Picks and pans: Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride
3 ½ stars
"Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride" is the latest remake of a heretofore unreleased "Dragon Quest." Unreleased in America, anyway.
This installment takes the main player-named character from childhood to adulthood as he endures many trials and even gets married on the long road to defeating a great evil.
This hero has an affinity for the world's monsters and can recruit a stable of them to fight alongside him in the game's battles.
The combat is like that in other "DQ" games - brisk and turn-based. The charming graphics and music may be even better than those in last year's DS version of "Dragon Quest IV." The story is engaging, the writing is good, and the game is challenging without being merciless.
Nintendo DS; $39.99
Age rating: 10-plus