Blue *Yawn* Dragon DS
So apparently Mistwalker’s clunker of a game for the 360 is making its way to the DS, probably in the hopes of making at least a little money back on that IP. Call me a cynic, but I’m not excited. Blue Dragon just smacks of Microsoft paying Sakaguchi and Toriyama to make a Dragon Quest-ish JRPG to stoke the Xbox fires in Japan. The question of whether or not it was successful depends on who you ask, but suffice it to say that 360 isn’t doing that much better in Japan because of Blue Dragon.
While I haven’t played the game fully I did have some hands on with it before and frankly the game felt uninspired. I’m a huge Final Fantasy and fan and I’ve loved Akira Toriyama’s work since I first started reading dragonball. I loved Toriyama’s character design on Chrono Trigger, which still ranks as one of my favorite RPGs ever. On the other hand, his work on Blue Dragon just felt…uninspired. Like he was working on autopilot to design the dullest characters ever with bland costumes and colors. The game design was similarly uninspired, with sakaguchi seemingly just as disinterested with this game.
All in all, this doesn’t bode well for a DS version, but I guess they figure the install base will make up for all of the game’s shortcomings.