Dragon Quest VIII Plattym3: Graphics: 10/10 Sound: 8/10 Gameplay: 10/10 Value
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Easily the best gameplay graphics I’ve seen on the PS2. Granted other games have CGI cut scenes, but props to DQVIII for not going that way with cut scenes (at least what I’ve seen so far). The cell-shading technique makes me feel like I’m playing an amine comic. They’re extremely bright and crisp. The monsters from the previous 7 DQ games looks absolutely beautiful in their 3D movements. Not since DW3 for the Gameboy Color have I been amazed with the movement of monsters, and this is obviously ten times better than any Gameboy Color moving pics. The world is beautifully designed and simple things like a bird on the ground just reinforce the masterpiece that is this game.
Sound: 8 out of 10
Honestly, I never care much for the sound in most games (yes, including DQ games). It’s not that it’s bad, it’s just that I’d always rather listen to the radio or a good book on tape instead of the background of many games. I’ve had the music on for 3 and half hours tonight and that’s about all I can stand for now. The radio is playing. What music and sounds there are are great. I’m disappointed in the lack of spell-casting sounds. Really ticks me off and lowers this score a notch. Also, I think there is something missing at the end of battles. They just seem to end and go back to overland music. Another point off.
Gameplay: 10 out of 10
OK, it’s a Dragon Quest game and every one going back to DWI gets a 10 out of 10 for me. I’m old-school. Give me a great turn-based battle any day. The choices to be made in battle are expanding the more I play (more spells, more abilities) and from what I see in the guide, they’ll only get better. I like the fact I can still set my other main characters to an AI is great. I wish there was a total “auto” function like on some other RPGs. It would make the leveling up a little easier (especially when I’m listening to my book-on-tapes). No deduction in points though for this oversight. The battles are just too much fun for that.
Value: 10 out of 10
I took probably twice as long to complete the crystal ball quest in the game as I did in the demo, because I was trying to talk to everyone and find out each and every little secret. I’ve seen reviews where this game took the person about 50 hours. I estimate my time to be easily twice that. For approximately $0.50/ hour of fun, this game is the best value around. Compared to $8 for 45-minute round of mini-golf or $2.79 for a 15-minute game of bowling, how can this not be rated a 10 out of 10?
Story: 10 out of 10
I’m hooked so far. Evil jester, killing people, gotta find him. What else do you need to know? I’m no further than that, but side-quests and dozens of little tasks to do for random townspeople make an RPG in my opinion. If the game is too story-driven, it has no room for flexibility or fun. So far I’ve been very flexible in the time I’ve spent with DQVIII and it’s all been fun.
Overall: 10 out of 10
Great game all around. The sound cannot diminish the overall score for me. I’m just not someone who pays attention to sound in any game. I’ve never met a game whose sound kept my interest more than the radio. With that said, all other categories are a 10 out 10 and so is the game. This is the first brand new video game I’ve bought since sometime in 1994-96, and it’s well worth every single penny!