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Dragon Quest VIII Journey of the Cursed King

 

 

SCORE: 59

Dragon Quest VIII Journey of the Cursed King 

 

RPG fans back in the day were Dragon Warrior or Final Fantasy fans. The two would argue endlessly over which franchise was better. Then Squaresoft and Enix merged to create Square Enix. The two franchises were under the same roof. Dragon Warrior became Dragon Quest. Technically it had always been Dragon Quest in Japan. It was changed when it was ported to America.

The most fascinating thing is companies will change some content, and leave other content alone. Take the religious content in Dragon Quest VIII Journey of the Cursed King for example. An intelligent business person would look at America and say: "the majority of people in this country claim to be Christian, we should change goddess to God to make more sales." That did not happen in this role playing game.

Dragon Quest VIII Journey of the Cursed King was originally a Playstation 2 (PS2) home console video game. Families could purchase a physical copy. This port of Dragon Quest VIII Journey of the Cursed King is a download only on the iPad, and iPhone. Please note you will need one of the newest iOS devices to play this 1.3 gig quick battery draining video game.

The ESRB is sort of like Swiss Cheese. They have so many holes and mistakes that there is more wrong with them than right. Yet they found these descriptors: Alcohol Reference, Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Simulated Gambling, and Suggestive Themes. They also gave Dragon Quest VIII Journey of the Cursed King a 'T' for THIRTEEN and older ONLY. Apple found way less content issues, and gave it a 9+ for NINE years old and older ONLY. Was all the content removed? Nope. Apple did an even worse job of rating than the ESRB does.

The good news concerning Dragon Quest VIII Journey of the Cursed King is the auto movement. This is really handy. Not sure where to go next? Put it on auto movement and your character goes where you need to go. This release is hopefully a sign of Dragon Quest games coming back to America. Many RPG gamers have missed them, and want them released on newer machines like the Wii U, 3DS, PS4, PS Vita, and Xbox One. Maybe a compilation.

The bummer in Dragon Quest VIII Journey of the Cursed King is violence, enticement to lust, magic, fortune tellers, crystal balls, alcohol, bad language, and the movement can be a pain - like in the tunnels. Plus your device needs enough memory to house the rather expensive game.

Expect quite a lengthy story, tons of grinding, and leveling up weapons, mind, spirit, and more. How difficult the turn based battles can be is rather random. One time I would fight one enemy, and the next time five. So Dragon Quest VIII Journey of the Cursed King has some balance issues.
- RPG Master

 

Graphics: 50%
Sound: 60%
Replay/Extras: 75%
Gameplay: 70%
Family Friendly Factor: 40%

System: iPhone/iPad(tested)
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Enix
Rating: ‘9+' - Everyone 9+ and Older
{Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence}
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