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Dragon Warrior III -- Enix

Dragon Warrior III, by Enix, is the newest addition to the Dragon Warrior series on the NES. In this role-playing title, you play a young boy who has just come of age, the soon to be legendary hero named Erdrick. Many weapons, armor, items, and spells are provided to aid you on your quest.

Ferrari Man
If only I liked RPGs. But I don't. This game is not graphically stunning or musically wonderful, offering very little to me. I don't care for this game. Perhaps Dragon Warrior fans will still like the third installment. Better luck next time.

I recommend this game for all role-players. The game itself has fair graphics (especially later on in the game), annoying music if you stay in one place for too long, and a challenge that will last a long time. You can choose from 8 different characters, such as the Hero (yourself), Solider, Pilgrim, Wizard, Martial Arts Fighter, Merchant, Sage, and even a Goof-off. There are over 100 weapons and 90 pieces of armour to obtain. Over 60 spells can be learned and used in battle. You can even bet on monster battles and rake in the gold. The main story is made up of many intricate sub-plots. A very interesting idea is the use of day and night travel. There may be different people at night or you may even be able to steal from greedy salesman. This game was well designed for the NES. The story is very good. Enix did a fair job on this cart. Again, I recommend it for all RPG lovers. You will not be dissapointed.

What can I say... It's an RPG, it's another sequal, nothing new here, but an average game. If your one of the many Dragon Warrior fans out there though, you should like this new title in the series. While nothing new or exciting is done using the NES' capabilities, it adds a good addition to the story. But I still can't stand how all your guys walk in that long line everywhere. Why not bunch them into one character like other RPG's. Also, is it really necessary to have so many inset menus?

While not for everyone, Dragon Warrior III has its points if you're a hard-core role player. The graphics are about average. The music is rather poor; at times it became so annoying I began to wonder if I had died and been sent to the Hell of Bad Calliope Players. On the other hand, the story is decent, and there are plenty of items and weapons to find. If you really like role playing, its worth checking out.

>>>>> 53.0/100 <<<<< Ferrari Man ???? R.I.P. Salamander
Graphics 0.5 3.0 3.0 3.0
Sound 0.5 3.0 2.0 1.0
Gameplay/Control 1.0 2.5 2.0 3.0
Longevity/Playability 3.0 5.0 3.0 4.0
Overall 3.0 4.5 3.0 3.0
Total 8.0 18.0 13.0 14.0

Originally appeared Vol 1, Iss 2 (06-07/92)