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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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4 minutes ago, Ry said:

Thanks for the info, that's some high praise. Will give it a go. 

Voice acting is quite good for the main quest, but for the characters outside a bit less (understandable). They also make very good use of English accents from different regions. Furthermore, I absolutely love how they have named and designed most enemies... just so full of humor. 

 

Highly recommend it!

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1 hour ago, Quest said:

 

Is it using the Series X auto-HDR thing? I'm playing on a One X and there's no HDR, unless I've missed something.


As far as I know it’s not the auto HDR thing, as when I booted the game with HDR on (have to turn it off for Cyberpunk lol) it had HDR options where you have to set the paper white level and peak brightness etc. However there doesn’t appear to be a way to go back to those settings in the menu.

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On 21/12/2020 at 13:40, AK Bell said:

There is a method to defeat it. Something to make it more manageable to beat. It's a bit annoying as it's something you won't realise and it's not used in the rest of the game. I'd suggest googling the strategy to beat it. 


I did the googling - not sure I’d have ever made that leap otherwise! I guess the Watcher in Havens above does point it out, but easy to miss or ignore that.

 

It actually makes the fight really easy, so all done. Nice little wrap up at the end as well. Brilliant game that I’d recommend to anyone.

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I’d been looking forward to this for a while, and having played through the first, what, six or so hours....

 

In the bin I think. It’s so painfully generic and bland. I’m struggling to wring out any fun from it at all. I’m genuinely gutted, I’d been really excited to play it. Is it a “oh the story really kicks in after ten hours” job? What am I missing?

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12 minutes ago, spanx said:

I’d been looking forward to this for a while, and having played through the first, what, six or so hours....

 

In the bin I think. It’s so painfully generic and bland. I’m struggling to wring out any fun from it at all. I’m genuinely gutted, I’d been really excited to play it. Is it a “oh the story really kicks in after ten hours” job? What am I missing?

Have you played DQ before? Whilst it is ‘painfully generic’ it’s also very easy to tweak and adapt to make it as easy/difficult and casual/in-depth as you like - it’s very, very user friendly. 
 

Story wise it constantly kicks in and shifts gears at various points - I’d say it really gets going quite early, maybe ten hours in though? 
 

Ultimately if you’re not enjoying it though it doesn’t change that much, it just does what it does very, very well, IMO. 

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I think it the party members make a massive difference - Erik is not the best - I think by the time you reach Hotto and definitely by Gallopolis you should be fully engaged in the narrative and gameplay.

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I’d just got to Gallopolis I think it’s probably just a case of not for me. It’s very old school mechanically, just felt really clunky. Ah well, I tried it. 

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2 minutes ago, spanx said:

I’d just got to Gallopolis I think it’s probably just a case of not for me. It’s very old school mechanically, just felt really clunky. Ah well, I tried it. 

Play it until you at least leave before deciding, I’d say once a certain party member joins it will either click or it won’t ;)

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Conversely, I'm at 110 hrs on the clock now, most of the party at or around level 70. I've played DQ Builders and DQ Heroes but this is my first of the proper RPGs and it really hooked me. Bought a cheap DS copy of DQIX over Christmas too for a handheld fix at some point. 

 

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3 hours ago, spanx said:

I’d just got to Gallopolis I think it’s probably just a case of not for me. It’s very old school mechanically, just felt really clunky. Ah well, I tried it. 

Dragon Quest does seem to have doubled-down on that very traditional jrpg style, where Final Fantasy kept reinventing itself, not always for the better.

DQ has bags of charm though, like the enemy puns and multi-cultural NPCs. And a dragon with a lisp. And a running joke about dirty magazines.

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Has any game changed as little as Dragon Quest over the years? Apart from the usual gen to gen updates for better graphics and 3D it's the same game it's always been. They've even stuck with the turn based system because fans lost their minds when it looked like they were going to use Active Time in DQ IX. I'm 15 hours into it on Switch and I'm enjoying it so far but it's not a must play game for me. 

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Could someone who’s finished this tell me roughly how much longer I’ve got to go please?

 

I’m at about 55 hours and I’ve

 

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finished the main game, gone back in time, and got back to Havens Above where I’ve just been told by the Watchers to go and find the three seedlings.


Am I nearly done or merely halfway?

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5 hours ago, Darren said:

I’m at about 55 hours and I’ve

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finished the main game, gone back in time, and got back to Havens Above where I’ve just been told by the Watchers to go and find the three seedlings.

Am I nearly done or merely halfway?

Sorry I don't know the answer, just had to point out I'm not even as far as you and my save file says 80 hours. :lol:

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10 hours ago, Darren said:

Am I nearly done or merely halfway?

Nearly done, like 80%. 

 

I completed the game last weekend. It was a blast for me. First 10-hours or so (basically the demo) are quite slow and I wasn't too convinced that this game was for me. Then for another 10-hours or so you are basically chasing leads and assembling your cast. But once that cast is complete this game really picks up the pace and especially Act 2 and Act 3 are on fire and an absolute joy to blast through. I wasn't grinding too much throughout the game and combat is quite fun. Especially when you alternate between "Follow Orders" (manual control) and Tactics for 1 or more character as it automates a part of the battle according to your liking (e.g. auto-attack, auto-heal etc.). I also had the battles at 2x speed in settings. 

 

The fact that this is a very classical game is probably what I liked most about it. It is a very classic JRPG game that has plenty of small inventions but largely sticks to the classic formula (which it more or less invented itself). I am totally OK with that. I found this game much better than any Final Fantasy game since perhaps IX and maybe even VI. It reminded me most of the classic Dreamcast JRPGs like Skies of Arcadia and Grandia II. It has a cartoonish but stylish visual style, nice music and just so much humor... in the dialogues, the enemy design, even the english voice translation. 

 

So yes, definitely recommend. I am going to do some post-game content down the line but for now I am going to play some other games that have been piling up. I reckon it took me about 100 hours to complete the game... my save file says 280 hours but that is wrong. At one point I Quick Resumed the game on the Series X and it seemed to have counted all the hours it was suspended by Quick Resume. If you want to prevent this, you should always return to the main screen when you are doing playing, the game ask if you want to do that after you save. 

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I completed the story at the weekend too, total of 120hrs on the clock. I've only completed about half of the quests and there are a few other bits and bobs I could revisit. Various googles suggested getting characters to L70 before facing into the final encounter and that seemed about right for me, especially for one of the spell unlocks that made things a good deal easier. 

 

Going to play something else for a while but might well return to mop up the odds and ends. Also picked up a cheap DQIX for DS for sometime later. 

 

 

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44 minutes ago, MagicalDrop said:

I completed the story at the weekend too, total of 120hrs on the clock. I've only completed about half of the quests and there are a few other bits and bobs I could revisit. Various googles suggested getting characters to L70 before facing into the final encounter and that seemed about right for me, especially for one of the spell unlocks that made things a good deal easier. 

 

Going to play something else for a while but might well return to mop up the odds and ends. Also picked up a cheap DQIX for DS for sometime later. 

 

 

I went in with LVL 57 - 59 and beat the final enemies in the game in one sweep. But everyone in the gang on Follow Orders, a lot of smart skill unlocks focused on MP generation and healing and also smart weapon selection for all members based on the enemy type and perceived elemental attacks. I did have a lot of downed allies throughout the fight but 4 of my main characters have healing and resurrection capabilities. 

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19 hours ago, Darren said:

Could someone who’s finished this tell me roughly how much longer I’ve got to go please?

 

I’m at about 55 hours and I’ve

 

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finished the main game, gone back in time, and got back to Havens Above where I’ve just been told by the Watchers to go and find the three seedlings.


Am I nearly done or merely halfway?

you just started act three of a three-act story

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5 hours ago, MNFRMTMRRW said:

I completed the game last weekend. It was a blast for me. First 10-hours or so (basically the demo) are quite slow and I wasn't too convinced that this game was for me. Then for another 10-hours or so you are basically chasing leads and assembling your cast. But once that cast is complete this game really picks up the pace and especially Act 2 and Act 3 are on fire and an absolute joy to blast through.


This is good to hear. I played the first 5 hours or so on PS4, then picked it up on Switch and played the same 5 hours, then I restarted on hard mode because it was too easy and played the first 5 hours again. I found it all incredibly lovely but also quite uninspiring. I’d love to get into it again though - especially if it does pick up - because it is a gorgeous game.

 

Why do all these games take so long to get going? :lol:

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3 hours ago, Paulando said:

Why do all these games take so long to get going? :lol:

 

Because they're trying to appeal to everyone, including people who have never played a game in the series before, or a JRPG before, so they introduce concepts one by one that long-time players are already familiar with.  It's a tough balancing act. 

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9 hours ago, MNFRMTMRRW said:

At one point I Quick Resumed the game on the Series X and it seemed to have counted all the hours it was suspended by Quick Resume. If you want to prevent this, you should always return to the main screen when you are doing playing, the game ask if you want to do that after you save. 

 

It also does this on One X when the console is asleep. My save file says I've been playing for something ridiculous like 400 hours.

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On 11/01/2021 at 16:31, Quest said:

It also does this on One X when the console is asleep. My save file says I've been playing for something ridiculous like 400 hours.

Yes, this is what I reported and suspect as well. I am also at 400 hours while I believe I put in 60-70 at most.

On 11/01/2021 at 16:12, Ste Pickford said:

Because they're trying to appeal to everyone, including people who have never played a game in the series before, or a JRPG before, so they introduce concepts one by one that long-time players are already familiar with.  It's a tough balancing act. 

Also because in all of these games you need to assemble your cast/party which takes time. Not much different from Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring. Only halfway the move they have assembled everyone and the story really kicks off from there. 

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