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Dragon Quest: The Journey of the Cursed King (PS2)

by Square Enix
PlayStation2
 Ages 12 and Over
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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  • Unique visual style (character design by Akira Toriyama, creator of Dragon Ball Z)
  • Intuitive game balance makes this title easy to pick up, allowing rapid engagement with the story and environment
  • Freedom to go anywhere the eye can see in a huge, seamless and colourful world
  • Battle against a wide variety of weird and wonderful monsters
  • Party members deploy spectacular attacks and spells in stunning 3D
  • Individual party members' behaviour can be customised for optimal battle performance
  • Time passes from day to night revealing an entirely different side to towns and dungeons
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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation2
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B000EJR47Y
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.6 x 1.4 cm ; 181 g
  • Release Date: 13 April 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,098 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

The most popular Japanese game ever finally comes to the UK, with a role-playing game of incredible size, depth and charm. Lead your motley crew of heroes and heroines in a quest to restore the king as you fight the most bizarre line-up of bad guys in video game history.

Although this is actually the eighth game in the core series, each Dragon Quest game has, like rival Final Fantasy, a completely different storyline so you don have to worry about not understanding the plot. In any case the game is far more interested in combat than endless cut scenes, with a turn-based system that is simple to use but allows for a huge range of different magical and melee attacks. What gives the game its real charm are the excellent cel-shaded graphics, designed by Dragon Ball Z artist Akira Toriyama. The animation in particular is superb and the game world, in which you are given total freedom to explore, is enormous.

  • Unique visual style (character design by Akira Toriyama, creator of Dragon Ball Z)
  • Intuitive game balance makes this title easy to pick up, allowing rapid engagement with the story and environment
  • Freedom to go anywhere the eye can see in a huge, seamless and colourful world
  • Battle against a wide variety of weird and wonderful monsters
  • Party members deploy spectacular attacks and spells in stunning 3D
  • Individual party members' behaviour can be customised for optimal battle performance
  • Time passes from day to night revealing an entirely different side to towns and dungeons

Amazon.co.uk Review

In a nutshell:
The most popular Japanese game ever finally comes to the UK, with a role-playing game of incredible size, depth and charm. Lead your motley crew of heroes and heroines in a quest to restore the king as you fight the most bizarre line-up of bad guys in video game history.

The lowdown:
Although this is actually the eighth game in the core series, each Dragon Quest game has, like rival Final Fantasy, a completely different storyline so you don’t have to worry about not understanding the plot. In any case the game is far more interested in combat than endless cut scenes, with a turn-based system that is simple to use but allows for a huge range of different magical and melee attacks. What gives the game its real charm are the excellent cel-shaded graphics, designed by Dragon Ball Z artist Akira Toriyama. The animation in particular is superb and the game world, in which you are given total freedom to explore, is enormous.

Most exciting moment:
Taking down one of the game’s string of extravagant bosses with moves like the Underpants Dance and Jessica the sorceress’ Sexy Beam.

Since you ask:
In 1998 the Japanese government demanded that Enix no longer released Dragon Quest games on a weekeday because too many people were taking time off work and school to go and buy it.

The bottom line:
A role-playing game that’s both fun and accessible – no wonder it’s Japan’s favourite franchise.
Harrison Dent


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Dragon Quest:Journey of the Cursed King is a truly spectacular game. After a long wait, a new RPG that is on par with the likes of final fantasy 7.

I'm not going to reveal too much about the storyline, but certain parts will have you in stitches and you will find yourself unable to stop playing just so you can find out how the story continues.

Most RPGs find themselves with the same problem - the sheer amount of random battles that occur out while exploring the world map. This factor is intensfied even further by the further by the size of the world map. However, with the battle system being hugely enjoyable and far from tedious, the battles are just as much fun as oggling the amazing graphics.

Along with the large main story / quest, there is a large amount of extra sidequests and activities to participate in, the game manages falls into the 80 to 100 hour category depending on how much you level up, search for treasure chests, etc.

This game has truly done justice to the RPG genre and I strongly recommend those who haven't tried this genre to dive straight into this game. Those who are familiar with this genre, why are you reading this review, buy the game now!!!

As always, there is something to complain about, but it isn't about the actual game itself, but the fact that we didn't get a final fantasy 12 demo just like the Americans.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic! 4 May 2006
By Unique
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
First of all I will state something very honest (which is obviously the point), this game ranks in my top 3 best ever games! Here are my top 3/4 best games in no particular order:

- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time

- Final Fantasy VII & IX (Joint in best)

- Dragon Quest: The Journey of The Cursed King (Here it is!)

I truly feel that this is a marvellous game and almost anyone will like it, this game will provide stimulating gameplay for lovers of RPG's and Platformers. It combines elements of the Zelda series and small parts of the Final Fantasy series which results in an exceptional game.

Graphics: The graphics are very unique, the cel shaded graphics have only recently been established with games such as Zelda: Windwaker. This is a totally fresh and new type of graphics, it provides an uplifting and charming feel to the entire game! The graphics are so good, even if this game had rubbish gameplay I'd still play it quite a bit. Overall - Exceptional and beautiful (10/10)

Gameplay - I have had the game for 2 weeks and I haven't stopped playing it hardly at all. The gameplay is very good and will keep you going for a long while with it's interesting characters, quests, storyline and it's overall charm. If you enjoy adventures/RPG's then this gameplay will sit magically, setting on long journeys to unravel mysteries and exploring the beautiful, vast world.

There are enough extra features i.e. skill & character upgrades i.e. spells, physical abilities etc, battle records and alot of additonal extras according to sources. There are hidden treasures all over the world and intriguing side quests which are interesting and that will keep you on your toes.
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. M. Cartwright VINE VOICE
I have been playing the American Version of Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of The Cursed King (or Dragon Quest: Journey of The Cursed King as its to be known in Europe) and I have to say its one of the best RPGs I have ever played!
It all starts off with you journeying to find the evil jester Dhoulmagus, as he has turned King Trode into a toad and the Princess Medea, into a horse. The kings castle has also been intertwined with vines aswell. Along with these two characters you start off with another character called Yangus, an ex-bandit whos duty is to serve you 'the guv'nor' and you find out why as the story progresses. Two more join later on, Jessica and Alfred, and this makes up your party of four with Yangus and yourself, an otherwise unknown character with you to put your own name to. Pretty bog standard RPG stuff.
The cel-shaded graphics are amazing, and they should be as this is developed by Level 5 who did Dark Chronicle, Dark Cloud and the soon-to-be-released (hopefully in Europe) Rogue Galaxy. I have never ever seen such a massive world in an RPG before and you get to explore every last bit of it. Towns are relatively small in size, but charming nonetheless. Akira Toriyama (Dragonball Z) has done a wonderful job on the character design, and each is voiced with a wonderful British regional accent, something I found a bit unusual in the American version as normally with RPGs they are dubbed with squeaky American ones when they come out over here! But I found this adds to the charm of the game and it suits it perfectly.
Fighting in the game is very "old-skool" in that the way its turn based and kept very simple. This makes the fighting system easily accessible but not necessarily easy. I often found myself dying even when fighting creatures on the world map!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For those still waiting for FFXII... 1 Aug. 2006
Yes, I know that's harsh, but the fact is would as many people be playing this if the latest Final Fantasy wasn't delayed? However, the delay - though annoyingly predictable - turned out to be a blessing, as it means that many looking for a RPG fix looked to this game, and found there's much to enjoy within it.

Firstly, the basic facts: this isn't a Final Fantasy game, as rather than have a huge, sweeping epic as the plot and a lot of characters changing as the events unfurl before them, this is a lot simpler than that. Your lead character doesn't have a name or a voice, so everyone reacts and interacts with him to give you the gist of the story, which in itself is straightforward. A king and princess are cursed, so go on a quest with your hero (who was the only person to survive the curse in his kingdom) and his bandit partner, looking for a way to break it and return to normal. Naturally, this involves trekking from town to town and fulfilling sidequests in each of them, meeting up with a couple of other characters to control, and preventing the end of the world courtesy of the obligatory evil warlock.

The plot, however, doesn't take the bleak/grim/depressing (delete where applicable) view of the FF games, and plays it with a lot more charm than you'd expect. A lot of the events in the game are light in tone, which also helps the darker moments in the games as it lends them a lot of pathos. The gameworld is similar, full of warm, bright shades when the game is meant to reflect this and cold, dark shades when it isn't. The game also has a realistic day-to-night setting, with the sun rising and falling all the time, and the world is very different at night, with tougher enemies coming out.
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