Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

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Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King is ranked in the 92nd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 38 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

85

Top Critic Average

89%

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Based on 38 critic reviews

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Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Jan 10, 2017

A JRPG classic is revived for 3DS, and the years haven't dimmed its charm in the slightest.

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Scored Reviews

NintendoWorldReport
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Feb 8, 2017

Dragon Quest VIII is a magnificent RPG that is an absolute highlight and showcase of the entire genre. It’s a long journey, but it’s one worth taking, especially if you’ve never played it before. I know that, after getting through this game, I need to reassess my personal favorite RPGs of all time. This game is that damn good.

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MonsterVine
5 / 5
5 / 5
Feb 3, 2017

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King is the crown-gem of RPGs on the 3DS, and one of the most enjoyable JRPGs of recent memory.

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SA Gamer
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Jan 9, 2017

Dragon Quest VIII: The Journey of the Cursed King definitely sits high up on my ‘must play RPG’s’ list and is a must play for all role playing fans.

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Destructoid
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 1, 2017

Dragon Quest VIII was without question one of the best RPGs on the PlayStation 2, and 13 years later it's one of the best RPGs on the 3DS as well. If you haven't played it before, this version offers a lot of features that make it very easy to recommend over the PS2 and mobile versions. Even if you have, there's more than enough new content to make DQVIII worth revisiting. As I said in my review in progress, this game is a classic in every sense of the word, and I'm overjoyed that it's available for a new generation to get their hands on.

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jan 10, 2017

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King truly stands the test of time. Having this PS2 classic on the 3DS, despite its slightly inferior presentation, is a mind boggling feat. Each new gameplay addition or tweak is smart, not taking anything away from the original vision. It helps that the basis for this version was one of the better instalments of the franchise, but Square Enix could have easily just have ported it over and be done with it. If you don’t mind the slight presentation downgrades, this is the definitive version of a modern classic.

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IGN Italy
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 10, 2017

A wonderful JRPG, although with twelve years behind him. It's still manages to shine, thanks also to the excellent work of revision by the developers.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Jan 17, 2017

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King was already in the premiere class of RPGs with its initial release on PS2, and now Square Enix has somehow found a way to make it even better on the Nintendo 3DS in its definitive form.

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Game Rant
Feb 2, 2017

Square Enix and Nintendo team up to release Dragon Quest 8: Journey of the Cursed King outside of Japan, providing gamers with a wonderful JRPG to take with them on the go.

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COGconnected
90 / 100
90 / 100
Jan 24, 2017

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.

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GameMAG
9 / 10
GameMAG
OkaRin

Top Critic

9 / 10
Oct 19, 2017

Dragon Quest VIII is an amazing JRPG, which has become even better on 3DS thanks to great new features. As a result, we got one of the most beautiful and well-designed JRPGs on the platform, where all aspects work competently, allowing you to enjoy the atmosphere of a fabulous adventure with a company of bright and very memorable characters.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jan 10, 2017

Dragon 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.

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Critical Hit
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 10, 2017

As it stands, Dragon Quest 8 on 3DS is the best version of this game right now with fantastic new content and improvements. If you’ve never played it before, and you like RPGs then you owe it to yourself to give this one a go.

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FNintendo
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jan 10, 2017

Dragon Quest VIII: The Journey of The Curse King reaches the 3DS after several versions in other formats and this is most likely the best version of the game so far. Showing the best of what can be done in RPGs, Dragon Quest VIII is already a strong candidate to the title of game of the year on the 3DS and there's virtually no aspect in which this title does not excel. A true masterpiece, that can be enjoyed by RPG fans and non-fans alike.

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RPG Fan
90%
RPG Fan

Top Critic

90%
Mar 12, 2017

If you're a JRPG fan, you should be playing this game.

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RPG Site
9 / 10
9 / 10
Feb 2, 2017

New characters and gameplay enhancements make a great game even better.

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Spaziogames
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 9, 2017

Dragon Quest VIII Journey of The Cursed King was an amazing JRPG back in 2006 and it stood the test of time brilliantly, thanks to the great work by the developers. There's much here to be loved by both the newcomers and the old fans, as we're talking about one of the best Japanese role playing games of all time, all considered.

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Digitally Downloaded
Feb 8, 2017

What makes Dragon Quest so special is that each game manages to straddle a line between nostalgia for simple, elegant combat mechanics, and the modern game design world, where it can poke fun at itself and laugh along with players. Dragon Quest VIII isn’t the perfect port in coming to the 3DS. It is, however, very close to the perfect classical JRPG.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jan 10, 2017

Even with its handful of changes, or regretful omissions, Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King on 3DS is a grandiose adventure that manages to evolve the series in terms of technical achievement and presentation, story-telling and overall convenience. It takes advantage of the enhancements of technology to help make this adventure a joy to work through, unlike some older RPGs can be nowadays. It is a definite pleasure, while still delivering the classic feel of a Dragon Quest title that most of its devoted fans, more so in Japan than anywhere else, expect to find with every new release that the series has seen to this day. Lack of orchestrated soundtrack or minimal censorship should definitely not put anyone off this historical masterpiece, even on the humble and ageing 3DS hardware. This, along with perhaps Ever Oasis, might be the last major RPG release for the system, as it probably sees its last year of relevance in 2017, and it could not hope to go out with a bigger bang than with this impressive port.

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Nintendo Insider
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jan 10, 2017

This is the Dragon Quest experience that you have been waiting for, woven around a captivating tale and a wondrous world in which to tell it. This becomes another unmissable addition to the impressive RPG library that the Nintendo 3DS has built, kicking the year off with a jubilant fanfare.

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IGN
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Jan 10, 2017

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.

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GamePro
87 / 100
87 / 100
Jan 20, 2017

Well made handheld port of one of the best JRPG with some sensible innovations.

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Impulsegamer
4.3 / 5.0
4.3 / 5.0
Jan 29, 2017

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King is an enjoyable classic RPG on the 3DS with a few 21st century mechanics thrown into the pot. I like how it has been ported to the 3DS as it works on all levels from not just the control system but how the game plays out. It’s the perfect title for this console as it allows you to get lost in this world for either quick or long gaming sessions. Fighting is a challenge, creating items is easy and all in all, it’s a game that has been tailored for lovers of role-playing games.

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Gaming Nexus
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 11, 2017

This game is good. I have made good memories, and hope to make many more. I'm going to miss these characters, their quirks, their catch-phrases, and their flaws. It's a good egg.

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Wccftech
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 11, 2017

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.

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DualShockers
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 25, 2017

Though the 3DS version falls short in a number of ways from being the definitive way to play Dragon Quest VIII, the newly-portable version of the title is still, nevertheless, an excellent way to experience an excellent RPG despite its few technical shortcomings. More than anything the pros far outweigh the cons when it comes to a title that, even after a decade after its release, still plays remarkably well and manages to put a smile on my face. Dragon Quest VIII was charmingly old-school even back when it released in 2005, but like the best and timeless stories, the 3DS version shows that this story has only gotten better with age.

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NZGamer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 22, 2017

The best Dragon Quest game gets bigger, but deserves a better port than this.

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Everyeye.it
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Jan 10, 2017

The 3DS version of Dragon Quest VIII is realized very carefully, with new added features able to refresh the gameplay experience.

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IGN Spain
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 10, 2017

Dragon Quest VIII for the Nintendo 3DS is the best way to get into the Dragon Quest mood. A nice way to understand why everyone loves the franchise. But for the veteran player is not mucho of an exercise of nostalgia.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 10, 2017

Whether you’re returning, or you’ve always wanted to play a Dragon Quest game, this is the perfect place to start.

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TrustedReviews
Jan 10, 2017

If you have a 3DS, love RPGs and never played the PS3 original, consider Dragon Quest VIII an almost essential purchase. If anything, its easy-going style and accessibility make it a better fit for the handheld console than for the original platform, and you’ll struggle to find a JRPG that’s easier to pick up or harder to put down.

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Stevivor
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 22, 2017

Even then, there are some concessions made in the name of more effective gameplay that aren't exactly native to the series.

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CGMagazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 21, 2017

The charm of Dragon Quest VIII for me has always been how it feels like a child’s fairy tale, crafted with the mediocre English impressions and memorable adventures that our parents used to read to us when we were young. While the writing can be cheesy at times, and the gameplay may appear barebones in comparison to newer titles, I actually enjoy that kind of campiness from a series like Dragon Quest and it never detracted from my personal experience.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

7 / 10
Jan 11, 2017

Simple, charming, and considerably improved on the 3DS. Dragon Quest isn’t for everyone but this bridges the gap between retro and modern games very well.

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games(TM)
7 / 10
games(TM)
games™ Team

Top Critic

7 / 10
Feb 13, 2017

The personality makes it a joy to explore

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Corecade
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Jan 25, 2017

While the 3DS version adds worthwhile content and I hold Dragon Quest 8 near my heart, it's not without its faults.

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GamingTrend
65 / 100
65 / 100
Feb 25, 2017

Dragon Quest VIII is a massive world with well over 50 hours of gameplay. It stands out thanks to stellar voice acting and a huge, quirky set of monsters to battle. While there’s plenty to do, both the plot and the majority of the characters are flat and uninteresting. The quicksave feature and the ability to increase battle speed are significant quality of life improvements over the original, making this a solid title sure to entertain JRPG fans, but the dated and grind-heavy mechanics can make it a bit of a slog.

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Slant Magazine
Jan 30, 2017

Dragon Quest VIII‘s almost random plot and character moments carry complex emotional weight.

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