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  • Summary: Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age tells a captivating tale of a hunted hero and is the long-awaited role-playing game from series creator Yuji Horii, character designer Akira Toriyama and composer Koichi Sugiyama. While it is the eleventh mainline entry in the critically acclaimedDragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age tells a captivating tale of a hunted hero and is the long-awaited role-playing game from series creator Yuji Horii, character designer Akira Toriyama and composer Koichi Sugiyama. While it is the eleventh mainline entry in the critically acclaimed series, Dragon Quest XI is a completely standalone experience that features entirely new characters, a beautifully detailed world, finely tuned turn-based combat, and an immersive story that will appeal to long-time fans and franchise newcomers alike. A young man, about to participate in his village's coming of age ceremony, travels to a Sacred Stone alongside his childhood friend. After a series of unexpected events, this intrepid adventurer learns he is the reincarnation of a legendary hero from a forgotten age. The young hero sets forth into an unknown world on a journey to unravel the mystery of his past... but the welcome he receives is far from warm. Upon revealing his identity to the King, the hero is branded as "The Dark spawn" and hunted by a relentless army. Fleeing from his pursuers, the hero assembles a band of endearing adventurers who believe he is actually The Luminary reborn. The hero and his newfound companions embark on a quest that will take them across continents and over vast oceans as they learn of an ominous threat facing the world. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 48
  2. Negative: 0 out of 48
  1. Dec 5, 2019
    100
    Dragon Quest XI S is a game for both long-time fans and newcomers alike. There are many Easter eggs and references to past Dragon Quest games that will subtly reward fans, but at the same time, the charming world of Erdrea and its characters are appealing to newcomers of all ages. Even those who have played the previous versions of Dragon Quest XI may find the vast improvements of the Switch version compelling enough for another round, especially with the Tickington quests, new character content, and marriage options. This game is a masterpiece, and it sets a new high standard for not only the series, but console RPGs in general. Hopefully the series will continue outdoing itself with further instalments.
  2. Oct 2, 2019
    100
    Dragon Quest 11 has its flaws, and it may ultimately function as a breezy trip down memory lane for the experienced and a fabulous gateway experience for the uninitiated, but that is exactly what it sets out to be. At that, it is perfect.
  3. Sep 26, 2019
    95
    Even if it is mostly the same game we had on the PS4 and PC, it still shines and the abundant new content maintains its freshness. And even if its visuals do not reach what we saw on the other versions (which is logical), it gets close and it is an adaptation with great merit for the Switch.
  4. Sep 26, 2019
    90
    Expands and improves upon an excellent foundation in meaningful ways, with minimal compromise on the Switch's mobile hardware.
  5. Oct 24, 2019
    90
    If you haven’t made room in your crowded wish list for DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age, do so now. You don’t need to take my word that it’s one of most enjoyable Switch releases of the year, you can hit up the eShop for the demo and let the game’s first 10 hours speak for themselves.
  6. 90
    As JRPG’s have become more of a niche genre and have been steadily downgrading to be focused experiences, here comes Square Enix to deliver a Dragon Quest game that’s packed tight with the gameplay we know and love. While it doesn’t innovate much on the formula and might be a hard sell for those who can’t stand turn based combat or long, meandering plotlines, it is also comfort food for those who love this kind of play. It’s a testament to the robust qualities of the traditional JRPG genre, which arguably started with the original title in this franchise, that these mechanics are still so captivating and compelling 33 years later.
  7. Sep 29, 2019
    70
    Old school to a fault, but fans of the series – and anyone else that appreciates its honest charms – will find much to love in this simplistic but heart-warming role-player.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 130
  1. Sep 27, 2019
    10
    This game is at the peak of what a turn-based RPG can offer. Its story is expansive and engaging, the characters are vibrant, the OrchestralThis game is at the peak of what a turn-based RPG can offer. Its story is expansive and engaging, the characters are vibrant, the Orchestral soundtrack is outstanding and nothing feels unpolished in the definitive edtion. This truly is a masterpiece. The Dragon Quest games have been flying the flag for the genre for decades and I really hope the effort that has been put into this game translates to sales. Expand
  2. Sep 27, 2019
    10
    Muy buen juego y con las mejoras en esta versión lo hacen aún mejor. De lo mejor en switch.
  3. Jan 17, 2020
    10
    This was my first Dragon Quest experience and i had an absolute blast. I played it non-stop and sunk over 100 hours into it. Dragon Quest XIThis was my first Dragon Quest experience and i had an absolute blast. I played it non-stop and sunk over 100 hours into it. Dragon Quest XI takes the classic JRPG formula and gives it a modern look and feel with awesome art from Akira Toriyama and music from Koichi Sugiyama.

    The story is the reason you play this game with plenty of charming characters and plot twists to keep you playing into the late hours of the night. The main story is about 50 hours long with about another 20 for the post game story and with still plenty of side stuff to do in between and afterwards.

    Definite pickup especially if you're new to the series like a i was, this is an absolute gem of a game.
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  4. Sep 27, 2019
    10
    Dragon Quest 11 S Echoes of an elusive age is is without a doubt the best turn based jrpg of this Generation.
  5. Feb 16, 2020
    9
    DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition is beyond a shadow of a doubt, one of the greatest and grandest achievementsDRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition is beyond a shadow of a doubt, one of the greatest and grandest achievements in the JRPG genre of the last decade, matched only by such impactful titles as Persona 5, Fire Emblem Awakening/Three Houses and Xenoblade Chronicles on the Nintendo Wii. It is a masterfully crafted turn-based JRPG from beginning to end with little compromise in being jammed into the Switch's tiny form factor. It's charming in it's presentation, world and characters, at times side-achingly funny and at the times it needs to be deadly serious. Alas, even the definitive version of this game on the Nintendo Switch has some problems, but it is a diamond with a chip and nothing more.
    The characters are interesting and varied (although one's portrayal becomes a bit uncomfortable at a certain point in the story), the story is simple but engaging and the game-play, although very traditional and simple, achieves what it sets out to do to perfection. This version's sweeping orchestral score is amazing, but a complaint arises with how little variety there is. You'll be hearing a lot of the same tracks again and again, especially the over-world and battle tunes. This is a problem not just limited to this particular entry, but it is still annoying to see this repeated in what is otherwise an amazing experience.
    Another complaint is related to the story. Essentially, the game is split into 2 main acts with a hefty epilogue section. Although we won't spoil it for you, we found the conclusion of the second act when the credits roll to be completely satisfying, and we actually found that the epilogue sequence took a lot out of the gravity of the narrative thus far. This is a problem that appears in another Nintendo Switch Square Enix title's epilogue content, The World Ends with You -Final Remix-. Although it is by no means a deal-breaker, and you can easily not engage with the third act and call it quits at the end of the second act (the credits do roll and exit you out back to the main menu after all), it is still a shame that such a course of action was taken.
    Outside of that, DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition is a testament to the franchise's lasting popularity and unique charm, and a defining title that proves why the series is still referred to as "the King of the JRPG's". A spectacular JRPG experience with some slight nitpicks.
    9/10
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  6. Sep 29, 2019
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Una forma nueva se jugar a un rpg 2 versiones en 1 fantastico...version 2d es como jugar una version nueva del mismo juego Expand
  7. Oct 15, 2019
    0
    Annoying characters, bad story, repetitive combat. Not really any fun at all.

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