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Dragon Warrior (NES)

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Written by  :  OlSkool_Gamer (99)
Written on  :  Jan 04, 2004
Platform  :  NES
Rating  :  4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars

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Summary

1st RPG for NES, Best RPG for Nes!

The Good

I loved everything about this game. I first got this game for Christmas in 1989 and I remember playing it until March non-stop. I love the music too, the overworld music still can get stuck in my head. The game is one of the most challenging RPGs to date. The game is set up in a way that you can literally almost walk to the Castle Charlock at first level except you will get reamed very shortly after running in to enemies too powerful. This adds a great exploration factor to the game and allows you to advance at your own pace. If you think you're ready to advance to another area of the overworld...then go for it!! You'll soon find out if you're ready :)

The battles are pretty fast paced due to the fact you can only be attacked by one enemy at a time. This game was the first of its kind for the NES and probably many other systems too. Many many games used aspects of this to create their own and it shows. This is an all time classic RPG and should be given respect for its originality and entertainment.

The Bad

Very limited amount of spells!!

only one save point and you have to talk to an annoying king every time you want to save.

Very very difficult to gain EXP at higher levels and gold is hard to get sometimes. many many hours are spent walking around and battling to level up. One could argue this isn't a weakness to the game but for younger RPG players who's first RPG was something like Final Fantasy 7, they may feel this game is a lot of work. Thats right, this game makes you work hard to level up but in the end, you get a rewarding feeling from it.

Only can be attacked by one enemy at a time!! this is why it is difficult to level up and acquire gold. This is fixed in Dragon Warrior 2.

The Bottom Line

Excellent and original RPG! A must play for any classic RPG fans! 2 thumbs up!