This series has been the bane of my existence. It's one of those things where I just don't get it. I showed my brother 2001 A Space Odyssey the other day and he hated it, sometimes it just works out that way. This is, however, a series that I keep coming back to and I keep giving it chances.
The reasons I don't like it are legion. First off, it's a grind fest. Plain and simple. Maybe spending 14 hours grinding in one spot is fun to you but to me it's wretched and is an artificial way to lengthen your game. Games like Earthbound do this same exact same game play but don't make you fight 400 lower level enemies each with their own loading screen. IT'S RUBBISH! Second off, if I am going to invest 100 hours into a game, I want said game to have at least a halfway decent storyline.
Dragon Quest games drop the ball here too. I'm sorry, but Dragon Quest 8 is boring as shit. "Look, an evil jester! LET'S KILL IT!" basically sums up the story. It's one of those games where you get 30 hours in and it doesn't feel like you accomplished anything. You have nothing to show for it besides being able to kill enemies because of grinding. There is no skill involved in grinding. It is TEDIUM!
The only things I really enjoy are the character designs and the music, especially music from the first game. I remember getting the first game for free with Nintendo Power and basically wanting to wipe my ass with it because I was young and didn't know how to play it. Here's a question, who agrees that Dragon Warrior is a better title than Dragon Quest? I have always thought this and I hope i'm not the only one.