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not for everyone.,
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This review is from: Dragon Quest: The Journey of the Cursed King (PS2) (Video Game)
I based my decision to purchase this game after hearing that this title was the "next best thing to Final Fantasy VII", and although that seems to be the base of what most RPG's are now compared these days, that statement is completely false and how players managed to reach such a conclusion baffles me.
Dragon Quest VIII is a visual appealing game following a very linear and basic storyline, it allows the player to develop four strong characters throughout the entirity of the game, whilst you complete your party very early in your journey, the engine allows you to explore the past lives of the core players as well as the history of several NPC's that accompany you.
The battle system is very basic for an RPG following a very traditional turned based system, although magic is at a players disposal -the vast majority of the time you'll find yourself not executing them, but standing on the frontlines attacking with your weapon, it's also worth noting that this title does not have "summons" of any kind.
Not only is the gamestyle basic, you'll find that vast majority of features within the game follow a same style, the programming code for the menu and trade system can be quite fustrating at times as you can take up to five minutes selling up all your equipments, whereas in most rpg's it takes meer seconds.
The random battle system kicks in very frequently compared other RPG's when your exploring the world map which can be of an annoyance at times especially when your on a treasure hunt or trying to get to a certain destination, not only that but you may find navigating the world a tideous task as the main interface doesn't provide a mini map of any sort.
This title does take a while for the average RPG player to get into, with this visual style and engine its more aimed at the younger audience, but for older players this game might not hold your attention for long.
Some people stated that this title was the next thing to Final Fantasy VII, although such a false statement, Final Fantasy VII has features that appeal to every generation of gamers from young to old whether a newbie or the veteran player, following a very complex storyline and character development process.
Dragon Quest is completly the opposite as everything in this title is basic at best in comparsion.
Although it's a good title, its more for the beginners of the RPG genre, and definatley no Final Fantasy... and not even close.