Dragon Warrior II

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US NES box art.

Dragon Warrior II is a fantasy role-playing video game developed by Chunsoft and published by Enix on 1987-01-26 for the NES and later that year for the MSX and MSX2. It is the second game in the Dragon Warrior series.

The game is set 100 years after the events of the first game. The descendant of Erdrick brought peace to the land, but an evil wizard named Hargon is now trying to take over the world, and your character, the prince of Midenhall is charged with stopping him. In this game, you can have a party, and face multiple enemies in combat.

Personal

My brother acquired a used copy of the game from a friend. I spent a little while playing the existing character, before eventually starting my own game. At first, I was impressed by the new features and put several days into the game, however, as it began to drag on like the first, I became bored of the game. Add to that the difficulty of getting it to play on our aging NES, and gave up on it.

Status

I own this game for the NES, but have not beaten it.

Review

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4 5 5 6 5

Best Version: NES

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I didn't really play the game far enough into it to really get a feel for it. I like that the Kingdom of Alefgard is a subset of the game's map. The music is above average, and the tiles, characters, and monsters are all drawn well. I like the addition of a party system and multiple monsters, and I like that some monsters work together in combat. Unfortunately, the game is insanely grind heavy. I've read that the game received very little play testing to balance it, and your level is capped quite early so that, even if all characters are at their max, beating the game is still iffy. I don't care much for all the anachronism and genre blending: the main characters have goggles for no reason and there are lottery tickets. I also found the colors used on the monsters to be pretty gaudy, and I hate the healer monster.

Media

Box Art

Documentation

Maps

Graphics

Videos

Longplay - NES.

Titles

The title was changed from "Quest" to "Warrior" in the USA because of a pen and paper RPG TSR sold called "DragonQuest." Enix continued calling the American released "Dragon Warrior" until 2004 when they started using "Dragon Quest" for all regions.

Language Native Transliteration Translation
Chinese (Simplified) 勇者斗恶龙II Yǒngzhě dòu è lóng II Dragon Quest II
English Dragon Warrior II
English (Later) Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line
Japanese ドラゴンクエストII 悪霊の神々 Doragon Kuesuto II: Akuryou no Kamigami Dragon Quest II: Evil Spirit Gods

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