Dude, DQIX is awesome. Maybe if you dislike basic cookie cutter RPG styles, you'd dislike this, but if you have a nostalgia bone, this game answers it. Anyone who calls it boring only started playing RPGs around PS2 era, because not for nothing, this game feels like most PS1 rpgs, and for that, I am greatly satisfied. Combat is simple, not overly complex with stupid gimmicks, and the character animations in battle are a much appreciated addition to the DS Dragon Quest games. The story is funny, light hearted, and entertaining, albeit pretty generic. The unnecessary addition of multiplayer is intriguing, if not a little forced on at the last second. Alchemy is never a necessity, but the amount of items added makes me wanna go get the all made, and as such, makes me kill retardedly weak enemies just for loot, which not enough games make you do anymore, kill enemies. As far as difficulty goes, it's only hard if you let it be hard. Grind a bit on some metal slimes, and you won't have problems. Choose to be legit and fight what's in the way, and you'll need to start looking at your gear options and maybe work in some new jobs, new moves, etc. I've died one time, and that's because I choose to fight an early boss solo for lulz.