Bebpo, over at Gaming-Age, has posted his very detailed and well-written review of Dragon Quest 8. He's written several reviews for Gamefaqs and is an excellent source for early word on RPGs that have yet to make it to the US. His overall grade for the game was an 8.8.
The passages where he described the level of detail in the world almost made me salivate. Can 't wait for this game.
Review is here:http://forums.gaming-age.com/showthread.php?t=27915