Summary: Dragon Quest 8 is a good, solid RPG that any fans of the genre should be playing. This review is just to let potential players know what they are in for. I won't go into the story, but to help you decide, I'll just list the features that my be the make-or-break factors for your enjoyment. Battle style: Traditional turn-based, although you enter all character commands at once and then see the results.
Summary: A mute, a fat guy, and a mouse walk into a bar. This is not the start of yet another tired, old joke but, the beginning of Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, the latest game in the popular RPG series that didn't want to grow up from Square-Enix. The sequel comes four years after the Dragon Warrior VII, the game that caused many a gamer to quit their jobs and left their families to complete before the coming apocalypse, was released. Its evolution, baby.
A finely formed JRPG, offering a different flavour to Final Fantasy
21 March 2014
Summary: This is the first of the wildly successful Dragon Quest games to make it to Europe. Brighter and softer in tone than Final Fantasy, its Square Enix stable mate, this reminded me very strongly of early RPGs with its relatively simple plot and medieval setting. The battles and abilities system is easy to pick up and understand - the designer has stated that he wants to make his games as straightforward as possible to start playing.
Summary: The Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy series are hugely popular in Japan but it is the latter that has fared better in Europe and North America. Dragon Quest VIII: The Journey of the Cursed King is the first from the series I have encountered so I was curious to see how it would stand up to the RPG excellence of the Final Fantasy games.
Ollie F, formerly B. WEIR "son-of-mum", amazon.co.uk
7 August 2009
Summary: OK, first things first, I love this game. I cannot stop playing it, exploring every little bit of the huge map on land and sea, making unique items in the alchemy pot and levelling up by fighting various wonderful creatures. There are so many reviews here that will tell you just how brilliant the gameplay is, and you should play it yourself to get a true feel for it, but I just want to warn of a slump in the plot around 60+ hours in.
Excerpt: "*A review of Dragon Quest: Journey of the Cursed King for the PlayStation 2.* An old skool style RPG, where only at churches can you save the game and check how much experience is required to level up. The game's camera can be rotated but you can also see the sights of this immersive world for yourself through first-person view. There are numerous NPCs to talk to, troves of treasure to be discovered, and the cows can be milked too! With not ...
Pros: Nice colourful graphics, an incredible world to explore, solid battling
Summary: While a lot of people prefer games such as Fifa or Grand Theft Auto for their accessibility and easy to pick up controls, there are a number of lesser known titles out there like this amazing RPG from the brilliant Level5, Dragon Quest. Not many people, apart from RPG fans have heard about this series, but this is the biggest selling RPG in Japan of all time, even bigger than the outstanding Final Fantasy series.