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  • Summary: Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age tells a captivating tale of a hunted hero and is the long-awaited role-playing game from series creator Yuji Horii, character designer Akira Toriyama and composer Koichi Sugiyama. While it is the eleventh mainline entry in the critically acclaimedDragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age tells a captivating tale of a hunted hero and is the long-awaited role-playing game from series creator Yuji Horii, character designer Akira Toriyama and composer Koichi Sugiyama. While it is the eleventh mainline entry in the critically acclaimed series, Dragon Quest XI is a completely standalone experience that features entirely new characters, a beautifully detailed world, finely tuned turn-based combat, and an immersive story that will appeal to long-time fans and franchise newcomers alike. A young man, about to participate in his village's coming of age ceremony, travels to a Sacred Stone 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 Dark spawn" and hunted by a relentless army. Fleeing from his pursuers, the hero assembles a band of endearing adventurers who believe he is actually The Luminary reborn. The hero 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. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 48
  2. Negative: 0 out of 48
  1. Dec 5, 2019
    100
    Dragon Quest XI S is a game for both long-time fans and newcomers alike. There are many Easter eggs and references to past Dragon Quest games that will subtly reward fans, but at the same time, the charming world of Erdrea and its characters are appealing to newcomers of all ages. Even those who have played the previous versions of Dragon Quest XI may find the vast improvements of the Switch version compelling enough for another round, especially with the Tickington quests, new character content, and marriage options. This game is a masterpiece, and it sets a new high standard for not only the series, but console RPGs in general. Hopefully the series will continue outdoing itself with further instalments.
  2. Oct 2, 2019
    100
    Dragon Quest 11 has its flaws, and it may ultimately function as a breezy trip down memory lane for the experienced and a fabulous gateway experience for the uninitiated, but that is exactly what it sets out to be. At that, it is perfect.
  3. Sep 26, 2019
    95
    Even if it is mostly the same game we had on the PS4 and PC, it still shines and the abundant new content maintains its freshness. And even if its visuals do not reach what we saw on the other versions (which is logical), it gets close and it is an adaptation with great merit for the Switch.
  4. Sep 26, 2019
    90
    Expands and improves upon an excellent foundation in meaningful ways, with minimal compromise on the Switch's mobile hardware.
  5. Oct 24, 2019
    90
    If you haven’t made room in your crowded wish list for DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age, do so now. You don’t need to take my word that it’s one of most enjoyable Switch releases of the year, you can hit up the eShop for the demo and let the game’s first 10 hours speak for themselves.
  6. 90
    As JRPG’s have become more of a niche genre and have been steadily downgrading to be focused experiences, here comes Square Enix to deliver a Dragon Quest game that’s packed tight with the gameplay we know and love. While it doesn’t innovate much on the formula and might be a hard sell for those who can’t stand turn based combat or long, meandering plotlines, it is also comfort food for those who love this kind of play. It’s a testament to the robust qualities of the traditional JRPG genre, which arguably started with the original title in this franchise, that these mechanics are still so captivating and compelling 33 years later.
  7. Sep 29, 2019
    70
    Old school to a fault, but fans of the series – and anyone else that appreciates its honest charms – will find much to love in this simplistic but heart-warming role-player.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 117
  1. Sep 27, 2019
    10
    This game is at the peak of what a turn-based RPG can offer. Its story is expansive and engaging, the characters are vibrant, the OrchestralThis game is at the peak of what a turn-based RPG can offer. Its story is expansive and engaging, the characters are vibrant, the Orchestral soundtrack is outstanding and nothing feels unpolished in the definitive edtion. This truly is a masterpiece. The Dragon Quest games have been flying the flag for the genre for decades and I really hope the effort that has been put into this game translates to sales. Expand
  2. Sep 28, 2019
    10
    Amazing JRPG and one of the best turn-based RPG on the market. Good port quality! Looking awesome.
  3. Sep 27, 2019
    10
    More content, more polish, more options, simply the best version of one of the best JRPGs of the decade.
  4. Sep 27, 2019
    10
    Dragon Quest 11 S Echoes of an elusive age is is without a doubt the best turn based jrpg of this Generation.
  5. Oct 11, 2019
    9
    Top notch game, old school rpg. Story and writing can get a little cheesy at times, but the characters grew on me. I initially owned the PCTop notch game, old school rpg. Story and writing can get a little cheesy at times, but the characters grew on me. I initially owned the PC version, and played it for like 20h, but stopped when I heard a switch version was in the works. Now i’m 15 hours in, and I’m glad i held back from playing it. Imo, jrpgs work better on a portable system Expand
  6. Sep 27, 2019
    9
    O port desse jogo para o switch esta fenomenal, mesmo com pouco poder de hardware conseguiram fazer este jogo rodar de uma forma bemO port desse jogo para o switch esta fenomenal, mesmo com pouco poder de hardware conseguiram fazer este jogo rodar de uma forma bem satisfatória. O jogo em si é muito bom e te rende diversas horas de gameplay. Um prato cheio para amantes de jrpg, que agora poderão jogar em qualquer lugar. Expand
  7. Oct 15, 2019
    0
    Annoying characters, bad story, repetitive combat. Not really any fun at all.

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