Well, work is its own reward for today, anyway. After weathering the tiring hell of E3, I’m making up for the show’s stresses by spending the next week or two immersing myself in the oh-so-toilsome drudgery of reviewing Dragon Quest IX and Crackdown 2. I’m told the latter game has it all! I can’t confirm that statement, despite supposedly having made it, because our review copies haven’t quite arrived. I suppose I could download the demo that went up today, but honestly I’d rather just wait and play the final product fresh. With friends. Blowin’ things up.
It’s funny, but when people learn what I do for a living, they invariably say, “You play videogames all day? That must be nice.” Which is horribly mistaken. Every once in a while, though, that off-base assumption turns out to be correct. Thank goodness for these rare moments of enjoyment!
My only complaint about Dragon Quest IX is that the online shopping network component — the DQVC, har har — isn’t up and running yet, so I can’t cheese my way through by tricking out my crew with super awesome out-of-depth gear. Alas!
I’ve been impressed by DQIX’s localization so far. It seems to strike a good balance between quirky slang and being comprehensible for people who aren’t steeped in idiomatic British dialects. Which is to say, the accents and dialects are used much more sparingly than in even Dragon Quest V, at least from what I’ve seen.
The game has no shortage of puns, though! Really terrible puns. The kind of cheesy puns that your dad makes. (Yes, your dad. I’ve heard him. They’re awful.) I’ve mentioned before that the Dharma Temple is now Alltrades Abbey, and that the Abbot is named Jack of Alltrades. What I didn’t mention is that the monster in the image above, which is tied in with the Alltrades quest line, is called the Master of Nu’Un. Brilliant. In a corny sort of way.
But then again, today someone at the office commented that a demo video of Ubisoft’s Your Shape looked like “Wii Fit, except French.” To which I responded, “Wouldn’t that be Oui Fit?” So… maybe I’m a poor judge for this sort of thing. Yeah.
Edit: I’ve just accepted a quest to pilfer mummy bandages. The quest’s title? “Wrapper’s Delight.” I stand in awe of the superior corniness of Plus Alpha, or whoever localized this thing.