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  • Summary: To stop the worshippers of an ancient evil, you must join forces with the mysterious Malroth and build a ravaged world into the realm of your dreams. In this RPG adventure, you’ll explore huge islands, gather and craft with materials, design towns, level them up, and defend them fromTo stop the worshippers of an ancient evil, you must join forces with the mysterious Malroth and build a ravaged world into the realm of your dreams. In this RPG adventure, you’ll explore huge islands, gather and craft with materials, design towns, level them up, and defend them from monsters and bosses alongside townspeople. As you progress, you’ll unearth crafting and building recipes. Dash, glide, explore underwater, fast travel, and play in optional first-person perspective as you try to find them all. In the Isle of Awakening, you and up to three other Builders can explore together in local wireless*; or play online** together too. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Jul 11, 2019
    100
    Dragon Quest Builders 2 is the perfect sequel. The kind that improves on every aspect of the original, adding more meaningful content to the mix, quality of life fixes and throwing some interesting new aspects at players, whilst maintaining that core that made the first game so enjoyable in the first place.
  2. 95
    Dragon Quest Builders 2 features solid controls, attractive presentation, online multiplayer and limitless charm, but these don’t tell the whole story. Each element of the experience on its own would be less than impressive, but like a pile of wood, bricks, mortar, and steel before its shaped by human hands, the sum of its parts culminate in an impressive and memorable architecture.
  3. Jul 11, 2019
    90
    It was hard for me to imagine a way to expand on a game that was already so god but Dragon Quest Builders 2 has managed to do just that. A bigger story, new things to build, multi-player and more make this an absolutely jam-packed experience. Building game enthusiasts will love the blend of crafting and survival management, while Dragon Quest fans are sure to love the unique spin on the long-running JRPG franchise, and if you’re a fan of both? Well, Dragon Quest Builders 2 is the must have game of 2019.
  4. Jul 24, 2019
    90
    Dragon Quest Builders 2 takes the original game's qualities and improves on them to deliver a vast, open world with more possibilities when it comes to progression, city-building and interaction with the other characters. A marvelous game that should, without hesitation, be sought by not just fans of its predecessor and of the Dragon Quest series but by everyone who enjoys spending long, involving hours building the perfect city.
  5. Jul 11, 2019
    80
    The slow pace and relatively easy combat make for a great game to relax with, which fits the Switch perfectly.
  6. Edge Magazine
    Aug 15, 2019
    80
    The essence of the classic JRPG distilled into an unlikely form. [Issue#336, p.114]
  7. Jul 11, 2019
    70
    Dragon Quest Builders 2 is a sequel in every level: wider, deeper but also way more talkative than the original, the game sticks to the original formula, adding a new multiplayer mode and a first person view. Needless to say, every fan of the Dragon Quest franchise will be pleased by this vast spin-off, but Square Enix should have tried a tiny bit more to make it appealing to all the other players.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Jul 16, 2019
    10
    She's a beauty! If you give it some time you'll be hooked before you know it. I just can't seem to put the game down.
  2. Jul 15, 2019
    10
    This game is so much fun. I've never played any of the dragon quest games before and figured i'd give this one a shot, I was instantly hooked.This game is so much fun. I've never played any of the dragon quest games before and figured i'd give this one a shot, I was instantly hooked. I saw a review complaining about the game teaching you how to play which I don't think is a good enough reason to leave a negative review. If those tutorials weren't there I wouldn't know how to play the game.... This game is a mixture of minecraft but with a story and fun fighting mechanics. I would highly recommend it. Expand
  3. Jul 20, 2019
    10
    This is a criminally underplayed game. I didn't play the first one but enjoyed both demos of the first two. If you haven't you need too. FromThis is a criminally underplayed game. I didn't play the first one but enjoyed both demos of the first two. If you haven't you need too. From the outside looking in, this might just seem like another, slow, minecraft knockoff. But once you start playing it, you get hooked immediately. I'm not a creative person, but I feel so accomplished building anything, even if it is usually just to a blueprint.

    Comparing this game to minecraft is not a good comparison, but for the sake of this review I will. In minecraft you have Creative - with no objectives or resources where you are free to do whatever you want - and Survival - Where you start from nothing and have to survive as long as possible. I never liked either of these mode, as I found survival too stressful and lacked enough creativity to get into Creative. However, DQB2 combines the best of both of these modes, adds a story, lovable characters, and a sense of progression through seemingly endless quests to get through the story.

    And this game is long, one of the best value games on Switch that is not a turn-based RPG, if you are not into those things.

    In short, if you are on the fence about this game, you will love it, and if you have no interest in it you should go and play the demos of both 1 and 2 to find out if it is in anyway for you.
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  4. Jul 18, 2019
    10
    Warning! Extremely addictive animal crossing, kinda zeldish, well rendered, dragón quest crossover with quirky dialogs and intresting stories
  5. Jul 12, 2019
    10
    hoes mad

    hoes mad The game is super good and a great sequel to the first game dragon quest builders 1 the controls are smoother and
    hoes mad


    hoes mad The game is super good and a great sequel to the first game dragon quest builders 1 the controls are smoother and responsive the world is huge and looks amazing
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  6. Jul 16, 2019
    9
    Having never played dragon quest builders 1, I’m impressed by the perfect balance of building and RPG elements this game brings. It feels likeHaving never played dragon quest builders 1, I’m impressed by the perfect balance of building and RPG elements this game brings. It feels like a real dragon quest, story driven experience, with really slick and fun building mechanics worked in.

    It’s a testament to the developers that they’ve managed to make building so satisfying. The decision to directly tie building quests into the mainline narrative is something, that in my opinion, makes for a more robust and satisfying building experience than Minecraft or any other crafting/building game for that matter. If you love JRPG’s and you find the gentle, slow paced nature of building simulators satisfying, then I highly recommended this game for you. Just beware this is mainly a single player experience. While you can join up with friends and make endless creations (much like Minecraft) you cannot co op the mainline story.

    Also, the switch version mostly runs smoothly, with only a few slow downs here and there when things get busy on screen. The game looks clean, crisp and sharp thanks to the excellent art direction and the performance did not negatively impact my enjoyment of the game at all. In fact, playing this game in hand held mode was amazing and I loved it.
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  7. Jul 13, 2019
    0
    Instead of letting you play the game your way and discovering things as you go the game is locked behind an endless amount of tedious sideInstead of letting you play the game your way and discovering things as you go the game is locked behind an endless amount of tedious side quests. On the first island I finished the main mission but it wouldn't let me continue until I ran all around the map completing tedious side quests to get items I already had to complete the big mission that I already had completed. In other words, there's no point to exploring ahead because the side quests will just guide you there anyways and you have to do them. ALL of them. The harvest festival quest wouldn't trigger for me because I hadn't killed 10 bodkins, something entirely unrelated to the plot. I can't play a game that holds your hand so much. Expand

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