Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation

Dragon Quest 6 is finally releasing in America for the first time. I am very excited about this game, as it completes the entire Dragon Quest saga for me. I don't know if a re-release of DQ7 will happen, so this could possibly be the last re-released Dragon Quest title we'll see for a while. (I certainly wouldn't mind if Square-Enix went a step further, and made a remake of the first three games on the DS.) The game releases February 14, 2011. I'm definitely going to be getting it - and I hope it proves to be a success in sales.

This game, when it was released in Japan in 1995 sold 3.2 million copies, even though it featured a higher price of 11,970 Yen, or roughly $100! That's how insanely popular this series is - and it deserves the high praise. Dragon Quest has always remained the pinnacle of classic RPG gaming - and I'd urge anyone who hasn't tried the series to maybe give this version a go.

UPDATE: I was surprised when I got my new issue of Wizard Magazine, which featured an ad for DQ6. See, the name has been changed from Realms of Reverie into Realms of Revelation. Reverie means day dreaming. The original Japanese title was Dragon Quest VI: Land of Illusion (ドラゴンクエストVI 幻の大地 Doragon Kuesuto Shikkusu Maboroshi no Daichi) Reverie sounds like a good translation. But I think Square-Enix must have figured no one in America would even know what Reverie meant. (I sure didn't! I just looked it up. I thought it was the name of a place in the game.) Ultimately it doesn't matter - Revelation fits in well enough too.

The Plot

Here's what was written on Wikipedia about the game and the story:

The story follows the traditional Dragon Quest "Hero" on a quest to save the world. In this particular installment, the heroes also have to endure the personal struggle of amnesia, as many of the main characters do not initially remember who they are. After completing a series of quests, the player learns that in addition to a Real World, there is also a Dream World, made up of people's dreams, and that there is a great evil that wants to conquer both. The Hero and his new party work together to save both worlds from the ever-growing threat.

The Characters

Here are some descriptions and images of the main characters

The Hero is the main character of Dragon Quest VI. He comes from the small town of Lifecod (Raifukoddo), however, he is actually the prince of Somnia (Reidokku in the Japanese version), which he learns late in the game. Unlike each of the other "Heroes" in previous Dragon Quest games, this Hero does speak- he does so while meeting his clone, and in sequences within Lifecod at that time. The Hero is joined by other characters he meets along his journey. While he has no official name in the game, he was named Botsu in the manga based on the game.

Carver (Hassan in the Japanese version) meets up with the Hero at Somnia. Carver is the natural fighter of the party and the son of carpenters. After regaining his memory, Carver learns that he is from Port Haven (San Mariinō in the Japanese version), where his parents recognize him. At first, he does not believe them, but after visiting Murdaw, he remembers his past.

Milly (Mirēyu in the Japanese version) joins the Hero and Carver because she can see them in the Real World. She is the typical cleric of the group, and specializes in healing and supportive magic. Before meeting the Hero, she lived with her fortune telling grandmother, Grandmaz.

Nevan (Chamoro) joins the party next. He is a cleric from Gent village (Gento), specializing in healing magic. He is also the only one that can steer the Divine Ship for the party.

Ashlynn (Barubara in the Japanese version) joins the group in the Mirror Tower, where she is trying to find a way to make herself visible to those around her. She casts magic like Milly, but uses mostly fire-based attack magic. She hails from Sorceria (Karuberōna in the Japanese version), a village known for its strong magic. Before the party reaches Sorceria, Ashlynn's past remains very mysterious.

Terry is the final character to join the party, after appearing as an enemy for part of the game. He is a knight who defeats the monster terrorizing Arcbolt (Ākuboruto), just before the party does, thus gaining the reward. He joins the Hero's party after the battle with Duran and reveals that he is Milly's brother.


You can view the trailer for the Japanese rerelease here: Jump Festa 2010 Trailer

And her you can see a live-action trailer made in Japan: Live Action Dragon Quest Trailer

Sorry, but there's no translation for either video.


Below here I have some images of the characters from the series.

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