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- This is a portable version of the classic RPG, with added content and other 3DS enhancements
- Set off on an unforgettable adventure with Yangus, the bandit with a heart of gold, Jessica, the high-born magical minx, and Angelo, knight and lothario, by your side!
- Players are able to capture monsters that inhabit the battlefield in this role-playing adventure
- These beasts differ from the creatures you'd normally encounter in battles, as they have special names and abilities unique to them
- Once a monster has been scouted, it's added to a growing arsenal of creatures that can then be assembled into teams of three for use as support characters in battle
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This is a portable version of the classic RPG, with added content and other 3DS enhancements.
Set off on an unforgettable adventure with Yangus, the bandit with a heart of gold, Jessica, the high-born magical minx, and Angelo, knight and lothario, by your side! Players are able to capture monsters that inhabit the battlefield in this role-playing adventure. These beasts differ from the creatures you'd normally encounter in battles, as they have special names and abilities unique to them. Once a monster has been scouted, it's added to a growing arsenal of creatures that can then be assembled into teams of three for use as support characters in battle.
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Shortly after your departure, the gang is waylaid by a burly bandit, Yangus. After nearly meeting a rocky demise, he pledges his undying loyalty to you. The mage Jessica who joins shortly after your quest begins (depending on your playstyle, this may take 5-10 hours, or over 20 hours). Slimes, goblins, ghouls and more (the DQ staple foes) abound, and grinding isn't much of a problem, as some skills allow you to summon enemies to you almost anywhere outdoors. Monster recruitment is also a new element here in the remake, and you can conscript dozens of critters that add massive depth to combat strategy.
And don't worry about random encounters gobbling up hundreds of hours before you can get to the meat (i.e. the story). They've been removed from this version, as has been the trend in most modern RPGs.
If you've missed this first time around, don't miss out again. This is an RPG for the ages.
But I've heard such good things about DQ8 - how the towns are cozy, the characters are memorable and likable, and even the battles are fun. So I bought it to see if this one jived with me.
And it did! I absolutely loved the characters, the towns were indeed as wonderful as advertised, and even the battling was made tolerable due to speed settings and auto-battles. It's a lovely product that's made better on a portable where you can dig in as much or as little as you want.
It's not perfect - the overarching story is poor, full of JRPG tropes and filler that never feels justified.
But the local stories in the aforementioned villages are all great and make up for it
It's a fantastic game, even for people like me that aren't that into the genre
The original PS2 game was so friggin good but dare I say it, this remake manages to surpass it in so many ways. The graphics are awesome, the music is awesome (orchestra be damned, big deal!), the characters are engaging and the story is told in some very entertaining cutscenes. And it's just flat out funny sometimes. The guy who voices Yangus needs an Oscar or the video game equivilent of one. Let's get down to the nitty gritty on what's new to this remake for fans of the original game!
*Visible encounters done RIGHT. Unlike the new DQ7 remake's visible monsters it's much easier to avoid battles if you want to.
*Two new playable characters for a total of six team members to swap out at any time.
*The ability to hold your skill points over upon earning them. No more having to assign points immediately after leveling up!
*It now shows your entire skill tree on the bottom screen when assigning skill points. No more guessing what does what!
*two new weapon classes (fans and claws)
*New blue chests that respawn their loot every day (I think they got this idea from DS9's grottoes)
*No more waiting 25 minutes for alchemy pot items to cook, it's instant now
*Two new bonus dungeons, including a very challenging post game area
*New equipment, weapons, monsters, and arena recruitable monsters to find
*A new Rank-X arena team fight (!!)
*Voice acting is really good and re-recorded for the new scenes. They remembered the "ACTING" in voice acting!
*The inventory menu has been reworked and there's no super lag like there was in the PS2 version now
*Brand new camera function to take pictures of anything you want with the ability to pose your characters in them (WAY more fun than it sounds)
*A ton of new side quests using the camera with some extremely good rewards, like skill seeds
*A whole new ending possibility, but I won't spoil it here!!
*The music isn't done with a real orchestra anymore. I don't care, but some people might.
*Some of the top screen texts appear a bit blurry when the text bubble is full size (best example being the battle messages).
*Some MINOR censoring on Red and Jessica's outfits, which doesn't bother me but many people were super P.O'd over it. If I want to check out a scantily-clad woman there's plenty of real ones elsewhere on the internet, right?
*The inventory menu has been reworked so that you can no longer see the little pictures of your items on most screens.
*Breaking pots and barrels is instant now. Before you could pick one up and walk around with it.
*They censored an semi-important scene where before a guy forces a kid to eat dog food out of a dish. I'm only listing this as a con because I feel it's supposed to show just how much on an A-Hole the guy is.
*When making stuff in the alchemy pot the game automatically grays out any impossibilities. Before you had to do a lot of guesswork and had to rely on finding recipes and now you don't. It makes the whole process sort of easy, which could be a negative or a positive depending on the person. I'm not sure how I feel about it to be honest.
* The game is easier than I remember for the most part. You get automatic HP & MP refills upon leveling up and you earn more XP and gold per fight overall for example. I still manage to get my guys killed off here and there so it's not TOO easy but I figured I'd throw this out there.
In short: Extremely entertaining and high-value game, worth every penny and more. It not only holds up to the PS2 original you remember, it's just plain BETTER. Get this game now, and let's hope Dragon Quest XI will be this good!
VERY important news, guys! As of a couple of days ago they've brought the dlc servers online. BUT you won't be able to download any of the dlc prizes without doing these steps first (for whatever reason):
*Go to the 3DS system settings
*Go to Data Management
*Go to Extra Data
*Delete the extra data from your Dragon Quest 8 files. This will NOT erase your saved game, just your pictures you took in game!
*When you play DQ8 next, it will create a new extra data file (which is normal)
*You will then be able to download the daily / weekly prizes from the Misc menu!
From all accounts, it looks like you'll only have to delete that extra data file one time. Further, I'd guess most of us have to do this because we had started playing our games before SquareEnix brought their servers online. I think anybody buying the game brand new after the fact will be okay.
The dlc item I got yesterday is a Candy Cane (scythe). It hits for exactly 1 point of damage. It might sound like a joke weapon however it also guarantees 1 point of damage vs. metal enemies and can be really good for the early game. It can also be used by Yangus to attempt to steal items off of enemies using the Steal Sickle and Stainless Steal Sickle abilities again and again, since dealing only 1 point of damage per whack won't kill most things outright like your normal scythes will.