Maybe, Dragon Quest Will Find A Few More Fans

By Spencer . December 7, 2009 . 7:53pm

dq8Dragon Quest doesn’t have the kind of reception here as it does in Japan. The series could use a boost and Square Enix might have Walmart to thank for one.


During the Black Friday madness, Walmart discounted Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King down to $8 putting it next to “classics” like Barbie Horse Adventures. At that price you can count on a bunch of kids getting Dragon Quest VIII as a stocking stuffer and playing it over winter break.

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  • DQ8 was unbelievable. So good!

    • Ereek

      I find myself disagreeing with you, but I hope pushes like these do help DQ in the west. I’ll cry if we don’t get VI.

      I’d love a PSP port of VII, despite the fact that I can’t see it happening any time soon. Or, even better, a non-cellphone remake of the amazing III.

      • MadMirko

        Our chances of not-getting DQVI are very slim.

      • Wow, you didn’t like DQVIII? I’m a bit surprised. I thought you would have definitely liked it. =3 Man, I really don’t know everyone’s game tastes here yet!

        • Ereek

          Well, it’s not that I didn’t like it, I just feel like it’s a rather weak entry to the series. But I’m not here to argue about which is best, much love for DQ.

          • Hey, no explanation needed here. Was definitely not trying to say you can’t have an opinion. I played into the 150hr mark on that which I didn’t quite reach in VII so I just think I really enjoyed the game. Agreed, much love for DQ no matter what game it is!

          • kupomogli

            I’ll agree with Ereek. When I got the Dragon Quest 8 demo when preordering it, I played it repeatedly because I thought it was such an amazing game. Huge fan of Dragon Quest. Then when I got the game, the beginning was pretty much the demo, and again, amazing game early on. The world was so beautiful, it was like the perfect Dragon Quest.

            Playing further through the game, even though I still loved it, it was obvious that this was not like playing through Dragon Quest 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. The game just felt too limited in comparison. They then used the same gameplay style in Dragon Quest Monsters Joker with “choose your ability path,” and again, I did love the game, but it was much worse than any of the other Dragon Quest Monster games where it overall felt incredibly limited.

            So yeah. Dragon Quest 8 is a great game, same Dragon Quest gameplay, obviously the best in graphics by far, but the character limitations and how slow they progress to actually advance any of that is the worst part of the game.

    • Mazen

      My most favorite DQ, this along with Sukoden 5 they were by far the best RPGs on the RPGs monster the PS2.

    • Yes, I loved it. The game feels like the logical conclusion of what the series originators must have envisioned for it over 20 years ago. I absolutely adored DQ8.

  • DQ 8 was great

  • jj984jj

    DQVIII’s stellar localization made it one of my favourite RPGs on the PS2.

  • Simon

    its the non greatest hits edition too.. should have been pretty rare by now remember getting the game at full price

  • I saw this when I was out on my people watching trip on Black Friday. The only thing that saddened me was the huge orange stickers they slapped on that cardboard box and it’s not easily removable without lots of handy work (and goo gone!). I did, however, get a sealed ChoroQ for PS2 from them that day! =)

  • kupomogli

    It’s just weird seeing such a great game alongside a bunch of trash. Even if the series has more fans now than it ever did, it’s still not a very liked series.

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