Dragon Quest XI is another tale in the Dragon Quest Series and like its predecessors follows a unique formula that Square Enix fans have come to love. The game is straight forward for the JRPG series and it’s good to see that Sqaure Enix has not deviated from the core values this game has brought to its fan base since the beginning. Dragon Quest XI is an average turn-based fantasy JRPG. The player assumes the role of a hero who is unaware of who or what he is and must set out on a perilous journey to find out his true origins, all while being hunted by a kingdom who wishes to see him perish. Our hero must team up with supporting characters to help him along the way and maybe, just maybe they can help figure out the mystery of our hero’s fate.
This game has plenty to offer when it comes to gameplay. Not only will the player have the main story to follow but also a slew of side quests and mini games to fill in the gaps. With so much to do and obtain through the game, the player should have almost no downtime but that is not always the case. There are plenty of moments in the game where the difficulty jumps from boss to boss or zone to zone. If you are not a fan of grinding out levels and experience to empower your characters, then I can see this getting a bit old and arduous as the story progresses.
Cutscenes and cinematics will also play a major role in sucking the player further into the story and its characters as you progress. Cinematics are one thing that Square Enix has always gotten right. Not only are they well executed and well animated but they help provide more information on each character and their pressing issues. I always enjoy a little cutscene to help add more to my experience as I play through a game.
Graphically I have nothing to complain about. This game has always had a cartoony nature compared to some of Square Enix’s other titles like Final Fantasy. That is what I have come to expect and love about this game. This adds more flavor to what I can expect from Square Enix. I can only hope that they continue to stay true to this style that fans have come to expect from this title.
Audio is one area that could use improvement. I’m not saying the game sounds horrible, I mean that sometimes the music can be repetitive depending on what the player is doing. I noticed this during Dragon Quest VIII as well, that the developer tends to use the same or similar tracks in multiple occasions throughout the game. That isn’t always a bad thing. This game has a professionally orchestrated lineup of music which helps draw the player more into the story and the quest. Though this doesn’t really affect my ability to play the game, I’m sure this can be an issue for others who are just starting out in the series.
Dragon Quest XI has so much to offer that you are most certainly not going to be able to finish the game 100% in a single playthrough. There are certain aspects that will not be unlocked until you beat the game for the first time or there will be certain requirements that must be met to unlock other key elements. This is most likely my favorite part about a genre like this since I love doing multiple playthroughs just to unlock secrets I was not able to the first time around.
Controls are straight forward. Dragon Quest XI is a turn based JRPG which means you can take your time in the actions that you choose or the choices you make as you progress through the story. The controls are simple enough that someone playing the game for the first time will have no issue picking it up.
Dragon Quest XI is guaranteed to be a fan favorite in the series and I believe Square Enix did an excellent job keeping true to the core values of this game, especially for the fans. If you have never played a game in this series, fear not. Since each game is a different story you will not be missing out on previous games. Pick this game up and I swear you will not regret it.