38. Dragon Warrior IV

Released: 1990
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Fun Fact: Dragon Warrior IV would be the final game in this series localized for North America

Dragon Warrior IV was another top-down exploration, turn-based combat JRPG. It broke from the tradition of the series by compartmentalizing the story into chapters divided among the main characters. They would all come together by the end of the game to form a party and share a unified experience.

A new party management system called “Tactics” was added to Dragon Warrior IV, which allowed players to assign strategies rather than discrete commands to party members. Other new mechanics were the ability to choose which players to bring into battle from all available characters; a casino to gamble in; and the ability to search inside containers for loot.