Probably the worst Japanese Role Playing series in existence. It has archaic, simplistic and shallow gameplay, while utterly lacking in any sort of redeeming values, with not even the storyline or characters ever being any good. The lack of evolution is just disturbing, and when the series does try and change, it is both minimal and late to the party. Dragon Quest is to other JRPGs what Dynasty Warriors is to Ninja Gaiden and other action titles.
Honestly, I never understand why gamers lower their standards so much for Dragon Quest. This is a series that hasn't offered gaming or gamers anything relevant in almost two decades. Would anyone outside of Japan even care if the Dragon Quest series was discontinued? The only people who would are two minorities - the fake Dragon Quest fans who only like the series now because it is on Nintendo platforms again, and the people who just generally have atrocious taste in everything.
Ultimately, Dragon Quest is just really awful. Having to sit through these games is like drilling needles into your eyes. I swear anyone who sits through a Dragon Quest game in its entirety must be a Masochist. And people wonder why Japan has such a high suicide rate? There really should be a law against hyping Dragon Quest games.
If it has Dragon Quest in the name you can pretty much expect the JRPG equivalent of dog shit.
Truly the Rodney Dangerfield on RPGS. It gets no respect.
But for those in the know, it's the other long-running JRPG series that is better than Final Fantasy.
With only 9 games in the series. Despite having started in 1986!
If you don't like Dragon Quest, I don't want to know you!