Dragon Quest fans: Get pumped. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the CursedKing, developed by Square Enix,is coming to the Nintendo 3DS family of systems in the U.S. in just two days.
Although I am admittedly new to the Dragon Quest franchise, it was fun playing the game with a fresh mind, no prior knowledge about the games, and no expectations. This story-driven role-playing game has a straightforward mission, with hours worth of content as you’re traveling through a beautiful, colorful world. Your goal is to save the world from a twisted magician, Dhoulmagus.
Your team is filled with a pretty awesome squad. You, the Hero, start out with just two other characters following your journey—Yangus and King Trode (not playable)—who are probably my favorites. They crack jokes and are filled with personality, most notably Yangus with his Cockney accent and always calling you, “guv.” Later, players will meet Jessica, who has a tragic backstory (no spoilers here!) that causes her to also want to go after Dhoulmagus, so she joins the team. Angelo later gets assigned to your team a little bit down the line after you meet him.
Off the bat I could tell that this classic game would have some updated features. The worlds almost seem limitless, filled with fields, valleys, plains, mountains, and more, but fans of the classic version will immediately notice that your enemies are also roaming these lands. This means no random encounters like many of the previous iterations of Dragon Quest games. If you get too close (like I did so, so many times) or if the monsters spot you, they will start chasing you down until the battle begins.
By the way, the best monster out there? Hands down the Bunnicorn. Yes, that’s a bunny with the horn of a unicorn. #blessed. The Bunnicorn is just one of the more than 250 monsters you will face throughout the game.
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