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I am an unabashed Dragon Quest nerd. I love every single game (except 7) without any critique. They can do no wrong.
Months ago I pre-ordered Dragon Quest XI for PC, hoping that it wasn't going to be a crappy port (Dragon Quest has always been a console game, from NES all the way up through PlayStation 4). PC versions of console games don't generally fare well, but I took the risk.
The moment the screen filled with gorgeous hand-drawn imagery and the classic, clarion trumpets from the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra blared out of my headset, I was absolutely enthralled. This is no port. It plays wonderfully on the PC and it even has advanced graphic options for those who care to tweak things. Full mouse+keyboard support or full controller support.
The game is GORGEOUS. They took all the best things from my favorite Dragon Quest (VIII) and made them even better for 2018 technology. Fully hand-drawn and 3D rendered characters from Akira Toriyama, with clothing changes, full excellent voice acting, and an orchestral score over a brilliant, colorful fully 3D world; it's like a much more colorful and vibrant Breath of the Wild (if that's even possible).
The combat system is still fully Dragon Quest (that is to say, fully turn-based) but it now allows you to move freely around the battle area as you play. It's not "functional" movement (positioning doesn't matter) but it still is just a ton of fun.
If you are in to JRPGs or just beautiful and atmospheric games (and aren't turned off by cartoony Japanese characters), I cannot recommend Dragon Quest XI enough.
Full Steam support (achievements, big screen, etc.) as well.
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