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

Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below is ranked in the 66th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
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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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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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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Examiner
Top Critic
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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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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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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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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Drew Hurley
Top Critic
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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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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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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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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RPG Site
Top Critic
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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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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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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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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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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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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Dave Aubrey
Top Critic
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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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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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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