Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Review.

It has been nice and quiet at the editorial office in recent weeks! Not only because of Gamescom, but mainly because busy maker Florian has put all his time in Dragon Quest XI and therefore could not come to the editorial office. Can’t more games like this come out?

Dragon Quest X came out in 2012 and so you can say that we have been waiting for a new single player Dragon Quest game for the console for a while, but in fact it is much longer. Dragon Quest X was an MMO and Dragon Quest IX was only released for the Nintendo DS. In reality, we’ve been waiting for a brand new Dragon Quest game for console ever since the release of Dragon Quest VIII in 2004 for PS2. Waiting for 14 years, you don’t want that even your worst enemy! I was almost as happy as the Japanese when Dragon Quest XI came out there last year.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Review

In the meantime, I watched quite a few YouTube videos and my expectations were sky-high. In the meantime I had become so hyped that the game could only be disappointing, because I had already kind of determined in my head that Dragon Quest XI would be the best JRPG in years. I couldn’t have imagined even in my best dreams how the game would actually exceed all my expectations. We are dealing with an absolute masterpiece here!

Black stripe

The game starts off nice and quiet with some kind of in-game tutorial and that gives you the opportunity to drool unabashedly on the beautiful graphics. Dragon Quest XI uses a kind of semi-cell shaded style, where characters and important objects are outlined with a thick black line, but the environments don’t. This gives the characters almost a 3D effect against the background and splashes out your screen. It’s the perfect style for a JRPG like this where you’d swear you’re directing an animated movie yourself. Graphically, Dragon Quest XI is the most beautiful JRPG ever made, no doubt about it.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Review

The beautiful graphic style in conjunction with the beautiful music acutely creates a masterful atmosphere and presents the world in a way that invites to be discovered. Within an hour, while still in the tutorial, I already knew how the game would consume the next few weeks of my life. And then the compelling story, which I don’t want to tell you about, hadn’t even impressed me.

Super Saiyan

In terms of gameplay, Dragon Quest XI is a typical traditional JRPG. It’s even as if Square Enix thought during development, ‘ all those Western influences’ and I’m eternally grateful to them for that. Yes, this means that there are turn-based battles and Dragon Quest XI shows very hard that this system still works very well in 2018 and can provide exciting battles. Get rid of all those so-called good ideas about how JRPG games should have real time battles to appeal to Western players. If you don’t like it, get the out!

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Review

Via a menu you choose the attack you want to perform and spread over all the main characters you have a huge choice. You can also choose to let the AI ​​control the other characters, where you only give a fighting style, such as focus on healing, save your MP, or use only magic. It works great and in no time you have found a system that perfectly suits your playing style. In addition to the standard attack, magic and abilities that you can perform, characters can also work together and perform super moves if they go into a kind of Super Saiyan mode after a number of hits. Sigh… it is all worked out so wonderfully.

In love

Dragon Quest XI is the most sophisticated JRPG I’ve ever played, absolutely everything is right. There are always little things that dislike me, or that make me wonder why it was developed this way, but with Dragon Quest XI it is the opposite. The game keeps surprising me with little things that take the level to perfection. An example is that you can still determine your direction with your right stick, while looking at the map full screen. This means you always know exactly where to go. So simple, but so brilliant.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Review

Another example is the ‘arena’ in which the battles take place. Normally you teleport during a battle to an environment that certainly has the style of the world you are in at that moment, but it remains a standard environment that comes back every time. In Dragon Quest XI you do those battles exactly where you were and you even see items and enemies in the background during a battle. This sounds very logical, but it is the first JRPG I see where it actually works like that. The game is really packed with these kinds of great details.

Graphically the game is top notch, the music is beautiful, the story is compelling, the environments and the world are masterfully designed, the gameplay is familiar but perfected, and I can go on and on. Dragon Quest XI is as good as the perfect JRPG and I can wholeheartedly recommend the game to everyone. I sincerely hope that the game will score well and that many more of these types of JRPGs will be released in the coming years, who don’t like what a Western game should look like. I fell head over heels in love with Dragon Quest XI, this is my personal GoTY!

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Review

Conclusion

SCORE:

96 Now if you’re playing 1 JRPG this year, let it be Dragon Quest XI. The game is almost perfect and shows like no other why JRPGs still matter today. This is the best JRPG since Final Fantasy X! If you’re playing 1 JRPG this year, let it be Dragon Quest XI. The game is nearly perfect and shows like no other why JRPGs still matter today. This is the best JRPG since Final Fantasy X!

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Review