• Developer: Square Enix
  • Genre: RPG
  • Version: Release
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Official information

Release Date 4 Sep, 2018
Developer Square Enix
Publisher Square Enix
Genre RPG
Language English, French, Italian, German, Spanish
System PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS, Windows
Version Release


Dragon Quest XI: Echoes Of An Elusive Age review: come up with new ideas to the good old JRPG

1986 is the year when the first Dragon Quest game was released. The video games franchise gained noticeable momentum for more than three decades and now is considered as a classic title of Japanese RPG.
The Dragon Quest is a colossal mainstream in Japan. In the USA and Europe, these games are not so wide-spread but yet popular.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes Of An Elusive Age is the latest title in the franchise. It was released in September 2018 for PS4 and Microsoft Windows PC worldwide and already recognized as one of the best titles among other Dragon Quest games. 
How has the eleventh part managed to become so trendy in such a short period? Let’s try to find out in our Dragon Quest XI: Echoes Of An Elusive Age review. 

Dragon Quest XI: blend of amazing graphics and capturing plot

Square Enix studios again made something impossible: combined the JRPG classics and the Dragon Quest series itself with a bunch of fresh features to evaluate the quality of your gaming experience. 
In the first few hours of playing the game, you will find out the plot details and characters stories. The unique charm of the game will start to open further while you are playing: you will reveal more secrets, more places to explore, and the overall game spirit. You will also well reveal the addictive gameplay and the capturing plot from the start of the game.

The Dragon Quest XI events take place in a fictional world again. With the main protagonist, you are going to experience exciting adventures and reveal many secrets of this fictional world. Our main hero also has a secret. He is a chosen one, the only who can save the world from total destruction. 

This young Hero is the reincarnation of an ancient hero who lived centuries ago and saved the world in the past. So our protagonist is going to fulfill his destiny by taking a long journey where he will meet new devoted friends and fight the most insidious enemies. The action starts slowly, but soon you will be entirely immersed in the game. 

The colorful Erdrea awaits with its sunny fields, sands, mountain peaks, and snowy plains. The environment is so beautiful in the game, well-depicted and detailed. But wait a minute, all the tiniest objects in the game are as well drawn and appealing. The graphics are meant to hold your attention and attract you with its uniqueness. Where else will you find such a lovely anime visual performance? (The hint: in another JRPG). 
Still, the Dragon Quest XI: Echoes Of An Elusive Age graphics are something terrific thanks to the Akira Toriyama work. He has also designed the Dragon Ball visuals. So we are pretty sure you will recognize the designer’s style and fully enjoy the visual masterpiece. 

Appearance, weapon, skills - get the needed customization for each character

In Dragon Quest XI, the role and combat systems can be called standard for Japanese role-playing games. Professions of characters are predefined, and the new features appear or improve right after gaining the advanced level. For each character, you can choose skills to study and direction to develop. 

With each new level, the characters automatically increase all the characteristics: both the amount of health with mana, and dexterity, and defense, and attack level, and at the same time learn additional spells. You can choose the skills to boost in the skill trees individual for each character. 

You can as well select the equipment. For example, arm the protagonist with a conventional or two-handed sword. Let Eric treat with knives and boomerangs. Any equipment can be selected to your liking, and that branch is improved by adding bonus methods to the coin box. In addition, even inactive team members earn experience and new levels that is very unusual for JPRG.

The equipment can be changed by purchasing weapons and clothing from merchants, or by doing some crafting while resting by the fire. The process of creating things is designed in the form of an amusing mini-game, the conditions of which are complicated each time. To forge a sword or armor, you need not only to have a recipe and materials, but also to achieve a good result when forging. 

Except for boosting skills and arming with the needed weapon, you can as well customize your characters’ appearance to your liking. Dress them up to your taste, give them the required weapons or armor, and go to get the portion of adventures. 
When participating in various battles, your characters can use their attack and defense skills, different abilities, objects, and magic. There are no cunning fighting schemes, scales or indicators, which need to be monitored. So the combat aspect is simple as it is. 

Newcomers and fans, unite!

So what is Dragon Quest XI: Echoes Of An Elusive Age? It’s a remarkable story with bright characters and addictive gameplay. With its step-by-step battles mechanism, it’s a perfect entry point to the Dragon Quest franchise to all the newcomers. On the other hand, it’s a decent title for all of the JRPG fans and the series adherents as well. 

Nothing radically new, but anyway perfect, this game is really worth your attention. Download Dragon Quest XI and get the best possible JRPG experience available nowadays.  



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