Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Reviews Summary

Exceptional JRPG Mechanics
Faithful to the Franchise
Quality Story

Summary: While some critics felt that Dragon Quest XI's story falters in a few places, most agree that it's one of the strongest entries in the series. It keeps what's made Dragon Age so special while successfully modernizing some of its mechanics.

Rating Summary

Based on 107 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

88

Top Critic Average

89%

Critics Recommend

Based on 107 critic reviews
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IGN

Top Critic

8.8 / 10.0
Aug 30, 2018

Dragon Quest XI excels when it emphasizes fighting bad guys, exploring dungeons, and finding treasure. It's a visual feast populated by a cast of colorful monsters more engrossing than its main characters. Uneven story beats and some icky bits sometimes slow Dragon Quest down, but superb mechanics remain the focus, making Echoes of an Elusive Age a top-tier JRPG for the modern age.

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No Recommendation / Blank
Aug 28, 2018

A sumptuous, generous and absolutely gorgeous RPG that isn't quite the measure of Dragon Quest's illustrious past.

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68 / 100
Sep 11, 2018

A JRPG for people who haven't played one in a while, basically. Well-made, but disappointingly safe.

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9 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2018
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Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

7 / 10
Sep 6, 2018

Old school to a fault, but fans of the series – and anyone else that appreciates its honest charms – will find much to love in this simplistic but heart-warming role-player.

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8.3 / 10.0
Aug 28, 2018

This isn't a shake up for the series and can sometimes feel dated, but the long, hard-fought adventure comes together in an engaging way

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Unscored
Aug 27, 2018

Dragon Quest 11 is a beautiful example of what a JRPG can be after 30 years of lovingly guided evolution. Its success is irrevocably tethered to those decades of development, though, and that means you probably already know if this is a game for you. If you're not already one of the faithful, Dragon Quest 11 is unlikely to make you a convert.

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9 / 10
Aug 28, 2018

Steeped in tradition and not afraid to show it, Dragon Quest XI reflects the best qualities of the series' past.

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Kotaku

Top Critic

Unscored
Aug 27, 2018

In conclusion, everything I have said about Dragon Quest XI being one of the best games of all time is definitely correct, because I played the game in Japanese for 300 hours. I wouldn't have done that if it weren't a masterpiece.

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Aug 28, 2018

If you're a fan of Dragon Quest VIII, you'll find a lot to love about Dragon Quest XI. Its character-driven plot and skill system recall the series' breakout PlayStation 2 installment, though Dragon Quest XI's lively world and expressive monsters lend it a unique feeling and flavor. Some fans might feel let-down about Dragon Quest XI's lack of job system or other options that let you fine-tune every aspect of your party (what I wouldn't give to see Dragon Quest V's monster-friending system make a return), but if you're in the market for a turn-based RPG that feels nostalgic but doesn't force you to deal with old genre mechanics, you won't find a better quest.

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