DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition

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DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition is ranked in the 100th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 32 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

92

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100%

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Based on 32 critic reviews

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Unscored Reviews

GameXplain
Loved
GameXplain

Top Critic

Loved
Sep 26, 2019
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Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Sep 26, 2019

A suite of enhancements help bring the virtues of this staunchly traditional RPG into focus.

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Scored Reviews

Forbes
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Oct 2, 2019

There are already plenty of solid roleplaying games on the Switch, but you absolutely need to add Dragon Quest XI S to your collection if you haven’t already done so. Put simply, it is still a thoroughly incredible game and almost peerless within the genre.

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VG247
Oct 2, 2019

Dragon Quest 11 has its flaws, and it may ultimately function as a breezy trip down memory lane for the experienced and a fabulous gateway experience for the uninitiated, but that is exactly what it sets out to be. At that, it is perfect.

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Daily Mirror
Sep 26, 2019

Dragon Quest XI is an excellent port of a superb JRPG. It’s rammed full of content, and performs excellently on the Switch. It’s the JRPG equivalent of putting on your comfiest pajamas and settling in on a rainy day - always enjoyable, wonderfully familiar, and the best way to prepare for Autumn.

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RPG Site
10 / 10
10 / 10
Oct 7, 2019

A Masterpiece remastered.

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SECTOR.sk
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Oct 8, 2019

Nintendo Switch Definition edition is almost perfect game for all Dragon Quest and JRPG fans.

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RPGamer
5 / 5.0
5 / 5.0
Dec 5, 2019

It adds loads of new content, including new story scenarios, many quality-of-life features, the 2D mode from the Japan-exclusive 3DS version, and packs them all together, making it far surpass the original.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Oct 14, 2019

While a straight port of Dragon Quest XI with the perk of playing portably on Switch would have been enticing enough, Square Enix went not just the extra mile, but many extra miles with the content rich Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition.

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Just Push Start
4.9 / 5.0
4.9 / 5.0
Oct 8, 2019

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of Elusive Age is without question the definitive experience. The new content gives returning players something to do, with an overwhelming amount of things to do that just makes sense on a portable platform. Similar to the original release, this is a must-have for any JRPG fan and easily one of the best games currently available on the Nintendo Switch.

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God is a Geek
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2019

Dragon Quest XI S is as perfect a port as you could ask for, and makes you feel good about owning a Switch in the first place.

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Critical Hit
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2019

Dragon Quest XI Definitive Edition is a monumental game. It highlights everything the original already got right and adds so many unique features that enhance an already phenomenal experience. It's a stand-out success for JRPG's and RPG's in general, both a modern epic and classic in every sense of the word.

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Gameplanet
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 25, 2019

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition is one of the best RPGs available on the sSwitch and is by far the most content rich version currently available. While the Switch version may not look quite as great as its big console brothers, the wealth of content on offer will have you busy for well over one hundred hours. From its stunning character and enemy design, to its pitch-perfect turn-based combat, DQ XI S is a grand slam on every level and an essential addition to any RPG fans Switch library.

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NintendoWorldReport
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2019

Dragon Quest XI S is one of the finest RPGs on Switch.

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Nintendo Wire
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 16, 2019

Dragon Quest XI S should be remembered as one of the best JRPGs of the generation — not because it pushes the genre forward, but because it reminds us why we fell in love with role-playing games in the first place.

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Hobby Consolas
95 / 100
95 / 100
Sep 26, 2019

Even if it is mostly the same game we had on the PS4 and PC, it still shines and the abundant new content mantains it fresh. And even if its visuals do not reach what we saw on the other versions (which is logical), it gets close and it is an adaptation with great merit for the Switch.

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The Games Machine
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2019

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition succeeds in the difficult task of improving one of the most successful JRPGs of recent times with very little sacrifice on the purely graphic side.

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Everyeye.it
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2019

Regardless of the hardware, Dragon Quest XI continues to be the absolute masterpiece that last year won a place among the best JRPGs of the current generation. The Definitive Edition was able to enrich an almost perfect experience, streamlining and smoothing edges and potentially tedious passages not suitable for non-lovers of the niche genre

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Impulsegamer
4.6 / 5.0
4.6 / 5.0
Oct 4, 2019

Dragon Quest XI S is the ultimate content package of a new JRPG classic, and a phenomenal port for the Nintendo Switch.

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Spaziogames
9 / 10.0
Spaziogames

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2019

With the 2D mode and many secondary quests, Dragon Quest XI S is a must have for Switch Fans.

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GamesRadar+
Sep 26, 2019

Expands and improves upon an excellent foundation in meaningful ways, with minimal compromise on the Switch's mobile hardware.

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GameMAG
9 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

9 / 10
Sep 26, 2019

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition is the ultimate version of last year's hit, which sparkle with new colours in almost every term. Yuji Hori's team took into account the roughness of the first iteration and carefully reworked a huge variety of aspects, not forgetting to include all the content and a number of pleasant innovations. All this makes a great game even better. And the opportunity to take it with you is a real joy for fans of the genre.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 26, 2019

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition is an achievement that Square should be proud of; this is one of the best games they’ve put out in years.

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FNintendo
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 25, 2019

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition may seem like a title that uses a lot of words but let there be no doubt about it: this really is the definitive edition of Dragon Quest XI, an expanded version of Square Enix's RPG for the Nintendo Switch which takes that magnificent work and adds even more features to it. The result is an absolutely marvelous game that's full of soul, excitement and content and which provides an experience that puts it among the most exquisite games for the Nintendo Switch.

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GamePro
90 / 100
90 / 100
Sep 26, 2019

The Definitive Edition of Dragon Quest 11 lives up to its name and delivers the best overall package.

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Areajugones
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2019

Square Enix has decide to make the definitive version of an immediate classic out of something that, at the beginning, may have looked like a simple adapted portable option: in this case we will find tenths of hours of gameplay, a magnificent turn based battle system and a whole new way to play the game in the West: the 2D mode, which will make nostalgics fall in love once more.

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Pure Nintendo
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 24, 2019

If you haven't made room in your crowded wish list for DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age, do so now. You don't need to take my word that it's one of most enjoyable Switch releases of the year, you can hit up the eShop for the demo and let the game's first 10 hours speak for themselves.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 26, 2019

The "definitive" adjective in Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition is not just for show. The amount of extra work that went into making this the most refined version of the original available is staggering and worthy of praise.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Sep 27, 2019

It’s a testament to the robust qualities of the traditional JRPG genre, which arguably started with the original title in this franchise, that these mechanics are still so captivating and compelling 33 years later. Long live Dragon Quest!

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 26, 2019

Dragon Quest XI is already an incredible JRPG, but this massively updated Switch release makes it almost mandatory. With new outfits, new quests, an entirely new 2D mode and a huge range of quality of life improvements, it's easy to consider this the best version of the game to play. The only thing holding it back from earning that title are some unfortunate visual and performance issues. A handy patch can fix the latter, but really the only reason not to prefer this version is if pristine graphics are your highest priority.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 26, 2019

The arrival of Dragon Quest XI on Switch is quite Ultimate indeed : combining a 2D and a 3D approach, this port also adds a good amount of new features, such japanese voices, symphonic orchestrations, and new quests. Sadly, if you already bought the PS4 version, you will have to spend some more money for this truly Ultimate Edition.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 26, 2019

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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