DRAGON QUEST VIII: THE JOURNEY OF THE CURSED KING (2006) – LEVEL 5
There are very few game series that can command the respect that Dragon Quest does. A colossal franchise in its Japanese homeland, it has remained rock steady in the JRPG genre, and whereas Final Fantasy has always felt the need to adapt and change with the times with each instalment, Dragon Quest is pretty much the same now as it was when the original game was released in 1986 on the NES: turn based combat, text driven screens and lots of grinding. Even the development team has remained the same, with the creator Yuji Horii, artist Akira Toriyama and composer Koichi Sugiyama working on every single game.
The impulse to write this review was provided by an article I read recently on CVG.com that simply proclaimed ‘Why Dragon Quest 8 Is The Best Game On The PS2’. Having read the analysis featured within, I began to ponder about the statement, and the more I thought about it, the more I began to think that the statement may well have some truth to it. Because while Dragon Quest 8 did nothing new or original for the JRPG genre, it does what it does with an exceptional amount of aplomb. Continue reading A Horse! A Horse! My Princess Is A Horse! – Dragon Quest 8 Review