Dragon Warrior IV: Renaissance

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A computer role-playing game (RPG) by Brasington Lane Software Planning, a group of amateur game developers led by our very own Indogutsu Tenbuki. Currently in production, the game is created with RPG Maker 2000, the same software which was used to make Foo-La-La. Called "DW4:R" for short, the game continues the events that occurred in Dragon Warrior IV for the NES. 500 years after the last boss was defeated, a new evil power emerges, and the heroes of the original game ("The Chosen Ones") must be revived. According to the prophecy, a savior will arise in the modern age to lead the Chosen Ones in an epic battle with the wicked entity. There's only one problem: the "savior" happens to be Isod Mackelrain, an absent-minded young man of 16 who possesses no skills in combat or leadership whatsoever.

DW4:R is a Dragon Warrior game first and foremost, but it also borrows elements from various anime, other RPG series like Final Fantasy and Star Ocean, and the twisted minds of the game's creators. Brasington intends DW4:R to put a new spin on the Dragon Warrior series while keeping true to the series' classic RPG gameplay. Many aspects of this game are inspired by animutation; it features dozens of cameo appearances and absurdist humor by the ton. For example, Yourself Cola is one of the healing items, Bomb Candy is an attack item, and a minigame requires the player to reproduce simple melodies on a giant xylophone, including the first few measures of the song from Hyakugojyuuichi. And, of course, there are many shared references between DW4:R and Foo-La-La; two of the game's main characters are Vary Widely and Gail Winter, who also appear in Indogutsu's debut fanimutation.

While DW4:R has a loyal following on the Internet, it also has its share of critics; most of whom feel it takes a bit too many creative liberties and deviates too much from the general setting and atmosphere of the canon Dragon Warrior series. Others bash the game's liberal use of "smart dialogue": witty banter, sarcasm, asinine speech, and other things synonymous with Working Designs' approach to localizing Japanese RPGs. Still, it should appeal to most fans of both Foo-La-La and old-school RPGs, and a very incomplete demo version of the game is available on Gaming Ground Zero.

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