Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

The eleventh major installment of the popular jRPG series by Square Enix. The action of Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time takes place in a fantastical land of Lotozetasia, while the player assumes the role of a inhabitant of the Ishi village. On his 16th birthday, he discovers that he is an incarnation of a hero who saved the world from annihilation many years ago. Since then, the youngster’s life takes a radical turn, and his further fate is uncertain. Accompanied by loyal friends, the protagonist embarks on a journey which will seal his destiny. The production is very sandbox — at its core are exploration of the environment, conversing with non-player characters, and performing quests given by them. Turn-based combat is an integral part of the gameplay. To win a battle, we have to adequately develop our character and adjust our equipment accordingly.

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Sony PlayStation 4
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Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age | PS4

RPG, fantasy, turn-based, jRPG

Companies responsible for Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

Square-Enix | game developer

Square-Enix / Eidos | publisher   Official website

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age release date for PS4:

game language:
Japanese

29 July 2017 | Worldwide

Game mode: single player
Expectations: 9.5 / 10 calculated out of 23 players' votes.  

Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time is the eleventh installment of the cult jRPG series. The title was developed cooperatively by Square Enix and Orca, which was involved in Dragon Quest X. The development process was overseen by Hokuto Okamoto. The production was released for, among others, PlayStation 4 on the franchise’s thirtieth anniversary.

Plot

The action of Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time takes place in a fantastical land of Lotozetasia. The player assumes the role of a inhabitant of Ishi village. On the day of his sixteenth birthday, during the ceremony to celebrate his coming of age, the youngster discovered that he is an incarnation of a hero who saved the world from annihilation many years ago – the shining mark heralding the coming crisis that appeared on his arm. His further fate is thence uncertain — the hero embarks on a journey that is supposed to seal his destiny. Luckily, he isn’t alone. His loyal friends — the devoted Emma and Camus who acts as a guide — accompany him.

Mechanics

Similarly to Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, the world of Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time is a sandbox one. At the core of gameplay are exploration of the environment, conversing with NPCs and performing quests given by them as well as fighting encountered enemies which lets us gain valuable experience and then develop our character. Battles are played in turns — the key to success is to adequately develop and equip our heroes. Various kinds of opponents stand in our way — both lesser and the most powerful ones, who can only be defeated with special tactics.

Compared to the previous installments of the series, the title introduces numerous changes and enhancements to the gameplay formula. The protagonist can climb up environmental objects which gives the available locations a vertical aspect. Places we visit vary — the adventure takes us not only through flower-dotted, idyllic landscapes but also through deserts or even snow-covered mountaintops.

Technical aspects

Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time was released, among other things, for PlayStation 4. On the Sony platform, the title is powered by Unreal Engine 4 and can boast state-of-the-art graphics — we can enjoy very detailed environment, but character models, created in the characteristic manga style, are also noteworthy. It should also be noted that Akira Toriyama, a legendary Japanese cartoonist who created the Dragon Ball saga, was involved in the development of the game as well.

Nintendo 3DS
Game Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (3DS) Cover
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age | 3DS

RPG, fantasy, turn-based, jRPG

Companies responsible for Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

Square-Enix | game developer

Square-Enix / Eidos | publisher   Official website

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age release date for 3DS:

game language:
Japanese

29 July 2017 | Worldwide

Game mode: single player
Expectations: 8.2 / 10 calculated out of 6 players' votes.  

Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time is the eleventh installment of the cult jRPG series. The title was developed cooperatively by Square Enix and Orca, which was involved in Dragon Quest X. The development process was overseen by Hokuto Okamoto. The production was released for, among others, Nintendo 3DS on the franchise’s thirtieth anniversary.

Plot

The action of Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time takes place in a fantastical land of Lotozetasia. The player assumes the role of a inhabitant of Ishi village. On the day of his sixteenth birthday, during the ceremony to celebrate his coming of age, the youngster discovered that he is an incarnation of a hero who saved the world from annihilation many years ago – the shining mark heralding the coming crisis that appeared on his arm. His further fate is thence uncertain — the hero embarks on a journey that is supposed to seal his destiny. Luckily, he isn’t alone. His loyal friends — the devoted Emma and Camus who acts as a guide — accompany him.

Mechanics

Similarly to Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, the world of Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time is a sandbox one. At the core of gameplay are exploration of the environment, conversing with NPCs and performing quests given by them as well as fighting encountered enemies which lets us gain valuable experience and then develop our character. Battles are played in turns — the key to success is to adequately develop and equip our heroes. Various kinds of opponents stand in our way — both lesser and the most powerful ones, who can only be defeated with special tactics.

Compared to the previous installments of the series, the title introduces numerous changes and enhancements to the gameplay formula. The protagonist can climb up environmental objects which gives the available locations a vertical aspect. Places we visit vary — the adventure takes us not only through flower-dotted, idyllic landscapes but also through deserts or even snow-covered mountaintops.

Technical aspects

The Nintendo 3DS version of Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time is powered by the technology used in the previous installments of the series. The graphics are of high quality, while the production uses the unique capabilities of the platform in an interesting way. The player can choose one of two visual styles — while on the upper screen we can see the action from the third-person perspective, the lower one presents it from an aerial view that brings the initial 2D titles in the series. It should also be noted that Akira Toriyama, a legendary Japanese cartoonist who authored the Dragon Ball saga, was involved in the development of the game.

Nintendo Switch
Game Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (Switch) Cover
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age | Switch

RPG, fantasy, turn-based, jRPG

Companies responsible for Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

Square-Enix | game developer

Square-Enix / Eidos | publisher   Official website

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age release date for Switch:

game language:
Japanese

2018 | Worldwide

Game mode: single player
Expectations: 9.8 / 10 calculated out of 2 players' votes.  

Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time is the eleventh installment of the cult jRPG series. The title was developed cooperatively by Square Enix and Orca, which was involved in Dragon Quest X. The development process was overseen by Hokuto Okamoto. The production was released for, among others, Switch on the franchise’s thirtieth anniversary.

Plot

The action of Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time takes place in a fantastical land of Lotozetasia. The player assumes the role of a inhabitant of Ishi village. On the day of his sixteenth birthday, during the ceremony to celebrate his coming of age, the youngster discovered that he is an incarnation of a hero who saved the world from annihilation many years ago – the shining mark heralding the coming crisis that appeared on his arm. His further fate is thence uncertain — the hero embarks on a journey that is supposed to seal his destiny. Luckily, he isn’t alone. His loyal friends — the devoted Emma and Camus who acts as a guide — accompany him.

Mechanics

Similarly to Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, the world of Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time is a sandbox one. At the core of gameplay are exploration of the environment, conversing with NPCs and performing quests given by them as well as fighting encountered enemies which lets us gain valuable experience and then develop our character. Battles are played in turns — the key to success is to adequately develop and equip our heroes. Various kinds of opponents stand in our way — both lesser and the most powerful ones, who can only be defeated with special tactics.

Compared to the previous installments of the series, the title introduces numerous changes and enhancements to the gameplay formula. The protagonist can climb up environmental objects which gives the available locations a vertical aspect. Places we visit vary — the adventure takes us not only through flower-dotted, idyllic landscapes but also through deserts or even snow-covered mountaintops.

Technical aspects

Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time was released, among others, for Nintendo Switch. On the Nintendo platform, the title is powered by Unreal Engine 4 and can boast state-of-the-art graphics — we can enjoy very detailed environment, but character models, created in the characteristic manga style, are also noteworthy. It should also be noted that Akira Toriyama, a legendary Japanese cartoonist who authored the Dragon Ball saga, was involved in the development of the game.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age gameplay trailer #1

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Materiał promujący Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time w wersji na konsolę PlayStation 4. To jedenasta odsłona kultowego cyklu japońskich gier RPG, której premiera zbiegła się w czasie z trzydziestymi urodzinami popularnej marki.