5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
One of the best PS2 RPG's to date,
This review is from: Dragon Quest: The Journey of the Cursed King (PS2) (Video Game)
This is actually the first Dragon Quest game to get a full release in the UK. The series is called Dragon Quest in Japan, and Dragon Warrior in the USA. This game is actually the eighth in the series, the first on PS2. In Japan it is equally as popular as the Final Fantasy franchise.
Square Enix have brought us a masterpiece of cute, non-threatening, incredibly engrossing and addictive gameplay. You get the sense that the game doesn't take itself too seriously, unlike the Final Fantasy series, and yet there is sooo much attention to detail you can't help but notice the amount of hard work that has gone into producing this wonder of entertainment.
The story isn't particularly difficult to follow, to begin with: serach and destroy the magician who cursed your King and hometown. Woopeedoo, sounds great! But as with all great RPG's, you get side-tracked doing many other tasks, and the lot starts the thicken as you get further in the game.
The side-quests are very rewarding. The monster arena takes some time as you ave to travel the world to collect your monsters, but you do get some great features which help you in battle!
The casino's are a little annoying, I find. I don't wanto to spend hours playing bingo and fruit machines to obtain one ultimate weapon, but unfortunately you have to if you wantthat particular item!
The graphics are fantastic. There aren't any FMV cut-scenes, because the in-game graphics are the best in an RPG (so far on a PS2) that you really dont' need them.
As you will have read, character design has been created by the chap who brought us Dragonball Z. I've never really been into that series, but you can see the style has been brought over successfully. The characters (good and bad) are colourful, and some what childlike and fun/cute.
Music is fantastic. Orchestral and well produced, you'll be humming it for hours after playing it. (Or if not humming, it'll be going round your mind for ages!)
This game will keep you engrossed for hours upon hours! My advice to you would be to obtain the walkthrough as you could miss plenty of small things (and save your time when it comes to monster hunting.) Also rememeber to spend a great deal of time levelling up your characters, as once you leave the first island, it becomes much tougher one the second island!
Enjoy! Definitely up for game-of-the-year!