Excerpt: Conspicuously absent since 2001, the first RPG series from Japan, Dragon Quest (long called Dragon Warrior on this side of the Pacific), has returned at last. Bigger, bolder, gleaming with all the polish a PlayStation 2 game can muster, Square Enix’s other flagship series has set out to reinvent and re-establish itself in the States.
Excerpt: Everyone was talking about it. “Dragon Quest VIII is going to be the best RPG of the year” and “Dragon Quest VIII is finally coming out. I can’t wait.” I was thinking “Awesome. What the hell is Dragon Quest?” Golems… slimes…? Ohhh. Right, right, right. Dragon Quest is Dragon Warrior—the old school NES, healmore hurtmore epic I played so many years ago. Nobody told me. If they had, I would have picked up the six I missed. Provided they played like this one.