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{{infobox
 
{{infobox
 
|image            = 20060630050721!Dragon_Quest_VIII_Journey_of_the_Cursed_King.jpeg‎
 
|image            = 20060630050721!Dragon_Quest_VIII_Journey_of_the_Cursed_King.jpeg‎
|caption          = North American box art for Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
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|caption          = NTSC-U cover
 
|developer        = Level-5
 
|developer        = Level-5
 
|publisher        = [[Square Enix]]
 
|publisher        = [[Square Enix]]
 
|genre            = RPG
 
|genre            = RPG
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|wikipedia        = [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_Quest_VIII Link]
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|gamefaqslink      = [http://www.gamefaqs.com/ps2/583527-dragon-quest-viii-journey-of-the-cursed-king Link]
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|reviewlinks      = {{ReviewLink|[http://www.gamerankings.com/ps2/583527-dragon-quest-viii-journey-of-the-cursed-king/index.html GameRankings]|90/100}}, {{ReviewLink|[http://www.metacritic.com/game/playstation-2/dragon-quest-viii-journey-of-the-cursed-king Metacritic]|89/100}}
 
|gameinfo          = The Dragon Warrior series makes its debut on the PlayStation 2 with Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King. You can play as a young guardsman who must fight against a curse that he is mysteriously immune to. Characters in the game are designed by the creator of the Dragonball characters and are cel-shaded to provide an "anime" feel. The game is set in a large 3D world ravaged by the effects of the curse. The game also includes a playable demo of Final Fantasy XII.
 
|gameinfo          = The Dragon Warrior series makes its debut on the PlayStation 2 with Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King. You can play as a young guardsman who must fight against a curse that he is mysteriously immune to. Characters in the game are designed by the creator of the Dragonball characters and are cel-shaded to provide an "anime" feel. The game is set in a large 3D world ravaged by the effects of the curse. The game also includes a playable demo of Final Fantasy XII.
|wikipedia        = [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_Quest_VIII Link]
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<!-- General props -->
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|widescreen        = 1
 
|gpu-intensive    = 1
 
|gpu-intensive    = 1
|widescreen        = 1
 
 
|cpu-intensive    = 1
 
|cpu-intensive    = 1
|gamefaqslink      = [http://www.gamefaqs.com/ps2/583527-dragon-quest-viii-journey-of-the-cursed-king Link]
 
|reviewlinks      = {{ReviewLink|[http://ps2.ign.com/objects/496/496303.html IGN]|9/10}}, {{ReviewLink|[http://www.metacritic.com/game/playstation-2/dragon-quest-viii-journey-of-the-cursed-king Metacritic]|89/100}}
 
 
|eu_rating        = 12+
 
|eu_rating        = 12+
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|eu_rating_text    = Violence, Bad Language
 
|au_rating        = PG
 
|au_rating        = PG
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|au_rating_text    = Mild fantasy violence, Gambling references
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|na_rating        = T
 
|na_rating_text    = Alcohol Reference, Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Simulated Gambling, Suggestive Themes
 
|na_rating_text    = Alcohol Reference, Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Simulated Gambling, Suggestive Themes
|na_rating        = T
 
 
|japan_rating      = A
 
|japan_rating      = A
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<!-- Language props -->
 
|italian          = SLES-53974
 
|italian          = SLES-53974
 
|spanish          = SLES-53974
 
|spanish          = SLES-53974
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|OS=?
 
|OS=?
 
|CPU=3.0GHz+ CPU
 
|CPU=3.0GHz+ CPU
|GPU=Radeon HD4870
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|GPU=ATI Radeon HD 4870
|Revision=r1884
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|Revision=pre 0.9.7 beta (r1884)
 
|Graphics=GSdx 1846
 
|Graphics=GSdx 1846
 
|Sound=SPU2-X 1.2.0
 
|Sound=SPU2-X 1.2.0
|Comments=Enabling x2 cycle rate and IOP x2 cycle rate may give a slight fps increase. Be sure to enable 8-bit textures in GSdx to get a performance boost.
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|Comments=Enabling x2 cycle rate and IOP x2 cycle rate may give a slight FPS increase. Be sure to enable 8-bit textures in GSdx to get a performance boost. It's a very GPU intensive game, nVidia cards will preform better then ATI cards. With an ATI Radeon HD on 1024*768 resolution you will mostly get 60 FPS but at sometimes it drops down to 55 (mostly in overworld).
* Its a very GPU intensive game, nVidia cards will preform better then ATI cards. Be sure to enable 8-bit textures in GSdx.
 
* With a ATI Radeon HD on 1024*768 resolution you will mostly get 60fps but at sometimes it drops down to 55 (mostly in overworld).
 
 
|Tester=24.59.33.132
 
|Tester=24.59.33.132
 
}}
 
}}
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|Region=PAL
 
|Region=PAL
 
|OS=Windows 7 Home Premium
 
|OS=Windows 7 Home Premium
|CPU=E4400 Core2 Duo @ 2.4ghz
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|CPU=E4400 Core2 Duo @ 2.40 GHz
 
|GPU=9600GT
 
|GPU=9600GT
|Revision=Rev 2523
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|Revision=pre 0.9.7 beta (r2523)
 
|Graphics=GSdx
 
|Graphics=GSdx
 
|Sound=SPU2-X
 
|Sound=SPU2-X
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|Region=NTSC-J
 
|Region=NTSC-J
 
|OS=?
 
|OS=?
|CPU=AMD Phenom II x3 720 @ 3.6GHz
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|CPU=AMD Phenom II X3 720 @ 3.60 GHz
|GPU=ATI Radeon HD4870 1GB version
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|GPU=ATI Radeon HD 4870 1 GB
 
|Revision=0.9.8
 
|Revision=0.9.8
|Graphics=GSdx r4459
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|Graphics=GSdx (r4459)
 
|Sound=
 
|Sound=
 
* SPU2-X 1.4.0
 
* SPU2-X 1.4.0
 
* LilyPad 0.10.0
 
* LilyPad 0.10.0
|Comments=Enabling EE cycle rate (3) may give a slight fps increase.  
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|Comments=Enabling EE cycle rate (3) may give a slight FPS increase.  
 
|Tester=Machina
 
|Tester=Machina
 
}}
 
}}
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|Region=NTSC-U
 
|Region=NTSC-U
 
|OS=Windows
 
|OS=Windows
|CPU=Intel Core i5-2500K @ 4.5 GHz
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|CPU=Intel Core i5-2500K @ 4.50 GHz
|GPU=ATI Radeon 6970 @ 900/1400
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|GPU=ATI Radeon HD 6970 @ 900/1400
 
|Revision=1.0.0
 
|Revision=1.0.0
 
|Graphics=GSdx
 
|Graphics=GSdx
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*SPU2-X
 
*SPU2-X
 
*?
 
*?
|Comments=SCPH-70012.bin/v02.00/USA/2004, Not in front of my home PC so I am unable to upload a screen shot.  This can be a demanding game. My graphics card barely held up full speed at 3x., Software mode is required to see Empyria's shadow when going into the Dark Realm.
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|Comments=SCPH-70012.bin/v02.00/USA/2004, This can be a demanding game. My graphics card barely held up full speed at 3x. Software mode is required to see Empyria's shadow when going into the Dark Realm.
 
|Tester={{ForumUser|jlwmanagement}}
 
|Tester={{ForumUser|jlwmanagement}}
 
}}
 
}}
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|Region=NTSC-U
 
|Region=NTSC-U
 
|OS=Windows
 
|OS=Windows
|CPU=Intel Core i7 @ 3.4Ghz
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|CPU=Intel Core i7 @ 3.40 GHz
|GPU=Nvidia GTX 285 768MB
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|GPU=NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 768MB
|Revision=1.1.0 r5480
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|Revision=1.1.0 (r5480)
|Graphics=GSdx 5442 SSE41
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|Graphics=GSdx SSE41 (5442)
 
|Sound=
 
|Sound=
 
*SPU2-X 2.0.0
 
*SPU2-X 2.0.0
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|Region=NTSC-U
 
|Region=NTSC-U
 
|OS=Windows
 
|OS=Windows
|CPU=Intel Core i5 @ 3.0Ghz
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|CPU=Intel Core i5 @ 3.00 GHz
|GPU=Nvidia GeForce 210 512MB
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|GPU=NVIDIA GeForce 210 512MB
|Revision=1.2.1 [2-02-14]
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|Revision=1.2.1 (r5875)
|Graphics=GSdx 5875
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|Graphics=GSdx (r5875)
 
|Sound=
 
|Sound=
*SPU2-X 5830 2.0.0
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*SPU2-X 2.0.0 (r5830)
*LilyPad 5822 0.11.0
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*LilyPad 0.11.0 (r5822)
 
|Comments=EE/VU Rounding: Chop/Zero, Game runs smoothly with no issues.
 
|Comments=EE/VU Rounding: Chop/Zero, Game runs smoothly with no issues.
 
|Tester={{ForumUser|JBoughter}}
 
|Tester={{ForumUser|JBoughter}}
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|Region=NTSC-U
 
|Region=NTSC-U
 
|OS=Windows 7 Ultimate
 
|OS=Windows 7 Ultimate
|CPU=Intel Core i5-2310 2.90Ghz
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|CPU=Intel Core i5-2310 @ 2.90 GHz
|GPU=Nvidia GTX650 2GB
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|GPU=NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 2GB
 
|Revision=1.3.0
 
|Revision=1.3.0
 
|Graphics=GSdx
 
|Graphics=GSdx
 
|Sound=SPU2-X 2.0.0
 
|Sound=SPU2-X 2.0.0
|Comments=Game runs fine at 60FPS with 2x Scaling, FXAA and Shader FX, 16x Anisotropic Filtering. I activated the WildArmsOffset in HWHacks to fix some glitches texture.
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|Comments=Game runs fine at 60 FPS with 2x Scaling, FXAA and Shader FX, 16x Anisotropic Filtering. I activated the WildArmsOffset in HWHacks to fix some glitches texture.
 
|Tester=Wwsnkneo
 
|Tester=Wwsnkneo
 
}}
 
}}
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|Region=NTSC
 
|Region=NTSC
 
|OS=Ubuntu 12.04+, Archlinux
 
|OS=Ubuntu 12.04+, Archlinux
|CPU=AMD FX4300
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|CPU=AMD FX-4300
|GPU=Nvidia GTX 650 Ti, AMD Radeon 6850 and 7850
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|GPU=NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti, AMD Radeon HD 6850 & 7850
 
|Revision=1.2.2
 
|Revision=1.2.2
 
|Graphics=GSdx
 
|Graphics=GSdx
|Sound=SPU2X SDL
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|Sound=SPU2-X SDL
 
|Comments=Catalyst runs faster than Radeon open source but has freezes in Farebury in the church; open source Radeon r600 driver more compatible than RadeonSI, but both are very slow; Nvidia closed source is much better; game able to be completed with occasional slowdowns; software mode required in flashback scenes and it will be very slow regardless of GPU driver; you may need to adjust clamps in Farebury to enter Kalderasha's house
 
|Comments=Catalyst runs faster than Radeon open source but has freezes in Farebury in the church; open source Radeon r600 driver more compatible than RadeonSI, but both are very slow; Nvidia closed source is much better; game able to be completed with occasional slowdowns; software mode required in flashback scenes and it will be very slow regardless of GPU driver; you may need to adjust clamps in Farebury to enter Kalderasha's house
 
|Tester=DaTankAC
 
|Tester=DaTankAC
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* Original names: '''ドラゴンクエストVIII 空と海と大地と呪われし姫君''' (SLPM-65888) & (SLPM-66481), '''ドラゴンクエストVIIIプレミアム映像ディスク''' (SLPM-62490)
 
* Original names: '''ドラゴンクエストVIII 空と海と大地と呪われし姫君''' (SLPM-65888) & (SLPM-66481), '''ドラゴンクエストVIIIプレミアム映像ディスク''' (SLPM-62490)
 
* Also known as '''Dragon Quest VIII: Sora to Umi to Daichi to Norowareshi Himegimi''' (JP), '''Dragon Quest: The Journey of the Cursed King''' (EU, AU)
 
* Also known as '''Dragon Quest VIII: Sora to Umi to Daichi to Norowareshi Himegimi''' (JP), '''Dragon Quest: The Journey of the Cursed King''' (EU, AU)
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==Known Issues==
 
==Known Issues==
 
 
{{Issue
 
{{Issue
 
|IssueName=Empyria's shadow
 
|IssueName=Empyria's shadow
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|IssueLevel=0
 
|IssueLevel=0
 
|Description=Shadows are missing in hardware mode.
 
|Description=Shadows are missing in hardware mode.
|Workaround=Use skipdraw=1 or software mode to enable shadows.
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|Workaround=Go to Config > Video (GS) > Plugin Settings, turn on "Enable HW Hacks", go to Configure Hacks, and set Skipdraw to "1". Or go to Config > Video (GS) > Plugin Settings, and set Renderer to any of the "(Software)" options.
 
}}
 
}}
  
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|IssueLevel=0
 
|IssueLevel=0
 
|AffectedVersions=All
 
|AffectedVersions=All
|Description=In D3D9 HW mode black box will appear around character when psyched up to maximum Up
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|Description=A black box appears around a character when psyched to maximum Up.
|Workaround= Use D3D11 HW
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|Workaround=Go to Config > Video (GS) > Plugin Settings, and set Renderer to any option but "Direct3D9 (Hardware)".
 
}}
 
}}
  
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|IssueLevel=0
 
|IssueLevel=0
 
|AffectedVersions=All
 
|AffectedVersions=All
|Description=When using a non-native resolution in hardware rendering, pseudo-random artifacts appear around the text in dialog boxes and menus.
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|Description=At higher than native resolutions, pseudo-random artifacts appear around the text in dialog boxes and menus.
|Workaround=The "WildArmsOffset" hack fixes this issue, but causes the HP bars to display incorrectly. On newer beta versions, this can be fixed with no apparent side effects by checking the "Round Sprite" hack instead.
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|Workaround=Go to Config > Video (GS) > Plugin Settings, turn on "Enable HW Hacks", go to Configure Hacks, and set Round Sprite to "Half".
 
}}
 
}}
  
{{Issue
 
|IssueName=Choppiness at 60FPS
 
|IsFixed=0
 
|IssueLevel=-1
 
|AffectedVersions=All
 
|Description=Camera panning and animations don't feel smooth in large areas or battles even if PCSX2 is reporting 60FPS or above.
 
|Workaround=Disable "EE Cyclerate" and "VU Cycle Stealing" speedhacks or use the "2 - Safe (faster)" preset in Emulation Settings.
 
}}
 
  
 
==The gallery==
 
==The gallery==
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File:Dragon_Quest_VIII_Journey_of_the_Cursed_King_Forum_1.jpg|Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (SLPM 65888)
 
File:Dragon_Quest_VIII_Journey_of_the_Cursed_King_Forum_1.jpg|Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (SLPM 65888)
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
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{{Dragon Quest series}}
 
{{Dragon Quest series}}

Revision as of 16:57, 25 February 2017

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
20060630050721!Dragon Quest VIII Journey of the Cursed King.jpeg
NTSC-U cover
Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: A
ESRB rating: T (Alcohol Reference, Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Simulated Gambling, Suggestive Themes)
PEGI rating: 12+ (Violence, Bad Language)
OFLC rating: PG (Mild fantasy violence, Gambling references)
Widescreen supported natively
GPU intensive game
CPU intensive game
Languages supported:
English: SLUS-21207 & SLUS-29157 & SLES-53974 & SLUS-21207GH
Japanese: SLPM-62490 & SLPM-65888 & SLPM-66481
German: SLES-53974
French: SLES-53974
Spanish: SLES-53974
Italian: SLES-53974
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-21207
SLUS-21207GH (Greatest Hits)
SLUS-29157 (Demo)
Release date: November 15, 2005
2006 (Greatest Hits)
CRCs: F4715852
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: Playable
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-53974
SLES-53974P (Platinum)
Release date: April 12, 2006 (Australia)
April 13, 2006
2008 (Platinum)
CRCs: 945FBF31
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SLPM-65888
SLPM-66481 (Ultimate Hits)
SCAJ-20110
SLPM-62490 (Premium Disc, DQ5 bundle)
Release date: November 27, 2004
July 20, 2006 (Ultimate Hits)
CRCs: 1F3D5031
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Level-5
Publisher(s): Square Enix
Genre: RPG
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: GameRankings90/100, Metacritic89/100
Game description: The Dragon Warrior series makes its debut on the PlayStation 2 with Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King. You can play as a young guardsman who must fight against a curse that he is mysteriously immune to. Characters in the game are designed by the creator of the Dragonball characters and are cel-shaded to provide an "anime" feel. The game is set in a large 3D world ravaged by the effects of the curse. The game also includes a playable demo of Final Fantasy XII.


Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:


Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
NTSC-U ?
  • 3.0GHz+ CPU
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870
pre 0.9.7 beta (r1884) GSdx 1846 SPU2-X 1.2.0 Enabling x2 cycle rate and IOP x2 cycle rate may give a slight FPS increase. Be sure to enable 8-bit textures in GSdx to get a performance boost. It's a very GPU intensive game, nVidia cards will preform better then ATI cards. With an ATI Radeon HD on 1024•768 resolution you will mostly get 60 FPS but at sometimes it drops down to 55 (mostly in overworld). 24.59.33.132
PAL Windows 7 Home Premium
  • E4400 Core2 Duo @ 2.40 GHz
  • 9600GT
pre 0.9.7 beta (r2523) GSdx SPU2-X 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) 124.180.6.80
NTSC-J ?
  • AMD Phenom II X3 720 @ 3.60 GHz
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 1 GB
0.9.8 GSdx (r4459)
  • SPU2-X 1.4.0
  • LilyPad 0.10.0
Enabling EE cycle rate (3) may give a slight FPS increase. Machina
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i5-2500K @ 4.50 GHz
  • ATI Radeon HD 6970 @ 900/1400
1.0.0 GSdx
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
SCPH-70012.bin/v02.00/USA/2004, This can be a demanding game. My graphics card barely held up full speed at 3x. Software mode is required to see Empyria's shadow when going into the Dark Realm.
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.40 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 768MB
1.1.0 (r5480) GSdx SSE41 (5442)
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.11.0
Runs above full speed.
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i5 @ 3.00 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce 210 512MB
1.2.1 (r5875) GSdx (r5875)
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0 (r5830)
  • LilyPad 0.11.0 (r5822)
EE/VU Rounding: Chop/Zero, Game runs smoothly with no issues.
NTSC-U Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Intel Core i5-2310 @ 2.90 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 2GB
1.3.0 GSdx SPU2-X 2.0.0 Game runs fine at 60 FPS with 2x Scaling, FXAA and Shader FX, 16x Anisotropic Filtering. I activated the WildArmsOffset in HWHacks to fix some glitches texture. Wwsnkneo



Linlogo.png Test configurations on Linux:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
NTSC Ubuntu 12.04+, Archlinux
  • AMD FX-4300
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti, AMD Radeon HD 6850 & 7850
1.2.2 GSdx SPU2-X SDL Catalyst runs faster than Radeon open source but has freezes in Farebury in the church; open source Radeon r600 driver more compatible than RadeonSI, but both are very slow; Nvidia closed source is much better; game able to be completed with occasional slowdowns; software mode required in flashback scenes and it will be very slow regardless of GPU driver; you may need to adjust clamps in Farebury to enter Kalderasha's house DaTankAC


Trivia

  • Original names: ドラゴンクエストVIII 空と海と大地と呪われし姫君 (SLPM-65888) & (SLPM-66481), ドラゴンクエストVIIIプレミアム映像ディスク (SLPM-62490)
  • Also known as Dragon Quest VIII: Sora to Umi to Daichi to Norowareshi Himegimi (JP), Dragon Quest: The Journey of the Cursed King (EU, AU)


Known Issues

Empyria's shadow

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Serious
  • Description: Software mode is required to see Empyria's shadow when going into the Dark Realm
  • Workaround: Use software mode there (F9)

Missing shadows

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Shadows are missing in hardware mode.
  • Workaround: Go to Config > Video (GS) > Plugin Settings, turn on "Enable HW Hacks", go to Configure Hacks, and set Skipdraw to "1". Or go to Config > Video (GS) > Plugin Settings, and set Renderer to any of the "(Software)" options.

Black Boxes

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Affected Game Versions: All
  • Description: A black box appears around a character when psyched to maximum Up.
  • Workaround: Go to Config > Video (GS) > Plugin Settings, and set Renderer to any option but "Direct3D9 (Hardware)".

Text Artifacts

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Affected Game Versions: All
  • Description: At higher than native resolutions, pseudo-random artifacts appear around the text in dialog boxes and menus.
  • Workaround: Go to Config > Video (GS) > Plugin Settings, turn on "Enable HW Hacks", go to Configure Hacks, and set Round Sprite to "Half".


The gallery


Public compatibility forum links