Dragon Quest is one of the game's oldest and most loved series, spanning 30 years and more consoles. Its latest chapter, Dragon Quest XI: Exclusive Age Echo, comes on PS4 and PC in September (with a Switch version that follows down the line), and marks a return of varieties for the long-range series after it's loaded into the MMO territory with Dragon Quest X.
In major RPG tradition, Dragon Quest XI players put in the role of a silent protagonist called Luminary, sent to jail early in the story of King Carnelian because he believes Luminaries are conspiring with darkness. Like other mainline deductions in the series, it has played a classic turn-based combat system, highlighted by the new Zone and Link systems.
With its release soon, reviews of Dragon Quest XI have started to appear online. We've collected a selection of them below to give you an average of what critics think of the title. For a broader view of the game's critical reception, be sure to visit the GameSpot sister site Metacritic.
GameSpot – 9/10
"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 very well. Dragon Quest XI is one of the best modern examples of this, the beautiful presentation, both visual and historical, combines with a tried and true game formula for a journey full of heart and soul. yourself sucked into Dragon Quest XI's world, it will be difficult to lay down until you reach the final. "- Heidi Kemps [Full review]
" [A] fter the daring of past events – whether it's not so recent Dragon Quest 9, or even perfectly executed Builders spin-offs – Echoes of the e Closing the age ends up feeling a trick is missing. This is a tip return to another age of RPGs, a recall for a golden era that shines greatly in its splendor. You are hard pressed to find a more sumptuous production this year, or one that is so generous, although you can not help but wonder if there is too much of a backward step. " Martin Robinson [Full review]
US Gamer – 5/5
" Although Dragon Quest XI: Echo of an Exclusive Age is the eleventh part of the series, it feels like a natural follow-up of Dragon Quest VIII. This makes it a good entry point for Dragon Quest-curious players. There is a lot of RPG here, but it goes without saying. Enjoy it: Play like this, visit only once in a rare moment. "- Nadia Oxford [Full review]
Game Informer – 8.25 / 10
" Dragon Quest XI remains to threaten the adventures of adventures, and the long journey culminates in something cool for long fans (be sure to reload you save for the credentials). I had my part of fun, especially as someone who grew up with the franchise, and could appreciate the recall that was full of. In some cases, I was glued to my controller when I discovered the next village, plotted revelation, or impressive boss. Dragon Quest has been stuck for one reason: It's fine and the formula still works. But Dragon Quest XI's lack of evolution is an obstacle. It's time the series takes some dangers. "- Kimberley Wallace [Full review]
" Many of my complaints are about the core business. Graphics and scope, while being updated, are being grafted on a weak and aging skeleton. , The NPCs with infinite frivolous dialogue and the incessant load screens all point to an update – in hardware and software – instead of a development. Dragon Quest 11 is a beautiful example of what a JRPG can be after 30 years of loving guided evolution. Its success is unquestionably linked to the decades of development, and that means that you probably already know if this is a game for you. If you're not already one of the believers, Dragon Quest 11 is unlikely to give you a convert. "- Jeffrey Parkin [Full review]
EGM now – 8.5 / 10
" Dragon Quest XI brings the legendary Japanese The RPG franchise for consoles (right) for the first time in 13 years, and it's a largely amazing new chapter of the series. The story, the gameplay, the characters and the pictures are all in order to mix timeless series elements with newer refinements from recent times, and most of the time, the results are good. Unfortunately, it's a few times when glory is tradition a weakness, not a strength – especially when it comes to the game's main character. "- Mollie L. Patterson [Full review]