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Game Description & Reviews:
The Legacy of Erdrick Continues...
On your 16th birthday, you wake to the sound of your mother's voice. "This is the day you are to see the King of Aliahan." Your mother has raised you to be a brave lad and you must now carry on your father's legacy. He was a legendary warrior of Aliahan, who suffered death at the hands of a fiendish monster. "If not stopped, the Archfiend Baramos will certainly destroy our world", the King says. Your challenge, your destiny - the Destruction of Baramos. With three allies of your choosing, you are set to embark on your quest to save the world from Baramos...your final enemy?
* 8 Classes of characters to select from: Hero, Soldier, Pilgrim, Wizard, Fighter, Merchant, Sage, and Goof-Off.
* Change classes of your characters mid-game.
* Main story contains dozens of intricate subplots.
* Travel day and night.
* Gamble on monster battles at the Fight Rings.
* Select from an expanded arsenal of weapons, armor and spells.
* Visit over 40 castles, towns, villages and shrines.
The third installation of the Dragon Warrior/Quest series, you are the son (or daughter!) of Ortega. Your father went on a solo journey to defeat the evil Baramos, but it has been a long time since he has been heard of. Many presume him to be dead. On your 16th birthday, the king requests an audience with you. He asks if you could follow in your father's footsteps and kill the evil Baramos to save the world!
This time around, you get the chance to customize your partymates. You are given three default party mates (Soldier, Pilgrim, and Wizard), but there are other classes to have. Thanks to this, your game can be different each time you play it. You can even choose to take a more difficult route and go solo (or worse, 3 goof offs!). You also can make the classes Male or Female.
Later in the game, you can actually change your parties' classes if you wish, assuming they are at least level 20. You could make a soldier with spells, or a Merchant with high luck, or unlock the secret Sage class. In essence, you could make a one-person ultimate class in your party. Keep in mind, as the hero, you cannot change your own class.
The classes you have to look forward to are:
Soldier - Learns no spells, is slow, but can equip just about all weapons and armors. Also has the highest hitpoints. Essentially your tank character that also is a pretty high hitter. Only as strong as what he equips.
Fighter - Similar to the Soldier in that it doesn't learn spells and being a heavy hitter, the fighter is your speedy attacker. The fastest in the game and has critical hits more often. Downside to it is it can't equip as many weapons and armors, though that can also be seen as a good thing (less money to spend). It also has less defense and hitpoints, but thanks to its insane speed, it gains good defense to still be in the frontlines.
Merchant - Another one similar to Fighter and Soldier, it gains no spells and is only there to attack. It also isn't as strong as Soldiers or Fighters, but instead it finds more gold after battle. It can be a good ways to earn a little extra gold after battle if you don't mind sacrificing some attack power.
Pilgrim -Your healing class of the game, it has decent attack power and some buff/debuff and magic attacks, but primarily is used as your healer. Equips a fair amount of armor as well.
Wizard - Your masters of group attacking, they are frail and weak physically, but have the most potent attack magic. Also has some buffing/debuffing skills, but is mainly used for its area damage. Makes mobs of enemies a lot less intimidating.
Goof-Off - Considered essentially useless, Goof-offs do not always listen to you in battle. They also are rather frail and cannot attack too well. They do gain the most luck, however, which supposedly helps you with item drops, but other than that, they do not help a whole lot. However, if you have patience and raise them to level 20, you can unlock a secret class that normally can only be gained via an item:
Sage - The combination of a Wizard and Cleric, Sages gain both sets of spells, have decent attack power and defense, and essentially are just a godsend! You cannot create one right away as they can only be gained by raising a goof off to level 20 or finding a rare item called the Book of Satori, and then changing the class of one of your characters at the Dharma Shrine. This class also takes the longest time to level up.
Many fans of the game consider this their favorite game of all time, so if Dragon Warrior 1 and 2 are a bit too slow paced or hard for you, this game makes a nice happy medium. It also has an interesting story twist at the end if you played 1 and 2 already.