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Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (PlayStation 2)

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The court jester Dhoulmagus of the kingdom of Trodain stole a powerful magical scepter sealed beneath the royal castle. Using the power of the scepter, Dhoulmagus destroyed the castle, placed a curse upon the kingdom and its people, and turned King Trode into a troll and the princess into a horse. A sole surviving castle guard journeys with the king, the princess, a reformed bandit named Yangus and a few other companions in search of the evil jester and a way to break the curse.

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King is a traditional Japanese-style role-playing game with random enemy encounters, simple turn-based combat mechanics, and management of a party consisting of four characters, each belonging to a clearly defined class. Unlike its predecessors in the series and most Japanese RPGs in general, the game features a continuous world with fairly vast landscapes and integrated towns and dungeons, as opposed to world map traveling and locations represented by icons. The game features full camera rotation and optional first-person view. Like in the previous Dragon Quest games, many objects can be interacted with; for example, barrels can be physically lifted, carried, and broken, to reveal items hidden within.

In addition to experience points, the player receives skill points from battles, which can be manually allocated into a skill category of the player's choice. These categories include three different kinds of weapons, fisticuffs, and a discipline unique to each character. After a required amount of skill points has been invested into a particular category, the correspondent character learns a new ability or becomes more proficient with the chosen weapon. The Alchemy Pot system allows players to gather recipes and mix items to create new ones.

The international version of the game features several updates to the original Japanese version, including voice acting, graphic menu, symphonic soundtracks, and flashier effects.


Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 As with the previous game, breaking pots and barrels can net you nice loot.  Yangus here is getting ready to smash.
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 Inventory screen.. Note the bunny ears.  Getting a complete bunny suit changes Jessica's appearance.
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 Square Enix Logo (Squeenix)
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 Close-up of Jessica wearing her original dress.

Alternate Titles

  • "ドラゴンクエストVIII:空と海と大地と呪われし姫君" -- Japanese spelling
  • "勇者斗恶龙VIII" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Dragon Quest VIII: Sora to Umi to Daichi to Norowareshi Himegimi" -- Japanese title
  • "Dragon Quest: The Journey of the Cursed King" -- UK title
  • "Dragon Quest: L'odysée du roi maudit" -- French title
  • "Dragon Quest: L'odissea del Re maledetto" -- Italian title
  • "Dragon Quest: El periplo del Rey Maldito" -- Spanish title
  • "Dragon Quest: Die Reise des verwunschenen Königs" -- German title
  • "DQVIII" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

Cor blimey! That there bloke really 'as a sense o' 'umour, like! Oleg Roschin (164804) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
A perfect continuation of the classic Dragon Quest series Bregalad (914) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
A perfect flawed experience, not unlike eating the best shit sandwich you’ll ever have lasttoblame (393) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
Dragon Quest Finally returns to NA! Rich Hollands (7) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
If only they made the turn-based combat better... Indra was here (19160) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars

The Press Says

GameSpy Nov 22, 2005 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
UOL Jogos Jan 02, 2006 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
HonestGamers Dec 17, 2005 10 out of 10 100 Jan 27, 2006 9.5 out of 10 95
1UP Nov 14, 2005 9.5 out of 10 95
GamingExcellence Jan 11, 2006 9.4 out of 10 94
Game Freaks 365 2005 9.1 out of 10 91 May 26, 2006 89 out of 100 89
Game Informer Magazine Dec, 2005 8.75 out of 10 88
Thunderbolt Games Dec 28, 2006 6 out of 10 60


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North American version

The North American version of the game has been improved. It contains new voice acting, new animations, enhanced music and sound effects, additional spells and attacks, and a new menu interface. It is also the first game in the Dragon Quest series to bear the Dragon Quest name (rather than Dragon Warrior) in North America. The North American version also became famous for shipping with a playable demo disc of Final Fantasy XII.

Title translation

The translation of the Japanese title in English is "Sky, Sea, Land and a Cursed Princess".


  • GameSpy
    • 2005 – #8 Game of the Year
    • 2005 – #3 PS2 Game of the Year
    • 2005 – PS2 RPG of the Year

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Edward Beezy (38) added Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (PlayStation 2) on Nov 19, 2005