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Dragon Quest IX

Blog posted by Ste Pickford on Fri, 22 Oct 2010
Subject: Now Playing

Ste Pickford

I've hardly played any games lately. Not switched my Xbox on for months, and the Wii and PS3 have only been on because they're used for iPlayer and DVDs respectively. I've just been working on finishing Magnetic Billiards, and the new iPad version.

I have played the new Dragon Quest to death on my DS in the evenings though. I bought it in the summer as my holiday treat - something to play on the plane and sat by the pool etc., but it's so big a game that I was barely half way through by the end of my hols. I've been chipping away every night, and thought I would get bored of it by the time I finished the story (about a fortnight ago), but can't seem to stop playing.

There's a ton of extra stuff to do once you finish the main story, and while in a lot of game this feels like a pointless time-sink, for some reason all the Grottos and Quests and levelling up and searching for rare items in this game has really grabbed me.

I think perhaps it's because I can play this game while watching TV at the same time. I can still hold a conversation or watch football while playing, as it's turn-based and doesn't mind if I stop pressing buttons at any point. It's become part of my wind-down routine at the end of each day.

Fallout New Vegas came out today though, so I fully expect to get deep into that tomorrow, and forget about this game.


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