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Square Enix announces Dragon Quest Heroes 2


Terendum tempus
Apr 02
// Kyle MacGregor
Dragon Quest Heroes II is in production for PS4, Vita, and PS3, Square Enix announced today. Well, that was fast. Square Enix just released Dragon Quest Heroes in Japan a few weeks a ago and the publisher already has a follow...

Faith in gaming: The influence of Christianity in videogames

Mar 29 // Ben Davis
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron My favorite game to tackle Judeo-Christian themes is definitely El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron. The story is inspired by the Book of Enoch, and follows Enoch on his quest to find the fallen angels and prevent a great flood from destroying mankind. He is aided by four Archangels (Uriel, Raphael, Gabriel, and Michael), as well as Lucifel, who is commanded by God and is constantly communicating with him via cellphone. El Shaddai is all about style, and it really showcases the beauty of religion through its story, music, and artwork. Much of the soundtrack consists of choir vocals and heavenly melodies; it's one of the best videogame soundtracks I've heard. The artwork is equally beautiful, with surreal, heaven-like landscapes and breathtaking stained glass-inspired visuals. It's really an incredible game to experience, and I wish more games would try to tackle religious stories in a similar manner. The Bible and other religious texts contain many bizarre and exciting stories which would be perfect for videogames, and not just those cheesy Bible Adventures types of games. Shin Megami Tensei series The Shin Megami Tensei series takes inspiration from all kinds of religions and mythologies, one of the most prominent of which is Christianity. Many of the demons and personas that can be fought and/or summoned in the series are taken directly from the Bible and other Judeo-Christian sources, but given their own unique designs to fit in with the SMT universe. There's the big guys, like Satan, Lucifer, and Helel (all separate entities in SMT games); the archangels Uriel, Raphael, Gabriel, and Michael; the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, in the form of White Rider, Red Rider, Black Rider, and Pale Rider; the many spheres of the angelic hierarchy with Angel, Archangel, Principality, Power, Virtue, Dominion, and Throne; and plenty of other personalities. Many of the games contain a compendium, which allows players to learn about where these characters come from in Judeo-Christian folklore. Christianity takes a larger role in the plots of some Shin Megami Tensei games than others. In Nocturne, for example, Lucifer introduces the main character to powers known as Magatama, turning him into a Demi-Fiend. The player can choose to help Lucifer in order to learn more about his true identity, but a God-like figure known as Kagutsuchi will occasionally try to interfere and steer the player away. The final boss of Nocturne actually turns out to be Kagutsuchi himself, essentially leading player to defeating the Shin Megami Tensei universe's version of God. Sure, it's rather blasphemous, but it's all in good fun. It's clear that the series holds a deep appreciation of all religions, Christianity included, based on the character design and influences. I actually learned a lot about Judeo-Christian folklore by reading up on all the different demons and personas; it was honestly a joy to learn about each new character. Dragon Quest series One thing that always stood out to me about the Dragon Quest games was their emphasis on churches. Most of the Dragon Quest games, save for the first game and some of the spin-off titles, have featured churches which serve a very important purpose. Of course, Christianity isn't really a religion in the world of Dragon Quest. They have their own fictional religions, but it's obvious that the churches are inspired by real religions such as Christianity. The churches of Dragon Quest mainly serve as a save function. The player must make a Confession to the pastor, who will record all of the player's deeds, thus saving the game. Churches also offer Resurrection, which revives fallen allies; Benediction, which removes curses; Purification, which removes poison; and Divination, which reveals the amount of experience points necessary to reach the next level. Players will be visiting church quite often. I guess the reason this always stood out to me was because I had never seen such an obvious reference to religion in a game before playing Dragon Quest, or at least to the type of religion I grew up with. It's kind of strange, given how prominent and influential religion is in real life. I mean, there's plenty of mythological religion in videogames, like the goddesses of The Legend of Zelda and the powerful demigods of Final Fantasy. But seeing something as simple as a church in Dragon Quest, something religious that I could actually relate to, really left an impression on me. The Binding of Isaac Some may see The Binding of Isaac as an anti-Christian game. The story revolves around a boy named Isaac and his mother, who hears the voice of God telling her to kill her son, and so Isaac flees to the basement to escape his mother's wrath. It's pretty clear that the story decries the type of extremist Christians who try to use the Bible for their own personal benefit at the expense of others, but there's also an appreciation for religion there which is quite apparent when you look at all the items, enemies, and characters in the game. All of the characters are based on Biblical figures; you can play as Isaac, Magdalene, Cain, Judas, Eve, Samson, Lazarus, Azazel, and Eden (which is more of a location in the Bible, but still). Many of the bosses in the game are also based in Christianity, such as the Seven Deadly Sins, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Uriel, Gabriel, and even Satan himself. The game is also bursting with religious items. While Isaac can become demonic and powerful if he picks up certain things, many of the best items in the game are actually holy relics based in Christianity. For example, if he finds an Angel Room, he's pretty much guaranteed to get something helpful: a Guardian Angel, Holy Water, a Rosary, a Mitre, a Scapular, a Halo, a Communion Wafer, and more. Holy items usually offer protection over power, but in a game like Isaac with enemies crawling all over the place, they are extremely useful. Isaac can also find the Bible, a reusable item which grants flight, allowing him to fly over any obstacle. He can also use it against Mom to give her a taste of her own medicine, which instantly defeats her, although it will destroy Isaac himself if he tries to use it against Satan. I think The Binding of Isaac attempts to be a conversation about religion. There's nothing truly anti-Christian in the game, and in fact there's a lot of stuff in there where Christianity is helpful and comforting. But it's also not afraid to point out some of the more problematic aspects of religion as well. It's an important conversation to have, so it's nice to see videogames trying to tackle the subject. Bayonetta series Bayonetta may be about witches with stiletto guns and crazy hair-based powers, but the story also takes a lot of inspiration from Dante's Divine Comedy, which represents medieval interpretations of Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven, based on the views of Roman Catholicism. In the Bayonetta series, the titular heroine travels through the worlds of Purgatorio, Paradiso, and Inferno, fighting angels of the various spheres of angelical hierarchy as well as the demons of Inferno. The angels are particularly great. I love their over-the-top holy designs, complete with feathery white wings, halos, gold plating, and everything you would expect to see from the Roman Catholic version of Heaven. I also enjoy the short cinematics which introduce each new angel, indicating their names and which sphere of the hierarchy they reside in, complete with glorious hymnal music. It may seem unusual to be fighting angels, who are typically the good guys, but it's not as though the game takes itself too seriously. I don't think Christian gamers should feel weird about playing games such as Bayonetta, Shin Megami Tensei, or The Binding of Isaac, not only because these are fictional stories, but also because there is a clear sense of respect for the source material there. These aren't ham-fisted ideas shoved into a game to bash someone's personal philosophies; they're carefully researched religious references used to entertain, educate, and/or spark conversation. These were just a few, but of course there are plenty more examples of Judeo-Christian and Biblical influence in videogames. You'll see it everywhere if you're really looking for it. Games like Darksiders feature characters loosely based on religion, while other games like Dante's Inferno take religious stories a bit more literally. I would honestly like to see more prominent religious themes in videogames, as I think they can make for some really interesting storytelling. And it's not like you have to believe in a certain faith to enjoy such stories, as they usually offer universal advice in their themes. Even if the stories and characters are specific to a certain religion, the themes and lessons expressed can often apply to anyone.
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And God said, 'Let there be games'
Religion is not something that is discussed much when talking about videogames, even though many games often feature religious themes and stories based on religious texts. It's difficult to avoid these things, since religion ...

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Dragon Quest Heroes

Dragon Quest Heroes free DLC adds new character, costumes


Over delivering on value
Feb 26
// Steven Hansen
Dragon Quest Heroes is already out in Japan -- thankfully, it has also just recently been confirmed for a Western release -- and its first wave of DLC is on the way. And it's all going to be free. First up is the Arena Battle...
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Dragon Quest Heroes

Dragon Quest Heroes is coming westward on PS4


Great news
Feb 25
// Chris Carter
Whenever I type up a localization announcement, I usually have a smile on my face. It's great to see more exposure for eastern games, especially one as enticing as Dragon Quest Heroes. Square Enix has just announced it's brin...
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Wall of slimes

I badly want to pop this wall of Dragon Quest slimes


Game marketing done right
Feb 24
// Jordan Devore
There's a bubble-wrap wall of slimes in this wild world of ours. Can you guess where? Japan. Of course it's in Japan! The poppable piece of marketing is at the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line Shinjuku Station Metro Promenade. Lot...
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Dragon Quest Heroes

Compare Dragon Quest Heroes on PS3 and PS4


A tribe called dragon quest
Feb 23
// Steven Hansen
Dragon Quest Heroes is out this week in Japan and now we have a direct look at the differences between the PS3 (below) and PS4 (above) versions of the game, aside from being informed that the latter if 60 frames per second, ...
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Dragon Quest Heroes

Dragon Quest Heroes will have free villain DLC, just like Hyrule Warriors


Nice move
Feb 13
// Chris Carter
Hyrule Warriors is a damn fine hack and slash, and it has an amazing DLC strategy to boot. It looks like Dragon Quest Heroes may be following in its footsteps, as it is also releasing free playable villain DLC afte...
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Dragon Quest Heroes

So what's the difference between the PS3 and PS4 versions of Dragon Quest Heroes?


I'll tell you
Feb 10
// Chris Carter
Dragon Quest Heroes will launch in Japan this year on both the PS3 and PS4 -- Square Enix is "interested" in a localization, but we haven't heard anything concrete yet. So what's the difference in terms of the generational ga...
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Dragon Quest Heroes

Dragon Quest Heroes team interested in localization


Dual audio also on the table
Feb 02
// Kyle MacGregor
Speaking with Game Watch at the Taipei Game Show over the weekend, Square Enix producer Ryutaro Ichimura discussed a potential western release for Dragon Quest Heroes.  “I want to proceed thinking po...
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Screenshot gallery

Text box attacks and more in Dragon Quest Heroes


Dragon Quest x Dynasty Warriors
Jan 28
// Steven Hansen
Dragon Quest Heroes is coming to PS3 and PS4. Non-exclusive property as it is--in fact, we've seen a lot more Dragon Quests on Nintendo consoles recently--it seems to be the PlayStation console answer to Hyrule Warriors, which Jordan is somehow still playing. I think he's even going to buy an amiibo for it.  
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Dragon Quest

Dragon Quest Heroes up for pre-order


Please let the next one be Cybertron Warriors...
Jan 07
// Mike Cosimano
If you're into this sort of thing, the upcoming Dragon Quest-themed Dynasty Warriors spinoff, Dragon Quest Heroes: Anryu to Sekaiju, is now available for pre-order through Play-Asia. It'll run you $66 for the PS4 version...
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Theatrhythm Dragon Quest

Theatrhythm Dragon Quest looks, sounds AMAZING!


Good lord, this better get localized
Dec 19
// Kyle MacGregor
This is the first trailer for Theatrhythm Dragon Quest. Marvel at its majestic beauty. It's a JRPG-shaped swizzle stick here to stir up your emotions. You feel that? Yeah, that's a double shot of nostalgia clinking up against your heart like rocks in a glass. Or something. Feels good, baby.
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GTA V in Japan

GTA V debut coincides with weekly PS4 sales quadrupling in Japan


That Dragon Quest Metal Slime console surely helped
Dec 18
// Brett Makedonski
While retailers in some countries have already committed to taking Grand Theft Auto V off shelves, Japan's just now getting the current-gen remake. For a country that has famously gotten away from console gaming, this ga...
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Theatrhythm Dragon Quest

Square Enix announces Theatrhythm Dragon Quest


Coming to 3DS in Japan early next year
Dec 10
// Kyle MacGregor
Theatrhythm isn't just a Final Fantasy spin-off anymore; it's an established brand, one Square Enix hopes to expand into a full series of rhythm games based on its classic properties.  Theatrhythm Dragon Quest is the nex...
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Dragon Quest PS4

That sexy chrome Dragon Quest PS4 is coming to Japan in December


December 11, 2014
Oct 28
// Chris Carter
Remember that amazing Dragon Quest flavored PS4, with the slime on the side that looks like it's melting onto the USB ports? It finally has a release date in Japan -- December 11, 2014. The slime is actually a USB port guard,...
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Dragon Quest 2 mobile

Dragon Quest 2 now available on iOS, Android


This is where the Lana Del Rey lyrics go
Oct 09
// Kyle MacGregor
Dragon Quest II is now available on your phone, (not you, Windows Phone users) something that would have surely been unthinkable when the classic role-playing game first debuted over two decades ago. I'm over here imagining playing it using a rotary dial now. Thanks, Obama. Dragon Quest II [iTunes, Google Play]
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Dragon Quest X producer wants his game on PS4


Hey, so do I!
Sep 30
// Dale North
In a fan Q&A during today's Dragon Quest X TV Niconico stream, Dragon Quest X producer Yosuke Saito was asked if Square Enix would bring the game to PlayStation 4. According to  Hachima Kikou, Saito said that he...
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Check out the slime Dragon Quest Heroes PS4 system


From TGS show floor
Sep 18
// Dale North
We got an up-close look at the recently announced Dragon Quest Heroes PS4 at Tokyo Game Show today. The Square Enix / Koei Tecmo tag team is exciting enough that Sony is bringing out this silver, slimed PS4 in Japan. The meta...
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Dragon Quest PS4

Dragon Quest Heroes is all kinds of pretty


I will stand by you forever, you can take my breath away
Sep 17
// Kyle MacGregor
Square Enix has released some new images of its newly announced collaboration with Koei Tecmo, Dragon Quest Heroes, and they look just stunning. The action role-playing game is slated to debut in Japan next spring for PlaySta...
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Dragon Quest

Dragon Quest out now for iOS and Android devices


One of the most influential RPGs ever now playable on your phone or tablet
Sep 11
// Kyle MacGregor
The original Dragon Quest is now available on iOS and Android devices for $2.99 / £1.99 / €2.69. The classic NES role-playing game was first released in Japan by Enix in 1986, and was localized for North Ameri...
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Dragon Quest X

Dragon Quest X sales and shipments stopped for 3DS temporarily


Square Enix wants to get the game under control
Sep 10
// Chris Carter
Dragon Quest X hit the 3DS in Japan, and it did so well that Square Enix is temporarily halting the shipments of the game. Wait, what? Due to a huge number of players flooding into the game at the same time, as well as the st...
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Dragon Quest X

Square Enix wants to bring Dragon Quest X west


Wanting isn't enough
Sep 07
// Kyle MacGregor
Square Enix producers Yuu Miyake and Noriyoshi Fujimoto told Siliconera they would "love to" publish Dragon Quest X overseas. That doesn't mean it's terribly likely, though. “In terms of this being an MMO, again, we hav...
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Dragon Quest

Dragon Quest Heroes coming to PS4, PS3 along with special edition PS4


Dragon Quest silver PS4
Sep 01
// Steven Hansen
Square Enix announced Dragon Quest Heroes for PS3 and PS4 at Sony's pre-TGS press conference. It looks more Hyrule Warriors than series staple role playing combat -- because it's being developed by Dynasty Warriors...
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Dragon Quest IV

Dargon Quest IV on iOS: A typo, not a trick


And no, the price is not also a typo
Aug 06
// Steven Hansen
No, this is not someone trying to make a quick buck with some off brand Nontendo 3DS. This is Square Enix putting Dragon Quest IV up on the (fertile testing ground that is New Zealand) Apple Store and misspelling it...
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Dragon Quest Monsters

Square Enix announces new Dragon Quest Monsters


...and not much else
Aug 04
// Kyle MacGregor
A new Dragon Quest Monsters is in the works, Square Enix revealed this weekend at a festival in Tokyo dedicated to the popular series. The original Dragon Quest Monsters hit the Game Boy Color around the turn of the century, ...
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Dragon Quest IV

Square Enix announces Dragon Quest IV for iOS


Coming to a gamescom near you!
Aug 01
// Kyle MacGregor
Square Enix revealed its gamescom lineup this week, including a localized version of Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen on iOS. The classic RPG first launched for NES in 1990, and has since come to PS1, Nintendo DS, iOS,...
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Dragon Quest X

Cruise along on this Slime segway in Dragon Quest X


Mall coppin' on my Slime
Jul 16
// Brittany Vincent
Dragon Quest X will receive a retail release, but with a catch: there will be no cartridge inside. Instead, in the retail packaging, you will receive a code to download the game from the Nintendo eShop, a 60-day online play v...
Dragon Quest X photo
Dragon Quest X

See Dragon Quest X on the 3DS for the first time


Lookin' good
Jul 14
// Chris Carter
Dragon Quest X is coming to the 3DS in Japan, which will hopefully boost its sales a bit. It'll use "ultra steaming tech" to bring high quality visuals to the portable, alongside of extra buttons and a keyboard by way of the...
Dragon Quest X photo
Dragon Quest X

Square Enix announces Dragon Quest X for 3DS


More platforms in Japan, but still no localization in sight
Jul 07
// Kyle MacGregor
[Update: Dragon Quest X uses cloud functionality for 3DS similar to that of the smartphone versions. This means the game runs via Square's servers, rather than natively on the handheld.] Let's face it, Dragon Quest X is ...
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Dragon Quest XI

Dragon Quest XI is in development now and will be headed for consoles


More Dragon Quest is always a good thing
Jun 12
// Brittany Vincent
Yuji Horii is always at the forefront of some awesome Dragon Quest news, and this time he's back with an update we can all sink our teeth into: Dragon Quest XI is in development, and will be making its way to consoles in the ...

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