Dragon Warrior 7 User Review
From a graphical stand point, this game is pretty elementary. Many of the battle sequences are nifty, but you never see your characters battle. A nice update from older games, however, is that the enemies actually do something as opposed to merely flashing. Everything is colorful and relatively detailed, but in comparison to other games released at the same time as this title, it's much closer to what you might expect from SNES quality. A good comparison is probably to say that it is similar to the graphics seen in Super Mario RPG, although even then, Super Mario RPG had more animation from the characters. There's nothing really -wrong- with the graphics... it looks good... just, it's very elementary.
The gampeplay is downright fun. At one point in the game, you gain access to the ability to change your class types. This not only allows you to learn more abilities and balance your party, but you can combine the skills learned from different jobs to learn a much more special skill made from a mix of past experiences!
Exploration is so huge, that at times you will need to stumble upon the next actions you need to take. Dungeons are expansive, and the world is constantly growing. Literally! The whole theme of this game is to go back in time to save a portion of a continent. When you get back to your era, you discover that the continent you saved has appeared on your world map! In fact, at the start of the game, your little island is the only thing that exists in the real world!
The puzzles in dungeons are both tricky and fun. Anyone who is a true RPG fan will appreciate all the many different elements found in this title.
The sound is good too. Although there is no voice acting or even character noises, many emotions and responses are cued by a little alert with an '!' mark or similar. Each attack has it's own sound effect, and the music is real. It's actually a pleasant mix of the traditional game sound effects and comforting music that always seems to fit the mood well.
You have full control over every character, which gives you complete reign over every action taken in battle. Of course, if you hate focusing on more than one character, which I personally don't understand, you can always switch certain characters to auto-battle. With the job classes you can obtain, customization on each character's role is completely yours to determine. I, for one, very much appreciate that much control as it allows you to take full ownership of the game. Afterall, your hero may look the same as mine, but he will have a different name and role than mine. I love that kind of uniqueness.
Replay value is good due to the immense number of hours you can put into this game. Plus, with the fact that it's just a lot of fun, it's one of those games you can come back to every few years and enjoy yet again.
This game is a ton of fun, really. It isn't much to look at, and it isn't as amazing as the Dragon Quest 8 we saw on PS2. However, it's one fun game and definite collectors item. If you are a video game collector of PS1 games, this one is something that NEEDS to be on your shelf due to the history of Enix and the Dragon Warrior/Quest series. Other than that, it's just a fun game with a cool story!
This user review does not reflect the views of the PSX Extreme Staff.