If you were a fan of previous Dragon Quest titles or just sprawling, old-school JRPGs in general, buy this game (duh). If you gravitate more towards the story-centric style of recent Final Fantasy titles, however, you may want to give this one a pass, as the lack of personalities for the main characters and breezy, meandering story may breed indifference. One thing is for certain, though, Dragon Quest IX is a well-crafted game. It has plenty of polish, an absolute ton of things to see and do, and plenty of spot-on references to past games in the series (the combat text is still the best in the business). Dragon Quest games have always marched to the beat of their own drums and Sentinels of the Starry Skies is no different. It’s the only JRPG on the market in which wearing a Speedo, tortoise shell, wooden clogs and rubber gloves into battle might actually be considered a good idea, and that in itself is worth a few brownie points in my book.