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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    A solid JRPG, you know what to expect

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    Gooseman
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    If you have played any Dragon Quest games in the past then this game will offer few if any surprises. However, it is still a well put together JRPG with absolutely beautiful visuals. If you are new to JRPGs then this game is an excellent place to get started as it will familiarize you with all of the tropes and conventions you are likely to encounter in a game of this kind. If there are any complaints to be made, the game is a bit on the easy side but there are ways to increase the difficulty via special options included in the options menu.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A DQ staple, but not necessarily a PS4 must-have

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    JunkGuy
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    A fine classical RPG, but very slow to develop for a game in the Dragon Quest series. But if you can make it past the 10 hour mark, the story improves greatly and becomes a very enjoyable game. As always, naming puns are a great joy in the series and this one doesn't disappoint in that regard. However, I didn't find the "Edition of Light" version's DLC to be all that impressive compared to other "Day One" DLC packs. Dragon Quest veterans will like it, but for rookies to the series, VIII for the PS2 or 3DS makes for a better introductory game.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Dragon Quest is back!

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    SimplyBLACK1987
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    I've always been a major fan of jrpgs and Dragon Quest is no exception. I first fell in love with the series with Dragon Quest VIII and have really been anticipating XI. This game features the same seamless turned based combat, beautiful stylized graphics, and a killer new soundtrack. The characters are charming, the story is exceptional, and the gameplay mechanics remain simple yet intricate. If you're a fan of jrpgs like me, DQXI is a no brainer. If you're a fan of Dragon Quest in general, then you're in for a treat!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An entertaining and gorgeous RPG

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    Skyw3rd
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    This was my first Dragon Quest game and I've enjoyed it completely. I grew up on Final Fantasy but in this day and age, Final Fantasy isn't what I remember loving and I'm looking for something more light hearted. That's exactly what Dragon Quest 11 is, a light hearted story-based game with fun combat and lovable characters. My only complaint is that it's a pretty easy game all around. Because of that though I find I'm just going through things, seeing the beautiful locations and enjoying the story.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The music is annoying

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    worldsenemy3x7
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    Luckily you can turn it down. IF you choose to. I turned it down to about a 4 out of 10. I found the game to be a lot less annoying when i did that. I'm very impressed with the visuals... the gameplay is so so... not sure if i should say it lacks depth... OR say it is what it is... simple... but fun. I put about 6 hours in... i haven't beaten the game... but i came to the conclusion the game was worth buying. Fun factor to me is all that matters. So... i gave it 4 out of 5.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    ALMOST great

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    RalphFurley
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    I LOVE the Dragon Quest series, been playing them since the very first one on my NES. The only thing holding this iteration of the series back is the challenge - it's too easy. That's not a criticism I use very often but, in this case, it fits. The battles are simply hit ATTACK and watch as you demolish every enemy in front of you. Regardless, I LOVED the story in this one and the graphics are amazing.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best Since VIII

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    Kiel695
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    This Dragon Quest in my opinion is the best entry since Dragon Quest VIII. The game is exactly what those familiar with DQ will expect, but now on PS4 and expanding where appropriate and staying in familiar territory so as not to feel foreign. If you are new to the series, pick this one up for sure! Overall, awesome game but not perfect, a great entry and I hope they continue improving the series with each entry.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

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    Chappman
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    So this is the 11th game to aloong going series. The graphics I will say are great but some pop ups in some areas but no game killer. The music is still the same as previous so to me maybe a change on several tracks that sound like they were ripped from other titles in the series. The voice so far is perfect and on par with the characters and their personalities. Still an awesome game to own.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, old school JRPG

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    Dezil87
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    The story, combat, and exploration are all par for JRPGs. Nothing unexpected, but a high level of quality across all aspects of the game. The visuals are the most impressive aspect of the game. This is hands down the most beautiful JRPG of all time! The in-game engine looks better that most other games' CGI cutscenes. Otherwise, it's a great must-play title for fans of the genre.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An excellent game

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    Brad8080
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    If you are a fan of the dq universe this game is a must. It’s also a solid rpg without being a fan. Reason it’s not a 5 is the issue with the soundtrack being inferior and the switch version will have more content even if visually inferior. If you only have ps4 get this version. Music being subpar aside. It’s worth having.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best dragon quest yet

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    blokbyblok
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    I’m so happy this game finally got a release, this might be my favorite dragon quest and a perfect version to get into the series. Dragon quest has classic rpg elements but has pushed it to modern times. The only reason it got 4 stars was because the music is a bit annoying and lack luster, which is a shame for the series that usually has wonderful music.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Classic JRPG on Steroids

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    ERMDOG
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    If you've played any Dragon Quests in the past then you know the story. This one plays just as well but with beautiful 4K graphics and amazing voice acting. Those two things really help drive the story. And a long story it is. You can easily get 100hrs of gameplay of this game. No HDR is a let down however

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Solid Entry into the Franchise

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    BClark427
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    While 8 still stands as my favorite Dragon Quest game (and JRPG of all time), 11 is still very much a worthwhile addition to the franchise. It's gorgeous and the combat is a ton of fun. I'm not a huge fan of the MIDI soundtrack and why they decided to do that in the first place is BEYOND me. Other than that, I'm really enjoying the title.

    I would recommend this to a friend