Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2
Recruit monsters and battle players around the globe in Square Enix's Pokemon style RPG.
The original Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker is a cool Pokemon clone that went on to become a million seller. Betting on a sure thing, Square Enix decided to release a sequel aptly titled, Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2. Thing is, these games have more than titles in common. A similar concept and battle system should make fans feel right at home.
Like its predecessor, Joker 2 tasks players with becoming Monster Scouts by recruiting wild creatures and then pitting them against enemies in combat, the goal to level up these beasts and learn new skills.
Thankfully, there's more to the game than just becoming the greatest Scout of all time. After crash landing on a mysterious island, players must search for the remaining crewmembers while defeating enemies. Success, therefore, heavily depends on creating a strong team of up to three monsters while constantly seeking new ones to join the party.
When gamers encounter a new monster in battle, they have the chance to capture it, depending on their scouting skills. A meter located on the top screen displays the odds of recruiting said monster. The higher the number, the better chance of that creature joining the party.
To that end, the game includes 311 different monsters pulled from various Dragon Quest games. What's especially cool, though, is the ability to synthesize two critters to create a new species that's fully customizable, thanks to more than 240 skill trees. The sheer number of combinations should keep gamers glued to their DS systems for months.
Well, that and multiplayer. Gamers can pit their monster teams against others locally, or go online to square off against competitors through the Wi-Fi World Tournament, with Joker 2 displaying the best players via leaderboards.
Finally, the game has a cool Tag Mode that lets gamers connect to DS users playing either Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation or Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies to scout monsters from those titles. They can even scout monsters while battling other Joker 2 players.
All told, Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 should keep Nintendo fans content until a new Pokemon arrives, in large part because of synthesis and online play. Of course, you don't have to take our word for it. The game already sold over a million copies in Japan.
On that note, look for it August 28.