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Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

ドラゴンクエストVIII 空と海と大地と呪われし姫君

Developer: Level-5 Publisher: Square Enix
27 November 2004
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King [ドラゴンクエストVIII 空と海と大地と呪われし姫君] - cover art
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A curse befalls the kingdom of Trodain when the jester Dhoulmagus unleashes the power of an ancient scepter sealed within the castle and uses his newfound strength to wreak havoc across the land. Accompanied by a sole survivor and an ex-bandit named Yangus, the cursed King Trode and his daughter Medea embarks on a journey to track Dhoulmagus and release the curse.
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Dragon Quest VIII has been one of my favorite games since before I ever owned it personally. When I was much younger, a friend of mine had this game and occasionally I would play it if I went over to his house or he brought it over. Naturally, I never really got very far into the game, but the intro left such an impression on me that I ended up buying it for myself many years later. In short, what won me over on the first impression is what ended up making this one of my favorites.

There's so much to admire about this game, from the colossal length (55+ hours for a decent run, not all the side content but some,) the high level of consistent attention to detail across the game's many locations, foes and dungeons, and the grand, epic feeling that the game's world and story provides. To start with the most apparent aspect of the game, the visuals are one of my favorite parts. I just love the bright, cartoony yet somewhat subdued art style that Dragon Quest is known for, and it looks great on PS2. I always loved how large the environments felt, it gave the game a much grander sense of scale. Since there is no world map, the game feels very interconnected and travelling is very organic, compared to older JRPGs. You could even see this game as predicting the genre's shift towards open worlds, but the encounters are still random at this point in the series - unless you're playing on 3DS. With the soft, colorful art style and the strong sense of place established by the world design, the game's locations feel very realized and are just beautiful. Even today this game really is a treat for the eyes and undoubtedly one of the best looking on PS2. This beauty is further accentuated by one of the series' finest soundtracks, fully orchestrated on the North American PS2 version of the game. The inclusion of orchestral soundtracks is important here because it further gives the game world and its locations a sense of grandeur, a feeling which is already established by the seemingly epic scale of the buildings and countryside.

In addition to the audio and visual aspects of this game being stellar, the gameplay facets are great as well. The weapon system/character progression is a lot of fun, and allows for some diversity between different playthroughs. There's also a very in-depth crafting system that never really hooked me, but is something I plan on taking advantage of on a subsequent playthrough. There are some difficult bosses and even regular enemy encounters in this game, but the game never approaches an infuriating level of challenge. It is generally a very well-paced and consistently challenging but fair experience. The story is... well it's Dragon Quest, so you know what to expect, but the fun and witty characters as well as the episodic nature of the game's scenarios make up for what can be a slightly lacking main narrative. The game is extremely long, in fact at the halfway point of Dragon Quest VIII you may very well think you're approaching the end. But if you're looking for a huge time-sink that is worth as much as you're willing to put into it, that feels very polished and memorable, I highly recommend it.
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Nydalyss ドラゴンクエストVIII 空と海と大地と呪われし姫君 2024-05-25T17:22:45Z
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Megurenibs ドラゴンクエストVIII 空と海と大地と呪われし姫君 2024-05-23T05:55:39Z
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C0ntra Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King 2024-05-21T06:32:51Z
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MrFlobe ドラゴンクエストVIII 空と海と大地と呪われし姫君 2024-05-20T22:21:59Z
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nebesny Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King 2024-05-20T12:01:44Z
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Oathsworn ドラゴンクエストVIII 空と海と大地と呪われし姫君 2024-05-16T13:12:03Z
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Amamiya Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King 2024-05-15T15:07:07Z
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TheJoat Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King 2024-05-13T16:52:35Z
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ranzac ドラゴンクエストVIII 空と海と大地と呪われし姫君 2024-05-02T17:11:15Z
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  • Dragon Quest VIII: L'odyssée du roi maudit
  • Dragon Quest VIII: L'odissea del Re maledetto
  • Dragon Quest VIII: El periplo del Rey Maldito
  • Dragon Quest VIII: Die Reise des verwunschenen Königs
  • Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
  • Dragon Quest: El periplo del Rey Maldito
  • Dragon Quest: Journey of the Cursed King
  • Dragon Quest: Die Reise des verwunschenen Königs
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  • slib 2020-12-25 20:01:36.096205+00
    Replayed for about the tenth time and this really is just the best post-16 bit era traditional JRPG ever made
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    • slib 2021-01-13 00:19:38.773702+00
      *32-bit I mean
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  • hugecreature 2021-06-02 04:33:14.415148+00
    should i go 3ds or ps2
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    • unj 2021-09-07 22:55:48.413266+00
      3DS has better gameplay mechanics (i.e: "fixes"/"updates stuff like random encounters with monsters appearing on the main map). Main boost PS2 has is that it has slightly better colours etc. Depends on your own tastes
    • Fowlawneeshafow 2022-09-11 21:46:38.212053+00
      3DS is the better version if you look past the graphics.
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  • AJSherick 2022-11-20 19:20:14.467382+00
    HD update when?
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  • jbalbinol 2023-03-11 12:35:46.468937+00
    Man, this game could be great, if it wasn't so drawn out. Abandoned at 40 hours.

    Also, how could it be that the first area in the game that isn't a hillside, a dungeon or a cave; comes 40 hours in?
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    • Bakkus 2023-06-24 17:50:21.128351+00
      Which place are you referring to?
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  • I0000days 2023-06-27 18:58:40.036178+00
    Could've been one of the greatest games ever if it wasn't for all the grinding you have to do.
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    • stapple 2023-07-05 14:08:40.146595+00
      I haven't noticed any points so far where I got smacked back and forced to grind, with the exception of one boss (you can guess what it was if you've played), but that was probably my fault for overusing holy protection (and all I needed to do was level up Angelo enough to have multiheal)
    • juicyjuicysweetie 2024-01-31 23:41:01.262094+00
      huh? not grinding/ grinding sparingly makes battles actually fun
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  • okayfrog 2023-10-09 20:23:10.490581+00
    arguably the best overworld theme in a video game

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7TBbSN7bYU
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    • Bakkus 2023-11-25 01:35:42.493769+00
      It might be up there, but you get sooooooooo tired of hearing it over and over and over throughout the entire game. The game should have had multiple overworld themes for when you're walking which is like 95% of the time.
    • watercolour 2023-12-14 00:04:51.653901+00
      there should be diff overworld themes for each area
    • AJSherick 2023-12-27 18:04:51.710519+00
      Never got tired of hearing it myself. Just too dang majestic. Twas a different time for sure.
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  • cassio_ 2024-02-08 13:18:03.601634+00
    man, this game rules.
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