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Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

  • Genre: Japanese Role-playing
  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Players: 1
  • Network Players: 0
  • HD Space: 5.8 GB

If you’re looking for new adventures, this is where you start.

The Dragon Quest franchise has been around since its release in 1986. It’s the first video game to popularize the traditional Japanese role-playing gameplay. Known as the godfather of JRPG’s, having inspired countless video games and captured the hearts of millions. This video game franchise so popular in Japan, it’s only released on Saturdays because children skipped school.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is a contemporary JRPG created by Square-Enix, one of the top video game developers and publishers in the industry. The composer, Koichi Sugiyama, leads the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in creating the incredible soundtrack. And the famous mangaka Akira Toriyama, creator of Dragon Ball, who has made illustrations for the franchise for over thirty years.

Now that the Definitive Edition is out for the Nintendo Switch, is this a grand entry to the franchise for newcomers? And is this franchise as good as critics say it is?

Watch the fantastic intro animation to Dragon Quest XI! 🎞🍿

CONCEPT

A young man, about to participate in his village’s coming of age ceremony, heads off to the top of the local lookout point alongside his childhood friend. After a series of unexpected events, this intrepid adventurer learns he is the reincarnation of a legendary hero from a forgotten age.

The young hero sets forth into an unknown world on a journey to unravel the mystery of his past, …but the welcome he receives is far from warm. Upon revealing his identity to the King, the hero is branded as “The Darkspawn.” He is hunted down relentless by an army.

Fleeing from his pursuers, the hero assembles a band of endearing adventurers who believe he is The Luminary reborn. He and his newfound companions embark on a quest that will take them across continents and over vast oceans as they learn of an ominous threat facing the world of Erdrea.

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Above, you can view some amazing screenshots taken from Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age! 🐉

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Thoughts & Feelings
I never played a Dragon Quest game before. I was very excited when I heard that the game was being released for the Nintendo Switch. I really do love role-playing video games, I just find the stories and building up characters so satisfying. Dragon Quest XI S Definitive Edition for the Nintendo Switch has everything an RPG fan would love! It has a story with twists and turns, fun characters, a great skill system, an amazing orchestrated soundtrack, but of course, Dragon Quest comes with its annoyances like a silent and emotionless protagonist. It's just unbearable to watch when even in the most desperate scenes, the hero doesn't react towards anything. Dragon Quest doesn't reinvent the RPG formula but it makes the best out of what's worked for years.
Positive
Traditional JRPG gameplay.
Ability to play entire game in 3D or 2D mode.
Great emotional storyline.
Watching Akira Toriyama's artwork spring to life is an absolute joy.
Long game spanning over many hundreds of hours.
Really well done skill tree.
Fantastic orchestrated soundtrack.
Negative
It does not innovate the RPG formula.
One of the most emotionless protagonists in any game.
Some character animations are better than others.
The game uses way too many dialects from British English like the words laddie, wee, bruv, mum, ye, and yer which doesn't progress well. The Australian voice actors poorly imitating Italian accents really feels strange.
A few scenarios place you in one boss battle after another without any means of healing.
The map looks beautiful but it's not functional. There is no option to place markers or view different maps on the same screen. You have to either be on land, sea or in the sky to view each map respectively.
Same battle song repeats over and over again without variations (i.e. underwater theme for water based locations, Egyptian theme for dessert locations).
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