo to great heights. Me, Evil Iwata, approves of this.

        • jjbredesen

          Please we have enough impersonators, there is only room for a few of us, so i would like to ask you, to not join the party just for likes. I started the trend again, but not so that everyone is going to do so, i will have to kill of all of my impersonations, until it has calmed down, thank you for understanding.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            To be fair, jj, this trend has been around before you were on this site, even myself included. I get what you’re trying to say, and it can get out of hand. Though, there aren’t that many of these impersonators to be honest. I can’t count how many you went through. ;P

          • jjbredesen

            Agree on that, but i said i started it again now with the NOA account, there was a large break and then when NOA started, Iwata came back etc.

            I have only had:

            -Reggie Fils Aime (Orginal one that started on a predictions article)

            -Anouther Reggie, because the old one was banned, but i changed it to the NOA one.

            I am not behind Iwata, or the others, i was not Drunken Reggie either, but my point was that there are to many people that are trying to do this because of likes, i am doing it to be funny.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            That may be their reasoning too, jj. Can’t assume everyone who does it, is doing it for that sole purpose. If you have fun with it, that’s all good. I support that, but don’t take away fun from others. Otherwise, it isn’t fair for them. If you understand what I mean. I look at it this way. Even if there are many, there are only a few that stand out the best. The rest, just fade away in time, which is usually pretty quick. Not that I’m singling you out, I just call it like I see it. If it makes you feel better, I have a few impersonator accounts, but only use them on and off depending on articles. ;P

          • jjbredesen

            100% agree and i think i was being a bit overprotective xD, and yes people should have a chance, but would still advise them to do someone that is not being done now. There is a lot of potential with Bill Trinen as an example, and i actually had a suspicion that your where behind the Iwata account :P

            But again, i agree, and respect your opinion, and i think you just corrected me from being a bit of a bully xD Thanks!

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Well, if you did, then you’re probably the only one. :P I started Iwata nearly a year ago, then stopped when I had to take a few classes. I was also burnt out so I retired the account for a while and only use it on and off. When you made your Reggie account is when I created Drunken Reggie. I only made that one to just poke fun at your impersonation(all in good humor of course). I haven’t used him in a long time since I haven’t found a good time to really use it again.

            Anyways, it’s all good. I never took it as bullying. We all love to have our own fun regardless of what people think. :P

          • Michael Ocampo

            BREAK OUT THE SAKE!! XD

          • jjbredesen

            Okey atlas i know who was behind the account :D Have a lot of respect for your, um..work xD

          • Michael Ocampo

            Hey Truthteller/Knowlegdeiswassup! ;D

    • Tecpedz94

      Stop impersonating Iwata, you’re always posting stuff that haven’t been confirmed…

    • condor87z

      Thanks Iwata, I know that its perfectly legitimate of you to post on this site.

    • http://Nintendo.com/ Nintendo of America

      Yes mein fuhrer, it will indeed hit North America in 2015, and to make it more fit for the western audience, we will add the micro transactions, so that you can buy GOD mode for $85 a month, giving you unlimited magic points, and it lowers the cost of each button press from, $0.19 to $0.09.

      Thank you for supporting Nintendo.

      • Yousif Alromaithi

        Nintendo of America you committed a hard bargain.

    • Yousif Alromaithi

      Thanks Iwata I believe in you. Anyways sometimes you act funny.

    • Capt. Smoker

      oi oi bring a 3ds adapter out for the Wii U or at least DS VC, I got a hungering to play my favourite franchises, can’t be waiting any longer for Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem and Dragon Quest X, bring out some Persona ports and Dragon Quest VIII while your at it, I won’t understand even if you say please.

    • Nintendo Of North Korea

      I couldn’t agree more, Iwata. We are releasing Kim-Jung Kart on the same day! We just leaked the roster: Kim-Jung-Un Dennis Rodman Metal Kim-Jung Metal Rodman

    • Pokémon Fan

      Mr. Iwata I would like to enjoy Mario Kart 8 but right now I can not because I do not own a Wii U.

  • http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008SRISGU#reader_B008SRISGU Adam Howell

    I’m fairly busy and would struggle to find the time to play this. Does it feel like there’s a reasonable end point to this MMO, or will it just go on and on until you realise you’re bored out of your mind like with most MMO’s.

    • http://www.bagofgames.com/author/jennero/ Jennero Rossi

      There is sort of a end point. For example, you could finish all of the story content and call yourself “done” with the game. Then usually the next patch brings more story. There was always something for me to do when I logged in.

  • http://wiiudaily.com/ Colin Malone

    This sounds amazing! I’m not usually into MMOs, but I’ll have to give this a try!

  • condor87z

    I feel like I’m being teased with this info. The game most likely won’t come to the US :(

  • janco tianno

    I just heard that Far Cry 4 won’t be on Wii U.

    That’s a shame. I just started playing Assassin’s Creed on Wii U and became a fan of the series.

    But I understand Ubisoft at all.

    Wii U received Amazing Spider Man 2, the version is exactly like the PS4 version. The only difference is that the PS4 is on the top of the charts, but the Wii U version…
    (not saying tha ASM2 is the number one game… but it is on some top ten lists around there…)

    • lonewolf

      That game is bad and ps 4 owners bought it because hmm is there anything else to play on there?

  • Virus6

    I really wanted to play this. It still baffles me that SE didn’t at least just release the offline portion for us.

  • http://www.mgo2.com/ Neferpitou

    I really want this game in North America.

    • Adrian

      Gon!

  • Adrian

    There are two things wrong with this game.

    1. It is only in Japan/Japanese
    2. It is an MMO (The single player experience is the heart of RPGs IMO).

    • condor87z

      Ah very true.

    • http://www.bagofgames.com/author/jennero/ Jennero Rossi

      1. Yes that was the point of previewing the game. Since, there isn’t much info about the game outside of reading Japanese.
      2. I don’t think you read my preview since I explain it is a DQ game just with multiplayer. There is a ton of single player story here.

      • Adrian

        The multiplayer paradigm takes away from the single player gameplay because the difficulty and AI for multiplayer is completely different from the same for single player. I’ve never seen Multiplayer gameplay enhance an RPG. Only make it way too easy, or impossible to solo.

        • Michael Ocampo

          It seems really interesting to me, the multiplayer far more than the single player of course.

  • Me

    Ugly as hell

  • Steven McDowell

    This would make me use my Wii U way more often.

  • Enumerating Wishes

    To play it on a PC we need a VPN? I already have a SE account from FFXIV and would like to play this on the computer preferably. We do have a Wii but I think it’d be a bit of a hassle to mod it.