Excerpt: For those of you RPGphiles yearning for a little old school charm but still want to nourish your inner eye candy loving child, nirvana is nigh. Dragon Quest VIII, Journey of the Cursed King is made of the good old stuff that made games such as the original Dragon Quest and others like it classics. Level 5 has taken the game, retained what made the series great, and added next gen goodness.
Dragon Quest: The Journey of the Cursed King PS2 Review
31 May 2010
Excerpt: In this day and age of stupidly easy RPGS, epic yarns, creative battle methods and deep character growth systems along with other complexities, Dragon Quest is a dramatic throwback to a much simpler time. The only thing that really makes it recognisable as a modern game is the stunning cel-shaded visuals that developer: Level 5 favour and really excel at.
Conclusion: To all RPGs a villain must be born, and in this case he’s a doozy…a jester by the name of Dhoulmagus whom I love for two reasons; he is a complete loon in the most likeable way (akin to Nicholson’s Joker, say) and he’s wonderfully creative. He seems to revel in his deviousness and I like that in an evildoer.
Excerpt: For the last decade, I'll admit that I completely missed the Dragon Quest boat. This was mainly because North America only recieved one iteration of the series after the NES era. Nevertheless, I was pretty excited when I turned on DQVIII for the first time. Considering that the game comes from the developers behind the excellent Dark Cloud series, I had little doubts. Sure enough, Dragon Quest VIII is everything that it promised and more.
Dragon Quest: The Journey of the Cursed King Review
7 February 2007
Excerpt: It's hard to believe that Dragon Quest, a game so huge in Japan that it's infamously illegal for one of them to be released on a school day to prevent mass skiving, is only now being released in the UK, almost twenty years after its NES debut. Nonetheless here it is, in a title that manages to be both a dinosaur of the RPG genre and also one of its paragons, coupling vintage role-playing gameplay with a gorgeous visual style and a wonderful English translation.
Excerpt: One of my very first console RPGs was Dragon Warrior for the NES, a title that was beautiful in its simplicity. It simply cast you as a warrior who had some skill with a sword and magic trying to rid the land of evil. It also provided a number of challenging, yet entertaining monsters and a large, sprawling world full of dungeons and other enemy-laden locations. Why am I mentioning the ancestor of Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King in the intro of its review?
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (PS2)
6 February 2007
Excerpt: Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King is the latest installment in Square Enix's venerable series of Role Playing Games. Dragon Quest is actually one of Japan's most popular game series, but for one reason or another it has not been as successful on Western shores (where until this iteration the series has been known as Dragon Warrior).
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King – Review
20 November 2006
Excerpt: I’ve spent almost my entire life in Oregon, a state whose populace has a reputation for being both laid back and outdoorsy. While I’ve definitely mastered the laid back part, I never quite got a handle on the outdoors thing. I love the scenery around here, but I usually prefer not to be in it.