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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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  1. Positive: 49 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
  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. Oct 4, 2019
    95
    This is by far the most complete and compact Dragon Quest experience we have ever experienced, and a testament to the series’ bright future. A must-have for all Switch owners, players who haven’t experienced the game in its original form and owners of the previous game that would like to experience all the things that were sadly missing in the original release for the PS4 and PC.
  4. Sep 26, 2019
    90
    Square Enix has decided to make the definitive version of an immediate classic out of something that, at the outset, may have looked like a simple adapted portable option: in this case we will find tenths of hours of gameplay, a magnificent turn based battle system and a whole new way to play the game in the West: the 2D mode, which will make nostalgics fall in love once again.
  5. Nov 7, 2019
    90
    Expanding on its original release in every way, Dragon Quest XI S is one of the Nintendo Switch’s best RPGs and a great entry for newcomers.
  6. Oct 1, 2019
    90
    Dragon Quest 11 is a fantastic jrpg on Nintendo Switch. The graphic concession does not outweigh the addition of an orchestral soundtrack and the Japanese voice-over. You can also play the entire game in 2D, with slightly faster and more direct gameplay. It really works very well on Switch.
  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: 13 out of 159
  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. Oct 14, 2019
    10
    I don't even know exactly what you could say about this game, beside the fact that good basics is all you need really.
    This game doesn't try,
    I don't even know exactly what you could say about this game, beside the fact that good basics is all you need really.
    This game doesn't try, to fancy the JRPG genre, it just gives you exactly what you want without restriction or "twist" on it.
    Great simple battle system, Main story that just never ends, long post game and challenges, great cast of character, a lot of small character arc for a lot of NPC in the story that makes the world feel alive, a boat, something to fly on, a lot of bosses.

    This is the text book JRPG, play for comfort, adventure or just because you like it.
    RECOMMANDED: activate the draconian option when you start the game to activate stronger monster, the base game is too easy to really shine.
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  3. Dec 7, 2019
    10
    No puedo entender como es que me gusto tanto este juego, es mi primer acercamiento a la saga y puedo decir que es un juego obligado para losNo puedo entender como es que me gusto tanto este juego, es mi primer acercamiento a la saga y puedo decir que es un juego obligado para los amantes del JRPG.
    Las voces en japones son geniales y difrtute el juego de inicio a fin.
    Ojala mas puedan tenerlo por que es un juego obligado en la switch.
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  4. Sep 30, 2019
    10
    So first of all I'd like to get some things clear, since I'm late to the reviewing session and have been able to see what the others wrote.So first of all I'd like to get some things clear, since I'm late to the reviewing session and have been able to see what the others wrote. Whoever picked this up thinking they were going to get a modern JRPG FF or Persona-like experience or a BotW level open world was not well informed. Don't judge a game on what you want it to be, but review it based on how well it achieves what it CLAIMS to be.

    And Dragon Quest XI S delivers just right on that. It's all we love about the traditional JRPG genre that it created. Dragon Quest was never there to try to revolutionize the genre but rather to stay true to its roots as its creator, and it does just that. I am of course no professional reviewer, but having played at least 10 hours into all the previous games of the series (Except Dragon Quest X), I think I can give a pretty good overview of how it compares to the others.

    In terms of the gameplay, it sticks to the traditional but efficient turn-based system, but adds on some novelties with pep powers and skill trees that make you reflect more on the build of your character. This skill tree is a welcome addition in contrast to just waiting for the character to unlock the exact list of spells and abilities they were given from the start, tho more limited than a potential class changing system, which we understandably couldn't expect seeing how they put a lot of work into animating the character specific capacities. Overall, it's similar to before, but enjoyable and somewhat refreshing nonetheless, with those little additions. As for exploration, it's DQ-style treasure hunting at its best. The areas are not "open world" per say, but DQ games never were open worlds, yet it still manages to get you pumped to look for treasures in secret areas around the world, and loves teasing you by showing you more treasures you cannot access yet. There's enough of a hunt to keep you interested in each area, but not too much that it eats up the rest of your game time and becomes irritating. Only downside was the difficulty of the game overall, which can somewhat be surpassed by activating one of the many Draconian challenges, tho those may then make the game too difficult for some. These Draconian "Quests" along with the 2D mode, are still well worth mentioning as great means of diversifying gameplay and allow for multiple enjoyable playthroughs

    No questions need to be asked for the soundtrack, as long as you have the symphonic version on, you'll definitely be enjoying yourself a lot. A few themes reappear maybe too frequently, but they're well crafted and memorable. It gives off that Dragon Quest vibe now in HQ like we rarely got before in any DQ games (Thanks Sugiyama ^^')

    As for the length of the game, I haven't finished it to say, but I've reached 40hrs and walkthrough seem to be telling me I am barely not even halfway through the story. Even in a straight line, the game offers more than enough content as a JRPG, compared to a lot of modern games, and much more if you are a completionist, with lots of side content, like quests, special requests by the mysterious Tockles, some fun at the casino (I guess... I dunno, that was the one place I hated in all DQ games), completing the bestiary and achievements, and more! And there's some additional post-game content I of course haven't touched yet

    I cannot rate the story in its entirety as I have not finished the game, however I will say that as I have experienced for now, it's some DQ at it's finest, with tragic pasts, destinies to save the world, and darkness taking over. The 3D look really helps you dive into the story even more, the cutscenes are well animated and you truly feel like you're having a grand adventure full of ups and downs. Don't expect some sort of crazy depth to the story that makes you reflect on the meaning of life. But I'm sure some of the twists will surprise you, and some of the harsh moments will get to you (I mean, look at that silent protagonist, the poor thing always looks sad haha)

    As for the graphics, tho I never owned the PS4 version, I can definitely say that this is not the version to go for if you want the best visual quality. But if you only own a Switch or if you want a more complete game over graphics, this is the version to go. In fact, the game really make the most of what the console can achieve, even in portable mode, with fluid animations, a nearly constant fps, nice lighting effect, and more to keep the world truly feeling alive. The environments and panoramas are undeniably beautiful, and each city feels unique and truly alive. I'm just really disappointed in the water effects, which seeing what the Switch could do with other games, could've been better

    Overall, Dragon Quest XI S on Switch is the true culmination of 30 years of a beautiful franchise, with lively cities to discover, bizarre monsters as ever, and an epic quest to save the world. I would rate it a 9/10 but I'll give it 10/10 to combat the unnecessary hate
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  5. Nov 24, 2019
    9
    First dive into the Dragon Quest series and absolutely love it. A very well put together JRPG.
  6. Oct 30, 2019
    9
    Amazing port from the PS version. The orchestrated soundtrack is awesome, and graphics is beautifully suited on the Switch's screen. The demoAmazing port from the PS version. The orchestrated soundtrack is awesome, and graphics is beautifully suited on the Switch's screen. The demo is even better than some of the full-price games, and it helped me quench the thirst of longing for the real game. One disappointing point is that the 2D version requires you to start from a certain point in a chapter, but the cutting off of a chapter is not obvious.
    The pacing is great that I feel like I haven't done anything, but the story has progressed so much. I didn't need to grind too much, usually it's grinding for the materials I need for forging, not for level. It is worthy for my wait for the NS version.
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  7. Jul 7, 2020
    0
    Honestly one of the best games on Switch, and probably the best JRPG I've ever played in general. The characters, the story, the music, andHonestly one of the best games on Switch, and probably the best JRPG I've ever played in general. The characters, the story, the music, and the gameplay, though a little bit repetitive at times, the payoff is great. If you haven't bought or played this game yet, I think that tis is something that you truly can't miss out on. Expand

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