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Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (Sony PlayStation 2, 2005)

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  • Dragon Quest VIII: - The World Through Slime Colored Glasses

    Jan 27, 2006 by jeremy1456 is a Lead on Epinions in Games
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fun Yet Simple Battle System, Gorgeous Graphics, Orchestrated Music, High Quality Voice Overs, Alchemy
    Cons: Dumbed Down Substantially From Past Dragon Quest Games

    Summary: The Dragon Quest (known as Dragon Warrior here in the US) is one that has fallen deeply into obscurity throughout most of the world. In it's homeland though, Dragon Quest is the most popular video game series of all time. It is loved so thoroughly by ... read more

  • The most amazing game that you never played.

    Feb 19, 2012 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautiful, simple yet challenging, rewarding, long, more importantly fun.
    Cons: You never hear the main character talk...

    Summary: FUN FUN FUN!!!! The graphics are cell shading and colourful and generally eye catching whilst remaining simple and efficient, and they should be as this is developed by Level 5 who did Dark Chronicle, Dark Cloud and Rogue-Galaxy, to name a ... read more

  • Dragon Quest 8- my first RPG

    Jan 12, 2011 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    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

    Summary: 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 ... read more

  • Time To Slash Some Slimes

    Jul 24, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Fun characters, huge world map to explore
    Cons: Some people may find the training repetitive

    Summary: Dragon Warrior, Dragon Warrior Monsters, Dragon Quest, Dragon Quest Monster: They all are apart of the same franchise, and one that has proved to be quite amazing over the years. The one thing people will remember, are the enemies, since they reappear in ... read more

  • Good Old Fashioned Goodness

    Dec 21, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great artwork, classic fairy tale style storyline, Expansive immersive world
    Cons: Utilizes turn based battle system which not all modern gamers have the patience for

    Summary: I for one had not played a dragon quest game, since the U.S. release (the re-named) Dragon Warrior. It was a jarring experience upgrading from still-frame blinking pictures of balls of slime and attacking humanoid piles of rocks, to richly animated ... read more

  • Dragon Quest VIII Journey of the Cursed King

    Dec 17, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: gameplay, graphics, sound
    Cons: none really

    Summary: We never even heard of this series before me and my family wanted to get a new RPG game for the Playstation 2. So my dad went shopping one day to find a new game. We really have only played turn based RPG's back when we first got the game. So that's how ... read more

  • Dragon Quest, a cute and playable RPG.

    Jun 4, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Pretty, fun and easy to play .
    Cons: The save system and the strangly adult themes .

    Summary: My Mum’s neighbour got this game for her son, (who is 10), for his birthday and asked me to play it so I could teach her son how to. I realised quite early on that her son wouldn’t be able to get on with it yet as some parts of the game are quite ... read more

  • The Dragon Quest of Yore with a Face Lift of Today

    Nov 28, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautiful updated graphics, great symphonic score, nice old school touch, some DQ favorites return...
    Cons: ...and got dumbed down, Squaresoft's side is noticeable (not as challenging), story is boring

    Summary: Gameplay: 21/30 Graphics 12/15 Sound: 14/15 Controls: 10/10 Longevity/Story: 21/30 Overall: 78% (3 stars/Average) Enix Co. Ltd., was the company reknowned for the Dragon Quest series that many have attributed to a challenging (and old ... read more

  • Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of The Cursed King

    Jul 27, 2006 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: great story, beautiful graphics, great voice acting
    Cons: takes a while to beat

    Summary: Dragon quest eight is one of the newest dragon quest games out on the market. Since having come out in late 05 the game has sold thousands of copies. The game also comes with a demo of final fantasy 12. The game follows the story of a young hero named ... read more

  • Dragon Quest VIII is a must have RPG

    Apr 10, 2006 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent gameplay
    Cons: Music is not in depth enough at times

    Summary: Having played DW games since the NES days I had a fair idea as to how the controls would handle. The character movement is sharp and the response time for the commands is just right. I found that the controls have a fluid feel and the menu and such is ... read more

  • Three Days Straight

    Mar 26, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: old-school nostalgia, colorful environments, fun battles, orchestrated music
    Cons: lagging gameplay and story, linear, voice acting

    Summary: I'm not joking. I think I logged a little over three full days on this guy. 72, 73 hours. And in the space of a few paragraphs, I'm going to make it clear why you'd buy this game, and perhaps why you'd be a little crazy to buy it too. Journey of ... read more

  • My Personal Dragon Quest VIII Review:

    Mar 1, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: One of THE best looking PS2 role-playing games to date.
    Cons: Definitely a game that requires significant time investment.

    Summary: Dragon Quest VIII is definitely one of the better, if not THE best role-playing game that I've played in a long time. The quality of the cel-shading hybrid graphics and cutscenes are remarkable, with spot-on English voice-overs and lovable characters ... read more

  • DQVIII - Square-Enix brings back the old-school RPG

    Feb 18, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: fast load times, good simple storyline, excellent graphics, lots to do, just plain fun
    Cons: lots of walking around the world map, more battle music would have been nice

    Summary: My normal policy for reviewing games is that I finish the game before I go on typing a review because I do believe that games change as they get near the end, which is something a lot of review sites, (ahem* Gamespot, IGN) do not really pay attention to. ... read more

  • Excellence.

    Feb 9, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent graphics, decent character development, unique story, orchestrated soundtrack...FFXII Demo is a +
    Cons: Level-building can be cumbersome. I recommend the strategy guide ($15 or so)

    Summary: Dragon Quest VIII marks the return of the Dragon Warrior/Quest franchise in America. For us american fans of Dragon Warrior, this is the first time the game is titled "Dragon Quest" which is what the game is known as in Japan. This game was ... read more

  • Same Old Dragon Warrior, but with a Facelift

    Jan 14, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Turn-based battles, 3D cartoon graphics, orchestrated music
    Cons: Menu interface problems, confusing names for spells/monsters

    Summary: Dragon Quest was one of the first console RPGs. I got this game because I am a loyal fan of the Dragon Warrior series. Due to trademark restrictions, this series has been known as Dragon Warrior in the past, but Square Enix acquired the trademark ... read more

  • Beautiful, fun, and immersive.

    Jan 2, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: One of the best cel-shaded game seen on the PS2. Animation is top-notch.
    Cons: Loss of some traditional Dragon Quest concepts and original Japanese puns and jokes.

    Summary: Having played Dragon Warrior I-IV for NES, I remember being very hyped-up about Dragon Quest V. Buying all the magazines that had even a mention of Dragon Quest V for Super Famicom, I was very much looking forward to its North American release. However, ... read more

  • Another Great Game by Square Enix by slimeknight ageofinnosence

    Jan 2, 2006 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Great graphics, old school mechanics
    Cons: old school mechanics, story is standard RPG fare

    Summary: While hardly the best RPG ever to be produced, Dragon Quest VIII is quite a fun game. But it's not going to be for everyone. Much of the game is pulled from classic, old school console RPGs. The battle system is very much the same basic system used since ... read more

  • Dragon Warrior meets Final Fantasy

    Dec 31, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautiful visuals and sound, vast world, tons to do, nearly flawless
    Cons: Casinos are somewhat boring, missing voice acting

    Summary: I'm going to spare you the longwinded history of the Dragon Quest (known to us as Dragon Warrior) series, which generally boils down to this: as an RPG franchise, it's overshadowed by Final Fantasy, at least in the U.S. But Dragon Quest 8 changes all ... read more

  • The Latest Dragon Quest makes its way to PS2

    Dec 21, 2005 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Good VAs, animations, many sidequests, high replay value
    Cons: Lag, high difficulty for newbies, lack of customize control

    Summary: Role Playing gamers rejoice for Dragon Quest is finally here! This classic series has a cult following here in America but is a cultural phenomenon over in Japan. Why is that and will Dragon Quest be as big here with this latest addition to the ... read more

  • A Wonderful RPG of Exquisitely HIgh Quality

    Dec 20, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: - long story - epilogue portion - 2 endings - great visuals - big map
    Cons: - hard random battles - no new game + - only 4 party members

    Summary: This is a wonderful installment to a wonderful series. Dragon Quest VIII is the epitome of the classic RPG. It now has, of course, some modern-day perks. Fans of the series should not be turned off by the sudden changes made in localization. Top-quality ... read more

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