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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid JRPG with some fun twists

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    DrakeC
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    I will start by saying I have never played any previous Dragon Quest games prior to this release. I have several friends who rant and rave about the franchise but until this game I had yet to join in the fun. Having played 100+ hours I can honestly say that I regret not jumping into this franchise sooner. The game has a fantastic crafting system. I feel as though it is a standout feature. The character growth system is as good as it needed to be to maintain my interest and for the first 30-40 hours of the game, the challenge overall is quite low. The later half of the game has a sharp ramp in difficulty and you will likely find yourself grinding a bit more to hold your own. Story wise, I do not wish to spoil anything but let me say that I was pleased overall. Nothing too out of the ordinary sans the few plot points in which I found myself impressed with the design and forethought. The only real downside I can think of is the quality of the music in the game. Not to be confused with the songs but moreover the use of MIDI as opposed to orchestrated instruments. Given that minor flaw, I would highly recommend this game for anyone who enjoys getting a lot of bang for your buck.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The classic series returns

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    Samuel
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    After a handful of spinoff titles and a Japanese-only release for the tenth game, Dragon Quest XI marks the return of the iconic JRPG series after several years since it's ninth installment on the Nintendo DS. You are the Luminary, a hero of prophecy. However, there are those who do no see your presence as beneficial to the world, and thus begins a perilous adventure to fulfill your destiny against mounting odds. Along the way, you'll assemble a party consisting of a reformed thief named Erik, twin sisters Veronica and Serena, and many more. Combat in DQ11 will be somewhat familiar to returning fans, it's still turned-based, but now with the option to freely run around the battleground as you pummel slimes and other beasts. A revamped skill system allows you to customize your party to your liking, favoring preferred skills/weapons over others in order to obtain powers and abilities ahead of others. Much like the eighth installment way back on the PlayStation 2, the game features full voice-acting, giving the game a kind of medieval fair-like vibe. If you're a fan of the series, you will not be disappointed with this entry.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best RPG ever! :-)

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    warrior86
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    I bought this game on sale for 30 bucks. It's my favorite kind of RPG game compare to Final Fantasy and other Tales of (any names) games. I'm happy to have physical copy disc for my PS4. My internet is slow and that is why I never buy digital because it would take longer time to download. Forget digital download and buy physical instead to save my time a lot. Awesome! I heard Dragon Quest Builders 2 is come next year 2019! I hope this game don't need PlayStation plus (PS +) member similar to Minecraft and other games that don't need PS + to pay and play online. I'm prefer free over pay fees every months. My budget is tight can't buy many things. I will look to buy Dragon Quest Builders 2 when get on sale. I know this game will become world popular game that have multiple players online and coop players (2 to 4) offline. Can't wait! Excite for us! :-) Also I heard news about PlayStation 5. Good news PS5 system will able to play old PS4 games and new PS5 games (both physical disc and digital games). Same like PS1 games to PS2 system or PS1/PS2 games to PS3 system (old model that support PS1 games and PS2 games to able to play them). PS4 games will work fine on PS5 system. That's awesome!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It's another Dragon Quest

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    Regicide
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    About what you should expect from a modernized Dragon Quest. It doesn't fundamentally change much, but the graphics are updated and some of the gameplay systems (battle, character growth) take a few pages from other games to take baby steps forward. Otherwise it's a very old-school rpg. Two caveats. One the music is still bad. I know it's Dragon Quest music, and it's just never going to change. But that doesn't mean it's good and that it shouldn't change. It's aged poorly, it doesn't fit the scenes it's on top of. And the composer is a bigoted fascist. Just change it. The other one is that the environments are too linear, in a geographic way. 8 and 9 didn't necessary have *larger* environments, but they had wider and more open environments that felt like dynamic places. When you look at the DQ11 map, it looks pretty big ... but very little of it is walkable. All of the dots are basically just connected by thin mountain passes. After you've traversed most of the world, it begins to feel small and constraining. You'll look at that last third of the globe and realize "Oh, that's probably just a little valley." It's a bit of a bummer.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Dragon Quest is back!!!

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    Jokester
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    I never was lucky to have played the Dragon Quest games of old (Previously known as Dragon Warrior) I got my first real experience of the series on the PS2 with Dragon Quest 8 (now on the 3ds go pick it up it's amazing too) I loved that game. Maybe it was the fact I am a huge Dragon Ball Akria Toriyama fan or maybe it was the fact I love JRPG or maybe it was just a great game or all of the above. But from that moment I was hooked. Since then I waited so long for Dragon Quest to return to consoles in a true JRPG fashion so when this go announced a few years back I knew it would be something special and boy was I right. The graphics and gameplay the story the voice acting it's all top notch. If you were looking for an old school JRPG fix with modern graphics and high production values this is for you. After being very disappointed in Final Fantasy 15 I was concerned if Square Enix lost the ability to make a good JRPG but this game proves that they still can. So what are you waiting for? Go pick this game up now before a metal slime steals it and runs away.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Finally, a great JRPG

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    Neilmiser
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    While it may not break any new ground, DQ11 sets a number of high bars for the JRPG genre, especially for its great graphics, post-game content, and for simply keeping the old-school dream alive. A typical DQ story, with enough twists and turns to keep you occupied, with one or two delightfully hard to predict plot elements I quite enjoyed. It is buoyed, however, by some of the best graphics in the genre, and easily the nicest aesthetics in the series to date. Music was surprisingly lowbrow, especially from a series of games with some of the best Tunes in the history of the medium. On the flip side, character design was very nice, including some flamboyantly lovable party members you'll not soon forget. In other words, there were some ups and downs in Dragon Quest 11, but the good far outweighed the bad, and I can wholeheartedly recommend the latest installment in one of the most classic video game series in history.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great visuals but kinda generic

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    Adam
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    So stunning graphically that for the first time I can recall my ps4 actually had to stop and load for a few seconds while I was walking into one of the bigger towns. The monsters and even most bosses can be put down without much effort, so even though I know there are mechanics the game provides to make my team more powerful I honestly have no reason to take advantage of them. I have not yet completed the game but the story so far is kinda weak and generic compared to something like the golden age of Final Fantasy. The characters have somewhat interesting personalities but so far there has not been a lot of character development. I can only hope this changes further into the game but to have come this far without it makes the game less attention holding. All that being said if you are looking for the babies first RPG experience (new to RPGs) or just miss that classic line up beat em up game play, you could definatly enjoy this.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One of the Most Complete JRPGs Ever

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    ZyroXZ2
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    JRPGs aren't known for their "western" visual/audio entertainment budget, so if you're going into this expecting ground-breaking graphics and a whole mind-blowing JRPG experience, you'll be disappointed. However, if you're into JRPGs and you already know what to expect, this will fit the bill like a glove. So you might wonder, then, why I've stated this is the most complete JRPG ever. It's quite simple, really: there are virtually no JRPGs that provide an endgame that encourages you to reach the maximum level. Many JRPGs have a sort of "plateau" at which point you've become so powerful, you can do whatever you have to. Grinding to lvl 99 or whatnot is just for fun. Not with DQXI it isn't. My advice to you? When the credits roll, go right back in. You're not even close to done.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best JRPG in years!

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    McBruceBruce
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    It's been so long since we got a AAA turn based JRPG stateside on a home console. I've truly missed this style of gameplay. The grind if you want, blast through if you want style is definitely my jam. The graphics are great and will hold up years down the road. The music is good, if a bit repetitive. Might be a nitpick but I'd love the option to stream other music especially during long grind sessions. The Fun Size Forge mini game is great and way more intuitive than I expected. 30 hours in, the story is pretty much the same as all JRPGs which is both a blessing and a curse. They don't go too crazy, needlessly complicating it, however most of the plot twists have been fairly predictable. The one exception is pretty early on which I'll not give any spoilers to. Overall, it is great to see Square Enix on their A-Game again.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A worthy bearer to the Dragon Quest series

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    Morach
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    First off I love this the graphics in this game, they are just amazing from the waves in the water to the trees branches blowing in the wind, the art direction is top notch. Turn based battles return for DQ XI, which is not for everyone but I’m old school so I very much enjoy it. The overll gameplay is more or less the same as the previous games, either you like it by now or you dont. I’m only 15 hours in but so far the story is very good not overly simple or cliched like a lot of JRPG's released these days. I would recommend this to anyone that has grown up with Dragon Quest or any other old school JRPG. You don’t have to play the previous DQ games to understand the story of this one, but if you have played previous DQ games, you'll see some familiar references

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best games available on PS4.

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    Nick
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    DQ11 is one of the best games on PS4 and easily the best JRPG for the system. It’s just a really chill, fun experience with a good level of challenge. It’s based on an old formula, yes, but has incorporated enough improvements that keep it from feeling dated or stale. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and plays well to its strengths. I wish more developers would realize this is something they all too often forget when they make huge, epic games. The graphics in DQ11 are gorgeous, too. This game is also a great value; the post game in and of itself could have been DLC but it’s included on the disc for you to play. I strongly recommend this to anyone who played vintage JRPG’s growing up, this will not disappoint. And if you’re wanting to try a game like this and haven’t done so before, this is a good place to start.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great starting point for newcomers

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    Alex
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    I've always wanted to get into the Dragon Quest series, but never found myself diving into the games--that is, until the 11th installment of Dragon Quest came out. I'm immediately thrown into a new yet familiar looking world thanks to artist Akira Toriyama--famed illustrator of the Dragon Ball series. There's quite of lot of places to see and new characters to meet. Gameplay-wise, it's a very traditional turn based JRPG. Random encounters are a thing of the past! While in the overworld, I can run, ride, and helm my way around an area all without getting into a monster battle. However, when I do find myself in encounters, it's all familiar territory--some battles even providing a good challenge. The dialogue can be a bit cheesy and the accents seem to tire after a while, but it's charming. Can't wait to play more!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A traditional yet memorable RPG

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    surlysurely
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    Having never played a Dragon Quest game before, I actually went into this one with no expectations. But in the end I walked away incredibly satisfied. I only recently got into turn-based RPGs, and Dragon Quest pulls it off pretty well. Buffs/debuffs and the Pep mechanic lend some strategic depth, and the quality of the attack animations makes playing through enemy encounters a visual treat. The graphical style is quite unique, with characters having a nice, dark CG look that I'm now a huge fan of, and environments somehow managing to look almost photorealistic. The music is a little bit lacking; the level-up and rewards music sound borderline budget-quality. But that's a minor gripe in an otherwise great (and massive) journey.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Gorgeous and memorable JRPG

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    Jenny
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    By far one of the best games I have played this year. Dragon Quest XI puts the player into the role of the Luminary, a hero whose ancestor once saved the world from the Dark One. Taking up the mantle of hero and with a band of memorable and likable friends, you journey out to stop the Dark One from rising again. The gameplay is relatively simple in comparison to other JRPGs but this definitely does not make the game any less fun. It's also a huge adventure, spanning 100+ hours in total over 3 parts of the game. It includes side quests, post game content, minigames, and plenty of opportunities to witness its huge narrative. I am about to finish the game and have thoroughly loved nearly every minute playing DQXI. Highly recommended for anyone who likes JRPGs.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great game ...but

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    TheDonOfGaming
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    I've always liked Dragon Quest games and have been playing them a long time, 8 has been my favorite of the series. This one is right there, however I've never really liked the voice acting in them ans this one is no exception. Not quite sure the direction they were given but it hasn't ever been that great. Maybe it's just me. Other than that I haven't had more than 10 hours and it's pretty addicting outside of my minor annoyance. The world is beautiful the combat is traditional with some flare and it's fun if you like JRPGs. There seems to be a lot to do. If you never played a Dragon Quest game this would be a good one to start with. I know they are releasing 8 as well so look out for that too.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    My first Dragon Quest game ever, WOW I feel silly

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    majesticmoose00
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    I can't believe I have not been loving this series for years now. This game requires exploration and mental mapping to a degree that no other series really approaches nowadays. This game (and series) is also a testament to aesthetics. The enemies are silly looking and have names based on puns and silly word combinations. Despite this, when the game wants to get serious, you buy into it fully because it stays within the boundaries of it's reality. the same goofy eyed behemoths can be made to look menacing or threatening by just changing the context around them. The total length of this long game is also staggering compared to what is acceptable nowadays. Love it!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best JRPG in a while

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    HoboBrigade
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    I used to play JRPGs almost exclusively. I'm not sure, at some point either they started to change, my tastes started to change, or both. I just found myself not enjoying them as much as I used to. Not only did I stick to Dragon Quest XI to the end, I put over 100 hours on it completing post game content. I will have to say, the story was so riddled with tropes that it almost became a parody of itself, but the overall design of the game was great and combat was enjoyable (if not a little too easy). If you remember the golden era of JRPGs (SNES and Playstation era), you'll find a lot to like here. Recommended.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Lives Up to All Expectations!

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    Molly
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    My expectations were very high for this game, since Dragon Quest VIII is one of my all-time favorites for the PS-2. It was a beautiful, easy-to-play but challenging game. Dragon Quest XI is all that and more! I'm no young fan boy; I'm 66 and have played video games since 1973. Few games draw me in as much as this one does. The atmosphere, the characters, the often silly-looking monsters, many side quests, the easy leveling-up and skill grid, I only stopped playing after 4 hours because I just had to eat. If it's anything like DQ-8, I'll be spending a lot of days wearing out my controller!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid Classic JRPG

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    Shane
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    Dragon Quest XI is a classic JRPG, running with modern graphics, in a high quality presentation. It tries to appeal to the nostalgia of people who've played other Dragon Quest games quite a bit, with some old school sound effects mixed in, classic music, and enemies. I haven't played previous Dragon Quest games, but this all still has a bit of charm to it. The game is a bit on the easy side, so for me it's been a relaxing, easygoing experience. It would be good for younger players, around middle school age, in my opinion.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Refreshing

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    Akubura
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    Dragon Quest 11 sticks to it's roots like most if not all Dragon Quest games do, but 11 adds some much needed quality of life improvements which really improve the game while still feeling like an old school JRPG. No random battles, a nice progression system, a great map system, crafting the list goes on but you get my point. The cherry on top are the visuals, I find myself sometimes just stopping to take it in. I've been playing the game for about 25 hours and have hardly scratched the surface. If you're looking for a good JRPG that you can get your money's worth you can't go wrong with this game.

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