Review: Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age

This surprised us JRPG previously been very much with her charm, graphics, gameplay, and dozens of hours of content. Now it's time for the game to come to a platform that many have been hoping for, the Nintendo Switch.

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition, a mouthful, but a mouthful of great aspects attached to it. The JRPG genre has changed a lot over the years and Dragon Quest has already proven to be on the top shelf with this part, and that has not changed with this Nintendo Switch. We're not going to go into too much detail about the game itself, as we've been through this before! We're going to talk about why the Switch version is one that is definitely worth picking up or playing again!

Reinventing the wheel

If there's one thing Dragon Quest doesn't do, it's reinventing the wheel, but that's not a negative thing in this aspect, just a good thing. Dragon Quest XI continues on a formula that works when properly implemented, and the game does it wonderfully spectacularly. The combat system is turn-based with a few fun twists and it feels old-school as well as refreshing. The cinematics, the story, the graphics, everything is right and everything feels refreshing at every step of the story. This is no surprise, since we already indicated in our previous review for the game that this is a must-play if you like the JRPG genre.
As an unnamed hero, you discover that you are the Luminary, a reincarnation of a mythical hero that no one thought would ever return. it's up to you to fight the dark. If you read it that way, this story sounds quite linear and no more special than an average other story. However, nothing could be further from the truth, given that the game has many fun twists and retains its own style during your content trip. Every time you come to a new village it feels like a pause, something to catch your breath. Then you are thrown straight into a rollercoaster of emotions again. The boss fights, puzzles, everything is right and feels nice and challenging and at the same time a relaxed experience. But what about now on the Nintendo Switch?

Perfect for the Switch

The first thing I noticed after starting the game was how close the Switch graphics are to the Playstation 4 variant. The game looks fantastic down to the details. The cinematics also run well and even in the 720p handheld I was still surprised with how beautiful the game is. This started well, I immediately felt like continuing this second playthrough. So I spent much longer on the game the first night than I intended and lost myself in how great the game looked. This in combination with the great gameplay and story were a relief. I didn't think that among all these big titles coming out towards the end of 2019, this very game would hold me tight.
The enemy design is something that fits perfectly with the core Nintendo titles and mixes the playful with the dark. This is an important thing for Nintendo Switch players, who more often like a playful mentality in their games. Also a nice addition is the 2D mode, you can play the game completely in 16-bit pixel art, and both versions deliver the same high-quality gameplay. If you want to live off a little nostalgia, this is possible in large sizes!


Except for a few minor aspects, the Dragon Quest XI S variant is a great addition to your Switch library and highly recommended by me. Even if you've already played the game, the 2D mode is still a cool mode to play handheld on your Nintendo Switch. I can recommend the game to everyone and it is completely worth the price of submission! The graphics are fantastic, the gameplay is refreshing and at the same time nostalgic and the story flows nicely. Be sure to let us know what you think of the game in the comments below!

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