Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King User Reviews

9.6

Exceptional RPG game with an Amazing Story

The good:

- Very nice cel-shaded graphics; environments look very beautiful, colorful and unique
- Extremely interesting story with many twists, turns, and secrets to uncover; you really get involved in what happens to these characters, and you really do not want to put down the game because you want to keep uncovering the story. You really want to solve the mysteries and stop the enemy from destroying the world and its inhabitants
- Huge world that you can almost entirely explore; cool towns; travel the land and oceans by foot, boat, land animal and sky animal; the "dark world" and story involved was a very interesting idea
- Amazing music that fits in with every environment, battle, etc
- Many great levels to travel and complete; cool puzzles to deduce
- Over 70 hours of gameplay in the first time though the game, and there is even more to do when the game is complete. More battling, leveling, and storyline await you; tons of replay value; I loved that the game takes so long to beat, and that there is so much to do, see, and uncover
- Very cool characters with interesting storylines that all play out together at one point or another
- Hundreds of weapons, armors, and accessories to customize your characters with; even create them, as well as items
- Many different ways to level up your characters, depending on weapons you use and stats you disperse; leveling up is not easy, and takes work and time
- Tons of enemies and bosses to battle
- Very dramatic, exciting battles and challenging enemies; I loved the amazing RPG battle system, and the strategy it takes to defeat certain enemies and bosses
- Great weapon and magic attacks; very dramatic
- It's a great struggle to cross the sea by boat to go to other areas; there are some truly strong monsters in the sea that will wipe you out
- Night and day was a good idea for the game; differences between night and day, such as villager sayings and enemies, was a very good idea
- An item collecting bag that can collect tons of objects and never get full
- Quite a challenging RPG game
- Very fun monster battle system; they even help you out in the actual gameplay, as well as in boss battles; tons of different monsters to collect
- Loved the Defeated Monsters list
- Tons of secrets to uncover

The bad:

- Why the heck does everyone talk, except the main character?
- You have to go to a church to check on your experience, which is annoying
- Bad town mapping system; I never really understood it most times
- Money is too hard to get most times, especially when you are trying to save up to buy really expensive items
- You have to have certain items to make others in the Alchemy pot, but you hardly ever have the items, or you had to sell some to get money and the items happened to be what you need, and there are no more in the game
- The next set of accessories and armors for your characters are not worth the money; the stats are never much better than what you have on
- Most attention to detail is great in the game, but sometimes things are missed or just poorly done. When I say this, I think of trees. They look good from far away, but up close, you can see that they aren't even truly 3D (just a bunch of 2D layers)
- Some levels and puzzles are really annoying; also, some levels are too small and there is not much to do
- In some cases, the game leaves you stranded on what to do and where to go next; not enough hints are given sometimes
- Most items, such as healing or other types, are pretty useless
- There are not that many cool/awesome/strong monsters to collect for the Arena, or cool teams that do special attacks when on a team together
- I wish there were more monster collection slots, so you could carry lots at once (maybe even every monster that you collect)

Summary:

I was first introduced to this awesome game by a friend. It seemed very cool, so I borrowed it a few times, and then eventually bought it when I found it for a good price. You get into the game right away, wanting to uncover the beginnings of the story. You learn about the main enemy early, and begin your quest to find out how to take him down. Thus your adventure begins, and you set off across the lands in search of the enemy, meeting friends and allies and uncovering the story piece by piece.

The story itself is really cool. An evil jester steals a forbidden scepter from a castle and unlea...

9.8

Dragon Warrior in America? Awesome!

The good:

- Cell Shaded Graphics
- 80 Hours of Game-Play
- Huge Environment
- Many Sidequests
- Battle System
- Lots of Items
- Tons of Abilities to Learn

The bad:

- Mute Hero
- Times the game can seem somewhat childish
- Takes a long time to level up

Summary:

The Dragon Quest Franchise has been out in Japan for quite some time now, usually being called Dragon Warrior. This is the first game that has been released to the U.S.A. and fans seem to be loving it. Sure, there can be a few childish things about it, but it truly is an RPG of the Ages, and you won't want to pass it up. The Replay Value isn't really there, but you can force it. The only real reason you might not want to play this game again, is because it's so long the first time around!

Gameplay 10/10

The Gameplay is quite fun. You start out in a small forest and are attacked by a group of ...

9.4

Great RPG

The good:

  • The Graphics
  • The characters (once again, the hero is a no name and voiceless character)
  • The story (sure it is a bit corny, but it's great and in depth)
  • The variety of things to do
  • The length (as I recall, this is about 150 + hours long!)
  • Voice actors
  • HUGE world

    The bad:

  • The nameless, voiceless character
  • The voice actors are good, but they're all British
  • Looks a bit too much like Dragon Ball
  • Difficulty might be a bit harsh
  • The world is enormous, but the only bad part about that is that it might be a bit confusing.

    Summary:

    Square Enix has outdone themselves and made a fantastic turn based RPG that swallows competition in every sort and form. I loved this game even more than FFVII, the King and Queen of RPGs. This game follows the journey of a young mercenary hired by a King to reclaim his land and be transformed back into a human, rather than the monster creature he is.


  • The Story - 9/10

    -Even as the story may seem a little corny at the beginning, it's actually a very long, in depth story that stars a nameless mercenary who has been hired by the King who has been transformed into a green creature to help him rec...
  • 9.4

    Dragon Quest 8 Review

    The good:

    -Excellent Grahpics For The Ps2 -Huge World Map -Nice Anime Look to the game -Alchemy Pot Allows you to make your own items

    The bad:

    -Music is nice, but not that great -Buying Weapons and Amour is Diffucult -Game itself is hard as hell -Annoying British Accents

    Summary:

    Graphics: 5/5 This game looks great for a ps2 title. This is the best Cell-Shaded Graphics I have ever seen. The World Map and the Environments you go to is also very detailed and is simply beautiful. The Character Design is great, and Akira (DBZ guy) made the main hero look a lot like Goku. (From the clothes to the Spiky Hair look when you at full Tension. Anyhow, these graphics are amazing Music: 3.5/5 Yeah the music is okay, but not okay, the music is in a short loop, which got me mad since Square has some really good Video game music. Also, the Voice acting is good, but the Briti...

    8.4

    Cor Blimey!!!

    The good:

    Easy to pick up, Good storyline, Doesn't falter in terms of length.

    The bad:

    Battle system is a bit simple, can take painstakingly long to level up.

    Summary:

    In the days of such revolutionary rpg elements, such as the wheel in Shadow Hearts, Grandias unique battle system, and many other innovative rpgs, it's rare to see an rpg that goes back to the basics. Your classic turned based combat, with attack magic, abilities, and items. That's Dragon Quest VIII. Dragon Quest VIII won't do anything that will amaze you in innovation, or introduce anything new to you, but it still succeeds in providing a solid, easy to pick up and get into rpg experience.

    The game follows the story of 4 travelers who meet in different places and combine to follow the same ...

    10

    Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

    The good:

    Beautiful graphics
    Interesting characters
    British accents
    Combat is enjoyable
    Alchemy pot
    Some tricky bosses

    The bad:

    Music tends to go in a short loop (although it's still good)
    Random battles may put some people off

    Summary:

    I'm going to start out by saying that this is certainly one of the best looking games on PS2, or any console for that matter. The cel-shading seems to fit perfectly with the game, and all the characters and environments look great.

    You are a palace guard, mysteriously unaffected by a curse that leaves your palace in ruins and it's people turned into plants after a Jester called Dhoulmagus steals the magic sceptre kept in the castle. The hero is mute and you get to name him (I called him Orta). You set off with King Trode, who's been turned into a toad-like thing, and Princess Medea, who's ta...

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