Reviews and Problems with DRAGON QUEST VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
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A hopeless love affair
Raymond J., Amazon
27 October 2010
Summary: I'm a bit surprised how well-received this game has been by the average gamer, I'm also a bit surprised why I as a huge JRPG-fan can't bring myself to like it as much. Almost everything about DQVIII is excellent. The environments are impressive, the music is beautiful, Toriyama's character designs are better than ever and the voice acting couldn't be more spot on.
Excerpt: "...Quest VIII is from the Dragon Warrior role playing game series; though this instalment has little to do with the other games' plots. I'm a fan of most role playing games; Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy are my favourites and were published by Square Enix. When I saw that Dragon Quest was also published by this company I was looking forward to playing this. While the length of the game is long, the animation was good and the voice acting was convincing, ...
Pros: Voice acting, character/monster designs and game length .
Summary: When I started playing this game, as a massive fan of rpg's, my initial reaction was wow! Good colorful graphics, character speech and very funny dialogue. However, for me the game is ruined by the map and the "where do I go next"? element. I actually stopped playing the game after 10 hours because of this. I just could not work out where to go. This left me very frustrated. A real shame really because the game was looking like a real corker.
Summary: The story is very simple, a jester named Dhoulmagus steals a magical sceptre from the Castle of Trodain, where you the hero work as a guard. After stealing the sceptre, Dhoulmagus then transforms the King and the Princess. The King into a monster and the Princess into a horse. Dhoulmagus then curses the entire Castle, causing vines to sprout out all over the place and freezing everybody inside, everybody except you of course!
Summary: I have to say that being a huge rpg fan that this would be at least a fantastic experience, especially given the raving reviews many people have given it. The developer Level5 who worked on the dark cloud games and published by the mighy SquareEnix... If you like running around for hours picking up crates and smashing them, having a main character that doesn't speak, samey looking cell shaded graphics where trees, houses and characters are just copied and pasted...
Fun if a bit boring. Aimed at teen or younger audience
21 August 2006
Summary: Almost finished this RPG so i thought i would add my comments. It has a lovely story very engaging and dramatic. The characters are well designed. The graphics for a PS2 game are outstanding!! havent seen a 3d rpg game done this well on ps2 in a long time. But..... it is definately aimed at a younger audience. All the towns are very formulaic.
Summary: I was really looking forward to this game. From the graphics and numerous reviews it seemed a worthwhile purchase. Heres what to expect: this is very much a traditional turn-based RPG which we are all used to (FF series). There are no ground-breaking new elements. My biggest problem with the game is that it supposedly offers a sortof freeform gameplay (exploring the landscape on the worldmap) but all you can find is a few unique monsters and treasure chests to loot.
Summary: This game is not what i expected. There is not an original part of this game, from the incredibly poor storyline, dire voice overs and particulairly poor monsters. The game is way too cute i dont want to kill those cats or the lumps of slime with the big smiles i want to kill something that seems threatening. The developers are lazy, people stand around doing nothing uttering the exact same comments when you speak to them.
Summary: I based my decision to purchase this game after hearing that this title was the "next best thing to Final Fantasy VII", and although that seems to be the base of what most RPG's are now compared these days, that statement is completely false and how players managed to reach such a conclusion baffles me.
Summary: First off, I have to say the presentation and graphics in this game are fantastic. The character designs and locations are utterly charming and have been translated into 3D with an impressive cel-shaded / hand painted style throughout. Trouble is, once the novelty of the presentation has worn off, this polished game's ingrained faults become more obvious.