New ‘Theatrhythm Dragon Quest’ Screenshots Reveal Lots Of Content

The Theatrhythm series will be taking on Dragon Quest this year, so check out a brand new batch of screenshots to get hyped.

The awesome Theatrhythm series is taking the plunge into the Dragon Quest world with Theatrhythm Dragon Quest later this year on 3DS, and a new batch of screenshots shows off what this one will be bringing to the table.

These screenshots reveal a lot of what the game has to offer, and anyone who has played the excellent Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call (review here) will see that this game is following a similar formula. You have many of the Dragon Quest characters redesigned with a cutesy art style while you travel through many of the game’s locations and experience the amazing music. Check out the screenshots via the gallery below.

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Theatrhythm Dragon Quest is developed by Square Enix 1st Production Department and Indieszero exclusively for the 3DS. It’s set to launch in Japan in March of this year, though a USA release date has yet to be confirmed.

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Outdoes the original in every conceivable way.

In an age where the Final Fantasy series is struggling big time, the announcement of any kind of spin-off title is met with a lot of skepticism. I mean – hell – they can’t even manage to get the main series right, so what should make me think that a spin-off could be any better? Well, the thing about Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is that it isn’t so much a spin-off as it is a warm celebration of the whole shebang. The original game released a couple years ago and featured 76 glorious Final Fantasy tunes that you could enjoy to rhythm-based gameplay, providing a strong sense of nostalgia and a welcome reminder that the Final Fantasy series has had some of the most beautiful music ever composed contained within it.

As such, a sequel has now been released just a couple years later called Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call. Luckily, this game does what every sequel dreams of doing: topping the original in every conceivable way. Where the first game offered 76 songs, Curtain Call offers 221 songs, with most of the songs from the first game being featured here. It even sums up what happened in the first game’s story while also setting up the new one. An evil force known as Chaos is back, and in order to stop it you must collect Rhythmia. That’s literally all there is to the story. While this would be considered insulting in some genres, where this is a music game where music is the entire focus it’s completely passable. The story that is here is just a vessel to experience the game’s many beautiful tracks.

The game has 3 different modes that you can play around with; which are Music Stages, Quest Medleys and Versus Mode. At first Music Stages is the only mode that you have available to you, which allows you to just go through the game’s extensive catalog of songs to get the hang of things. The gameplay is incredibly simple, as notes come from the left side of the screen and you must tap or press a button when they enter the target circle near one of your characters. It’s basically the same idea as Guitar Hero or Rock Band, only this time we’re moving from left to right rather than top to bottom.

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Of course, if just simply tapping the screen was all it took to get through all of the levels it would get old fast, but Curtain Call has a lot of twists that makes each level exciting. Sometimes you will have to hold the note for an extended period of time, while others you will have to swipe in a particular direction. Couple all of this with the fact that the timing of your note-press will result in higher or lower scores depending on your accuracy and you have a system that is easy to pick up and challenging to master.

When the game begins you are asked to select 4 characters from the core series of games to take with you on your adventure, and as you progress with them they will level up and become more powerful. Although you have a decent selection of characters to chose from at the beginning, as you progress you will unlock many more to play around with. All of the characters have a very “cute doll” look to them, which may turn off some people, but considering that each Final Fantasy has its own style this was a good way to make everything more uniform. It all sort of hearkens back to the early days of the series when characters looked like tiny blocks, but with a modern polish.

Quest Medley is the game’s RPG-like mode, where you make your way through a world map with several stages you must complete before taking on the final boss. You begin with a Short Quest, and upon completion of that you unlock progressively more difficult ones that take longer to complete. The challenge of the Quest Medley is that your health does not replenish after each stage, so you have to make it all the way to the end without screwing up too much. While this type of set-up is pretty cool in the way it makes it feel like you’re on a journey, you are still doing all of the same things that you’re doing in any other mode in the game.

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The true highlight of the game is Versus Mode where you can challenge the AI and make your way through Bronze, Silver and Gold Ranks in AI Battle, battle your friends with Local Battle or take on people from around the world in Online Battle. What makes the Versus Mode so much more fun is that it introduces power-ups, which you utilize when you have reached a certain amount of points and then unleash on your opponent. These power-ups (called EX Burst) create all kinds of chaos; such as making the arrows spin around, speed up or remain hidden until just before you need to hit them. These battles are always extremely fun when competing against a human opponent, with each match that I took part in being extremely competitive and intense. I played several matches with people around the world and experienced no lag, with matches setting up quickly and rolling right into the next one is swift if both players agree to battle again. The game even keeps a tally of how many times you and your opponent have won, making the competition all the more intense.

If you were at all a fan of the first game or missed out on that one and are curious about this one, then Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call is definitely for you. It practically comes with the first game’s full setlist while adding tons more songs and modes that will keep you occupied for hours on end. The gameplay is so simple that this is one of those games that you can just as easily pick up and play it for a few minutes as you can a few hours. As a celebration of the Final Fantasy franchise and just a solid little music rhythm game in its own right, Curtain Call has something for just about everyone interested in the genre.

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