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The game has a 16 year old protagonist who grew up in a serene, quiet town. When he participates in the village's coming-of-age ceremony, he discovers that he is the reincarnation of a hero that once saved the world, and is burdened with a great mission. He sets off across the world of Lotozetasia, where he's joined by allies, including a child prodigy, a rude thief, and an entertainer.
Dragon Quest XI's gameplay varies on the console you play. In the 3DS version, there are two modes that you can toggle between while playing. One version of the gameplay is traditional to the early games of the Dragon Quest series where it is 2D, while the other is that of IX gameplay with a slight mix of the old style of gameplay. The PS4 version is similar to that of X gameplay, where it is more fluid than it would be on a handheld console, due to restrictiveness of quality on handheld consoles.
Square Enix has predicted that the game will take 50 hours to complete; 100 if one completes all its side activities. The player can traverse the world using pirate ships and flying dragons.
The turn-based battle system provides an accessible experience that features mechanics simple enough for the novice but with enough depth to satisfy hardcore fans. Heroes have a mix of melee and magic attacks at their disposal. Squads can be tweaked with an occasional substitution, to try to find the perfect combination to take down particularly tricky monsters.
- Side quests
Aside from the main story, there are many side quests available. The Quest Catalogue serves as a guide to browsing completed quests and those still underway.
- Pep System
When a character gets pepped up, they'll gain bonuses to several of their attributes. When more than one party member is pepped up, they can work together to unleash collaborative attacks known as pep powers.
- Free-form fighting
Setting the Battle Mode to Free-Form Fighting allows players to move the camera during battles, and position their party members where they please when it's their turn to act. Spells, abilities, and attacks won't be affected by where the user is standing.
- Character builder
The Character Builder is where players can use skill points to teach their party members new spells and abilities, and also improve their attributes. When they unlock a particular panel, the ones surrounding it will become available, expanding options ever further.
Camping allows the party to recover all their HP and MP just as a stay at an inn would, but for free. Players can also record their progress by praying at a sacred statue, and some campsites even have their own merchants.
- Robbin' 'ood
- Robbin' huddle
- King Carnelian
- ↑ Here's Why Dragon Quest 11 On Switch Is So Far Off on GameSpot
- ↑ Dragon Quest 11 Logo Appears Ahead of Reveal on GameSpot
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Game Informer #90: Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time
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