Reviews and Problems with DRAGON QUEST VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
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Jesse Glass, Amazon
3 September 2012
Summary: Reviewing a game is like grading a paper: a score is based mostly on feel, and I felt this game was a 3 at best. There's nothing I can say that hasn't already been said, so this will be a reaffirmation of several points already given in other reviews. I figure 24 hours into a game would give a good feel for how it will continue, and is from where I'm writing this review's perspective. Music: Fantastic, but repetitive.
Summary: Let me start by saying I'm a die hard final fantasy fan, I've played them all. So if that's what you're expecting then please do not get this game!! Fair warning. Every once and a while I dust my playstation 2 off and waste hours after hours on games I missed out on the first time around. After reading the reviews on here and tons of other places I decided I definitely needed to try this game out...
Summary: I'm used to Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen for the DS, so I went and tried this out for a while. Twenty four hours in and I'm already falling asleep. So much travel, not enough happening to keep me engaged... Maybe I'm just so used to the older titles like Chrono Trigger , Final Fantasy IX , Earthbound and younger games like Eternal Sonata where there's stuff happening all the time as opposed to the looooonnnng amounts of time that you need to take to travel...
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.
Summary: This is a fun game. It has a lot of interesting little elements that help you to remain interested in the game which can be tedious at times. The random battles are a bit excessive. The story is pretty basic, but fairly entertaining. The voice acting is good, but they speak very slowly and you can read through the dialog at about 4x the speed - thankfully you can skip through at your own pace. The music is beautiful, but also repetitive after a while.
Summary: I'm going to preface this review by saying a few things: First, I haven't played any of the other Dragon Quest games; I'm told the game is more enjoyable if you're a long time fan of the series. Second, there are a LOT of people who really love this game -- you might, too! However, I felt it only fair to share my opinions, if only so that potential buyers have something to read other than a bazillion five star reviews.
Summary: Every other reviewer here has already outlined what's to like about this game: Charming graphical style, large world to explore, interesting storyline. Now I'm going to try to explain why it's not nearly so good as it's made out to be -- I'm going to assume you already know the pros and just give you the cons.
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!