After many delays, I can finally start playing one the greatest games I’ve missed on the PS2: Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King!
And what I mean by delays is having your PS2 snatched by your older brother so his kids can
play with destroy it, get a copy of the game that’s not working, have your PS2 flooded with water due to heavy rain, start playing and find out that your memory card is dead, go through the hassle of buying a new one, dust off the PS2 until it starts working again, etc. You get the picture.
The only Dragon Quest games I’ve ever played were the 4, 5, 6 and 9 and I’ve pretty much completed most of them, except the 6. Those games were a blast with a great blend of classic JRPG storytelling, humor and simple yet very likable characters.
You can tell I’m quite a fan of the game by looking at my avatar, the notorious slime enemy, who became the Dragon Quest series’ mascot.
Playing the 8th entry in the series made me realize how the formula has never changed, yet it feels fresh every time I start a new Dragon Quest. It’s like these games are an oasis of pure naive enjoyment in the video game industry and every time you pop a Dragon Quest, you feel like a simple yet deep connection between the developers, the in-game universe and you.
Dragon Quest VIII is no exception to this and I’m currently having a great time with it. I’d like to give a shout-out to the music in the game. All the songs so far are orchestrated, which brings the game a timeless touch and make the songs more memorable.
But, there are some drawbacks, but that’s more related to the 7th generation than the game itself. First, load times can sometimes be a bit annoying, especially when I’m used to install every game I play so I can optimize data access. Second, that would be the screen resolution. I am definitely no graphics-obsessed player, but after playing so many years in HD, going back to a standard-definition game is a bit tough on the eyes at first. This just shows how far we’ve come as gamers regarding technology and how it improves our gaming experience
Nevertheless, the sheer amount of awesomeness far outweighs these two drawbacks and I can’t wait to dig deeper into the game!