Join the Adventure with the Cursed King
It was only a few months ago where we embarked on the journey that is dragon Quest VII. This time, we explore the vast world of Dragon Quest VIII on Nintendo 3DS. One would wonder if this iteration was a better remake than the last. The answer may surprise you.
Of course, one knows how Dragon Quest had changed from the original release of the seventh and eight installments of the game. It is well remembered how great the first release of this game was and how successful it became on the PlayStation 2. However, it still very much surprising how well this game has aged and still manages to find new breath on the 3DS.
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King is marvelous on 3DS and does great in following the release of Dragon Quest VII, showing off its full 3D landscape. Originally, this game was the first of the series to go in full 3D and it was remarkable to have done so. The cel-shaded art style is unique and charming for the world Dragon Quest tries to convey.
The franchise is by far one of the most traditional as of late. Dragon Quest games are known to be classic RPG games and this title does not change that in the least bit. It is but one of the few ways new gamers today can have a taste of what a traditional role-playing game feels like. This remake of the original game keeps that traditional going through and through.
On the 3DS, the game plays pretty smoothly compare dot the original release. For example, some of the game’s long and tedious waiting times have been shortened. Furthermore, there are few a more perks added in this remake.
New characters have been added alongside new story developments to enrich the game world even further. Say hello to Red, a lone wolf bandit from Yangus’ past and Morrie, the flashy proprietor of the Monster Arena. Alongside all the familiar faces of the original release, the adventure has gained a nice upgrade to the overall experience.
For players who like a more expansive RPG experience, Dragon Quest VIII on 3DS introduces some new foes to defeat which is refreshing for players who are looking for new challenges within the Dragon Quest experience. Speaking of battles, they don’t randomly spur when exploring the world anymore. Players will see their enemies walking around and battles will incur when colliding with them.
A new feature added in the game is the Cameron Challenge. Players will be able to take pictures of their characters in-game while they are out exploring and such. These pictures will be needed to complete the Cameron Challenge. These pictures can also be shared with other players via StreetPass.
Indeed, upon meeting Morrie from the Monster Arena, you will have access to this new feature that separates itself from the usual adventuring with your team and allows to take on the role of a monster owner. Reminiscent to the spin-off series Dragon Quest Monsters, players can build their strongest team of monsters and win big at the Monster Arena. It is a nice touch added to expand the lasting appeal of the game.
Dragon Quest VIII is by far the most successful title in the series so far and I have had many fond memories of the original release. Playing it again on 3DS has only brought those back to life seeing as how faithful this remake has been. Indeed, Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King finds itself a comfortable home on the 3DS and the new additions only make this game even more likeable to both old veterans such as myself as well as new players who have no idea how traditional role-playing games used to be played.
IT is a great way to introduce the most basic concepts of role-playing games to the new generation of gamers. My only wish is that more games dare to try to make games on the AAA scale on the basis of how games used to be made. With this in mind, this game is a definite recommendation to all 3DS owners both as a quality game as well as a classic.