Role Playing Games are all about transporting the player into another world, a distant time period, or a unique persona. This affinity for fully immersing the player in an experience is what has drawn gamers to the RPG genre in general. However, the best RPGs are the ones that not only bring players into their unique fantasy world, but leave the player with something transformative to return to their own lives with.
Dragon Quest has been acknowledged for being the first console RPG, and the series has been at the forefront of RPG gaming since its release in 1986. Created by Yūji Hori, a defining feature of the game is the art which is designed by Akira Toriyama, creator of the hit anime series Dragon Ball. The series has been known for its enjoyable gameplay mechanics and lighthearted, generic storylines, and it has even branched off into Manga, anime series, and several spin-offs.
It is nearly impossible to exaggerate the impact that Dragon Quest has had on the RPG genre. From the archetypal image of the slime which has since appeared in innumerable RPGs, to the monster capturing system which inspired games like Pokémon, Dragon Quest pretty much created the RPG video game as fans recognize it today.