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Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
Box artwork for Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King.
Japanese title ドラゴンクエストVIII 空と海と大地と呪われし姫君
Developer(s) Level-5
Publisher(s) Square Enix
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PlayStation 2
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Nintendo 3DS
Genre(s) RPG
System(s) PlayStation 2, Android, iOS, Nintendo 3DS
ESRB: ESRB T.png Teen
CERO: CERO All old.gif All ages
PEGI: PEGI 12.png Ages 12+
OFLC: OFLC PG.svg Parental Guidance
USK: USK 6.png Ages 6+
Preceded by Dragon Warrior VII
Followed by Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
Series Dragon Quest
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Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, known in Europe as Dragon Quest: The Journey of the Cursed King and in Japan as Dragon Quest VIII: Sora to Umi to Daichi to Norowareshi Himegimi (lit. "Dragon Quest VIII: The Sky, the Ocean, the Earth, and the Cursed Princess"), is a role-playing game developed by Level-5 and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation 2 home video game console. It is the eighth installment of the popular Dragon Quest series (formerly known as the Dragon Warrior series). It is the first English version of a Dragon Quest game to drop the Dragon Warrior title.

Dragon Quest VIII uses cel-shading textures for the characters and scenery, and unlike the previous installments battles are not limited to a first person perspective, instead showing all characters in the player's party. It has enjoyed much success since its release, particularly in Japan where it sold more than 3 million copies in its first week on sale.

A survey conducted in 2006 by the magazine Famitsu earned the game the #4 spot as the best video game of all time after Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy VII and Dragon Quest III.

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