Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
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Developer: Square Enix
Content Rating: Teen
Uncover the story of the Cursed King as you save the world from a twisted magician in this genre-defining role-playing game. Across the vast world you'll wage turn-based battles against more than 250 monsters designed by famed artist Akira Toriyama. As you level up, upgrade your warriors' skills to learn mighty attacks. Untold possibilities await.
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Dragon Quest VIII was one of the finest JRPGs upon its initial release and it manages to retain that lofty status through this 3DS edition. Its adherence to the traditional rules of the genre is where it pulls its strength from, the familiarity of the template allowing the design team to worry about making sure each element is as good as it can possibly can be.
Just being able to play this game again on a handheld would have been satisfying, but the new additions like speeding up combat, removing the Alchemy Pot timer, and a map display on the bottom screen help to make Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King more accessible than ever to veterans and newcomers alike in this now definitive form on the 3DS.
With no nostalgia factoring in, I’m left viewing Dragon Quest VIII in a mixed light. I have some real issues with it, but I still recognize its quality features. I acknowledge that I’m something of an outlier among the game’s audience. On a system with as many RPG choices as the 3DS, I’m okay with that.