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  • Summary: The Dragon Warrior series makes its debut on the PlayStation 2 with Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King. You can play as a young guardsman who must fight against a curse that he is mysteriously immune to. Characters in the game are designed by the creator of the Dragonball characters and are cel-shaded to provide an "anime" feel. The game is set in a large 3D world ravaged by the effects of the curse. The game also includes a playable demo of Final Fantasy XII. Expand
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Jun 19, 2014
    90
    A solid and extremely fun and deep adventure that easily will take you a minimum of 50 hours to finish.
  2. Jun 3, 2014
    90
    Dragon Quest VIII for mobile isn't a flawless port of the PlayStation 2 masterpiece, but it's still well worth playing.
  3. Jun 13, 2014
    90
    If you have even the slightest fondness for Dragon Quest, or RPGs in general, Dragon Quest VIII will be a worthy addition to your mobile games library.
  4. May 30, 2014
    80
    A port that's both bold and reverential, Dragon Quest VIII might not be the perfect fit for mobile devices, but it's not too far off.
  5. 80
    Focused as it is on simply giving players a good time, Dragon Quest VIII enjoys an X-factor quality and remains fun on the iPad despite the very odd choice to force players to play the game on an odd and uncomfortable device orientation.
  6. If you happen to have fond memories of mid-aught nights spent exploring green fields and fighting whimsical fantasy creatures – and you don’t mind learning to cope with a crappy camera and frustrating navigation – then by all means, spend away. There’s still a good, lengthy, old-school RPG buried under all the problems introduced by this iOS edition.
  7. Jun 3, 2014
    40
    Sacrific[es] a lot of what made the original game so memorable in its quest to fit on the mobile platform. It's playable, but only just. It certainly does not come recommended.

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  1. Sep 25, 2014
    6
    Although in theory it's a great step forward to have a game like Dragon Quest VIII on your tablet/phone, but the reality showed me that mobile gaming still has a way to go.

    It's basically the original, so why such a low score?

    - The framerate is really poor and will agitate the everyday gamer that is used to smooth processing.

    - Voice acting is largely absent, and the orchestral soundtrack is not included. It feels like a butchered experience.

    - Controls are quirky but that is to be expected with the controller's absence. I never really was able to get used to it though.

    If you really want to play this game, I recommend firing up the emulator and playing it there. This version really doesn't do the game justice, and makes it seem average (when the original is top notch).
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