Can you believe I actually forgot about a book I wrote earlier this year? It's true. I finished up my work on the strategy guide for Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen back in April, but the game only just released in the past week or two. I thought the box of books on my doortstep were for Tales of Vesperia (still haven't gotten them yet, so if you want a copy, shoot me an email) but lo and behold, they were for this Nintendo DS remake of one of the more beloved old-school RPGs to come along.
Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen is a remake of Playstation remake of a Super Nintendo game and although you might think the gameplay couldn't possibly age well, you'd be mistaken. This is probably the only genre that doesn't turn to vinegar with time. The gameplay is classic Japanese-style 2D role-playing, but unlike most games in the genre, this one is almost 5 stories in one. Each of the first four chapters chronicle a few days in the life of completely separate people, living on different continents. It's not until the fifth and final chapter when you take control of the main Hero/Heroine and begin to thread the other characters into your quest to, say it together with me, save the world from forces of evil. Naturally.
It's actually a really good game with plenty of side-quests and mini-games to go along with the main story. If you have a Nintendo DS and missed out on this game from days gone by, then I definitely recommend picking it up. Sure, I'm a bit biased, but having never played any of these old-school games back when I was in school, I'm glad to have gotten the opportunity now.
I'll be giving away four signed copies of the guidebook to the first people to email me an interesting anecdote about old-school gaming. I'll post any particularly interesting messages here.