Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below

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Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below is ranked in the 70th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 62 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

77

Top Critic Average

57%

Critics Recommend

Based on 62 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

ACG
Buy
ACG

Top Critic

Buy
Dec 14, 2015
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Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Oct 15, 2015

Dragon Quest gets the Dynasty Warriors treatment, but there are more fundamental changes than a mere asset swap; this is Musou re-imagined.

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GameZone
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 8, 2015

It's a must-play for Warriors fans and Dragon Quest fans alike, but I wouldn't discount fans of neither. This seems like a perfect gateway title for those who might want to give these kinds of games a shot.

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TechnoBuffalo
Wait
Wait
Nov 6, 2015

The whole thing looks like Dragon Quest, but it's not. Just like how Hyrule Warriors looked like The Legend of Zelda, but it's not. It might be the best of its kind, but in the end, it's still just another Musou spin-off. Hype that lead to believe otherwise fell deaf onto my soul.

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Scored Reviews

Worth Playing
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 14, 2015

This has been a good year for Warriors-style games, but Dragon Quest Heroes is the best of the lot.

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We Got This Covered
Oct 20, 2015

Dragon Quest Heroes might not be the Dragon Quest games that fans wanted, but it has ended up being one of the best surprises of 2015.

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GameGrin
9 / 10.0
GameGrin

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Sep 15, 2016

An uttering fantastic game, Dragon Quest Heroes is more then deserving of your time. If you like hack n' slash games, do not pass this one up!

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The Jimquisition
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 16, 2015

Dragon Quest Heroes ... is a beautiful game that does more with the Warriors franchise than the main Warriors games have done in a long time. Despite putting hours and hours into the thing, I've got plenty yet to do, and I've enjoyed every second of it so far. Aside from some poor pacing decisions and a rather limp narrative, Tecmo Koei has made lightning strike twice by merging two franchises together in yet another surprisingly brilliant way.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2015

One might call October the "Month of the JRPG" on PlayStation 4. Hot on the heels of Disgaea 5, Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below is the next must-have title for fans of the genre on Sony's newest console. Unlike other crossover incarnations in the Warriors series, Heroes incorporates enough of the legendary RPG franchise's traditional elements to create a giddy nostalgia trip. Even if you aren't a longtime fan, though, you'll have a chance to get caught up in a whirlwind of solid action-RPG goodness.

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Gaming Nexus
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 24, 2015

Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below is a wonderful effort by Koei Tecmo and Omega Force. The visuals, the gameplay, the audio, all aspects of this game come together to make an unforgettable experience that any fan of the Dragon Quest franchise should not miss.

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Push Square
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 12, 2015

An incredibly enjoyable action RPG, Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below is easily one of Omega Force's most polished productions, as it oozes charm that's amplified by fantastic presentation. Combat is accessible, satisfyingly punchy, and hides depth at higher levels of play, while there's plenty of content to keep you busy after you've seen the well paced story through. Even if you're not a fan of Warriors-style gameplay, we'd still heartily recommend Dragon Quest Heroes to anyone on the lookout for a joyous jaunt in a lovingly made fantasy world.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Oct 12, 2015

Wrapped in the warm, happy colours and light soundtrack that it is, Dragon Quest Heroes is a genuine delight of a game. It's endlessly playable, both in short bursts and longer sessions, has a truly enjoyable cast of characters, and an infectious sense of humour. You might feel bad massacring entire family lines of slimes, but other than that I can't see anyone finding anything but joy from their time with this one.

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ZTGD
8.5 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2015

Dragon Quest Heroes is just fun. The visual style is gorgeous, and the game play hits all the right notes with some fantastic pacing. Fans of the genre should definitely check it out, but even those usually put off by it, should definitely keep an eye on it. It quickly became one of my favorite sleeper games of the year. I didn't expect to even care, now I can't stop playing. I hope Omega Force continues to step outside the Warriors franchise to deliver these unique experiences, there are so many franchises that would benefit from this type of game.

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PS4Blog.net
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 17, 2017

Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below is a very addictive game. While it is a bit repetitive due to the nature of its gameplay, it never stops being fun. I definitely recommend giving this a go since I'm sure you'll have fun with this nice twist on the formula. And if you like it, be sure to pick up its sequel as well!

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Video Chums
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 5, 2015

I feel like I've only touched the surface of how much I enjoyed Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below.

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GamingTrend
85 / 100
85 / 100
Oct 27, 2015

Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below is an excellent musou game and a blast to play. It retains its Dragon Quest heritage beautifully, while still creating an experience fun for any fan of musou gameplay.

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Cerealkillerz
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2015

Dragon Quest Heroes vermischt die bisherige Dynasty Warriors Formel mit einer guten Mischung an Dragon Quest Fanservice und guten Action RPG Elementen. Die taktische Komponente kommt zwar etwas zu kurz und auch Herausforderungen sind sehr rar zu finden, aber sowohl Neueinsteiger als auch Dragon Quest Veteranen werden mit dem Titel auf jeden Fall ihren Spaß haben.

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RPG Fan
85%
85%
Nov 6, 2015

Unless you've played a million Dynasty Warriors games or can't stomach Dragon Quest without turn-based gameplay, this is definitely worth playing.

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Digital Chumps
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2015

Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below is a huge step forward for Omega Force. This is the right formula for making future Dynasty Warrior-like games, as story, leveling structure and beautiful presentation form a perfect wrapper around typical/repetitive button mashing gameplay experience.

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GameTrailers
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Oct 14, 2015

Above all, Dragon Quest Heroes perfectly captures one of the most essential parts of the series: that it prides itself on joy. It's a quality that overshadows its shortcomings. Too many JRPGs are overly serious and shove the same tropes down your throat again and again. The levity and unabashed enthusiasm of Dragon Quest creates a childlike wonder that's still enchanting more than 25 years after the original game.

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Polygon
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 8, 2015

The balance that Dragon Quest Heroes walks between trivial fun and deeper strategizing is precarious. At any point in the 30-plus hours I played, I felt like it could have tipped over, leaving a boring, button-mashing shell of a game. Amazingly, it never did.

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NZGamer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 8, 2015

Overall, Dragon Quest Heroes is a game I enjoyed a lot and would recommend to anyone who likes JRPGs, especially if you're a fan of the source material. It might not be the Dragon Quest game you're expecting (let's hope this does well enough to bring Dragon Quest XI to the West), but it's certainly worth taking for a spin.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 7, 2015

The slime army awaits, wide-eyed and smiling as worlds collide in this inspired Dragon Quest spin-off.

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games(TM)
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 16, 2015

Blazing a trail for the franchise in a new direction

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8 / 10
Oct 26, 2015

The game used in this review was a physical copy purchased by the reviewer.

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Game Informer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2015

With an attractive cartoon charm and some well-integrated RPG and tactical mechanics, Dragon Quest Heroes offers more entertainment than the average musou-style game

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USgamer
Oct 13, 2015

There are so many ways that Dragon Quest Heroes could have gone wrong. Thankfully, Omega Force does right by the classic franchise, and they take the opportunity to streamline their own formula as well. The story could have been better, and the repetitive gameplay comes close to wearing out its welcome, but otherwise Dragon Quest Heroes counts as another win for Omega Force.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Oct 20, 2015

Like many Warriors games before it Dragon Quest Heroes won't be for everybody. For fans of its established fighting formula, however, Heroes presents a new polished take on the one vs. 1,000 genre. If you're looking for a new Dynasty-style hack and slash to sink your teeth into after Hyrule Warriors, Dragon Quest Heroes is a fun romp that will fulfill your not so final fantasy.

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COGconnected
80 / 100
80 / 100
Oct 18, 2015

Dragon Quest Heroes does an exceptional job in displaying how the beat 'em up Warriors/Musou formula works with the beloved Dragon Quest RPG series. It blends in strategic and RPG elements flawlessly making the game unique and full of nostalgia. The visuals are gorgeous and should easily please fans of the Dragon Quest franchise and newcomers alike.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Oct 7, 2015

Dragon Quest Heroes is a perfectly-balanced marriage of Dragon Quest sensibilities with Dynasty Warriors dynamics. That sounds exactly like what it should be, but easier said than done, and Omega Force has done it.

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Marooners' Rock
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2015

If you're a fan of the series – or you just want to let loose with an abundance of hacking and slashing – these Heroes are for you.

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EGM
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2015

Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below mixes Omega Force's now-famous style of overwhelming action combat with the storied world of Dragon Quest, and the result is an adventure that's quite enjoyable outside of occasional bouts of feeling monotonous. Longtime fans will certainly love the fanservice and visuals, but even those new to Dragon Quest may find a lot to like here.

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Gamestyle
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 20, 2015

An Omega Force game in a new setting that plays exceptionally well, just lacks a little replay value.

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Shacknews
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 12, 2015

Koei Tecmo has done an incredible job of bringing the world of Dragon Quest to current gen. The game's visuals are very impressive, the action is fast-paced, and the sights and sounds of the Dragon Quest series are all there. I was instantly able to recognize the fanfare that would play when a battle would end or when a hero would level up.

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CGMagazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2015

Dragon Quest Heroes feels like a simple distraction, but it actually has quite a bit of depth.

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Game Revolution
Oct 11, 2015

If you're looking for a classic Dragon Quest game with a twist, then this more than fits the bill, so long as you don't mind playing alone the whole through way through. As unexpected as it might be, Omega Force has proven that it can adapt popular franchises with surprising consistency.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Oct 14, 2015

While musou style games aren't for everybody, Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below is a shining example of a partnership done just right that may just attract some new fans to both franchises.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
Cubed3

Top Critic

8 / 10
Oct 23, 2015

Dragon Quest Heroes is the shining example of taking a stale concept and adding flavour and depth to it. The sword swinging, boomerang throwing combat, with all the traditional Dragon Quest trappings, will promise satisfaction to both Dragon Quest and Dynasty Warriors fans, alike. Minstrels will sing the praises of the charming and loving heroes and creature models and designs, while eyes will feast on a banquet of beautifully coloured visuals - from the lush green landscapes, to Jessica Albert's lovely fair skin. Few will fall in battle, finding the battle against the monsters to be monotonous and grindy, but the strong and the many will prevail and remember the excellent game that is Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below.

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Player.One
Oct 19, 2015

Dragon Quest Heroes may have its flaws. But the game proves, once again, Omega Force's third-party projects remain Must Play games for any longtime fans of the hack-and-slash genre.

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GameCrate
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2015

Engaging and addictive action RPG gameplay makes Dragon Quest Heroes worth a look even for gamers who aren't fans of Dragon Quest or Dynasty Warriors.

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PlayStation Universe
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2015

Lacks depth, but Dragon Quest Heroes quirky narrative, colorful visuals and easy-to-grasp combat makes it a family-friendly RPG with plenty of character.

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God is a Geek
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2015

Dragon Quest Heroes is like watching TV shows on Dave. It's great at the time, but repeats itself all too often.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 9, 2015

Dragon Quest Heroes is probably the best the series has ever looked with its great-looking monsters and interesting environments. That being said the Musou game formula is a bit of a turnoff. It bogs you down by making side quests grind fests and levelling a chore, but that's what makes a Musou game a Musou game.

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Gamers FTW
7.4 / 10.0
7.4 / 10.0
Nov 3, 2015

Dragon Quest Heroes is perhaps the most near perfect crossover of any of Omega Force's previous attempts. The story never really gets that complicated but it moves at a decent pace and the characters little quirks make it enjoyable. However you can't help but be disappointed by what's not there. The stripped back combat mechanics mean you can't go on epic rampages like you could in Warriors games, and while there are a lot of strategic elements it's never as deep as the Dragon Quest games. There is still more than enough content available for fans of both franchises to sink their teeth in to.

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Wccftech
7.2 / 10.0
7.2 / 10.0
Oct 28, 2015

I want to enjoy this game, I really do, but my God is it ever tedious. More than once it seriously wore on my nerves, simply due to how repetitive it can be. I'm sure the game will find fans, but I won't be one of them.

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GamingBolt
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2015

Dragon Quest Heroes is a fun game. But nothing more. It doesn't revolutionize anything, but in fact sets some RPG styles back a decade. Without engrossing characters or even story plot, it's worth little more than one, light hearted play through.

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TrustedReviews
Oct 12, 2015

While it has the same Dynasty Warriors meets… template as last year's disappointing Hyrule Warriors, Dragon Quest Heroes triumphs by making smarter use of the Dragon Quest franchise. Beneath the strategic brawling there are layers of RPG complexity, while above it rests a whole lot of Dragon Quest charm. It's a surprisingly irresistible combination that makes this a surprising little gem.

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High-Def Digest
Oct 26, 2015

'Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below' is not a perfect package. There are some flaws with the overall nature of the game that keep it from being a truly great experience, and as such not everyone is going to have the patience to deal with some of the title's issues. Despite that, though, this game is rather solid, and if you're interested in either Musou titles or Action RPGs, 'Dragon Quest Heroes' is sure to be an enjoyable experience. All of this enjoyment value is increased exponentially for 'Dragon Quest' fans, too; it's been quite a few years since the last localize Dragon Quest title after all, and it's a good game to boot!

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Destructoid
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 7, 2015

Dragon Quest Heroes almost feels like a fully-fledged action RPG, but there are a few things holding it back from greatness. In the end though it still has its charms, alongside of a beautiful art style and a buttery smooth framerate. If you really dig Warriors games and can go at it solo, you'll likely enjoy it.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jun 9, 2017

Fans of the Dragon Quest franchise will adore this game - and with good reason; it's packed with content tailored just for them. The story is enjoyable, the characters top notch, the music and art styles are amazing. If only the underlying aspects lived up to it. The gameplay gets repetitive and the enemy AI is horrible, the missions feel too short, and it's all too easy. That being said, there's still a very enjoyable experience here, but it could have been something so much more. It could have been something truly special.

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PC Invasion
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 18, 2015

Musou-slashing meets light tower defense and the effortlessly heartwarming world of Dragon Quest; with all the vivid art direction, retro audio, and somewhat repetitive questing that implies.

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Game Rant
Oct 27, 2015

Dragon Quest Heroes adds the large-scale hack and slash battles of Dynasty Warriors to the RPG world of Dragon Quest to give new and old fans of the fantasy series endless hordes or adorable monsters to slay.

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DarkZero
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 18, 2015

Dragon Quest Heroes does a honorific job with the source material, bringing a game that will make fans adore the love that has been injected into it. If you are a fan of Dragon Quest, then really, this game is for you. There are areas that could be improved, and the lack of multiplayer will upset Musou fans, but Dragon Quest Heroes resurrects the series through a different style of game and tickles those nostalgic memories.

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RPG Site
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 26, 2015

Despite being a spin-off, it certainly carries the heart and soul of a Dragon Quest game.

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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 13, 2015

There's no escaping the game's hack and slash origins, yet Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below certainly offers an interesting spin on the traditional Warriors template. By focusing on a smaller concentration of characters on-screen, it has a slightly more tactile, RPG feel. Combined with some inventive gameplay features and that charming Dragon Quest aesthetic, Heroes succeeds in creating its own identity. It may fall short of greatness yet serves as an ideal solution for those eagerly awaiting the series' next mainline instalment.

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PSX Extreme
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2015

Dragon Quest Heroes is Dynasty Warriors with an admittedly appealing DQ skin. It offers plenty of foes to strike down with a wide variety of cool attacks, lots of classic characters, and enough ally and party micromanagement to maintain some sense of role-playing and strategy. But the story falls flat, the pacing is off, and above all else, the combat mechanic is inherently flawed.

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IGN
6.2 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

6.2 / 10.0
Oct 14, 2015

Dragon Quest Heroes looks delightful and is bursting with characters and creatures from the history of the franchise, so anyone who has been glued to each new release since the heyday of Enix will find enough familiar sights to stay invested. However, if you're still puzzling over the differences between Dragon Quest and Dragon Warrior, there are much better fights to seek out.

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GamesRadar+
GamesRadar+
Daniella Lucas

Top Critic

Oct 7, 2015

Fantastic at capturing the charming spirit of the Dragon Quest series, but the repetition in its arena design cramps on its personality. Best played in short bursts.

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Examiner
Oct 13, 2015

The focus that developer Omega Force may want is on the story itself, and potentially ruining the story with co-op might be understandable. But a game like this could easily have some sort of arcade or quick play mode where you just fight off enemies. This would add so much to this title. Overall, Dragon Age Heroes is a solidly fun action RPG experience on PS4.

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PC Gamer
58 / 100
58 / 100
Dec 15, 2015

Confusingly good fun at first, Dragon Quest Heroes soon falls into a familiar, inane rhythm. Dynasty Warriors' audience will at least get something out of it.

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Metro GameCentral
5 / 10
5 / 10
Oct 15, 2015

Dragon Quest is arguably the most successful partner so for Dynasty Warriors, but the potential of the franchise, and this particular crossover, is still only barely hinted at.

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Slant Magazine
Oct 20, 2015

The cluelessness-as-heroism and over-the-top fighting don't fulfill or complement the infectiously positive tone.

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