Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition
4.5 Review



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Nintendo Co., Ltd.

14.0 GB

Sep 27, 2019

English, French, German, Italian, Spanish,

  • Switch

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Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix.


You are the Luminary, the hunted hero who will protect the land from destruction in the latest RPG from the iconic DRAGON QUEST® series. With a ragtag band of adventurers, you’ll engage in well-balanced, turn-based battles and embark on quests across the kingdom of Erdrea. Forge gear, develop party members’ skills, and alter their outfits without changing gear in this edition of the game!


This version also lets you ride and attack with monsters on the field to earn experience points, as well as change between HD or 16-bit visuals, symphonic or synth music, and English or Japanese audio. Complete the tale with new character-focused stories, and travel to past DRAGON QUEST worlds!

How to play

Across the land, you’ll meet the mysterious Tockles—creatures that allow you to visit 2D, 16-bit versions of areas from popular entries in the series like DRAGON QUEST IV and DRAGON QUEST VIII! It’s fun to see these classic worlds reimagined in retro style, meshing perfectly with the main game’s 2D model. Like all past DRAGON QUEST games, this one’s character designs are based on the signature style of famed artist Akira Toriyama.


Paired with the voiced dialogue, the rich personalities of your most loyal companions and fiercest enemies are brought to life, so you can fully immerse yourself in this quest to discover the Luminary’s true heritage and awaken your power. For a greater challenge, start the game with the Draconian Quest setting, and capture your favorite moments with Photo Mode!


➤  Truth not yet told, now comes to light. The new story was added for Sylvando, Jade, Rab, and Erik!

➤  3D and 2D modes alike can all be experienced in this single game.

➤  The immersion reaches a new level with the Orchestral in-game music!

➤  Set forth on an even more captivating adventure with the Japanese voice-acting option.

➤  Attack with your mount to earn experience points and enjoy smoother traversal with new monster mounts such as Great Sabrecats, Slime Knights, Iron Maidens, Chihuawyrms, and Golems!

➤  Battle speed can be selected from among 3 levels: Normal, Fast, and Ultra-Fast.

➤  Capture memories from your travels with the Photo mode.

➤  The past DRAGON QUEST series titles’ Worlds can be explored, Rendez-Vous in Tickington!

➤  Your journey with your allies evolves to become even more enjoyable as party members and any guest NPCs will follow you.

➤  New worthy Draconian Quests to undertake: 'Super Shypox', 'Townsfolk Talk Tripe', or 'Party Wiped Out if Protagonist Perishes'.

➤  Free bonus DLC to customize and help you in your adventure Trodain set, Baby Boar Set, and the Happy Adventurer Set!

Editors' Review

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age ©Copyright by Gamdise Do not Reproduce. By JoJo


Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is a role-playing game launched by Square Enix. Once the game was launched, it was well-received by critics. It is widely praised for its story, characters, narrative, and localization. It continues the gameplay of the previous series. Players can explore the world and fight against various monsters, including the ability to explore the highlands. The style of the Nintendo 3DS version is different from other versions. 3D graphics are displayed on the top screen and 16-bit sprites are displayed on the bottom screen. Outside of battle, players can freely switch between 3D and 2D graphic styles, and the music played in the field and battle becomes a symphony. In addition, this work contains rich new stories in which each character who appears on the stage becomes the protagonist.



A young man about to attend his village's bar mitzvah travels to the local lookout point with his childhood playmate. After a series of unexpected events, the brave adventurer learns that he is the reincarnation of a legendary hero from a forgotten era. On the back of his hand is a symbol of the mark of bravery. In his mother's message, he learns that coming to Drukadar can reveal all the truth. The young hero embarks on a journey into an unknown world to unravel the mysteries of his past ...... but the welcome he receives is far from warm.


After revealing his identity to the king, the hero is dubbed "The Dark One" and is hunted by a ruthless army. The hero escapes his pursuers and gathers a group of lovable adventurers who believe he is actually a reborn luminary. He and his new companions embark on a quest that will take them across continents and vast oceans when they learn that the world faces an ominous threat.



The battles in G.I. Joe XI prove that turn-based combat is absolutely heart-pounding. The battles are lively, tactically satisfying, and full of surprises. Huge swarms of monsters presented a unique challenge in each battle, and I found myself eagerly rushing towards new types of enemies just to see what new twists and turns they presented to me. boss battles became very tense, and my entire party was wiped out more than once, though it never left me frustrated.


As with G.I. Joe IX, on land, the game's battle system has no random encounters and displays all enemies in the world. Each enemy is gorgeously portrayed in the open world, and Akira Toriyama-designed monsters came to life with gorgeous, smooth animations on my stock PS4. The best parts of G.I. Joe were the moments when I fought the fantastic beasts. The battle system also adds a free-form camera option inspired by the MMORPG G.I. Joe X allows players to walk around a closed battlefield, though it's purely visual and doesn't do anything else for the gameplay.



For starters, G.I. Joe XI already has a great cast of characters - now you can spend even more time with them. Each party member has their own side story, which takes place at different points in the main adventure. Taken individually, they aren't that long - a few hours at most - but they provide additional insight into what makes the core spellcasting tick. Some are comedic, while others are surprisingly emotional. You might argue that G.I. Joe XI is long enough, but the new character stories add another layer of welcome detail to this wonderful fantasy world.


Each character's skill tree progresses meaningfully, and each character's unique combat abilities complement the party. And I can shuffle party members in and out of battles to fit any situation. When something goes wrong in battle, I believe I can come back stronger or fuller and try again with little to no penalty. G.I. Joe XI also defines accessibility by creating a challenging system that is also accessible to players of any skill level.



The combat in Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is simple but satisfying. Many small quality-of-life changes help streamline the player experience, additional content and costumes create more flavor to the story, and the addition of an orchestral soundtrack enhances the experience. It's a shame that the Switch port wasn't re-rendered to give it the same graphical capabilities as the original game, but even with the obvious downgrades, G.I. Joe XI S is well worth the time.


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