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

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PlayStation 2 version

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 Square Enix Logo (Squeenix)

Square Enix Logo (Squeenix)

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 Level 5, the creators of the Dark Cloud series are behind DQVIII

Level 5, the creators of the Dark Cloud series are behind DQVIII

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 The Hero, Yangus, Trode and the Princess, are featured briefly in the short opening movie

The Hero, Yangus, Trode and the Princess, are featured briefly in the short opening movie

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 Dragon Quest VII Title Screen

Dragon Quest VII Title Screen

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 Yangus and Trode talk with some very British sailors

Yangus and Trode talk with some very British sailors

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 NPCs sometimes change their dialogue depending on the time of day, quests you've done, or even with which character you have leading the party.

NPCs sometimes change their dialogue depending on the time of day, quests you've done, or even with which character you have leading the party.

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 Facing off against some skeletons in a dungeon

Facing off against some skeletons in a dungeon

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 Angelo using Fire Slash on some enemies

Angelo using Fire Slash on some enemies

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 The Hero attempts to Intimidate the enemy.  Successfully scaring the enemy can cause them to retreat, sometimes leaving valuable treasures behind.

The Hero attempts to Intimidate the enemy. Successfully scaring the enemy can cause them to retreat, sometimes leaving valuable treasures behind.

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 Spoils of war

Spoils of war

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 When leveling up you have the choice of where to place the characters skill points.  There are not enough skill points available to master everything so choose wisely.

When leveling up you have the choice of where to place the characters skill points. There are not enough skill points available to master everything so choose wisely.

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.

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 Close-up of Jessica wearing her original dress.

Close-up of Jessica wearing her original dress.

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.

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 One of the game's many "functional" churches, where a priest saves your game as per series' rule

One of the game's many "functional" churches, where a priest saves your game as per series' rule

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 This map is extremely handy...

This map is extremely handy...

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 ...and it comes in two shapes, this one being the zoomed-out world map

...and it comes in two shapes, this one being the zoomed-out world map

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 "Party talk" feature is accessible at any time. Use it to chat with your friends and remind yourself of the next goal

"Party talk" feature is accessible at any time. Use it to chat with your friends and remind yourself of the next goal

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 Alchemy pot allows you to craft your own items

Alchemy pot allows you to craft your own items

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 Oh yeah? And you fight like a cow!.. Ahh, what a beautiful day on the world map!

Oh yeah? And you fight like a cow!.. Ahh, what a beautiful day on the world map!

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 Fighting mid-level enemies. Note the detailed animation, as opposed to all previous Dragon Quest games!

Fighting mid-level enemies. Note the detailed animation, as opposed to all previous Dragon Quest games!

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 Even the simplest rooms convey warmth of visuals and love of detail. Note the cat on the bed!

Even the simplest rooms convey warmth of visuals and love of detail. Note the cat on the bed!

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 Jessica expertly freezes a dragon!

Jessica expertly freezes a dragon!

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 Yangus is relaxing in a typical bar

Yangus is relaxing in a typical bar

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 The game is full of awesome views. The hero observes this castle from a nearby hill at night

The game is full of awesome views. The hero observes this castle from a nearby hill at night

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 People are praying in this abbey

People are praying in this abbey

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 One of the game's ominous dungeons. It's not all bright colors!..

One of the game's ominous dungeons. It's not all bright colors!..

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 Towns also have helpful maps

Towns also have helpful maps

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 Coming out to the seaside promenade, enjoying the sunset... and check out my awesome new armor!..

Coming out to the seaside promenade, enjoying the sunset... and check out my awesome new armor!..

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 Angelo in a bustling city

Angelo in a bustling city

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 Visiting a rich person's house. Very individualized environment!

Visiting a rich person's house. Very individualized environment!

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 Another town, another cool view. Looking at the palace in the distance...

Another town, another cool view. Looking at the palace in the distance...

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 Palace interiors are exquisitely decorated. I tried hard to have a good view of the art as well as the room below included

Palace interiors are exquisitely decorated. I tried hard to have a good view of the art as well as the room below included

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 Enjoying splendid sunrise on a river bank. And... Jessica, what are you wearing?..

Enjoying splendid sunrise on a river bank. And... Jessica, what are you wearing?..

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 About halfway through the game you'll gain access to your own ship. Ahh, the joy of sailing!..

About halfway through the game you'll gain access to your own ship. Ahh, the joy of sailing!..

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 You visit a seemingly barren island with a pronounced desert climate

You visit a seemingly barren island with a pronounced desert climate

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 Southern-most island with an obligatory "tribal" village

Southern-most island with an obligatory "tribal" village

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 Just relaxing in a chieftain's house. I hope he doesn't mind

Just relaxing in a chieftain's house. I hope he doesn't mind

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 I could make a whole gallery of this game's screenshots with only churches in them. This is one of those gorgeous buildings in the Northern island, and they all look different

I could make a whole gallery of this game's screenshots with only churches in them. This is one of those gorgeous buildings in the Northern island, and they all look different

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 A cozy town, an everyday scene conveying simplicity and relaxation

A cozy town, an everyday scene conveying simplicity and relaxation

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 The hero meets a possible love interest?.. Play and find out!..

The hero meets a possible love interest?.. Play and find out!..

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 Comical details are seen here and there. Note the funny portrait

Comical details are seen here and there. Note the funny portrait

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King PlayStation 2 Whoa! Angelo!.. Where did you learn kung-fu? Or is this the moon talking?..

Whoa! Angelo!.. Where did you learn kung-fu? Or is this the moon talking?..