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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: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Dec 18, 2020
    100
    This is the best RPG I've played this year, bar none, and as such I recommend it to anyone and everyone. The story sucks you in, the game looks beautiful and sounds amazing, and with hours and hours of content to go at, there isn't a mark against it. It’s a rare thing, but this is as close to a perfect game as you’re going to get.
  2. Dec 9, 2020
    100
    Dragon Quest XI Definitive Edition makes one of the most joyous and downright wonderful gaming experiences of all time even better. It's a game unashamed to be a video game, and it's one that embraces its roots in a charming, beautiful way. It's unashamedly jolly and light, but most importantly, it's comforting.
  3. Dec 1, 2020
    94
    Dragon Quest XI is the debut of the saga on Xbox, and does so in the best possible way. One of the best JRPGs of the last years arrives to Microsoft consoles with a Definitive Edition that suffers from some graphic problems but is still essential.
  4. Dec 1, 2020
    90
    One of the best RPGs of the decade arrives on new platforms with the definitive edition. It keeps some of the technical sacrifices of the Switch version, but they can’t take away the greatness of this adventure.
  5. Dec 1, 2020
    90
    Thanks to modern hardware and quality of life improvements, this is one of the best Dragon Quest games to date that newcomers and veterans alike will enjoy immensely.
  6. Dec 1, 2020
    90
    Dragon Quest XI S - Definitive Edition is a porting from Switch that trades a slight visual downgrade for a rich amount of added content.
  7. Dec 1, 2020
    80
    A great JRPG you should play if you would like to live a great and classic adventure. Unfortunately, this edition is a graphic port from Nintendo Switch, so it doesn't shine like the original release.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Dec 7, 2020
    10
    Ein Traum von ein jrpg Charaktere sind liebevoll gestaltet worden und die witzigen Gegner auf der Landkarte.
  2. May 2, 2021
    10
    My first Dragon Quest game. Game Pass offered it and was hooked. If you enjoy Final Fantasy you should give this game a chance. Fun gameplayMy first Dragon Quest game. Game Pass offered it and was hooked. If you enjoy Final Fantasy you should give this game a chance. Fun gameplay great characters and fantastic music. I found myself pausing for long periods just to let the music play. Outside a few annoying parts great story and had a blast. Expand
  3. Feb 1, 2021
    10
    Great... absolutely a perfect jrpg , on the Xbox series console with the auto hdr got also great graphics
  4. Jun 5, 2021
    9
    The first Dragon Quest game I've played and it was so great and so much fun. Even though the gameplay was some of the best turn based combat,The first Dragon Quest game I've played and it was so great and so much fun. Even though the gameplay was some of the best turn based combat, the highlight of the game is the characters. They're animated and full of charm. The main cast have no weak links except for the MC who never speaks and sometimes ruins cutscenes when he's just standing there blank face. The story is very simple full of cliches and JRPG tropes but it works. It complements the characters perfectly especially when we are seeing it focused on their stories. I had to fight every monster at least once to see what they looked like. All of them are in Akira Toriyama style and they are full of quirkiness and creativity. It's a joy to see what new monsters will show up next. I did zero side quests so I can't comment on those and I hit credits at 41 hours at level 40. Though that might seem quick for this game, I didn't feel like I was going too fast. A great thing about this is that they let you dictate the pace. I know that there is an act 3 after the credits but I am satisfied with the ending I got plus I read about it, and it doesn't seem like it's for me story wise. Expand
  5. Feb 15, 2021
    9
    A spectacular game paying tribute to the great rpg. A great Dragon Quest without a doubt.
  6. May 31, 2021
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Maybe not the best Dragon Quest game, but it is damn high up there.

    DQ11 is a masterclass of its genre. Not surprising to anybody that the visual style is beautiful, Akira Toriyama's unmistakable style blends flawlessly with the world design. The music, finally given the orchestral makeover it desperately needed is equally beautiful and makes you wanna go kick a comically evil bad guy in the face.

    The characters are the undeniable highlight of this game, from your very first party member Erik to the villain turned hero Hendrik, and everybody in between are all full of personality and charm, while they may initially feel like they fit in to very bland archetypes; Erik is the rugged thief, Jade is the overprotective best friend, Serena is the weak healer. But all of these are the most surface level aspect of these characters, there's far more depth to them, you just have to play for... about 80 hours to see absolutely everything.

    The main point of contention surrounding the game is Act 3, a post-game part of the story that has you go back in the time to before Yggdrasil fell to right all the wrongs done by Mordegon, but in the process, leaving your current time behind to go back to the past. Where people find issue in this is that many of the characters personal development is erased... except... not really.

    Erik's story with him saving his sister is redone, only now you use the power of the Luminary to free her without putting Erik through the moral dilemma of almost killing his sister. Veronica doesn't sacrifice herself, but I'd argue saving millions of people is slightly better than keeping Veronica's sacrifice intact. Serena doesn't come to the same conclusion she does in the main game, but does she need to? she learns to be stronger, but it's not like that hinged on Veronica dying in that very specific way, Serena will eventually go through loss and arrive at the same conclusion. Jade wasn't part of a weird hentai plot... I see this as an absolute win. Sylvando can still reconnect with his father, and this time Hendriks involved, so it's even better. Rab only got a new power, which he still gets somehow. Leaving only The Luminary, who, if the player chooses to forge The Supreme Sword of Light, can recreate the forging scene from Act 2, albeit, less emotional, as he's the only one to forge the sword, instead of everybody forging it together, so he's really the only person who suffers, however, I wouldn't blame you for staying in the first timeline purely for that scene, it's pretty great. Another reason Act 3 is so controversial is because you leave the original timeline behind, however Horii has stated the timelines merge and become one, thought this conflicts with the ending of Act 3, it's very unclear and honestly, just go with whatever explanation you like best, they all make just as much sense as each other.

    Overall DQ11 is a brilliant game, somehow made even better, certainly worth your time and money.
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  7. Feb 22, 2021
    0
    Oh mais qu’est-ce donc… une japoniaiserie bien niaise de chez **** le responsable des Final Fientasy ! mais celle-ci comme toutes les autresOh mais qu’est-ce donc… une japoniaiserie bien niaise de chez **** le responsable des Final Fientasy ! mais celle-ci comme toutes les autres est surtout démoulée par un développeur dédié à cette franchise de japoniaiseries bien niaises ! c’est leur boulot de boulotter ce genre de daubes depuis nombre d’années !

    Bizarrement, ça se retrouve aussi sur Xbox alors qu’on avait rien demandé… ils auraient mieux fait de garder leurs étrons en guimauve 256 couleurs pour eux, pour les soniais et les nintendaubeux réunis ! Quoi qu’il en soit, on a ici la même grenadine (aromatisée au melon) que d’habitude et c’est -comme d’habitude- tellement niais qu’on sent en direct nos neurones se liquéfier et dégouliner par les oreilles !

    La « musique » (une torture), les voix (gnééééé) les dialogues eux-mêmes (niiiiéééé) l’espèce d’histoire à l’eau de rose (aromatisée au melon), le « héros » qui a l’air con et constipé (et qui reste muet), les compagnons (niaaaiiiseux) à souhait, les combats au tour par tour et par n’importe lequel, du tour par tour en solde à deux centimes de yen d’occasion recyclé et enfin, comme de bien entendu, l’ennui général qui s’en dégage, la torpeur qui vous envahit, puis le coma pas ludique cérébral !

    Quelle putain d’horreur, ce soit-disant « jeu de rôle » ! un jeu rôle, ça, ce putain de couloir ? et en plus, il faut prier devant la « statue » quand tu trouves un feu de camp pour simplement… sauvegarder, putain ! non mais halte au sketch, ouvrez grand la poubelle et balancez cette infamie ! Et jetez la clé.
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