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American Version - FANTASTIC!!! Make sure you buy this!!!,
This review is from: Dragon Quest: The Journey of the Cursed King (PS2) (Video Game)
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! Skill points are awarded when you level up and you use these to customize certain attributes of your character, which it turn leads to new moves being learnt. Weapons, armour, accessories - all the same equipment as other RPGs. Plus you get to synthesise your own items, after finding the recipe of course, with the alchemy pot.
There is so much I could tell you about this game, but I wont, it would spoil it for you guys that have had to wait just over 2 years for this. All I will say is BUY IT when it comes out over here as it would be a shame to let such a beautiful RPG experience go to waste!! I just hope Square does a good job with the PAL conversion as this game looks amazing running at full screen 60Hz.