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The problem for Dragon Quest Heroes II is that it fails to provide anything different of substance and so for a more casual consumer of the Dragon Quest franchise, there’s little incentive to pick the game up.
If you played the first Dragon Quest Heroes, know that this sequel improves in just about every single facet. I'm impressed that Koei Tecmo didn't just phone this one in, but made some great changes that really enhance the overall experience.
Developer Omega Force is truly a force to be wrecked with. The Japanese developer has not only continued a franchise, Dynasty Warriors, for 20 years, but they have found ways to bring their hack-n-slash formula to other notable series. Dragon Quest Heroes II fits in perfectly with the other entries in the Dragon Quest series, only with a splash of that musou battle system. Being a huge fan of the Dragon Quest mainline series, I was blown away with the how well this collaboration was executed and could easily call this one of my favorite games of 2017.
Dragon Quest Heroes II is arguably the best thing Omega Force has ever put out, and the best spin-off to come out of Dragon Quest since Dragon Quest Monster: Joker.
Omega Force and Square Enix fixed all flaws presented in Dragon Quest Heroes. Sequel is bigger, better and without any bad things which made previous game not so good as it could be. Truly great showcase how to make good sequel.
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Feels too similar to the original Dragon Quest Heroes for PS4, but it is still a great combination of "musou" mechanics with rpg elements, and the great monster design from the series.
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Dragon Quest Heroes II it's a great improvement compared with the original game. It offers a very enjoyable hack-and-slash experience, one that rewards experimentation with the characters and its abilities. Even with some pacing issues, this love letter to the fans keeps the essence of the series and gives it a new purpose with the help of impressive visuals.
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Dragon Quest Heroes II is an incredible sequel that surpass in every aspect its predecessor. It has great gameplay, a better story, more mechanics that refresh its experience and a cast of memorable and diverse characters specialized in many combat styles that make to not turn so easily en a repetitive and boring experience.
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As a whole, Dragon Quest Heroes II is a good game with enough fanfare to keep old fans happy, but enough new and engaging content to make sure newcomers don’t feel alienated
Dragon Quest Heroes 2 is a fast-paced, ridiculously fun hack-and-slash RPG. Even if you're tired of the Dynasty Warriors style of hack and slash gameplay, the open world and massive amount of depth should be enough to keep you interested for the duration of the game.
If the goal with making Dragon Quest spin-offs is part of a bigger plan, in order to make the series more popular in the West and get the audience ready for Dragon Quest IX, then Square Enix has been executing this plan brilliantly. Just like Builders, Heroes II is another high quality project. It is a game that fixes several imperfections from the previous installment, delivering a product much more complete and able to entertain for a longer time.
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Dragon Quest Heroes 2 is a much more focused action RPG compared to its predecessor, it starts with an adventure that goes through the main Dragon Quest lore while providing cameos from each of the main cast of characters in the Dragon Quest universe. It is aimed at the fans of the series but even if you aren't a fan, you will enjoy the multitude of characters and hack-and-slash gameplay that manages to avoid the repetitive nature of similar games in this genre.
It's difficult to judge how successful Dragon Quest Heroes II's changes are because at the end of the day, they are both drastic and minor. The core gameplay is almost the same, but the shift in gameplay changes the feel. Someone who enjoyed the focused tower defense gameplay of Dragon Quest Heroes would be less pleased with this iteration. Taken on its own merits, it's a fun enough game, and its flaws are relatively minor. Multiplayer alone should be enough to give it an edge. Fans of Dragon Quest should enjoy DQH 2 regardless, and newcomers should find it just as good of a starting point as the previous title. Be prepared to be overwhelmed by the puns.
The alterations in Dragon Quest Heroes 2 are definitely a step in the right direction but mostly not well implemented. If you can live with reduced tactical elements and some generic open world areas you'll still get a solid hack and slash game with great gameplay and fun online co-op.
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It is hurt by its messy story battles and uneven difficulty, but the addition of online play is welcomed. Whether you've been a Dragon Quest fan since it was still called Dragon Warrior or have never touched one in your life, Dragon Quest Heroes II is an action-RPG that is welcoming to both hardcore fans and newcomers alike.
Dragon Quest Heroes II takes everything people love about Musou games and ramps up the fun factor. If the core gameplay elements don't interest you this game won't change your mind, but if large-scale action RPGs appeal to you even a little bit you'll likely have a blast with this one.
Overall, Dragon Quest Heroes II is easily the most lovingly-recreated celebration of fanservice since Hyrule Warriors. There is an undeniable charm in its presentation, dialog and audio cues, and the shift towards more gameplay variety than the average Musou title is greatly appreciated, even if it isn't the biggest step forward.
Dragon Quest Heroes II is a marked improvement over its prequel, removing divisive elements and introducing an online co-op mode and a big open world full of side content to explore.
Despite the lack of character development and the occasional forced grind for gear, Dragon Quest Heroes II is a monstrously fun and childish game that will appeal to both grown-ups and children alike. It's witty script and adorable looking characters makes the game enjoyable to play throughout plus the sheer size of the customisable skill trees will keep Dynasty Warriors fans happy.
On the whole, Dragon Quest Heroes II is a mighty success and one that I'll definitely keep coming back to as the year unfolds, even if it's to simply put a big smile on my sorrowful brow.
Dragon Quest Heroes 2 takes all the best ingredients of the first episode and improves the formula by adding lots of gameplay elements that make the experience even more cool.
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Despite some pacing issues near the end of the game, Dragon Quest Heroes II takes what its predecessor did right and builds upon it in positive ways. Its open world design is definitely a step in the right direction, as is its more prominent narrative and larger cast of colourful characters. Meanwhile, combat remains fun and satisfying, and a sprinkling of new systems add some welcome depth. Dragon Quest Heroes II is exactly what a sequel should be.
Dragon Quest Heroes 2 provides a fantastic RPG-Musou experience, giving players the best of both worlds. The story might fall flat, but by Lu Bu, is the gameplay is an absolute blast.
Dragon Quest Heroes 2, overall, is a fantastic experience. A game that has caught me by surprise as I did not believe I would enjoy it quite as much as I have. With its wonderfully vibrant characters, enrapturing music, effervescent world and the amount of content included there is just so much to love about the game.
Omega Force's thoughtful mix of familiar Dragon Quest Heroes designs and new features not only makes this sequel engrossing, but it also shows this side series' potential for future installments. It makes for a satisfying hack-and-slasher that is not only a great Warriors spinoff, but also an effective gateway to the main Dragon Quest series.
Dragon Quest Heroes II is not just another Dynasty Warriors or Dragon Quest spin-off, this is the best of two worlds, an exemplary of an offspring sticking firmly and faithfully to the roots, to what made JRPG's unique and beloved. I can’t cease singing the praises of the exploration based, JRPG inspired direction of the game. Living breathing world, lovable cadre, hours of nostalgic JRPG fun, tons of side quests and multiplayer dungeons provides a lot of bang for your buck. Whether you are Dynasty Warriors or Dragon Quest fan, this is a highly recommended title that amazingly balances between the weakness and strengths of both worlds.
Offering you more freedom to explore and customise your characters, Dragon Quest Heroes 2 is undoubtedly a commendable follow-up to its predecessor even though it feels more than a little bit samey at times.
There's nothing really new in Dragon Quest Heroes 2 in comparison to the original game. Nevertheless, sequel can still deliver hours of pure fun due to interesting battle system, beautiful world and lighthearted story.
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Overall, Dragon Quest Heroes II is an upgrade over its predecessor. It's packed with plenty of content, long action sequences and a healthy dose of role-playing elements to keep your interest firmly hooked. The balance between action and RPG helps make this more than just a Dragon Quest title with the beating heart of Dynasty Warriors. It's a worthy sequel. Just excuse the A.I. here and there.
I won't lie to you: Dragon Quest Heroes 2 is an acquired taste. It helps if you've acquired a taste for either Dragon Quest or the Warriors series previously, preferably both. That said, it's easily one of the most accessible and enjoyable games Omega Force has produced, and a real joy to play if you already know and love Dragon Quest.
Overall, Dragon Quest Heroes II is a game we'd recommend to RPG fans. It offers an engaging story, a wide cast of great characters, and some cool hack-and-slash combat.
Like some unholy love child, Dragon Quest Heroes II continues its predecessor's attempts at merging JRPG conventions with the hack-and-slash gameplay of the “Musou” or “Warriors” franchise. Although it isn't always a perfect union, Dragon Quest Heroes II is a fun romp that provides one of the more challenging experiences in Koei Tecmo's “Warriors” franchise. If you enjoyed the first game or Hyrule Warriors, you'll certainly want to try this one out.
Dragon Quest Heroes II is an hack-and-slash Dynasty Warriors clone that's laced with appreciated RPG flavoring. A must for any Dragon Quest fan, and a nice starter to those who aren't into this kind of genre.
Moving away from the more strict mission based structure of the first game, players now get to travel across the lands of the seven kingdoms in-between the smoother than ever large scale battles. As with any musou game, the combat will get repetitive at times, but there is no question that Dragon Quest Heroes 2 is a bigger and better followup to the original that continues to be a love letter to the Dragon Quest fandom.
Dragon Quest Heroes II is successful in carrying the torch from where the first entry in the franchise ended. Heres II has enough improvements over previous systems to make it feel more like an RPG and less like a game focused solely on hack ‘n’ slash. Unfortunately, the characters didn’t click for me the same way they did with the first entry. If you are looking for some button mashing fun though you’ll find it aplenty in this game.
Dragon Quest Heroes II is a great improvement on its predecessor in almost every way – while it's far from being a perfect game, those put off by the last might actually find this more to their tastes. Dragon Quest Heroes is becoming a great action game series in its own right, though still has plenty of room to grow.
There's a lot to be played and a lot of fun to be had here, if you loved the first chapter of the series. Unfortunately, despite some improvements, you'll find the same limitations as well.
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Omega Force proves once again they can cater to a franchise’s main fanbase while honoring the more niche iterations in the series. Though the story suffers from the cliche writing and tropes JRPGs are often made fun of for, it can’t bring down the well crafted game found here. There are tons of content, and tons of characters; an improvement on the first game in almost every way.
Dragon Quest Heroes 2 is undoubtedly a step in the right direction, but it doesn't feel like a big enough leap. There are minor gameplay improvements that result in a more unique and refined experience, but at it's core the game is still struggling to pull itself away from the Dynasty Warriors series.
I was expecting some of the on-paper enhancements to impact me more, but Dragon Quest Heroes II isn't a stark improvement. It is better though, so if you wanted to get in on the first quest and missed out, you may as well skip it and jump in here -- you won't be missing a whole lot.
Dragon Quest Heroes II attempts to build upon the original in some smart ways, but the execution ends up being rather messy. The connected world doesn't provide the player with a living, breathing world to explore, but rather it's reminiscent of a diorama. One that attempts to fool the player into not seeing how shallow and lifeless things are outside of its walls. It's a fun, but flawed, follow-up. One that ultimately feels like a tease, as it adds a few much-needed improvements, but not enough to push it over the edge.
Dragon Quest Heroes II is a step backwards from the first Heroes, but represents a solid Dynasty Warriors-style action game. It gets repetitive, but taking on a massive army single-handedly is fun
Dragon Quest Heroes 2 feels like a step forward in some ways, but a step back in others. The new additions to combat are nice, but the attempts to bring more RPG elements to the story missions don't always work out for the best – at worst, they wind up transforming an enjoyable action game into a boring slog. At least it shows that Omega Force is willing to try new things with their long-established formula. Let's hope that their experiments go a little better next time.
Dragon Quest Heroes II is a solid sequel to a refreshing take on the musou genre. I love that Omega Force has been expanding on the style for a while now. These themed entries are often much more interesting than the standard 'Warriors' games. Still, some of the changes feel not for the best, and the combat started to drag on the longer I played.
Dragon Quest Heroes II is an enjoyable hack and slash sequel with a great array of characters and enemies. It continues on the good work of the first title in conjuring the feel of the Dragon Quest series, but it's still just a Musou title underneath it all with all the repetitive combat that entails. While the RPG elements add a nice level of customisation, it can all feel a little too prescribed to be truly enthralling.
Dragon Quest Heroes 2 does enough right to set itself apart from the pack, even it does overstay its welcome. If you are looking for a good hack-and-slash game that you can just have mindless fun with, Dragon Quest Heroes 2 was made for you.
If you didn't play the first Dragon Quest Heroes, then no worries, because the two are not connected in any way. Even the classic DQ characters that return from the first game make no mention of it. DQH2 is a standalone story about two cousins who live in a world that has known peace for a thousand years, but now someone is roaming around the world brewing trouble, convincing kingdoms to go to war. It's your job to solve this mystery and protect the peace. It's not a terribly intricate story, but it does feel at home in a Dragon Quest setting, and is largely enjoyable despite how nonsense it becomes towards the end.
While some of its new features make the game feel dull at times, the use of monster medals and the wonderful writing make this a musou for Dragon Quest fans and Warrior fans alike.
If the fun factor was high enough, Dragon Quest Heroes II's simplicity could easily be tolerated… but it isn't. This is one of the most repetitive hack 'n' slashers, it barely touches its Musou influences, and its storyline is way too lengthy and unexciting for what's on offer. Other than the cocktail of all things Dragon Quest it provides, this can safely be passed by for something much better.