Dragon Quest Games – RANKED – Worst to Best

Dragon Quest Games – RANKED – Worst to Best


Welcome back everyone, with Dragon Quest XI
worldwide release getting closer every day, I thought I’d put together a ranking of
every mainline entry in the series, so for today’s video we are looking at every Dragon
Quest game from worst to best. Also, this list only covers numbered titles,
so the many DQ spinoffs out there will not be included. Transition The first Dragon Quest is also the interestingly
the worst Dragon Quest. Don’t get me wrong, I actually do like the
game quite a bit and its innovation cannot be understated. DQI is the first Japanese roleplaying game,
merging together elements of western and eastern game design philosophies to produce a title
like no one has seen before. The game incorporates an open world design
and forces players to piece together clues to eventually work your way to the end boss. It doesn’t hold your hand even a step of
the way and overall the game is extremely experimental in nature, with a lot of tedious
elements being present including only one save point being present in the game world
and a seriously clunky menu system. Thankfully, the developers behind the game
know how to learn from their mistakes, so the franchise only improves from here. The next game is probably the strangest entry
on the list for a number of reasons. Dragon Quest X is the only entry on the list
that is not a single player role playing game. It is actually an MMO and so far has only
ever released in Japan. I had to jump through a few hoops to play
it including getting a little program that automatically translates the Japanese text
to English and let me tell you, I am a bit skeptical on how accurate this is. “Weird stuff” Uhhh Overall, the game hardly feels like a mainline
Dragon Quest game, it’s more of a spinoff to be honest. In DQX you do loot quests, raids with friends
and there’s even a bit of story to the game. I’m ranking it low because it is just so
different than the main games and I probably only enjoyed it more than DQI, but for an
MMO it is quite good and if it ever comes out in English, I would definitely get a membership. Dragon Quest VI. It’s a game that took forever to make its
way to the west. Originally a Super Famicom game, it got its
English Nintendo DS remake over fifteen years later improving the game in many ways. The game sees a hero who has to travel between
alternate realities, meeting new party members to eventually face off against the evil Murdaw. It is quite a good game, but overall, out
of the DS Dragon Quest games I’d say it’s the worst of the bunch and widely considered
a black sheep among the fanbase. There’s just nothing overly remarkable about
it, the story is just decent, the party members actually feel a bit flat with less companion
dialogue than DQV had and it just does not shine as brightly as IV, V and IX do which
is why I’m ranking it a bit lower. Dragon Quest II comes right off the heels
of the first game and immediately you can tell it is far improved. It still follows largely the same formula
as the first game, with cryptic hints leading you to explore a game world that truly feels
open. The world is huge, fun to explore in any direction
you want and so many elements from the first game have been fixed including multiple save
points, a more content filled world with more variety in equipment and multiple party members. The game is a great sequel that really paves
the way for the series. Dragon Quest III is an iconic classic. Serving as the origin story of the series
legendary hero, Erdrick, Dragon Quest III is an epic adventure in an open world that
massively improves upon its two predecessors. The game features a day and night cycle, the
new class system which gives players thousands of possible combinations and it introduces
a new party system which allows the player to name and create multiple characters with
different classes that come with their own strengths and weaknesses. It’s a revolutionary game that serves as the
refinement of the series and it truly feels like a role playing adventure, with players
really needing to think about every choice they make going forward. The game also improves the narrative of the
series greatly, boasting a very well thought out story involving Erdrick’s quest to defeat
the evil Baramos. This strong focus on the narrative helps bring
the world to life and the game still retains much of the investigative gameplay that the
series is known for. The GameBoy Color remake makes the original
NES classic even better. This is one GameBoy game that should not be
missed. Dragon Quest IX. This is the only game on the entire list that
is available exclusively on only one system, the Nintendo DS and it is the last Dragon
Quest game developed by Level-5 . The game is one of, if not the most visually and mechanically
impressive DS games I’ve ever seen. It features full animated cutscenes, 3D graphics
and a massive world. The game also made many changes for the series,
discarding the random monster encounters in favor of having monsters out on the field. The game follows a Celestrian, an angel like
being, who falls to Earth and has to make his or her way back to the observatory. The game is very unique in that for the first
time in the series, you can fully customize your characters down to how they look, their
gender, and even the clothes they wear. Armor and weapons actually change the appearance
of your character this time around, ensuring that no two people have the same characters. In addition, the game brings back the same
party system of Dragon Quest III, which I actually am not a huge fan of for this game. Many people note that because you make your
own party members with custom classes, names and looks, they lose out on having companions
with personalities. The companions in the game feel like empty
husks and they do not talk to you, unlike the DS remakes of IV, V, and VI which feature
unique story companions with interesting personalities that talk to you whenever you want to. This system was okay back when DQIII was out,
but this kind of party system is a bit outdated at this point. Regardless of this, the game overall is extremely
good, featuring an epic story, soundtrack, and even multiplayer options. It really showed off what the DS was capable
of and will prove as a good reason to go back to the system. Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen. It’s not just a name, the game is split up
into chapters. DQIV, originally on the NES and later remade
on the DS in an unfinished state and once again remade on mobile devices in a finished
state, is a game that kicked off the Zenithian trilogy of the games including V and VI. The game is structured in a very unique way,
focusing on multiple different characters from around the world. You play as these different characters and
learn their story, gradually leading up to everyone meeting up to defeat the evil Psaro
the Manslayer. The game extremely cool because of the way
it builds up the various characters you eventually meet and at times feels like multiple games
in one. There’s tons of party members too and they
all have unique abilities, making for a diverse lineup. Earlier I said the game was incomplete on
the DS. I really meant the localization was incomplete. The English version of Dragon Quest IV on
the DS removes one of the coolest features of the franchise, party chat. Party chat basically works by pressing the
B button whenever you want to talk to your companions and they will say something unique
almost every time depending on the situation you are in, really making them feel like people. Without this feature, thousands of lines of
dialogue were lost, which is a huge shame because this is a game with so many great
characters with great personalities and you won’t be able to even talk to them, however
luckily the mobile port completed the game and gives us all of this party chat dialogue. It is identical to the DS version in every
other way so it is the best version of the game for Westerners. If you have a phone, and yes you do, pick
this one up. This is the one everyone knows about. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
for the PlayStation 2. Dragon Quest VIII follows a band of four adventurers
tracking down a wicked Jester to undo a curse on an entire kingdom. The game’s visuals are timeless. It’s a PS2 game, but it looks fantastic, with
cel shaded visuals really bringing out the art style of Akira Toriyama. The game even has fully voiced scenes in the
English version and is the only game in the series so far to have this. Dragon Quest VIII presentation is what really
sets it apart and its story, full cutscenes and the interactions between its many characters
bring it to life. It introduces some new mechanics as well including
the ability to psyche up, the new skill point system that allows different paths for weapon
types and an alchemy pot to create new items and weapons with. The skill paths are especially great as they
allow for so many different play styles, which brings me back to this game again and again. That’s not to say that it’s a perfect game,
the battles are a bit slow to accommodate the flashy animations and you’re working
with only four different companions, which is a lot less than most games in the series,
leading to a less diverse team but when it comes down to the game’s massively improved
presentation all while maintaining the feel of the series, I would say that this is a
huge step for the franchise and one of the finest games on the PS2. Imagine a game that takes over a hundred hours
to beat. With thousands of lines of dialogue and tons
of story to get through. That’s what Dragon Quest VII is. Originally released on the original PlayStation
and nicely remade on the 3DS, Dragon Quest VII represents a huge turning point for the
series. The game stars a trio of kids who travel back
in time to restore forgotten parts of the world. It’s a super mysterious game and is very notorious
for a two hour long intro section in which you complete very challenging puzzles reminiscent
of the game Myst and along the journey you meet more characters than you can remember. The game is just huge, boasting one of gaming’s
largest scripts with over 70,000 lines of dialogue, and it introduces my absolute favorite
feature in the Dragon Quest series, the Party Chat feature, which works well to hear the
comments of Kiefer and Maribel who both have defining personalities. In addition to just how massive the game is,
it ramps up the investigative aspect of the time travel in the game requiring the players
to seriously think at times and piece together the next objective without being told exactly
what to do. The new class system is also really great,
allowing you to change the classes of you and your companions while maintaining their
personalities. Overall, its the definition of a hidden gem
and definitely the PS1’s swan song. Dragon Quest V is the best game in the entire
franchise. Its a title that takes everything good about
Dragon Quest and puts it into one package. The game is about family, friendship, and
good versus evil. The story follows one hero’s transition
from childhood to adulthood where he journeys to save his mother from the clutches of the
underworld. It’s an epic, emotional tale with extremely
well written characters and a living, breathing world that is constantly changing around you
as the years go by in the game. It also introduces many new aspects to the
series including the ability to recruit monsters you’ve fought into your already bustling
party that includes a wife that you choose yourself as well as many friends you meet
across the journey. The characters in Dragon Quest V are so well
written that you can feel a bond between them and the protagonist and the Party Chat feature
in this title is the most robust so far, with your party members having something to say
after almost any situation or talking to any NPC you meet. There is so much attention to detail put into
Dragon Quest V its ridiculous and it ends up being the most enjoyable entry in the series
to me, with every feature one could want, an extremely diverse group of multiple interesting
party members and an epic story where you find new locations on your journey to defeat
the franchise’s most evil villain yet. Dragon Quest is not just the best game in
the franchise, it very well may be the best RPG ever and is a must play for fans of the
genre. I hope you guys enjoyed the video. I wanted to thank everyone for helping me
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84 thoughts on “Dragon Quest Games – RANKED – Worst to Best

  1. My first one was Dragon Quest Monsters on the GameBoy, which is still my favorite game of all time. Regarding the Series, I liked DQ8 on PS2 the best.

  2. Dragon Quest Nine.
    Even to this day, it's the game i spent the most hours in.
    By the way ! If you don't have the Wifi quests, i found a way to get them even if they're not "legally" gettable today. You need 2 DS and a R4. If you get on the internet a save that has the wifi quests, joining the world of this game with your save will give you all the Wi Fi quests !

  3. I saw so much videos, top, etc.. tried so much games always come to same conclusion…. Dragon quest 9 is the greatest ds game ever

  4. 10: Not too surprised. There's a lot to love about the uniqueness and austere approach of the original but even as a game of it's time it was pretty thin on the proverbial palette. I don't think I could recommend this to younger players.

    9: Also not surprised. Its an MMO. Personally I woulda put the first game above this one.

    8: Kinda surprised at first until I remembered all the other games in the series. I didn't have too much of a problem with DQ6 but I understand that a lot of people's problems with it stem from the plot being dry and the milquetoast characters. But I really dug the idea that 'ok we've beaten the demon lord now what do we do?' and from there you just kinda go around exploring the world. This is probably one of the most grindy games in the series (hated the class system in this one) so its place on the list makes sense.

    7: DQ2 is hard. Very hard. However it is also one of the more open games. The crests you need to collect aren't really collected 'along the way' like how later games put a greater emphasis on story. Here its mostly about the journey, and its up to you to just roam about the world looking for all the crests in just about any order. They're all deviously hidden behind all sorts of plot-locks or hard encounters thus the game expects you to find them by just playing the game. That sort of approach wouldn't be considered 'good design' today but its still an approach that can be extremely fun if you allow yourself to get imaginative with it.

    6: This is probably the DQ that was the most bog-standard adventure (at least until the BIG twist!) That's not a bad thing, it just is the one that is filled with the most cliches. However it had lots of memorable moments and nifty sidequests (the Golden Claw, that hermit in Greenlad). This is also where your magic spells started to become actually useful and your character classes allowed you a lot of versatility in combat. The previous two games, you just sort of got what you got and had to work around their flaws as best you could. Here you had options.

    5: I actually really didn't like 9. I couldn't even get into it, mostly because I was out of college with a job by this time. There was something about the music, the presentation, and the story that just couldn't grip me. I could see the potential of the combat, which was pretty fun, but overall I didn't want to commit the necessary time to it.

    4: Four is #4. Makes sense. The overall plot of this one was just okay, but that's because it focused so heavily on the intro vignettes for your party members, and so had great detailed adventures that really fleshed out all the characters before you even met the main hero. It was a really novel approach. Also like DQ3 before it, the spells & abilities got re-balanced. The final boss was pretty legendary in the NES days.

    3: I've got good memories of this one from back in high-school. The best parts of the other games wrapped up in a beautiful cel-shaded bundle. I don't think I'd have put it as high as #3 (first half was amazing but the second half dragged) but just the jump to 3D graphics was probably a big draw for many. I really loved Dhoulmagus and was disappointed when he was cast aside for Rhapthrone as the real evil.

    2: Haven't played 7.

    1: Oh yeah. Best story hands down. Thus the strongest emotions, imo. Gameplay not too dissimilar from DQ4 but the story is really what this one is all about. Inventive, cute, and horrific in parts. Everything you could want from the series is here.

  5. I remember playing dragon quest VII on the 3ds, and that game was just so, so good. I never beat it sadly, but it's definately a game I wish was remade for the switch or something.

  6. I fucking put my DQ9 down then it fucking dissapeared and it makes me sad cause it was my favoraite ds game at the time

  7. Yes, DQ9 was awesome, but it really sucked that you didn't get a regular party. A hero is only as good as the company he/she/it keeps.

  8. Nah, I love Dragon Quest 6. I played it nearly 100%. I just haven't all dream cards yet. But I have everything else. It was my first dragon quest and I enjoyed it very much. So much I would want more of the characters, the world and everything else. I am also going to play DQ 4 and 5.

  9. I have 2000 hours in dragon quest monsterjoker 2 👌 i always play this game on my nintendo in my childhood '' im from germany xd ''

  10. Man, the English Version ruined how I imagined how Jessica is supposed to sound like from Dragon Quest VIII. 😡
    12:14– It's dingaling time. 😏

  11. It’s a good thing I got my boxed copy of DQVIII on the 3DS when I did. Other than that, I have DQs I, II, and III downloaded on Switch, IV and V on DS and XI on PS4 and XI S on Switch.

  12. Personally all DQ games I have played I have played the updated released on portable consoles. 3,4,5,6,7,8,9 that I have played and beaten are all in portable consoles. DQ 1 and 2 and 11 are too in portable consoles but I haven't played DQ 11 yet and I don't like 1 and 2 since they are too simple now.
    My favorite is DQ 5 because of the monsters too. I mean there are hundreds of party members with that system!

  13. My opinion the best dq game is IX or 9, that was my childhood, I’ve played it for over 500 hours and beat it 4 times already, it’s amazing

  14. I only just reached DQ5 on my quest to finish all mainline Dragon Quest games from the first one to DQ11 (disregarding DQ10 because it's an MMORPG; it's like saying I should play through FFXI and FFXIV because they're also mainline titles)
    Regardless, I'm loving this series so far! DQ5 has been amazing!

  15. I'm just now getting to dq 9 on the switch because I've never been able to play it when I wanted to all those years ago

  16. Really nice explanations of your opinions on these games, even if I disagree with quite a bit of this. Very enjoyable video regardless 🙂

  17. There was a great game like DQ9 on the DS that was severely underlooked too, Phantasy Star 0. Highly recommend people check it out if they liked DQ9.

  18. Why does everyone seems to love dq9? It's one of the dq games that I liked the least. Personal ranking: 5>8>11>3>4>1>9>6>2 (I haven't played 7 yet)

  19. And then came Dragon Quest 11 Switch version.
    I'm playing it now and it might become my favorite DQ game even dethroning Dragon Quest V.

  20. DQ3 and DQ 5 are easily the top two games. I'm working through DQ XI S now, and it's up there too. The original trilogy will always have a special place in my childhood.

  21. My favourite DQ games: Dragon Quest, 5 and 9
    Other DQ games I love: Dragon quest, 1, 3, and 4.
    Liked a lot, but not loved: Dragon Quest 2
    Games I found to be good, but missed the mark in too many ways: Dragon Quest 6, 7, and 8.

    While I know you ranked DQ1 last, I definitely can't do that – while it is the earliest and least advanced, for me the game is one of the most memorable and important gameplay experiences in the history of videogames. It's my Super Mario Bros (or Super Mario 64 for younger gamers).

    I don't think DQ6, 7, and 8 are horrible games, I still enjoyed them, but I didn't enjoy the story of either nor did I like the pacing of any of the three. There were many stretches in each game I felt were a chore to get through – something I didn't experience in any of the others.

    Dragon Quest 5 is not only one of my favourite DQ games, but one of my favourite RPGs of all time; I love following the life of the character all the way through, and no game has the emotion of DQ5. DQ9, my other favourite DQ game, I love because of the 250+ hours I played with my girlfriend at the time (now my wife); she wasn't a gamer before that game, so it was sort of her first major introduction outside of a few attempts at Pokemon when she was younger.

  22. DQ5>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>3>4>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>the rest.

  23. DQ8 was the best I’m my opinion. I had so much memories of dying 3.6 Billion times and after grinding for 10 years I finally beat the mole

  24. Best versions, no matter what anyone tells you:

    I – SNES (English translated)
    II – SNES (English translated)
    III – SNES (English translated)
    IV – PlayStation (English translation does not yet exist, so play DS or mobile until PS version is translated)
    V – PS2 (English translated, emulated with upscaled resolution via PCSX2)
    VI – SNES (English translated)
    VII – PlayStation
    VIII – PS2 (Emulated with upscaled resolution via PCSX2)
    XI – Switch (obviously)

    For every single DQ game (except IV since there’s not yet an English translation for the PS version) I highly recommend playing the game on your tv, with an xBox or DualShock hooked up to your computer if you’re emulating. While it’s personal preference I’m elated I experienced the series the way I‘ve described, couldn’t have had a better DQ experience 😭

    (Best & 2nd best in series – III & XI
    3rd & 4th best in series – V & VIII)

  25. 5:34 I could shot the ranking makers if it's not just your own.
    this game is probably the best one of all imo and it should be in top 3

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