Dragon Quest X
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|Main series games|
| Awakening of the Five Tribes|
The Sleeping Hero and the Guided Allies
Lore of the Ancient Dragon
|Platform(s)||Wii, Wii U, 3DS, Microsoft Windows, Android, Nintendo Switch|
|Release date(s)|| Wii JP August 2, 2012
Wii U JP March 2013
Microsoft Windows JP September 26, 2013
CHN May 20, 2016
Android JP December 16, 2013
|Genre(s)||Console role-playing game|
Dragon Quest X: Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku Online (ドラゴンクエストX オンライン Doragon Kuesuto Ten: Onrain?) is the tenth game in the Dragon Quest series. It was announced at a press conference in January 2009. On September 5 2011, it was announced to be an online multiplayer game for the Nintendo Wii and released in Japan on August 2, 2012. Dragon Quest X is also be playable without the online feature.
Two physical expansion packs were released for the game: Nemureru Yūsha to Michibiki no Meiyū in 2013 and Inishie no Ryuu no Denshou in 2015. Also, there was a manga series, Dragon Quest: Souten no Soura. A Nintendo Switch version was also announced on January 12th, 2017 during the Nintendo Switch Presentation, though at the moment, it will only be in Japanese.
Dragon Quest X is the first game inside the numbered titles that breaks the Dragon Quest tradition of turn-based combat; the combat becomes more action-based by breaking the order of the attacks.
The game includes a quest system like in Dragon Quest IX, but with some changes. Quests serve as side-stories helping non-player characters around the game's world. Multiple quests can be performed simultaneously with some even interlocking and unlocking various stages in fellow quests. Early quests include gathering magical spring water, slaying monsters and stealing for a fellow thief. Like the previous Dragon Quest installment, Dragon Quest X contains many open ended mini-quests. Upon completion of the quests, a "Quest List log," serving as an in-game achievement list. There are also brand new "Job quests" that can only be received when you have the job that is requested.
This game also includes two new features as a reference to other RPG games: the Fire Colosseum and the Magic Labyrinth. The Fire Colosseum allows the player challenge again some storyline bosses that are modified to be stronger and the Magic Labyrinth acts like the grottos of Dragon Quest IX. Although the first one is located at the top of a snowy mountain, several labyrinths can be encountered during the gameplay, and in the most strange possible places, like a mirror in the Royal Palace of Gran Zedoura in Rendaashia.
Like the rest of the Dragon Quest games, except for Dragon Quest IX, the game allows the player to save their progress in 3 different save slots.
- Highly customizable characters, with many different faces, skin colors, weapons and armours. This game also included different races like the human, ogre, weddie, puklipo, elf and dwarf.
- Rental partners that can be recruited for a limited time up to 72 hours.
- Co-operative play with up to four players online.
- 3D graphics similar to those found in Dragon Quest VIII.
- Real time map like Dragon Quest VIII.
- Time-limited events where you can receive very powerful armor pieces, weapons, etc
- A fully customizable house for your character.
- A beach resort were you can relax with your friends, similar to The Sims.
- Blacksmith and dressmaker minigames where you can improve your weapons, armor pieces and clothes without alchemy.
- A parallel storyline where you control a pair of treasure hunter humans.
- A japanese high school simulation mode.
- A brand new fishing minigame, similar to Animal Crossing's fishing mode for example.
- A minigame that make you investigate a series of crimes commited in an old mansion, similar to Cluedo.
Offline tutorial and Prologue
The story begins on the village of Eteene, the home of the Hero and their sibling, when the Hero is looking at the sky at the centre of the village, their sibling calls them, and they are shown to be riding the turtle Kame-sama along with Lady Abba, the eldest woman of Eteene. When Kame-sama reaches the point where the hero is, their sibling offers to ride with them, however Lady Abba refuses and starts talking with the Hero.
A strange noise awakens the hero from a dream, only to learn that their sibling accidentally destroyed the village's supply of Perky Beans, Lady Abba's favorite food, in an attempt to multiply them via alchemy. At Eteene's church the hero meets Lady Abba's grandson, Singh, who instructs the hero to gather various items from the local villagers, so that they can fashion a pillow to serve as a compensation for the lost of the perky beans. Lady Abba then asks the hero to look for their sibling, and despite being upset at Singh for disturbing her, she still uses the pillow they made, falling into a deep sleep. After locating their sibling in a cul-de-sac trying to do more alchemy in the Eteene region, the hero returns to the village, where Lady Abba announces that village will surely be destroyed, with no survivors. However, hope remains in the form of a plant known as the flower of Tensu, which blooms in a cave to the north. The hero, their sibling, and Singh are chosen to retrieve it. Arriving at the cave, the party interrupts a demon called Bedora, who attempts to destroy the Flowers of Tensu to prevent their use. Bedora fights the trio but loses. In a last attempt to fulfill his mission, he attacks the flowers one last time, destroying them. However, one of them survives his rampage.
The party is seemingly too late however, as the village is under attack by the time they return. In an attempt to protect their sibling from an oncoming fireball, the Hero unknowingly casts a spell long thought to have been lost to history; the ability to surpass time. The hero's sibling is safe, though is teleported elsewhere. A monster witnessed the event and quickly notifies his master, Lord Nergel, who was supervising the attack. Nergel apparently kills both the Hero and Singh with a fire spell and to assure that the Hero won't rise again he places a dark seal covering the central continent of Astortia, Rendaashia; trapping all its inhabitants in the deepest darkness.
Kame-sama, which survived the siege of Eteene thanks to its magic powers, uses a spell that splits the soul of the hero from their corpse and transports it to the Heavenly Shrine where they are given the option of being born again but as a member of one of the citizens of the Five Tribes.
Version 1: Awakening of the Five Tribes
Version 2: The Sleeping Hero and the Guided Allies
Version 3: Lore of the Ancient Dragon
The original Dragon Quest's 30th anniversary
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