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POSTED 28/1/17


DRAGON QUEST VIII: JOURNEY OF THE CURSED KING

Square Enix/Nintendo



I would search this world for you, even though you can't imagine...

After last yearís incredibly successful recycling of the incredibly bulkily titled original PlayStation JRPG Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past, many hoped for it sequel, the PS2 classic Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King would receive the same venerable treatment.

But it hasnít. This review is a fabrication. Itís all a cruel hoax. It doesnít exist...

Yeah, youíre smarter than that. Sorry. Of course it exists Ė and itís quite the thing of greatness. Well, it is if you dig genre-defining JRPG exploration and turn-based action with oodles of beefy story.

This particular story, for those who havenít already lived it, involves one King Torde and the good Princess Medea. Well we hope sheís good, itís a bit hard to tell when evil magician Dhoulmagus has gone all Wonder Twins activate on her and made her take on form of horse. Not that good King Whatsisface has fared any better, as heís gone all Yoda-meets-Morbo trolly Ė and before the internet was even a twinkle in a very clever geekís eye! The swordsman that is you joins this peculiar posse, along with a Cockney warrior dude called Yangus. The object? Well, think about it for a moment...

Your quest to re-royal the royals Ė and exact revenge on a certain sinful sorcerer - is not for the faint of heart. Much challenge equates to many hours, but itís time spent in one of the most gorgeous looking worlds to have yet graced the 3DS (even if thereís little in the way of actual 3D). Plus thereís new stuff like a distraction for snap-happy types.

Many mumble and grumble about remastered games, but not everybody has access to the original software or hardware. Anyway, games such as engaging as DQVIII:JOTCK (damn, itís cumbersome even when abbreviated) deserve a certain immortality.

Donít agree? Youíre dragon me down, yeah.

take me back to the start...

 



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