Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride
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Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride is a role-playing video game and the fifth installment in the Dragon Quest video game series, second of the Zenithian Trilogy. Originally developed by Chunsoft. Dragon Quest V was the first title in the series to be released for the Nintendo Super Famicom (SFC aka SNES) video game console in Japan in September 1992. Gameplay: Dragon Quest V uses basic role-playing video game mechanics seen in the rest of the series, which includes leveling up by gaining experience points through battle, first person turn-based battles, and equipping weapons and armor. Something new to the Dragon Quest series is the ability to tame monsters into the player’s party. The monsters can be used in battle and level-up like the human characters. Monsters sometimes request to join the Hero after battles if the party is strong enough. There are a total of 40 monsters that are capable of joining the Hero’s party in the Super Famicom version, with 71 in the PlayStation 2 remake. Several party management features from Dragon Quest IV are carried forward. Like IV, this game has a wagon where members of the Hero’s party can rest while exploring the world. The tactics system also returns, but with the added option of controlling allies manually for the entire game.
It also expanded the tactics system by allowing the artificial intelligence routines to be set individually for each ally rather than for the party as a whole. Unlike IV, the original Super Famicom version of V has a maximum of three active party members; this was changed in the remakes on the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo DS to include up to four members in an active party.
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