Dragon Quest VIII: The Journey of the Cursed King PS2 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 9.2
Graphics 9.0
Sound 8.9
Value 9.3
Distributor: UbiSoft
Classification:
M15+
Review Date:
April 2006
Reviewer:
Tory Favro

9.2

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Dragon Quest VIII: The Journey of the Cursed King 

Well after one attempt at writing this review and having my machine crash and losing it all, here we go again. And itís just as well or you would be missing out on one heck of a good game! 

This is the eighth instalment of the popular series that has OWNED Japan for so long it isnít funny. The formula hasnít changed that much in this time but that is not the part of the game that is what youíll react to first. OH MY GOD, the graphics on this game are absolutely insane! 

Using a cel shading technique, we have a game that comes to living breathing in your face life. If players are not impressed by this you need your head examined! Simply look at the screenshots on this review and see if I am wrong. 

The storyline revolves around a stolen sceptre, taken by a wizard called Dhoulmagus, cursing the castle it was taken from and turning the royalty into hideous creatures. As a guard from the palace, you are the hero of the story and are on the hunt across the lands to find Dhoulmagus and break the spell that holds the king and his castle under itís thrall.  

Now we know that graphics arenít the only thing that make a good game great. This is an exploring adventure at itís heart, plain and simple and the lighthearted approach to both the animation and storyline put it above a lot of the doom and gloom titles that weíve had to suffer through lately. 

Being a role playing game, you can expect character development to take place during the game along with the increase in experience that you gain from having encounters with others. I havenít played an RPG in a while and it was nice to have the random battle develop on occasion as though the PS2 was my dungeon master and had just thrown the dice for me. 

The battles are well paced and measured to make sure that you are more than aware of when you are having a boss battle. Normal fights are enjoyable but over quickly, whereas there will be a much higher level of challenge when it comes to fighting one of the big boys. Tactics then will be more essential than ever, and working out whatís best for you quickly is certainly a task but worth the effort to make it through in one piece. 

You battle your way through your turn based fights, using might and magic to get the job done and the effects look great! You can use the abilities of the characters in your party to administer different attacks and although the amount of characters you can manipulate is small, it really helps the flow of the  game by not getting bogged down by trying work a ton of playable characters at once. 

Add to the games dynamics the ability of using alchemy to create weapons and items with a system that novice gamers can easily get into, but more experienced players will get a blast from the massive amount of things that you can do when you get into it. It is the sort of stuff that will keep you playing this game for almost forever. 

This is a game that you will be in love with. Itís got all the ingredients that anyone who likes gaming should be in love with. Great story, beautiful graphics and a control system to die for, mix that up and add to the ingredients a jam packed game full of extras and you are set. 

This title is fully worth the price of entry that they are asking for and all the gang at impulsegamer highly recommend it for fans of compelling RPGs, as this one truly sets the bar really high and potentially wonít be topped on this system. Iíd love to be proved wrong so weíll just see what happens. 

In the meantime though, do yourself a favour and join us in the Journey of the Cursed King!






 
 



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