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Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition for every platform! (including Xbox Game Pass)


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1 hour ago, Ste Pickford said:

Yeah, it doesn't do anything different later on, there's just more of it.  It's not a game (or a series) that's about wowing you with new ideas or concepts or mechanics.  It's about doing the familiar things so, so well, with the highest levels of care and attention.

Exactly this. It's not exactly like the SNES era JRPG's you like so much, but rather it's like how you *remember* them. All the good bits, implemented perfectly with care, polish, and loads of quality of life improvements. It's a joy to play, and a fantastic modern interpretation of that era of the genre. 

 

I loved playing through this and will gladly pay full price for the next one the moment the pre-order page appears.

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I played through Act 1 on Switch when it first came out, really enjoyed it but it felt like I'd played a whole game by the time that Act had finished. I thought I'd put it to one side for a bit while I played other stuff, of course never went back to it and now I can hardly remember what happened.

 

Very tempted to restart on Series X if Acts 2 and 3 are as good. Though I can't decide on Stronger Monsters or not, the base game was very very easy but then again do I really want a load more frustration in the battles anyway?

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I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that I think it's the best JRPG ever made - it really is an absolute all-timer.  Everything is just so well considered - a very generous game with a great deal of emotional intelligence toward the user, with gameplay and related progression mechanics that are perfectly balanced.  I used to prefer some earlier games in the DQ series, but this one has stuck with me more.

Reading these lovely recent posts is making me want to do another playthrough with the 2D mode... although I would ideally want a nice scanlines mod for that.  Off to Nexus Mods I go!

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On 18/05/2022 at 10:35, Ste Pickford said:

The games does give you nice little story updates every time you start a new session, to remind you what has happened and where you're up to.

The simplicity of its systems and the above touch is exactly why I know I will finish Dragon Quest XI and that it will enter my top 20. It’s brilliant and a wonderful game to spend ten hours on here and there and come back to every so often. 

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I'm still chipping away at this, about 12 hours in and up to the Slayer of the Sands boss fight. It's perfectly enjoyable and nice to dip into every now and again, but it's not the sort of game that grabs you by the balls and doesn't let you go. Well, not so far at least - perhaps that will change later. At the moment, it feels like an excellent second game, one that you can always have on the back burner to play before bed, or on the bog, or while you're half paying attention to something else. I've never felt the urge to devote an entire evening to it, but that's ok.

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21 minutes ago, Jamie John said:

I'm still chipping away at this, about 12 hours in and up to the Slayer of the Sands boss fight. It's perfectly enjoyable and nice to dip into every now and again, but it's not the sort of game that grabs you by the balls and doesn't let you go. Well, not so far at least - perhaps that will change later. At the moment, it feels like an excellent second game, one that you can always have on the back burner to play before bed, or on the bog, or while you're half paying attention to something else. I've never felt the urge to devote an entire evening to it, but that's ok.


It’s long as fuck, I played for about 16 hours then just gave up. It’s great at what it does though. I’m just impatient. 

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9 minutes ago, b00dles said:

Can you play the 2d old school mode on the ps4 version? Did it get an update or is that dlc/ a switch only version?


Only the Definitive Edition, which is on PS4 too. It’s not available as an upgrade.

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1 minute ago, Paulando said:


Only the Definitive Edition, which is on PS4 too. It’s not available as an upgrade.

That's a shame. I bloody loved it when it came out and playing it through in 2d mode could be quite fun but don't know about buying it all over again just for that (and presumably some other additions to this definitive version).

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I didn't get the appeal of the 2D mode myself. It looks nice enough, but it doesn't have the flair of a game specifically designed only in 2D like Chrono Trigger or something.

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Yeah, I was excited about the 2D mode until I played it, then quickly switched back.

 

For some reason I thought you could just switch back and forth between them at will, but I was getting it mixed up with another game (Wonderboy, maybe?).

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19 hours ago, Benny said:

I didn't get the appeal of the 2D mode myself. It looks nice enough, but it doesn't have the flair of a game specifically designed only in 2D like Chrono Trigger or something.

Fair point but I've completed chrono trigger twice already over the years and I thought doing this again in 2d might give me another good jrpg to play again. 

 

Maybe I'll just reinstall it on the ps5 and see how much I've forgotten in normal 3d mode 🤔

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