The Dragon Quest franchise is one of my absolute favorites of all time. It’s right up there with Final Fantasy and Mother. But, like all series, there are definitely titles that make me sad. I don’t love every title in a series! Like Dragon Quest VII. That one’s my absolute least favorite in the entire series, maybe my least favorite RPG of all time. But I loved Dragon Quest VIII, despite how ludicrously hard it was when I played it! I even had the strategy guide, but had a hard time at the end of the game, trying to fight Dhoulmagus. That whole thing just made me want to tear my teeth out, one by one. But I love the game! I still think the cockney is odd, but it’s beautifully designed, the story is a lot of fun, and the combat is just what I have come to expect from Dragon Quest. Aside from the whole. . . You know, going Super Sayajin thing. So, when I saw the PS2 classic was coming to 3DS I was definitely curious. Luckily, I’m here to tell you a few things about it right now! That’s my job, after all. Sure, it’s not an MMO, but this is OnRPG! Fight me!
It’s a beautiful rendition of the game, and despite being on a portable gaming device, it still looks and feels as good as the PS2 edition of the game. One of the positives I’ve definitely seen so far, is that you don’t have random encounters. You can see the enemies out in the field or in the dungeons, and some of them chase you and some do not. So if you just want to blaze through the world, you can. . . but you shouldn’t. This game is hard. You’re going to have to grind a lot, and if you don’t, you’re going to be in for a bad time. It’s not as deep as Final Fantasy XV, or other gigantic, epic RPGs. It’s far easier to get into in that way. From stalking through small towns and castles, capturing Monsters to do battle in arenas or simply being an assist in battle, there’s so much to do in this game. And though I haven’t beaten it yet, I hear that there are two new characters to join you in battle! Characters that were in the original game that I desperately wanted to be on my side. No spoilers, there! There’s no 3D, which is a bummer to some people, but me personally? Could not possibly care less about it. I’m here for the gameplay, not their gimmicky schlock. Time was kind to Dragon Quest VIII. There are changes, twists, and turns, and a lot of really funny moments. There’s sadness, weirdness, and SSJ Trunks. Seriously, Angelo is basically trunks with a bow and arrow. If you missed it on PS2, never finished it, or are simply looking for an amazing mobile RPG for travel or idle downtime, this is the one you need to get.