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  • Summary: DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2 is a block-building role-playing game with a charming single player campaign and a robust multiplayer building mode that supports up to four players online. Create your customized character, team-up with your fearless friend Malroth, gather the skills required toDRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2 is a block-building role-playing game with a charming single player campaign and a robust multiplayer building mode that supports up to four players online. Create your customized character, team-up with your fearless friend Malroth, gather the skills required to become a full-fledged builder, and combat the Children of Hargon, a vile cult that worships destruction. Then, take your builder online and join your friends to collaborate and create something truly magnificent. Don’t let the name fool you, despite the 2, this is a completely standalone experience featuring new characters, an expansive world, unlimited building combinations, and a storyline that promises to satisfy longtime fans and newcomers alike. [Square Enix] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 60
  2. Negative: 0 out of 60
  1. Jul 11, 2019
    100
    All the joy and satisfaction of the original, now with upgraded toys, a bigger world and a dog you can pet.
  2. Jul 11, 2019
    90
    Dragon Quest Builders 2 is gigantic, enhancing the original game in every noteworthy aspect.
  3. Jul 14, 2019
    90
    Apart from a few minor points, it is an absolute winner.
  4. Jul 11, 2019
    85
    Dragon Quest Builders 2 is a breath of fresh air. While the first episode of the "crossover" between Minecraft and DQ focused on the builder game aspect, neglecting the roleplaying component and narration, the new proposal by Square Enix manages to blend the various elements of the product with skill. The result is a witty, engaging and relaxing title at the same time.
  5. Jul 11, 2019
    84
    Not a revolution but an evolution of the first game on the series that would please everyone that has played that game or Minecraft, but become repetitive with the time.
  6. Jul 14, 2019
    80
    Dragon Quest Builders 2 is a great time for kids. Adults might be slightly bored by the stale combat, but will be impressed with the amazing building-mechanics. The story is a tad long though, but that's understandable seeing how this is still a JRPG.
  7. Jul 11, 2019
    70
    I had a really good time traveling through the world that has been brought to life within Dragon Quest Builders 2. If you’re looking for a good game that has plenty of content to keep you logging in every day, then this is one title you’ll want to check out.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jul 13, 2019
    10
    I absolutely loved the first game and this game is even better! I love all the characters, and they improved upon things I didn’t even knowI absolutely loved the first game and this game is even better! I love all the characters, and they improved upon things I didn’t even know could be better! Expand
  2. Jul 18, 2019
    10
    First game was great, this one is even better!

    First the bad. Multiplayer is not even unlocked til well into the game after the first, VERY
    First game was great, this one is even better!

    First the bad. Multiplayer is not even unlocked til well into the game after the first, VERY long island. PISS poor decision. Had I cared about MP, this game would get an automatic 5/10 for this. SE is lucking out on this game for most players dont care about MP. Its total S**t

    Due to this, you absolutely not call this game a MP game. Most people interest d in MP want to do MP start to finish, together, as a team, thus is the point of MP. This is more like a stupid visitation system thats not even unlocked for a long time. That is not MP.

    For me personally I enjoyed it as a 10/10 solo. But had I bought it expecting to coop right away, I would have ben EXTREMELY furious about that. You do not EVER make a coop game where coop is not unlocked right out of the gate. Dumbest feature cap Ive ever seen in my life in a game. Aside from that back to solo mode >

    Post game actually makes more sense now and your custom island is actually used between story modes as its part of the story this time, instead of being some random non attackable island like in the first one. Rooms you make there etc all still feel like youre playing the story mode and just as fun. It is not lacking there at all like the first one was. Without spoilers youll just need to play to see the improvements as there are tons!
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  3. Jul 29, 2019
    10
    Amazing building system with a lot of explore and to do. The first part of the game is slow but it gets continuously better. Dialogue is aAmazing building system with a lot of explore and to do. The first part of the game is slow but it gets continuously better. Dialogue is a massive slog, but can be skimmed through to get the gist of things. Controls are not perfect but you do get used to them. The thing that makes this game shine is the exploration, gathering, and building, which are fantastic. There's an insane amount of customization, and managing your citizens within your buildings/towns is the icing on the cake. Definitely one of the best implementations of gathering/building (Minecraft/Lego style) to date.

    I'm normally a handheld guy but I recommend this one on PS4 as the performance on Switch is pretty bad.
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  4. Jul 23, 2019
    9
    Este juego me está encantando empecé a jugarlo y no he podido dejarlo, es muy entretenido y adictivo. Lo recomiendo 100%100.
  5. Jul 13, 2019
    9
    This game is a worthy successor to an already great title. I dropped quite some hours into DQB2 and to me this game is not perfect but so muchThis game is a worthy successor to an already great title. I dropped quite some hours into DQB2 and to me this game is not perfect but so much fun. I would rate it 8.5 so far but gave a 9 because the fun factor is to me more relevant than the minor flaws. Read on for more.

    DQB2 adapts all the basic that DQB1 already delivered in a solid and fun way but changed the game and story play in some interesting ways.

    Game world and story mode:
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    In DQB1 the story mode was somewhat depressing because the final boss often destroyed your town and even worse, it did not matter because each chapter was completely independent and you started new every single chapter. DQB2 does things vastly different with a centralized hub island and a ship that leads you to side-islands or main-islands.

    Main islands are where the story is being told and you will leave them this time also but you can come back at any time and the story islands are way more intensified. The first story island will keep you busy for 6 to 10hrs depending on your playstyle alone. Side-islands provide quick adventures on a pretty thin basis to be fair where the hub island appears as a free-to-build island with some story driven attachments.

    The new concept is more motivating to me although I see some missed opportunities. Sometimes interruptions due to quests-givers are pretty high. The quests itself are mostly very simple or just guidelines through the main missions. Hopefully in a future title they will enhance this a little bit more because the benefit for the game atmosphere is pretty good.

    Graphics // Sounds // Engine:
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    What can I say. It pretty much looks like DQB1 to me. Maybe a little bit polished. Loading times on my PS4 Pro with SSD are okay-ish but feel too long to be honest. On the bright side the islands are loaded once and other loadings screens do not happen often or are very short. So I would not even rate this down. Graphics are of course cartoon-ish for this title but very solid. I personally like it way more then Minecraft even modded but that might be very subjective.

    The sound and "voice acting" is still a clear downside for me. Most or even all of the dialogue passages are text-only. To me thats a missed opportunity still and not state of the art anymore. I d prefer them to take a step forward and present the nice story in a way it deserves. On the other side the character are cool and I like the writing a lot. As a non-native english speaker I still dislike that most of the characters "talk" with accents. Without a proper voice acting this is giving me some hazzle and honestly... makes me skip dialogue sometimes. Sad! The soundtrack in general falls flat to me and could be a little bit more entertaining but is still okay-ish.

    Controls:
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    DQB1 and 2 share a similar basis. For people who did not play either: the controls feel really decent for a console title in my opinion and not frustrating at all in comparison to other titles that seem to be perfectly made for mouse and keyboard. I was surprised with DQB1 and still like them. Some mappings are strange though. There are times where you want to change your tool but talk to your buddy etc. I see room for improvement here although there are some controller layouts you can choose from.

    Gameplay:
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    DQB2 is in my opinion clearly optimized for solo play. There is a multiplayer-like mode but it is not perfectly integrated which is a little bit sad and definetely a missed opportunity. In your solo story you are accompanied by an NPC buddy which is really fun and helps a lot in terms of collecting stuff and having a more dynamic feeling. Main focus is again getting materials, buildings, new stuff, but this time things are enhanced as you have more intense layered buildings, you have farming options and also your buddies will work more intensely for you. I like these changes a lot because they add convenience and atmosphere by a great margin as you try to develop your town, achieve quests for the people around and gain new recipes or blueprints to build.

    Final thoughts:
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    I loved DQB1 and bought it just due to being bored at a weekend. Turned to be a lucky grab for me as I was really waiting for DQB2 and having a lot fun with it. I did not encounter any bugs or performance problems so far letting aside the loading times at the beginning. The gameplay is solid but got well enhanced with added atmosphere and a more quest related storymode. The characters are lovely so are the graphics. As stated in the beginning I would give DQB2 a solid 8.5 because it feels repetitive at times and misses some opportunities. It gives me so much fun though that I took the 9 with a tendency to 10. The game will provide a good amount of playtime (around 50hrs+) and is to me a solid buy for the initial price.
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  6. Jul 15, 2019
    9
    This is an astonishingly good game and has utterly captured my imagination. I dumped a whole weekend into this world, and I'm eagerly waitingThis is an astonishingly good game and has utterly captured my imagination. I dumped a whole weekend into this world, and I'm eagerly waiting for my chance to dive back in.

    My only qualm is that I occasionally feel like the entire game is a tutorial, and you're always sort of holding off doing what you REALLY want for that next step, but that's probably more to do with my personal neurotic tendencies than any major design flaw.

    The content drips in fast enough that I never really tired of what I was doing but slow enough that I still had time to experiment with my own little ideas. And there's a staggering amount of content packed into this game, so I have a hard time imagining myself getting tired of it any time soon.

    It's all the best features from games of this genre packaged in a familiar and fun IP, and all my qualms with it feel trivial in the face of just how much fun I'm having.
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  7. Jul 15, 2019
    6
    Ok for a solo player game,but I bought to play with friend, after 12h of game play still did not unlock the online, at that point i refunded the game.

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