Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

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Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
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North American box art for Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS 21207
Release date: November 11th, 2005
CRCs: F4715852
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: unknown
Mac Status: unknown
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-53974
Release date: April 13, 2006
CRCs: 945FBF31
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: unknown
Mac Status: unknown
Region NTSC-J:
Serial numbers: SLPM-65888
Release date: November 27, 2004
CRCs: 1F3D5031
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: unknown
Mac Status: unknown

Developer(s): Level-5
Genre: Role Playing Game (RPG)
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: Link
Game review score: 9/10
Game description: Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, known in Japan as Dragon Quest VIII Sora to Umi to Daichi to Norowareshi Himegimi (ドラゴンクエストVIII 空と海と大地と呪われし姫君?, lit. "Dragon Quest VIII: The Sky, the Ocean, the Earth, and the Cursed Princess") and in PAL regions as Dragon Quest: The Journey of the Cursed King, is a role-playing video game developed by Level-5 and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation 2.

Winlogo.png Test configuration on Windows:

PCSX2 version: 0.9.8
Graphics by GSDX: r4459
Sound by SPU2-X: 1.4.0
Pad plugin is LilyPad: 0.10.0
BIOS version: USA v2.0

Comments: Its a very GPU intensive game, nVidia cards will preform better then ATI cards. To play on native res you should at least be using a nVidia 9800GT or a similar performance ATI card. Note that even though DQVIII is a GPU intensive game a dual core CPU clocked at under 3.2GHz will most likely limit performance. Hack comments: Hacks:

  • Enabling EE cycle rate (3) may give a slight fps increase.
  • Be sure to enable 8-bit textures in GDSX to get a performance boost.
  • Hack Skipdraw 1 can fix the "no shadow" problem in hardware mode.
  • Check WildArmsOffset in HW Hacks to remove white lines in text boxes.

Obs: Using WildArmsOffset will bring a black line in half of the HP bar tough.

Linlogo.png Test configuration on Linux:

PCSX2 version: untested
Graphics by ZZogl: untested
Sound by SPU2-X: untested


Pclogo.png PC specs used to test the game:

CPU: AMD Phenom II x3 720 @ 3.6GHz
GPU: ATI Radeon HD4870 1gb version

Comments:

  • 55-60fps at all times with 1024x768 resolution
  • PAL version tested (Australian, non-platinum version) working great! Full FPS nearly everywhere in 1280x1280 in Rev 2523. Oddly enough, 8-bit textures slow down the PAL version a little bit, so make sure to turn them off! All other hacks were turned on full blast (except VU skipping was only 2x). Ran on a computer with a 9600GT, E4400 Core2 Duo @ 2.4ghz, and Windows 7 Home Premium, using DX10 mode GSdx.