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Pros: A beautiful, explorable world, Great soundtrack and amazing graphics, Additional things to do besides fighting
Cons: The storyline could probably be more original, No saving spots before boss battles
Dragon Quest: Journey of the Cursed King was my first role-playing game so I didn't know what to expect. I got the game as a gift along with Mortal Kombat and it soon became my favourite game EVER!!! Once the game starts up, you're required to name your "hero", the main character of the game. A cutscene soon follow in which you'll meet some of the other main characters namely King Trode, Princess Medea, Munchie and Yangus. Soon after that you'll encounter your first battle but it's easy enough. The battle system is easy to get used to as you choose between options eg. Attack, defend and psyche-up, which the character will follow. As the game progress, new characters will be introduced and boss battles will ensue.
The main storyline revolves around the kingdom of Trodain. Dhoulmages, a jester invaded the castle and stole a magical sceptre. He then turned the king into a troll and the princess into a horse. The aforementiond "Hero" was on duty as a guard that night and he was the only one who survived whilst the other servants in the castle was ensnared by thorns, along with the castle itself. The hero, king and princess then goes on a quest to slay Dhoulmagus and break the curse. The whole world of Dragon Quest is absolutely beautiful, the colours are crisp and clear along with a great soundtrack. Environments include icy plains, dark dungeons, battles on sea and grass filled fields. A night and day system is used in which more creatures come out to fight and shops will close/open. Several people will also have something elso to say based on the time of day.
As the game progress, you will have control over 4 fighters- Hero, Yangus, Jessica and Angelo. Each character have their own set of moves and weapons e.g. Jessica can use whips and knives, Yangus can use axes and hammers and Angelo can use swords. Spells and other abilities also become available as your characters gain skill points which can be used to improve weapons and learn additional abilities. Skill points are gained as you fight creatures and defeat bosses. Monsters on the field also tend to drop items which can be used by your team to heal members etc. There are also several shops where you can sell items for gold which can then be used to buy new weapons and items. Gold can be deposited into a bank where it'll be safe because if all of your fighters gets wiped out, you'll lose half of your acquired gold. You also want to be fully prepared for boss battles as there aren't a place to save your game before you battle. You can save (confess) your game at churches at a priest or nun.
Side quests are also present in the game and other features include gambling at the casino, Morrie's Monster Arena, collecting gold, silver or bronze coins by defeating special monsters, collecting mini medals, creating new items using alchemy, travelling via sabrecat, boat and even flying to unreachable places. The world map of Dragon Quest is truly huge and there are several different places to explore. The Dragovian Trials are also unlocked after completing the game. I really enjoyed playing this game and i'm definitely going to buy more RPG's in future.