Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King is finally penciled in for a Nintendo 3DS release on Jan. 20. Normally, this would be a victory with the most extravagant of celebrations, but I’m feeling a bit bummed about the timing.
Why’s that? Well, because I still haven’t beaten Dragon Quest VII yet! I love the game to pieces, but I had to take a break to play something else for a while. It’s just so exhaustingly long!
Looks like my flight home for the holidays has already been spoken for as I try to put a bigger dent into it.
This new port of Dragon Quest VIII adds new storylines and two new characters to toy around with, giving something for veterans to look forward to.
Dragon Quest VIII deserves a larger audience
I’ve only played a bit of Dragon Quest VIII on the PlayStation 2, but I’ve always wanted to go back and finish it. Dragon Quest VII towers over it in terms of length, but that’s not a mark against Dragon Quest VIII. This chapter crams more cutscenes and voice acting into its adventure, making it a more “cinematic” JRPG experience akin to Final Fantasy X rather than the classic Dragon Quest games.
Ugh, I hate that word.
Dragon Quest VIII also enjoys one of the better reputations in the series, and it seems to be the crowd favorite. This could be because it was the first Dragon Quest game many people played after its long hiatus in North America, but it also gleams with that unmistakable Dragon Quest charm more so than the other modern games from the franchise. Just watch that trailer and try not to smile. It’s impossible!
Dragon Quest VIII comes to the Nintendo 3DS on Jan. 20, 2017.