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  • Summary: Uncover the story of the Cursed King as you save the world from a twisted magician in this genre-defining role-playing game. Across the vast world you'll wage turn-based battles against more than 250 monsters designed by famed artist Akira Toriyama. As you level up, upgrade your warriors'Uncover the story of the Cursed King as you save the world from a twisted magician in this genre-defining role-playing game. Across the vast world you'll wage turn-based battles against more than 250 monsters designed by famed artist Akira Toriyama. As you level up, upgrade your warriors' skills to learn mighty attacks. Untold possibilities await. After setting off into the unknown, you'll find monsters roaming the field—these are no mere random encounters. There's a satisfying rhythm to traveling, fighting monsters, earning items, crafting something useful with them using an alchemy Pot, and returning to battle, stronger than ever. To some, it's pitch-perfect RPG gameplay, complete with additional content outside the main storyline. In the Monster Arena, you'll form and battle teams of monsters to climb the ranks. It's but one of many features that makes this RPG a classic among classics. [Nintendo.com] Expand
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  1. Positive: 51 out of 56
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  1. Feb 6, 2017
    100
    The story is exciting and fun, plus the characters are very memorable. Dragon Quest VIII is a must-have for JRPG fans and should earn a permanent place on your HOME screen.
  2. Jan 24, 2017
    90
    Dragon Quest piles on the enhancements in the 3DS version, and these tiny improvements are so numerous, that Dragon quest VIII feels far less dated than an RPG over a decade old should feel.
  3. Mar 13, 2017
    90
    Dragon Quest VIII is a JRPG-lover's JRPG that holds up fantastically more than a decade after its original release on the PlayStation 2. It may do nothing to change your mind if you're not a fan of the genre's tried and true formula, but every JRPG fan owes it to themselves to check out this classic.
  4. Jan 10, 2017
    88
    Dragon Quest VIII was one of the finest JRPGs upon its initial release and it manages to retain that lofty status through this 3DS edition. Its adherence to the traditional rules of the genre is where it pulls its strength from, the familiarity of the template allowing the design team to worry about making sure each element is as good as it can possibly can be.
  5. Jan 11, 2017
    85
    Dragon Quest VIII is hailed as a classic, and rightly so. Dragon Quest VIII on 3DS is a great place for new fans to jump on, as well as a perfect way for those who played it to relive a classic – and on the go, too. One of the PS2’s very best JRPGs is back, and it hasn’t aged a day.
  6. Apr 6, 2017
    80
    Occasionally, the gameplay changes up by throwing different mechanics every now and then, including one section where you assume control of a hamster to explore small nooks and crannies. However, these sections just feel tacked on and the hamster section felt fiddly and imprecise to control on the 3DS. These sections are irregular, allowing the focus to remain solely on the solid RPG mechanics.
  7. Jan 30, 2017
    60
    Dragon Quest VIII‘s almost random plot and character moments carry complex emotional weight.

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  1. Sep 28, 2021
    10
    One of the greatest JRPG's of all time. The 3DS is the better of the 2 versions but I can't wait for the day it gets ported to Switch orOne of the greatest JRPG's of all time. The 3DS is the better of the 2 versions but I can't wait for the day it gets ported to Switch or whatever other console I need to buy! Beautiful world, simple but deep battle system, great characters and a solid story that keeps you engaged. Expand
  2. Jan 20, 2018
    10
    Highly entertaining. Good dungeons. A decent porting that shows the dragon quest series really does fit the 3ds handhelds better than manyHighly entertaining. Good dungeons. A decent porting that shows the dragon quest series really does fit the 3ds handhelds better than many other consoles. Expand
  3. Nov 16, 2019
    10
    Excellent game. Couldn't be more sublime. Every single aspect, playability, and graphics, are excellent. Loving this game more every day.
  4. May 31, 2018
    9
    So I am huge Dragon quest fan - Played the original NES version and really liked it! Fast forward to the PS2 version and Dragon Quest 8 comesSo I am huge Dragon quest fan - Played the original NES version and really liked it! Fast forward to the PS2 version and Dragon Quest 8 comes out and it was absolutely amazing!!! Frankly, Dragon Quest 8 is my favorite out of the entire Dragon Quest series so this 3DS version was a must grab for me.

    I have been playing it and this is virtually the same game that was on the PS2 version, but, I expecting them to tweak some of the menus to make it easier. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE 3D?? This is the 3Ds version so I expected this to come out in 3D - what a disappointment. Also, I thought they were going to improve on the game play and menus?? NOT at all. You would have hoped with an updated version. The sound is still great and voices are wonderful. I have chucked a few times on the story line and dialogue.. . The characters are wonderful and for anyone who has not played Dragon Quest 8 this is the BEST in the entire series so far!
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  5. Feb 20, 2017
    9
    It was one of the best jrpg in PS2 and still it's one of the best 3DS games. The narrative is perfect. The new additions are pretty good too.It was one of the best jrpg in PS2 and still it's one of the best 3DS games. The narrative is perfect. The new additions are pretty good too. It's not a remake but this version has a better gameplay than the PS2 version. All is perfect 11 years later. A great DQ and one of the best 3DS games. Expand
  6. Sep 8, 2019
    9
    Dragon Quest VIII is something special. It tells a lovely story with memorable characters in a captivatingly colourful style, features funDragon Quest VIII is something special. It tells a lovely story with memorable characters in a captivatingly colourful style, features fun combat and a beautiful world to explore, and — most importantly — sparks a true sense of adventure and wonder throughout. This isn't just one of the best RPGs on the 3DS, it's one of the best RPGs full stop — and one of the best Dragon Quests to dive into for the uninitiated. Perfectly paced, well written and superbly scored, it's a trip worth taking for any RPG fan, and the updates in this 3DS remake — from faster battles and on-field enemies to a fantastic photography mode — make it a worthwhile return journey for veterans. A true classic. Expand
  7. Nov 23, 2021
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The long, LONG Journey. I remember picking this game up during my Sophomore year after clearing Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games, hungry for more challenging RPG games. I had the desire to grow, better myself by beating tougher games...and this felt like a nice place to start. A game from a series I knew little about. The Dragon Quest 8 3DS remake had some really exhilarating trailers and I eventually became so curious that I purchased a copy for myself. Replaying it years later gives me a lot of joy, but also a lot of stress. While it's has a gorgeous art style, a decent story, great fantasy elements, and alright remixes of the original orchestra soundtrack...I can't help but frown upon the tedious moments. I can see why people adore this game, it's a game I'm likely going to replay for the rest of my life. It has really likable characters and colorful environments to explore...though I get sick of green plains after a while, sometimes I'm just astounded to see truckloads of content fit onto a handheld device. The game is about King Trode and his daughter Medea on a quest with a band of misfits to track down and defeat the sinister jester Dhoulmagus in order the break the curse that has transformed them and the residents of Castle Trodain. The plot is pretty simple, but it's fleshed out thanks to the great voice acting, visuals, and the variety of music themes. Sometimes the dialogue can drag on for a bit too long though, so I usually just speed read though the obvious scenes. However, I had lots of fun during the Maella Abbey level. Angelo alone just puts a smile on my face. I had a rocky start though, until you unlock the Metal Slash ability for Slime Hunting by the Maella Abbey river, grinding gets a bit tedious. MAN, do I love Metal Slimes though, they will make or break this game! I prefer defeating a few enemies that grant a ton of experience points rather than just a ton of random enemies in the dungeon before boss fights, it makes the game experience a lot smoother. After recruiting Angelo and doing some Metal Slime grinding the game becomes a lot more enjoyable, I can just focus on clearing the next level instead of worrying about if I'm strong enough. With a good strategy, the game feels a lot more flexible. That's what makes replay-ability in RPGs so great, there's always something you try differently to enhance the experience. Making different decisions to earn more rewards and discovering secrets that dazzle the mind. You can even try different fighting style paths to make everything feel fresh, there's so many cool attacks you can pull off in this game! Your characters can fight with swords, boomerangs, spears, magic, hammers, axes, scythes, bows, wands, claws, whips, fans, monsters, their bare-hands, my favorite attack is Golden Oldies, where Yangus summons King Trode to attack with a bunch of random people and its freaking amazing. I like all the attacks techniques, but I roll my eyes when Jessica uses her sex appeal moves during battle. As much as I like Jessica's character, leaving her loved ones to avenge the death of her brother, there's a few "interesting" outfits you can customize her with. I swear Master Roshi wrote the description for the Dangerous Bustier item. There's quite a few innuendoes in this game, good luck finding them all! Even without that stuff, the game still has a few big problems. For one thing some of the dungeons have really annoying mazes that are full of dead ends and incredibly slow puzzle mechanics. I can't stand Rhydon's Tower's, you have to move statues to the correct seesaw platforms without taking any wrong turns, it takes so much time to complete I forget that Jessica even existed. And despite possessing the ability to fly with the Zoom spell and the ability to recruit flying monsters...I need to complete a whole string of filler levels in order chase the Lord of Darkness after he escapes into the air. Finding Pirate's Cove in the vast ocean is a pain in the ass too. I'm barely given any hint of what I'm supposed to some times. So I'm aimlessly wandering this world wondering what to the next! And even after defeating the main villain for the third time, I somehow get stuck in this long jail level where I have to keep talking to everyone for like 10 minutes until the cutscene movie lets me go! I CAN TELEPORT WITH THE EVAC SPELL! Why does it take these morons 3 months to escape!? Sigh...and while I enjoyed Dark Citadel's doomed future themed level and many of the post game dungeons, Memories Lane was my breaking point. While I enjoy a good boss rush, these boss fights are just garbage. Old foes are now stupid powerful, are able to attack multiple times, they have high critical rates, and they can even intimidate the whole party and usually prevent anyone from attacking! Even if my team was level 99 and given the fanciest armor, the boss fights are just not fun, they're just tedious. Overall, I think the strong moments in this game make up for the lousy ones, Expand

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