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Dragon Quest XI S for Nintendo Switch in 2019 (Massive demo out now!)
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December 22, 2018, 15:37:35
 


Hooray, we finally have some solid evidence that this game exists! The Switch version of the latest game in the world's longest-running JRPG series will be titled Dragon Quest XI S and include a few new features over its PS4 version:

- over 200 characters, excluding the main character, are voiced (it's unclear whether this aspect will be localized or not)
- choose from various characters to marry
- you can even choose Erik or Hendrik to live with you

Last but not least, there will be a Dragon Quest-related surprise on January 1st ERDRICK FOR SMASH DLC LET'S GO

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Posted: 12/22/18, 15:37:35  - Edited by 
 on: 08/21/19, 20:26:07    
 
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That's too long of a demo, I'll have forgotten what happened and need to start over anyway. It's good for anyone on the fence about the game, though.


Posted by 
 on: 08/23/19, 00:16:31
@Mop it up

You can always start it a week before the game comes out or whatever. Think of it as a free rental that you can cash in whenever you like!


Posted by 
 on: 08/23/19, 06:47:48
I'm hoping my wife will start it soon so I can watch, because we don't have a ton of time to play so by the time she finishes a long demo the actual game will probably be out, ha ha.


Posted by 
 on: 08/23/19, 18:39:04
I played about 4 hours of it last night. It's fun. I wish the combat was a little faster, even though you can do a lot of battles quickly. It's like it wants to be like XBC2, but stuck in traditional slow JRPG battle structure. I think I'm still on the fence, but we'll see once I get to the end.


Posted by 
 on: 08/24/19, 15:52:10
@TheOldManFromZelda

It's pretty different from Xenoblade's combat in that it's entirely turn-based. Being able to run around the battlefield is just an aesthetic thing and doesn't affect combat at all. You can speed up the battles during a fight in the Tactics menu.


Posted by 
 on: 08/24/19, 16:42:01
@TheOldManFromZelda

Like Tbun said, you can speed up the battles. There are actually 2 faster speed options in the menus. Itís quite nice.

As for the rest of the game, Iím about 2 hours in so far, and I am very much digging it. Fun, simple, gorgeous rpg action so far. You can grind to your heartís content, or avoid battles as you wish. Or even just bowl over enemies on horseback! Aa far as looks go, I started playing handheld (I play the Switch almost entirely handheld) and definitely noticed the lower fidelity. But docked, itís definitely nicer looking. Iím thick in the middle of Fire Emblem right now, so I donít really need to get engrossed in something else, but at least I know I can only get so far in this demo. Although, I donít expect to be anywhere near done with FE by the time this comes out proper.


Posted by 
 on: 08/24/19, 17:13:53
@Brandon

Good to know, I'll speed up the battles. It's rather easy to grind if you're watching your health!


Posted by 
 on: 08/24/19, 21:30:30
@TheOldManFromZelda

Yeah, I actually died because apparently you canít access items from the item bag while in battle. You need to transfer them from the item bag to yourself outside of battle. What the what?!


Posted by 
 on: 08/25/19, 01:23:39
@Brandon

It's how the game balances having a limited number of healing items without the frustration of having to discard stuff for space. In past games, there wasn't a Bag at all--each character could only hold a few items and if you needed more, you had to discard. A later game (DQ5 I think?) added the Bag feature where you can hold all the items you need (and they stack) BUT can't use them in battle. They kept limited individual inventories so you have to pick and choose what you bring into combat.

In other words, your characters' personal inventories are for equipment and items you want directly in battle. The Bag is for storing everything else.


Posted by 
 on: 08/25/19, 04:12:32  - Edited by 
 on: 08/25/19, 04:13:06
I made it to the end point this afternoon. Really satisfying.


Posted by 
 on: 08/25/19, 04:33:41
Thanks for the tips on how to speed up battles! It brought me a lot more pleasure playing last night. Grinding didn't feel like a chore.


Posted by 
 on: 08/25/19, 17:05:28
Huh, it looks like in the past decade Tim Rogers has reeled his totally inscrutable writing into something with a fun style. I tried the demo last night and wasn't sure if I was feeling it or not, but after reading that article I think I have to stick with it.


Posted by 
 on: 08/27/19, 06:19:24
When will this demo end?!! Iím loving this game, but I keep thinking Iím near the end of the demo and it just keep going! Iíve begun racing to the next plot points and been grinding a bit less as the demo has gone on (Iím almost 7 hours in) and twice thought Ďclearly this is where itís going to stop.í But Iíve been wrong. Blissfully wrong.

@Mop it up

Thereís a very elaborate ĎThe Story So Farí every time you load a save, so that really shouldnít be an issue. And itís honestly not a ton to have to remember.


Posted by 
 on: 08/27/19, 06:42:14
@Secret_Tunnel

Honestly the best thing I've seen with Kotaku's name on it. This guy's style is an acquired taste, but that was probably the most entertaining video review I've ever watched. It helps that I'm also a big DQ fan, and seeing people genuinely excited about something is always enjoyable.

His DQ Builders 2 review is similarly sincere and quirky.


Posted by 
 on: 08/27/19, 17:01:01
One thing that I love that this game (or at least the demo) does is that when you sign back in after a while of not playing it gives you a story recap! Brilliant for a long game like this. Really helps to remember what was going on before.


Posted by 
 on: 08/27/19, 22:37:13
@Brandon

Right after the time you get the 4th party character.


Posted by 
 on: 08/27/19, 23:43:43
@chrisbg99

Brilliant! Thank you! Iím pretty sure Iím currently involved in getting the 3rd party member.


Posted by 
 on: 08/28/19, 05:20:13
Just did a really nice sequence about 7 hours in (yeah, I'm taking my time). It's very heavy, mysterious and emotional. Those who've gotten there should know what I'm talking about. These games can really pull you in at times.

On the other hand, Townspeople Talk Tripe sounds absolutely hilarious:







Posted by 
 on: 08/28/19, 05:57:52
@Secret_Tunnel
Yeah, I used to roll my eyes when I saw Tim Rogers' name, but now, he's, like, one of the only members of the gaming media that I would seek out content from. In the echo chamber that is most of gaming media, he's a weird, amusing anomaly!


Posted by 
 on: 08/28/19, 14:41:39
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