Dragon Quest 11 review – A charming and wonderful JRPG
Trying to topple that seemingly indestructible boss while you hold onto your controller for dear life can be truly nerve wracking.
Sweat pours down your brow, your fingers get tense and you feel the pressure rise as you come within inches of finally winning – only to just miss out.
Dragon Quest XI, on the other hand, is the polar opposite of this – oftentimes playing as a nice, gentle experience.
Seasoned JRPG veterans will feel well versed being able to handle whatever the latest title from Square Enix throws at them.
But while the latest Dragon Quest is not the most challenging of games it’s the closest you can get to video game comfort food.
DQ11 is always a joy to jump in and play, and despite some dark story turns it will leave you more often than not feeling warm and fuzzy.
In its native homeland of Japan Dragon Quest is a huge deal, winning over generations of gamers for over 30 years now.
But in the UK releases have been few and far between, with Dragon Quest VIII on the PS2 the game-changer.
Dragon Quest 11 review – This is the first mainline DQ game to hit the UK since 2010
This was the first main instalment of the series released in the PAL region, while the last mainline Dragon Quest game to hit the UK was back in 2010.
So the release of Dragon Quest XI in Britain is a big deal, and Yuji Horii’s iconic series has returned to Blighty in style.
In Dragon Quest XI you step into the shoes of the Luminary, a reincarnated hero that saved the world from dark forces aeons ago.
Now you’re back to save the day once again, and you’ll be aided by a ragtag bunch of loveable companions.
This may sound like a well trodden story you’ve heard countless times, but Dragon Quest 11 has plenty of cards up its sleeve.
It is undoubtedly a very traditional game – with a traditional fantasy plot and a traditional turn-based battle system.
But don’t let that fool you – the story goes to some genuinely surprising places with dark and heartbreaking twists in store for players.
And what keeps you invested in this story is the wonderful characters and brilliant localisation that really brings Dragon Quest XI to life.
Dragon Quest 11 review – Dragon Quest 11 is a classic tale of good vs evil
The characters that join your party during your time in the world of Erdrea are all utterly charming.
Each one has their own idiosyncrasies and unique personalties that as soon as you’re introduced to them makes them immediately endearing.
A huge part of that is thanks to the brilliant voice cast which is top notch from the most minor players to the major figures in DQ11.
And these memorable characters all reside in a rich, vibrant and beautifully cel-shaded world which just demands to be played.
Dragon Quest 11 review – Dragon Quest 11 is a gorgeous looking game
Like Ni No Kuni and Persona 5 before it, Dragon Quest 11 boats an aesthetic which gives each element of its world a hand-drawn feel to it.
Screenshots do not do justice to how lovely Dragon Quest 11 looks, with sunsets viewed from high-up mountains looking especially gorgeous.
This art style means years from now, when the next-gen bring us closer to photo realism, Dragon Quest XI will still be a sight to behold.
Elsewhere its the little touches that all add up to make Dragon Quest XI a warm, welcoming JRPG with its own distinct character.
Dragon Quest 11 review – The cel-shaded graphics of Dragon Quest 11 are lovely
From the homely inns that you can rest your weary head at after a long day’s travels, or the campsites you can pitch up at with the rest of your party.
While these are staples of RPG genre, in Dragon Quest XI they’re teeming with life and character.
It all helps engross you and add to the feeling that you’re in the midst of an epic fantasy adventure.
Special mention should also go to Dragon Quest 11’s wicked sense of humour.
Dragon Quest 11 review – Dragon Quest 11 has a turn-based battle system
There are plenty of moments where DQ11 will have you rolling around with laughter, from cartoonish characters to the…er…puff puff scenes.
If you’ve never played a Dragon Quest game before, then you’re certainly in for a surprise with the latter.
It’s funny thinking back to last generation when there were certain quarters saying Western developers had surpassed Japanese games makers.
The PS3 and Xbox 360 era definitely had some rocky moments for the devs based in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Dragon Quest 11 review – DQ 11 has a great cast of characters
But since then they’ve come back with a bang.
From Resident Evil 7, to Persona 5, to Metal Gear Solid 5, to Final Fantasy 15, to Breath of the Wild.
Japanese developers have been responsible for plenty of this generation’s high points.
Dragon Quest 11 review – DQ11 is a wonderful game
And Dragon Quest 11 continues this impressive run of form.
It’s one of the finest JRPGs of this generation and another high point in an iconic, endearing and much loved series.
Simply put, Dragon Quest 11 is an instant classic that’s unmissable.
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