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88 Metacritic with 48 reviews


My cutting and pasting is not properly adding the comments from the different sites.


My personal note is that this is pretty amazing.  Despite forums saying that the MIDI soundtrack would derail scores, we are not seeing anything of the sort and that a expandable, livable, 2D RPG is very much viable in 2018.

Last edited by Train wreck - on 29 August 2018

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90 on Opencritic. Ridiculously high for a DQ Game, or any JRPG for that matter.

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Here you go Cerebralbore101:

  1. Aug 28, 2018
    I cannot recommend Dragon Quest XI enough. It has the best story for the series in ages, giving new players and veterans a reason to engage with the game world and connect with the characters that live in it. The RPG manages to walk the fine line between old-school style and modern upgrades, creating gameplay that is both familiar and refreshing. Dragon Quest XI is not only the best game of the long-running series, it’s one of the best JRPGs in recent years that I’ve played. Whether this is your first Dragon Quest game or you’re a series veteran, you owe yourself to play this game.
  2. Aug 28, 2018
    If you're a fan of Dragon Quest VIII, you'll find a lot to love about Dragon Quest XI. Its character-driven plot and skill system recall the series' breakout PlayStation 2 installment, though Dragon Quest XI''s lively world and expressive monsters lend it a unique feeling and flavor. Some fans might feel let-down about Dragon Quest XI's lack of job system or other options that let you fine-tune every aspect of your party ... but if you're in the market for a turn-based RPG that feels nostalgic but doesn't force you to deal with old genre mechanics, you won't find a better quest.
  3. Aug 28, 2018
    An incredible achievement, and even after 150 hours in we didn't want it to end. From an emotional story, simple yet engaging combat, and gorgeous visuals. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is simply remarkable and shouldn't be missed.
  4. Aug 28, 2018
    Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age takes everything to love about classic JRPGs and refines them to their utmost. The result? Absolute brilliance. If you had to pick just one JRPG to own on a modern platform, then let this be the one.
  5. Aug 28, 2018
    Dragon Quest XI is, from end to end, an iconic example of everything that Dragon Quest has stood for since way back in the 80's. It's charming and has a colourful energy that makes it very hard to put down. It's also a proof of just what can be achieved with a highly traditional JRPG when paired with the production values that only a developer/ publisher of the size of Square Enix could achieve.
  6. Aug 28, 2018
    It's a massive, sprawling JRPG that keeps you invested in its story and characters right up until the end, and then gives you even more. Its gorgeous world is a joy to explore, and the series' trademark sense of quirkiness seeps into every aspect. The game can function as a great JRPG for newcomers, but there's still enough depth to appease longtime fans. Dragon Quest XI is a high new benchmark for the series, and shows how a traditional JRPG can still be appealing for the modern age.
  7. Aug 28, 2018
    There's so much to do and it's so easily to get lost for hours just exploring the world trying to find the right materials to craft some better gear, or to finish up that side-quest that you picked up in Puerto Valor, or maybe the casino is more your style? Dragon Quest XI is easily one of the best JRPGs this generation, and it would be a shame if you missed it.
  8. Aug 28, 2018
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  10. Aug 28, 2018
    Dragon Quest XI Echoes of an Elusive Age is as much of an homage to the older Dragon Quest titles as it is a new step forward for the series. With a great story, a superb set of characters and loads of content to discover, Dragon Quest XI is one of the best JRPGs to come out in recent years.
  11. Aug 28, 2018
    If you have been missing the pure, genuine adventuring encouraged by the JRPGs of old, and you have been eager to see what the most traditional incarnation of the genre could achieve when paired with top-notch production values, this is most definitely the game for you.
  12. Aug 28, 2018
    If you’ve been waiting since DQVIII for a Dragon Quest title to hit your PlayStation, you’ll be glad it’s finally here. It may not do a lot to push the genre forward, but like the game’s design so clearly sets out to do, Dragon Quest XI is an homage to the JRPG and its fans. It’s an immense, addictive, and joyful experience from the first moment on. I cannot recommend it enough.
  13. Apr 20, 2018
    Dragon Quest XI is almost like a NES game developed with modern technology. Turn-based battles and retro sound effects make clear it is proud of being a classic JRPG. Yet at the same time, monster mounts and real-time escape sequences indicate that Dragon Quest XI is also a forward-thinking game. The overworld is full of joy and wonder, its design integral to telling a compelling story.
  14. Aug 28, 2018
    Quotation forthcoming.
  15. Aug 28, 2018
    Dragon Quest XI is simply the best Dragon Quest of all time. A classic old school RPG, with all the best things taken from over 30 years of JRPG.
  16. Aug 28, 2018
    Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age moved me in ways a Japanese RPG hasn’t done in years.
  17. Aug 28, 2018
    All in all, while this isn’t necessarily a fresh take on the Dragon Quest series, it’s still one of the best entries in a franchise that has been around since the NES days.
  18. Aug 28, 2018
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  20. Aug 28, 2018
    I found myself engrossed in the usual grind I’ve come to love over the years, the silly and fantastical creatures from my favorite artist, and the storytelling that met and even rattled my expectations.
  21. Aug 28, 2018
    This isn’t the game for everyone. Dragon Quest 11 is unabashedly a traditional JRPG. For some, the slower pacing and linear experience aren’t going to be appealing. However, for those who have fallen in love with the genre, and grew up adoring Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, and others, this game is the ultimate expression of the traditional JRPG.
  22. Aug 28, 2018
    Square Enix not only stuck to its roots with this game in Japan by creating a big budget traditional JRPG for home consoles, but also went above and beyond with the additions and enhancements for the English release of the game.
  23. Aug 28, 2018
    Innovation in games is talked about a lot, but it's also great to see traditional gameplay formulas that have been around for decades presented exceptionally well. Dragon Quest XI is one of the best modern examples of this; its beautiful presentation, both visual- and story-wise, combines with a tried-and-true gameplay formula for a journey that’s full of heart and soul. Once you find yourself sucked into the world of Dragon Quest XI, it's going to be hard to put down until you reach the grand finale.
  24. Aug 28, 2018
    In an age where countless games are trying to imitate the past, there’s nothing like having Dragon Quest back where it belongs.
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  26. Aug 28, 2018
    An incredible example of how to take a classic series and modernize it with updated graphics and voice acting while still keeping what made the original so charming. If the story stayed strong all the way through, it would be my favorite in the series hands-down. Nevertheless, it's still in the top three Dragon Quests that I've ever played.
  27. Aug 28, 2018
    Dragon Quest XI excels when it emphasizes fighting bad guys, exploring dungeons, and finding treasure. It’s a visual feast populated by a cast of colorful monsters more engrossing than its main characters. Uneven story beats and some icky bits sometimes slow Dragon Quest down, but superb mechanics remain the focus, making Echoes of an Elusive Age a top-tier JRPG for the modern age.
  28. Aug 28, 2018
    If you are willing to put in the time and see it to the end, though, the game is highly rewarding as a JRPG with a surprising amount of depth. Some of its larger story moments are enjoyable in their own right even if they can be derivative or are mere shadows of specific moments from classics of the genre, but while the game may not reinvent the JRPG, I had a blast making my way across Erdrea.
  29. Aug 28, 2018
    Dragon Quest XI brings the legendary Japanese RPG franchise to consoles (properly) for the first time in 13 years, and it’s a mostly fantastic new chapter of the series. Its story, gameplay, characters, and visuals all work to blend timeless series elements with newer-era genre refinements, and most of the time, the results are great. Unfortunately, there are a few times when honoring tradition is a weakness, not a strength—most specifically in the case of the game’s protagonist.
  30. Aug 28, 2018
    Dragon Quest XI is not flawless. It suffers from several tropes within the JRPG genre, such as a slow start and a generic overarching story. Despite these flaws however, it's stil a magnificent adventure full of interesting stories and great characters.
  31. Aug 28, 2018
    At times, I was glued to my controller as I discovered the next village, plot revelation, or impressive boss. Dragon Quest has stuck around for a reason: It does what it does well, and the formula still works. However, Dragon Quest XI’s lack of evolution is a hindrance. It’s about time the series took some risks.
  32. Aug 28, 2018
    Dragon Quest XI is still one of those 100 hour RPGs that deserve the attention. It may falter in some spots, but it shines brightly in others. There’s no better time to get back into the slime-slaying business.
  33. Aug 28, 2018
    Dragon Quest XI is the best-looking in the long running franchise, and its core, while unchanged, remains solid and funny. Still, we would like to see some major changes and improvements in the next installment.
  34. Aug 28, 2018
    Not a perfect game but it is a perfect Dragon Quest. Full of winks dedicated to its most loyal followers, but also considered for the good grade to new generations.
  35. Aug 28, 2018
    While Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age doesn’t push the boundaries of RPG design in any new way, it is an enjoyable and refined return to the Dragon Quest franchise. Some might decry its lack of ambition, but for fans of the genre and the series, new experiences like this are few and far between.
  36. Aug 28, 2018
    Enix, and by proxy Square, have found myriad ways to repackage the journey of Dragon Quest and Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age proves that they haven't run out of ideas yet.
  37. Aug 28, 2018
    This isn't the end-all, be-all of JRPGs, but it's still a damn fine Dragon Quest game, not to mention a great introduction to the genre for newcomers. Think of it as JRPG comfort food and you'll have no trouble whatsoever.
  38. Aug 28, 2018
    I had a blast playing this game. The Dragon Quest series might evolve a bit slowly for some people, but I'm perfectly satisfied with this pace. Every nostalgic note resonates with gorgeous clarity, be it the monsters, the weapons or the aesthetics. While some attempts at growth fall flat, others expertly hit their mark. The character models and the graphics are the perfect expression of Akira Toriyama’s timeless art style. I wasn't in love with all the writing, but the characters were still flush with charm and personality. Whether you're a lifelong fan or new to the series, Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is an easy recommendation.

I am so fucking hyped for this game. My wife and I put hundreds of hours into DQIX back when we met. It's for sure the DS game that I've played the most. It seems like DQXI isn't going to have a lot of the features that I loved, but I hope it will still be awesome.

Why I loved DQIX:
- Gear that changed the look of your character
- Post-game treasure maps were so addictive
- Each character could change between all of the classes, each with their own level, and leveling other classes gives skill points which benefit your character as a whole. Thus, you could be a Level 1 Sage and beat Level 40 mobs because of all the passive boosts you'd have.
- Comprehensive in-game completionist logs
- Crafting: There were a ton of ingredients to find in the world, many being extremely rare, and the crafting process was amazing. Even a hundred hours into the game I was still regularly finding better gear for my characters, whereas in most games I find myself wearing the same stuff for long periods of time.

My wife and I picked up copies of the DQVII remake the day it came out on 3DS. I still haven't finished the game myself, but I did find it enjoyable (albeit dated). We didn't enjoy it as much as 9.

I hope 11 can compete, and based on the reviews, it sounds great.

Just pre ordered this right now, based on this thread :P I forgot all about this title. Hasn't been promoted enough.

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Wish the Switch version would be out soon, too. Then again, my wallet disagrees

It's at 89 now with the 40th review. Damn, these 8/10 !

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I won't be able to play this right away. I hope it will be shipped faster.

Anyway, Fantastic.I hope it translate to sales.

88. Got also it's first 2 mixed reviews.

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I will buy this on release but will not play till I get my FFX/X-2 remaster plat. Looking forward to it very much though.

I totally forget how long FF X's handholding goes on for.