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Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King - Nintendo 3DS

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    • Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (419 out of 423)

    Product Details


    • Publisher: Nintendo
    • Platform: Nintendo 3DS
    • Genre: Role Playing
    • Release Date: 01/20/2017
    • Edition: Standard Edition

    Synopsis


    Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

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    Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 423 reviews

    99%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      For King and Country

      Posted
      LordLoto
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      Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King was already an incredibly JRPG standard back when it came out on the PS2. And while the game also released on mobile devices a few years back, this new 3DS version aims to breathe new life into the game that already had a well packaged experience. In this whimsical world of silly monsters, Dragon Ball Z look alike characters by the same creator, and surprising darkness in the plot, Dragon Quest VIII takes you on a fun journey across the globe in search of a mad Jester who leaves despair in his wake. Along the way you meet fantastic characters fleshed out by great writing and voice acting that goes well with the world design and cell shaded art style. And unlike the days of RPGs gone by, you are no longer a huge character the size of towns on a small world map, but expecting in a world to scale. The gameplay is definitely standard turn based combat, but it's refined here to perfection. There's no complicated mess of menus, but it's also full of enough abilities and spells that there is a lot to learn and master. Now beyond the base of the game which this version builds upon are a host of new features new to the 3DS. You new a new ending to choose from as well as new post game content. There's also 2 new playable characters that you recruit to expand the party from the set 4 to 6. The party members even had roles in the existing game so they don't feel shoe horned into the plot. Beyond that there's also the new camera focused side features and side quests, as well as smaller additions here and there. For example in the original game when you leveled up and used skill points acquired at each level you would never know what skill you would get next unless you went online or used a guide. However now not only can you save skill points, but it easily displays your progress for the next skill and even gives you an idea of where it will go from there. All of these changes combined with the new portability greatly make up for the loss in graphical power, and orchestral score which are lost from the PS2 version. If you are a fan of RPGs though I can't recommend this game higher. It's polished to an incredibly level, and it's just a smile (and some tears) all the way through. It still cracks me up when you encounter an enemy that caught you by surprise. You're expecting to take that hit which you may or may not be ready for and... It licks itself, or rolls around on the ground! Dragon Quest is full of silly characters, monsters, and a whole lot of puns. But it uses this tone to lure you into a false of security. Because the stories that these characters deal with are not so light hearted and will grip you to the end!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great port of a classic JRPG

      Posted
      eynoj
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      I played this game multiple times in its PlayStation 2 release, and curiosity got the better of me for the 3DS release. I hadn't played the game in nearly 10 years, and I had to know how it translated in its port. I'm really impressed -- a few corners had to be cut, but for the most part, it's the PS2 classic in handheld form. It looks and runs great. I found myself sucked right back into the game's world. Dragon Quest VIII shines by giving you a wonderfully charismatic cast of characters (with voice acting that's pretty decent overall) without piling on too many faces. There's joyful music at every turn, and most enemies take a turn for the silly. Having a mascot resembling a small blob of goo with a cute face, Dragon Quest is a series that almost never takes itself seriously (except when the opportunity in the story arises.) The story is pretty linear and cut-and-dry, but this is one of those rare RPGs where I didn't mind the story taking a backseat. Everything else -- characters, gameplay in and out of battle, music -- carries the game much further than story alone. And in the wake of some more recent JRPGs, a bad (or otherwise overwrought) story can do more harm than good. The 3DS version of the game adds a little content to entice people who've already played the PS2 version. Camera mode (complete with cheesy purikura stickers and effects,) a new dungeon I've yet to see, and two new playable characters. I've noticed some other quality of life improvements as well, namely, being able to quick save anywhere in the world (plus the always-useful suspending of 3DS games), the alchemy pot is easier to use now, and you've always got a map ready on the lower screen. I've gotten a surprising amount of mileage out of camera mode. There's a new NPC in the game that gives you challenges to take pictures of specific landmarks, plus the fun of simply creating a photo log of your journey. Final Fantasy XV recently did this a little better, but it's still a clever idea put to good use. Negatives are pretty minor. The soundtrack is downgraded to a MIDI arrangement (apparently, from the original Japanese release of this game) and is mixed too high over the voice acting. Fortunately, this can be fixed in the settings (I set the music down to "2" out of "5") and the MIDI tracks sound plenty good. The voice acting quality is hit or miss. Certain areas of the game are a pain to slog through, now that monster encounters show up in the world -- namely, narrow hallways where it's difficult to get past enemies without fighting them. There's only a few areas like this, though. Controlling the camera with the New 3DS C-nub is a pain, but this applies to any game that uses the awful C-nub. If you don't have a New 3DS (or just don't like using the C-nub,) you can still control the camera with L+R and the D-pad just fine. I mainly use L+R to rotate on the X-axis so I don't have to take my thumb off of the circle pad for movement. Dragon Quest VIII is a great, great game (GGG.) One of my favorite JRPGs of all time (my personal favorites, in no particular order: Tales of Phantasia, Persona 3, Chrono Trigger, Xenogears, Dragon Quest V and VIII, Final Fantasy III, VII, and X.) Any JRPG fan should pick this up, even if you've already played it on PS2 -- you know it's worth revisiting! I went in with a little buyer's remorse, since I still own the PS2 version and a PS2 to play it on, but this game's worth it. Here's to hoping we get more Dragon Quest on the Nintendo systems in the future.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Still a classic after over a decade.

      Posted
      Ryan
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      Dragon Quest VIII is a wonderful game. Whether you're a series veteran, or just simply peeking your head in to see what the franchise is all about, Dragon Quest VIII has something for everyone. I was a little worried going in that it wouldn't hold up to the original PS2 version, but I'm happy to report that it does, and it does so wonderfully. Though texture resolutions aren't as detailed and sharp, environments are still detailed, colors are still vibrant, and, most importantly, the characters are just as expressive as ever. There are some draw-distance issues where things just pop into view that can be somewhat distracting, but they're never game-breaking, and usually only happen when roaming the overworld. It's disappointing that the 3DS got short-changed on the soundtrack, however, considering the original PS2 version featured a fully-orchestrated soundtrack. The 3DS version contains a MIDI soundtrack, and while it is very high-quality (along the same lines as the previous 3DS entry, Dragon Quest VII), it's still rather disappointing, considering the Japanese release still contains the original music. It's not a deal-breaker, and if this is your first time playing the game, then you probably won't even notice. The voice-acting sounds a bit muffled coming through the 3DS' sound channels, but I got used to it really quick, and it does not hamper the actors' performances. There are also some very nice quality-of-life improvements here, including on-screen enemy encounters (meaning no more random battles other than when sailing the ocean), and, my personal favorite, the ability to speed up animations during battle, which makes grinding go a lot faster. Dragon Quest VIII is still a gem after all these years, and if you're a newcomer to the series, this is the PERFECT game to discover what this whimsical franchise is all about.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A must buy for lovers of traditional jRPGs.

      Posted
      Aaron
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      A great remake of a PS2 classic, Dragon Quest 8 on the 3DS takes what made it such a hit on the Playstation 2 and drastically improves on it. The things that I love that were redone for the remake was that random encounters were done away with and now enemies pop up on the overworld instead. Something that seems the series has been doing since 9 on the DS and I love it. Another, and much needed improvement was the Alchemy pot. Now you can do multiple of the same item at once, and items alchemize in an instant! Not only that, but now the game highlights what can and can't be used in the alchemy pot. A big, definite improvement. Some fun new things added were of course, new post game dungeons, 2 new party members Red and Morrie, which were very interesting and fun to use. And I like that you can switch out party members on the fly without wasting a turn, just like in Dragon Quest 4. The new camera sidequest is pretty fun too, and you get some decent rewards from it. I've also noticed that you full heal now upon level up. At first I thought it might take away from the challenge of the game, but it doesn't seem to have hurt it too bad. If anything, it just saves me a few gold since leveling can eventually take a while any way. If there is a downside, it's that unlike the PS2 version, there is no orchestrated music, but the MIDI music still sounds great to me. The new voice actress for Jessica is also really spot on. Does a fantastic job. All in all, this is an amazing remake of an already amazing game. Then again, Dragon Quest has always been on the ball when it comes to remakes, and this is on exception. A definite must buy if you love traditional jRPGs.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      An RPG Gem

      Posted
      Robert
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      This is the game that got me into the Dragon Quest series. I played it back in my high school days (maybe 8 years ago) and it still holds up today. Some pluses: + Pretty lengthy game. There's a YUGE world to explore! + The soundtrack is great. Sadly, it's not the orchestral version, but STILL. It's a joy to listen to. + Two extra characters that weren't playable in the original release + There's a cool new side quest that involves taking pictures of locales you visit, and it's pretty fun + NO random encounters (except when traversing the world by ship). It's great because it lets you play the game at your own pace + Funny characters and great voice acting. + Character customization is great. At every level up, you get to allocate points which grant your characters better skills for combat, along with funny titles to match their new aptitudes. I can't seem to find a single thing I dislike about this game. Its a new and improved version of the original release on the PS2. If you're looking for an old school RPG to hold you over till your next anticipated title, here's your game.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Still Going Strong a Decade Later

      Posted
      Rich
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      While it's extremely sad sacrifices had to be made to the graphics of a game that came out over a decade ago on a system two generations behind us, but such is the state of the 3DS. At least the lack of 3-D is due to hardware limitations, not developer laziness or a personal, misguided choice of the lead designer. It's worth it to have the game on the go, and not have to mess with AV cords and a display that takes up about a third of your HD TV display. There are some other additions to make the deal sweeter - two new playable characters, rebalanced spells, new cutscenes, voice actors where previously there were none, and the ability to bank skill points rather than use them right away (but still no ability to reset them). Highly recommended, whether you're experiencing this for the first time, or have beaten it numerous times on the PS2,

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      An improvement on an already great game

      Posted
      CSJenova
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      I played this game originally for the PS2 back in college. Several long nights were spent staying up way later than I should have to find as much as possible as I could. The refresh on the 3DS takes that foundation and makes it better. Enemies in the over world allow you to avoid encounters when you just want to get somewhere and end your game session. An improved quick save allows you to save your progress in those situations where you still can't make it to a town before you need to go, making the game far more portable than it would have been otherwise. I will admit that I have lost 30+ minutes of progress on multiple occasions because I forgot to save and my 3DS died on me while in sleep mode, but that's completely on me and not an issue with the game. You just learn to get better about quick saving more frequently than you might on a non-battery powered non-portable console.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Surprising and Awesome Port

      Posted
      beardedaxe
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      This is just a brief review of the port and not the game itself. The game itself needs no introduction. This is THE definitive Dragon Quest installment. The 3DS port of this game is (despite those early previews) awesome. It sports a stable frame-rate and a colorful adaption of the PS2 original. It's definitely a 3DS game, make no mistake, but I'm happy to say that the graphics, sound, and overall presentation were successfully translated into a beautiful new version of the game. Aside from a revised (some might say nerved) soundtrack (to accommodate a smaller game file size), everything is intact from the original. Of course, the game's newfound portability really wins the day, allowing you to grind (no more random encounters!) whenever and wherever you like. What a great game, and I'm happy to say ... what a great version of this game. A+

      I would recommend this to a friend



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