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Dragon Quest XI First Thoughts
Posted: Posted September 6th, 2018 by Laxan

I picked this game up a couple days ago, and I'm loving the simple return to basics. Being a massive fan of Dragon Quest VIII, this game has a lot to live up to. So far, playing with my best friend, I'm enjoying it quite a bit.

My complaints can be leveled largely at music and story pacing. The game takes a bit too long to do anything really interesting or refreshing with the story, at least until you return to your village. I also find the side characters to be forgettable so far. Dragon Quest VIII did not take a long time to make a side character interesting, such as the Great Khalderasha! And that midi music...ugh. WHY is this game's soundtrack not orchestrated?

I love the gameplay. It's nice to play at a leisurely pace (I'm playing on normal) without grinding and just enjoying a simple combat system is great. Too many RPGs try too hard to over-complicate things with combat, so it's nice to see something return to its roots. I LOVE jumping freely. Jumping when you feel like it will always be a good thing, even in a turn-based RPG. It also makes exploring a lot of fun. Though, I think I prefer DQVIII's overworld design. Maybe. DQXI is certainly more compact, but...eh.

The puns are rampant. Love it. The animations and graphics are bright and a joy to watch. I feel bad about murdering sabrecubs, though...

I'm not sure I like the crafting system more than alchemy from DQVIII, though.

Anyone else play this? I'm going to be playing Spider-Man in my spare time, so I'm unsure when I'll finish this title. Probably after Halloween.

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Only heard about it recently, but I'm definitely going to buy it. As soon as it goes on sale on Steam, anyway. Love the shit out of Dragon Quest, but I'm also pretty cheap.

Posted September 9th, 2018 by Axem Great Water

Anyone else play this?
normally I would be violently offended by this question

but the game came out while I was away on vacation and so it sat, unopened, at my home awaiting my return. So I would have been all over it as soon as it was delivered, but I haven't had the chance to play it yet.

the preorder bonus is rad tho

Posted September 10th, 2018 by Pirate_Ninja
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