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  • Summary: The Definitive Edition includes all the content from the original release of the acclaimed DRAGON QUEST XI, and adds extra character-specific scenarios, the choice of playing with the original soundtrack or a grand orchestral version of the music, the ability to switch between 2D and 3DThe Definitive Edition includes all the content from the original release of the acclaimed DRAGON QUEST XI, and adds extra character-specific scenarios, the choice of playing with the original soundtrack or a grand orchestral version of the music, the ability to switch between 2D and 3D graphic modes, a Japanese voice-acting option, and much more. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Dec 18, 2020
    100
    Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition earns my absolute highest recommendation. I cannot wait for more people to experience such a joyous celebration of all things Dragon Quest.
  2. Dec 1, 2020
    100
    If you've never played a Dragon Quest game before, this is the best introduction to the series you could ask for. If you're a Dragon Quest fan and haven’t played it yet, then you need to get on this. This game made me re-approach how I view not just past Dragon Quest games, but every RPG I play from now on. Dragon Quest XI S is a near unrivaled masterpiece, one I wish I could erase my memory of and re-experience for the first time. Having said that, this second time through has been special in its own way. Going back and playing older Dragon Quest games has only increased my appreciation for it. This final version of the Definitive Edition of one of my favorite RPGs is a great send-off as we await the anticipated release of Dragon Quest XII.
  3. Jan 4, 2021
    97
    I typically favor games that introduce something new to the gaming landscape, because I think trudging through old waters — even incredibly — doesn’t really push us forward as a culture or in terms of design. Dragon Quest XI is just too good, though. In fact, it’s one of the best games I’ve ever played. I laughed, I cried, and I’ve felt a part of this cast. I’m actually on hour 140 with no signs of stopping, and I couldn’t be happier. Without question, this is one of the best-designed games I’ve played to date, and I’ve had the beautiful opportunity to share it with my daughter who has adorably pointed at the screen, screaming, “It’s a monster octopus!”
  4. Dec 1, 2020
    90
    Dragon Quest XI remains a game to get lost in. We weren't entirely sold on the idea of playing through such a gigantic adventure all over again, but Dragon Quest XI S has only served to solidify our opinion that this is one of the best Japanese RPGs ever made.
  5. Dec 2, 2020
    90
    The original version of Dragon Quest XI was already a near perfect JRPG that I would’ve recommended to anyone to at least try out. Though the changes aren’t huge, Dragon Quest XI S adds just enough to make it the objectively better option between the two. If you have any interest in replaying Dragon Quest XI or if you’re looking to play it for the first time, Dragon Quest XI S is the way to go.
  6. Dec 10, 2020
    88
    While it's a shame the game is just a port of the Switch version from last year, there is no denying this is one of the best JRPG's in recent memory. The game is excellent in almost every way. If you can't get the Switch version, this is the way to go.
  7. Jan 8, 2021
    80
    Even though it suffers from a few graphical downgrades being a Switch port, the Definitive edition truly is definitive. Packed with content, it's what you should get if you are even considering trying the Dragon Quest XI out.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 32
  2. Negative: 6 out of 32
  1. Oct 12, 2022
    10
    This game is great,and though I love the Nintendo Switch,the graphics don’t do it Justice! To have the full modern experience go for the moreThis game is great,and though I love the Nintendo Switch,the graphics don’t do it Justice! To have the full modern experience go for the more powerful consoles with the Definitive Edition! This is “Dragon Quest 11” so it’s a great game,but even better with the new instrumental music. The Switch version doesn’t really look nice at all,and really made me drop the game! I’m so happy they made a definitive edition of the more powerful consoles! Expand
  2. Jan 31, 2021
    10
    Um ótimo jogo de RPG, tem uma grande historia. Quem gosta de RPG recomendo.
  3. Dec 7, 2020
    10
    This game is a love letter to JRPG fans, and a great introduction for people that want to get into the genre. Not only one of the JRPGs I'veThis game is a love letter to JRPG fans, and a great introduction for people that want to get into the genre. Not only one of the JRPGs I've ever played, but one of my favorite games of all time, this is a masterpiece no one should miss out on Expand
  4. Nov 8, 2021
    9
    I have a lot of love for Dragon Quest as a series and Dragon Quest XI is my favorite to date. I hadn't played many traditional JRPGs for aI have a lot of love for Dragon Quest as a series and Dragon Quest XI is my favorite to date. I hadn't played many traditional JRPGs for a long time until I picked up Persona 5, and shortly thereafter the original Dragon Quest XI launched. I had a bit of a difficult time getting into the original though due to the grating midi soundtrack. So once I found out that the definitive edition would feature a fully orchestral score, I was ready to jump right back in.
    And boy am I glad I made that jump. DQXIS has quickly become my top "comfort game", beating out Stardew Valley and Spiritfarer.
    I'll start off by saying I wasn't impressed by the story at first, as it was very heavy on fantasy tropes and cliches and I predicted almost every major plot point (though there was one move in the second act that I thought was pretty ballsy and didn't really expect). But what made it click was realizing that it was the closest a game I've played has come to capturing the feel of a D&D game. I even made the realization early on that almost every character is basically a personified D&D class and has similar ability sets. That's when the game's writing clicked and I actually got really on board, despite the fact that it didn't surprise me that much, if ever.
    This was strengthened by its wonderfully fun gameplay and stunning art direction. While neither had quite the same level of depth or ambition that Persona 5 did, that never made the game feel shallow or dull. The battles were thoroughly fun, if at times a bit grindy.
    If there's one thing I wish, I'd say that I wish there were more than two battle tracks, especially considering that neither of the battle tracks are that interesting. I'll also say there are some dungeons that feel like they're padded with some meaningless fluff that I wasn't entirely on board with.
    All in all, Dragon Quest XI is about as cookie-cutter a JRPG as you can get, but I'll say two things about that: 1. Dragon Quest reverses a right to be a bit generic since it's the granddaddy of JRPGs and 2. what kind of soulless monster doesn't like cookies?
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  5. Dec 20, 2020
    7
    Juego muy sobrevalorado, personajes sin carisma, historia buena sin más, música muy buena, pero los combates son tediosos y aburridos a más noJuego muy sobrevalorado, personajes sin carisma, historia buena sin más, música muy buena, pero los combates son tediosos y aburridos a más no poder y los menús son poco intuitivos. Expand
  6. Dec 8, 2020
    6
    It's a simple game it doesn't take any risk and that's why I don't like it it's too simple and basic for my liking but I guess I could see whyIt's a simple game it doesn't take any risk and that's why I don't like it it's too simple and basic for my liking but I guess I could see why someone would like it Expand
  7. Dec 26, 2020
    0
    Спасибо, что заботитесь о русскоязычных игроках. Как всегда все языки мира кроме русскогоСпасибо, что заботитесь о русскоязычных игроках. Как всегда все языки мира кроме русского

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