Best selling DQ game of all time, IIRC. Not a turd.
You also forgot to mention how it was the most PROMOTED DQ game of all time. How many times have you seen Seth Green do commercials for DQ before this game???
I was seriously astounded by how hard they pushed this game. Even though EVERYONE HATES JRPGS (and by that, I mean a large chunk of gamers, if not the majority)... they went ahead and massively promoted one of the most classic, unchanged JRPGs in the Japanese market. DQ is so traditional, it might as well have a Japanese name written in Kanji.
Sales do not equal quality.
If it was a good game, Amazon wouldn't have to purge the user reviews round the clock to pump up the score. Isn't it funny how there are only 67 reviews when most games of similar sales numbers have 200-500+ reviews? And isn't it funny how there is only one one-star review and no two star reviews when there used to be hundreds of them? In fact, the vast majority of user reviews were negative. It's disgusting to see the collaboration between Amazon's self-interest of increasing its sales of a bad game and pathetic DQ fanboys who will lap up whatever crap is thrown their way and can't accept that the only way to get the series back on the right track is to admit that the current entry sucks and demand accountability from its creators.
Regardless of how Amazon handles its user reviews, if you were desperate for reviews, wouldn't you just head over to Metacritic or Gamerankings? They seemed to have a lot of good things to say about the game, too. I've heard far, far more positive things about DQ9 from several gaming podcasts than negative. I'm personally looking forward to playing it when I get the time.
Speaking of critic reviews, didn't anyone find it bizarre how most critics seemed to LOVE DQIX, despite their general hatred of JRPGs???
I'm used to hearing them bash the hell out of JRPGs, and sure enough I hear all about how great DQIX is. Yet, I don't recall a single reviewer mentioning it's your standard JRPG, a genre many gamers abhor.
I'm telling you guys, this game stinks of corrupt marketing gimmicks and paid reviews...
If not for that weird aura, I might have bought the game a while back. For now... I'm on the fence.