Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Review Round Up

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Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Review Round Up

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Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is coming next week 4th September 2018 and critics got their hands on their review copy. Does this long running JRPG franchise have what it takes to impress the toughest critics? Here we gathered reviews from respected websites and the left with positive impression all round.

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In conclusion, everything I have said about Dragon Quest XI being one of the best games of all time is definitely correct, because I played the game in Japanese for 300 hours. I wouldn’t have done that if it weren’t a masterpiece.

Heck, I played the game so much that in my very first moments playing the English version, I instinctively pressed the circle button, which canceled me back to the title screen. I am such a hard core player of Dragon Quest in Japanese that I continued to forget the game had changed confirm to the X button for the next 30 hours of my experience. This lead to some kooky goofs during battles.



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.



Ultimately, Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is an absolutely masterful execution of the classic JRPG genre. While it embraces its nature, it doesn’t feel like development shortcuts have been taken while hiding them behind the “retro” excuse. Concessions have been made to quality of life exactly where needed, and the gorgeous graphics tie everything up like a nice bow on top of a wonderful gift that keeps on giving.

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.



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.


PlayStation Universe

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.


Attack Of The Fanboy

If this were any other review, I would use this time to provide a quick, final rundown of the positives and negatives before coming to a conclusion, but I’m not going to do that this time. What major flaws can I point out here? The soundtrack? It’s repetitive, but still good. The difficulty? There’s Draconian Quest. And beyond that, the overall story is engaging, the characters are all likable, the world is mesmerizing and everything is wrapped up in a neat package that makes it an absolute joy to play.

Seriously, if you had to pick just one JRPG to own on a modern console, then let it be Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age.


God Is A Geek

Dragon Quest XI is easily one of the best JRPGs of the generation and it can sit safely alongside the likes of Persona 5 and Ys VIII. 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. If you’ve been waiting for a true follow up to Dragon Quest VIII or just have been craving a massive JRPG with a gorgeous world, this is the game for you.


Gaming Trend

Dragon Quest XI is a big game with lots to see and do, and you won’t breeze through the game in a weekend. 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.


Game Informer

Dragon Quest XI stays to true the series’ sense of adventure, and the long journey culminates in something cool for longtime fans (be sure to reload your save after the credits roll). I had my share of fun, especially as someone who grew up with the franchise and could appreciate the callbacks littered throughout. 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.


Gaming Nexus

Dragon Quest XI is the perfect game to kick off the annual Fall glut of games, simply based on the merits of it being a massive sprawling JRPG that could easily carry you into the Winter months if you want it to. 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.



There’s so much that can be said about Dragon Quest XI, but it’s hard to go into exact detail on everything. 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 th

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.



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 (what I wouldn't give to see Dragon Quest V's monster-friending system make a return), 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.