GAMES - Review
11:00 - 9th April 2013, by Rob Burman

Dragon Quest: The Journey of the Cursed King

Back in Japan, Dragon Quest is one of the most popular computer game series ever, and has spawned multiple sequels and spin-offs. Each game is almost guaranteed to sell a million and cause chaos in the streets of Akihabara. But have we UK gamers really been missing out on anything?

Well, yes, we have. The Journey of the Cursed King is a fantastic example of how to make a great-looking, rewarding, funny, time-consuming beast of an RPG. Plus the fact it's got character design from Dragon Ball legend Akira Toriyama is the icing on the cake.

Although the story may be straight out of the big book of RPG clichés, Level-5 has turned its attention to creating an entertaining experience that changes as you progress through the game. The combat system helps to make battles less of a chore by adding a bit of fun to the proceedings. The AI is pretty strong, meaning fights will have you planning out your best tactics, and you've got the added extra of performing tension moves. These see you missing one turn of attacks to perform a more powerful blow next time around.

However, it's the dungeon sections that really shine in Dragon Quest. Here you're given some fairly tricky puzzles to solve, as well as having to battle tough bosses. Along with this you've also got gambling mini-games and alchemy sections, which help to give RPG fans something extra to get their teeth into. You're really going to be chewing it over because the game can potentially last you more than 100 hours - it's easy to see why Dragon Quest has a legendary reputation.

SCORE: 5/5
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