In a time where adventuring outdoors does not seem possible, it is now possible to go on a whimsical adventure as of December 4. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age sets to impress new players with its gorgeous graphics, quirky characters and wholesome, yet exciting storyline. The RPG/JRPG developed by Square Enix, sought after by fans of the Dragon Quest series, promises to excite during this time of quarantine and social distancing during the holidays. 

The game originally released in 2017 on the Nintendo 3DS and Playstation 4 in Japan, then worldwide in 2018. It was recently released on the Nintendo Switch in 2019. Now the game is reaching players farther than it ever has before with its release on PC and Xbox One.

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Our tale begins with our main character discovering that he is the reincarnation of the Luminary, destined to bring light to the darkness in the world called Erdrea. He intends to discover the meaning behind his birth and fulfill his destiny of bringing the light while doing so. The Luminary’s travels bring him into contact with some of the weirdest creatures you will ever encounter in a game, my current favorite being the Cruelcumber, aside from the classic blue Slime. He joins up with a host of quirky companions and brings them along for his arduous journey where adulthood meets destiny. This epic tale gives players over 100 hours of beautiful gameplay to enjoy.

The bright 3D graphics are not all this game has to offer. It also feeds the nostalgia Dragon Quest long-time game players could only dream of: the game offers a classic 2D version (16-bit graphics mode) of the game which can be switched from 3D to 2D at any time within the churches or by the angelic statues found across Erdrea. With this mechanic, the studios decided that not only could players have their cake but eat it too.

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The Dragon Quest series release on other consoles comes at a time where we need games to offer us a little light-hearted, but epic, storytelling. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age gives us an enchanting escape from a dark period in which we could all use the light. Consider adding this game to your collection as a memento of all the good things that came out of 2020.

You can watch the trailer for the game below. The game is currently available through Steam, Epic Games and the Microsoft Store.











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