Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies was released in the US in 2010. It received the nintendo power awards for best RPG and best DS game of the year.
What sets this game apart from other Dragon Quest games is the ability to customize the appearance of your character, and create your own unique allies.
The different vocations in this game include minstrel, priest, thief, warrior, martial artist, mage, gladiator, armamentalist, sage, paladin, ranger, and luminary.
Story You start out as a celestrian protecting angel falls. After you do a good deed the people of angel falls thank their guardian (you and your mentor). In doing so they give off benevolessence. You and your mentor, Aquila, go to offer the benevolessence to yggdrassil, the world tree.
During the story, you fight many monsters, and collect magical fruits called fyggs to offer to yggdrasil. The fyggs were found by humans in the world below, and have turned them into beasts who you must fight in order to recover the fyggs.