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Cain Highwind625th Post
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| "Just played the Dragon Quest VIII US demo" , posted Thu 20 Oct 17:42|
It's pretty cool. I mean people who played the Japanese version will already know what makes it good and worthwhile. However for those who didn't know, they're adding a lot of tweaks to the US version including voice acting.
And I found the voice acting very good and sutiable to the game. Much like the 3D graphics and all the other stuff in DQVIII, the voice acting just fits to the whole DQ feel.
To me the voice acting reminds me of a lighthearted fantasy epic (Time Bandits, Willow, and Princess Bride come to my mind). All the actors come from a UK voice studio according to S-E themselves. King Trode sounds like a higher pitched Yoda (sans the backwards talking), Yangus sounds just like you'd expect (as many people have been saying) a sort of gruff "thug-like" British accent saying things like "Wot she say? Come to 'er 'ouse she says." and "This ain't good guv"
Kalderasha, the fortune teller (I think his name was different in the Japanese version) has a Russian/"Eastern European" accent.
What I really liked is, as mentioned before, the voice acting is really spot on, not serious, just lighthearted with a bit of comedy. The accents don't feel stereotypical, but rather natural to the characters. The boss you fight in the cavern has a funny "Daffy Duck" lisp who keeps getting spitting out a lot of Spoonerisms and mixed up English.
Of course I've only heard a small handful of characters. No Kukule/Angelo, Jessica, or anyone else. Pretty mention everyone previously mentioned above is all I heard, but I'm REALLY looking forward to playing the game. I'd really recommend people who played the Japanese version to check it out.
That and there's supposed to be the music from the Symphonic soundtrack inserted in, but from what I could tell in the demo, ONLY the Title Screen music is Orchestral.
Bata kun2719th Post
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| "Re(7):Just played the Dragon Quest VIII US de" , posted Fri 21 Oct 12:25|
In the US, back in the late 80s, TSR registered the name Dragon Quest as some kind of D&D spinoff, so they couldn't use it. And now being the name hasn't been used for quite some time, Square-Enix USA was finally able to register the name
Wow. Never knew that. Now, I know.
Really? Since when? As far back as three years ago?
Well, the original game was given away for free with subscriptions to Nintendo Power magazine in the late 80s. Even with that, it was popular enough to warrant subsequent games getting translated.
Unless you're asking about the Dragon Quest V and VI situation, in which case I think it was sometime in the mid-90s. Enix USA was having trouble but wanted to bring the games out, then they folded completely. The Gameboy remakes of the earlier games were released here by Squenix.
Oh, I was referring to both cases. Must take notes.