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Dragon Quest Heroes II Is Less Dynasty Warriors, More Dragon Quest

The first Dragon Quest Heroes was a a satisfying combination of Dragon Quest characters and creatures with Dynasty Warriors-style battles and structure. With an overworld to traverse filled with random encounters and hidden treasures, Dragon Quest Heroes II feels a lot more like . . . well, Dragon Quest. Advertisement Being more a fan of the Dynasty Warriors games than the Dragon Quest series, I must admit I did not pay a lot of attention to this sequel leading up to today’s launch on PC and PlayStation 4. I liked the first game well enough and figured I was in for more of the same. As I watched and played through the game’s opening moments, there was no indication otherwise. The graphics are still sharp as hell, and the English voice acting this time around is top-notch stuff (the accents really make the Toriyama character designs work for me), but as the opening moments wrapped up and I was launched into a hack-and-slash battle, I figured I was getting what I expected. But after that massive battle, the introduction of red-haired envoy Desdemona and the massive boss fight, something was very READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Dragon Quest Heroes II Review – Life and Soul (PS4)

[embedded content] Dragon Quest Heroes II makes one hell of a first impression. Within minutes of booting up the sequel, I was greeted with an open plain to explore. One that was filled with groups of slime and other familiar foes from Enix’s legendary role-playing franchise. This sense of open space and grandeur is an impressive departure from the original, which didn’t have any sort of connected world, but rather had the player using an airship to go to specific locales. This felt more like the Dragon Quest that I knew, and the seeds of an interesting continent to explore was quickly implanted into my brain. This shakeup felt as if Dynasty Warriors developer Omega Force had responded to the criticism of the original in a major way. After a few additional minutes of exploring, I had stumbled across a nearby town. Called Accordia, the town was filled with kids running about and shops looking to sell me all sorts of weaponry. Since it was located smack dab in the middle of the world, there were also a series of branching paths that led to each of the seven areas that make it up. I was instantly giddy with excitement, and it felt as if this was…

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Dragon Quest Heroes II – Everything You Need to Know

Two years ago, Square Enix vowed to bring more Dragon Quest games west on one condition: Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below, the genre mash-up from Omega Force, had to leave a lasting impact on North American and European audiences. With a healthy one million sales under its belt as of July, 2015, Dragon Quest Heroes spawned a sequel in Dragon Quest Heroes II: Twin Kings and the Prophecy’s End and, following its Japanese debut in May of 2016, its on the verge of its worldwide launch.  April 25 is the date for your diaries, and if you’re curious to know how Square’s sequel stacks up, be sure to have a gander at Heath’s review of the PS4 import. So, you’re ready to step foot in the Seven Realms? Not so fast! In anticipation of its North American launch on April 25, we’ve scoured the four corners of the internet — and the PSLS archives — to compile all the necessary information you could ever need pertaining to Omega Force’s RPG. Dragon Quest Heroes II will launch for North America and Europe on April 25 and April 28, respectively. A Switch version is coming to Japan, though Square is yet READ…

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Man Believes His Divorce Was Caused By Dragon Quest X

Recently on Japanese television, a 43 year-old systems engineer talked about his love of Dragon Quest and how it came between him and his family. Advertisement TV show Ie, Tsuite Itte Ii Desuka? (“Is It Okay If We Follow You Home?”) stops random people on the street, asking to peek inside their abodes. On the most recent episode, a man who went by the name “Kaccho” was stopped in Nipponbashi (Osaka’s geek area) and agreed to let the show film inside his apartment. Images from the episode were posted on popular Japanese sites like 2ch, My Game News Flash, and Hachima. Advertisement As soon as the cameraman stepped inside, he noticed that Kaccho had added an extra lock to his door. The reason, Kaccho said, was that he had previously been robbed—that someone had stolen his Metallic Slime PS4, his Dragon Quest emblazoned 3DS, and two tickets to a Dragon Quest concert. The cameraman then noticed how Kaccho’s apartment was filled with Dragon Quest goods—slippers, dishes, plush toys, key holders, figures, and more. Kaccho showed off photos he had taken with Dragon Quest developers, including series creator Yuji READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Here’s 15 Minutes of Dragon Quest Heroes II Gameplay, Trophy List Revealed

[embedded content] In the latest episode of PlayStation Underground, members of the PlayStation Blog team offer up 15 minutes of early Dragon Quest Heroes II PlayStation 4 gameplay. If you’d prefer to play the game yourself, a free demo is available from the PlayStation Store. Ahead of next week’s release, Exophase has posted the full Trophy list, which you can see below (beware of potential spoilers): Platinum Glory Hunter – Awarded for successfully acquiring every trophy. Gold Bounty Hunter – Awarded for defeating every marked monster at least once. Monster Mugger – Awarded for obtaining every kind of item monsters drop. [Story Spoiler] – [Story Spoiler]. Silver King Klanger – Awarded for defeating a metal king slime. Quit Your Medallin’! – Awarded for delivering 150 mini medals to Maxi Malone. Trovehound – Awarded for opening every chest in every wild zone. Peace at Last – Awarded for attending the peace celebrations in Accordia. Well-Armed – Awarded for obtaining every single weapon. Well-Protected – Awarded for obtaining every single orb. Avid Accessoriser – Awarded for obtaining every single accessory. Greedy for Ingredients – Awarded for obtaining every available ingredient. Variety Clubber – Awarded for defeating every single species of monster. Beastmaster – Awarded for recruiting every READ…

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Dragon Quest XI Sales Might Top 5 Million in Japan, Says Kadokawa Managing Director

Kadokawa Corporation’s Managing Director, Hirokazu Hamamura, has said that he expects Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time‘s sales to top five million units in Japan. Speaking at The Present Conditions and Prospects of the Game Industry seminar in Tokyo, he said that the upcoming title can outsell Final Fantasy XV and Pokémon Sun & Moon combined. Siliconera reports that both the aforementioned games have sold roughly one million and four million in the country, respectively. Explaining his statement, Hamamura said that Dragon Quest XI is likely to reach that ambitious number due to an eventual Nintendo Switch release and an increase in fan base owing to Dragon Quest smartphone titles. “The destructive force that is Dragon Quest software is on a completely different level,” said Hamamura. “There will likely be people who buy both the PlayStation 4 and 3DS versions as well.” Japanese players will get their hands on Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time on June 29 with a Double Pack: Hero Sword Box on offer that bundles the PS4 and 3DS versions together. [Source: Mantan Web via Siliconera] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Dragon Quest XI Out in Japan This June, Double Pack Containing Both PS4 and 3DS Versions Announced

Japanese players will get their hands on Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time on June 29, Square Enix has announced. While early buyers will get some in-game items as bonus, those who fork out 14,960 yen (roughly $135) can grab a “Double Pack: Hero Sword Box” that comes with both the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS versions of the game encased in hollowed out books that are further packaged into a sword case box. You can check out an image below followed by a new trailer. [embedded content] As reported by Gematsu, Dragon Quest XI‘s story takes roughly 50 hours to finish but if you’re going for 100% completion then you’ll be investing more than a 100 hours. Back in October last year, Square Enix told MCV in an interview that the company is “committed to bringing more Dragon Quest titles in the West” as it believes the franchise “truly has potential to succeed even better.” Now we await the Western release date announcement. READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Dragon Quest XI Has Three Different Graphical Styles

After years of teasing, Square Enix announced last night that the next big Dragon Quest will be out in Japan on July 29. What’s fascinating about Dragon Quest XI isn’t just that it’s got a PS4/3DS special bundle. It’s that you can play the game in one of three different aesthetic styles. Advertisement On PS4, Dragon Quest XI will have high-fidelity 3D models (the pretty ones in the GIF above). On 3DS, you’ll be able to swap between two different styles: cel-shaded and an old-school, 16-bit look. You can see both of those in the above GIF as well. It’s an unusual, fascinating way to approach a series that has always bridged the new- and old-schools. Square Enix has also announced DQXI for Switch, so presumably that version is coming later. Hopefully it adds an entirely new fourth graphical style, just for kicks. New trailer here: It’ll be interesting to see how the Western release is handled, if it ever actually happens. (2024?) In recent years, Nintendo has been publishing the North American and European versions of the Dragon Quest games on 3DS and DS, but it’s likely they won’t publish READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Dragon Quest Heroes II PS4 Demo Available Now on the PlayStation Store

[embedded content] Ahead of Dragon Quest Heroes II’s launch later this month, Square Enix has released a free PlayStation 4 demo, which you can grab from the PlayStation Store (North America, Europe). Expect it to be around 4.8GB. With the demo, you’ll be able to play as Lazarel, Teresa, Carver, and Maribel in specially-designed quests, Square Enix says: The demo gives players an early chance to play as four of the 15 playable heroes from the full game’s story mode, including series newcomers Lazarel and Teresa, along with fan favorites Carver (Dragon Quest VI) and Maribel (Dragon Quest VII). Players will experience the game’s fast-paced battle system, expansive environments, and abundant treasures through specially-designed quests where they must defend Greena Pastures from hordes of monsters and a colossal boss. Square Enix didn’t say if anything from the demo would transfer over to the full game. Dragon Quest Heroes II launches on April 25 in North America and April 28 in Europe for PS4 and PC. By pre-ordering the game, you’ll receive the Day One Explorer’s Edition, which includes 15 in-game bonus weapons. Additionally, pre-ordering through the PlayStation Store gets you a PS4 theme, a Dragon Quest 1 Hero Costume, and a Healix the Hero recipe for Dragon READ FULL…

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New Dragon Quest Heroes II Gameplay Trailer Introduces Desdemona & Cesar

[embedded content] In the first Dragon Quest Heroes II: Twin Kings and the Prophecy’s End “Meet the Heroes” video, we were introduced to Lazarel, Teresa, and Healix. In the second video, embedded above, we’re given a glimpse at the “axe-wielding envoy” Desdemona, and the “princely powerhouse” Cesar. Desdemona is shown aiding the characters in battle with powerful axe swings and the ultimate “whopp-a-chop” move. Cesar, on the other hand, is seen attacking multiple enemies all at once with powerful magic and quick sword strikes. Here’s the description included with the video: Meet Desdemona, the dashing axe-wielding envoy of the High King, and Cesar, the cool and powerful Prince of Dunisia. How did their encounter come to pass, and more importantly, how do they fare on the battleground? Dragon Quest Heroes II: Twin Kings and the Prophecy’s End is set to launch on PlayStation 4 and PC this April 25 in the US, and April 28 for EU. If you’re itching to know more about the game, I’d recommend checking out our review of the import. Spoiler: Heath says it’s pretty great! [Source: Gematsu] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Square Enix Shows Off Dragon Quest Heroes II and Final Fantasy XII Gameplay at PAX East

At PAX East 2017, Square Enix demoed some Dragon Quest Heroes II and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age gameplay, videos of which have now appeared online. Do note that they might not be the best quality and we’ll share official videos as and when they become available but in the meantime, these offer a good look at what you’ll get. First up are two Dragon Quest Heroes II clips courtesy of YouTube user RabbitFootTV Gaming and Caffeinated Gamer: [embedded content][embedded content] Next, we have all the Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age gameplay captured by YouTube user Caelum Rabanastre XII/XV. [embedded content] While Omega Force’s Dragon Quest Heroes II comes to the PlayStation 4 in North America and Europe on April 25 and 28, respectively, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age releases for PS4 worldwide on July 11. What do our readers think of the gameplay thus far? Let us know if you’re planning to pick either or both of the titles up. READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Dragon Quest Heroes II: The Twin Kings and The Prophecy’s End Gameplay Introduces the Heroes

[embedded content] Square Enix has released a new trailer for Dragon Quest Heroes II: The Twin Kings and The Prophecy’s End, and it introduces us to the game’s protagonists, Lazarel and Teresa. Joining the duo will once again be a slime, and he’s called Healix. Same as the first Dragon Quest Heroes, and Musou games in general, expect hordes of enemies, lots of slashing and hacking, and a pretty far-out story that involves you saving the world. Meet Lazarel and Teresa, dedicated military cadets, as they’re joined by Healix, the helpful healing slimekick! After a thousand years of peace, the Seven Realms suddenly collapse into conflict as if guided by a mysterious and malicious force. Now, you must lead a band of powerful heroes in a quest to defeat evil and save the war-torn world! As someone who loved Dragon Quest Heroes, I’m already sold on this one. And the confirmation of online co-op is just the cherry on this adventure sundae. Dragon Quest Heroes II will hack its way out to the PlayStation 4 and PC this April 25 in the US, and April 28 for EU. [Source: Gematsu] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Dragon Quest Heroes II Explorer’s Edition Detailed, Overview Trailer Released

[embedded content] By pre-ordering Dragon Quest Heroes II for PlayStation 4 ahead of launch on April 25 in North America and April 28 in Europe through either the PlayStation Store or Square Enix Store, you’ll be upgraded to the Explorer’s Edition, Square Enix announced today. Along with a reversible cover artwork of the Adventure Log, the Explorer’s Edition includes these 15 in-game bonus weapons: Archdemon Arcs, Drackerang, Gem Slime Sword, Golem Gauntlets, Goodybag Abacus, Great Sabreclaws, Imp’s Fork, Night Club, Plat o’ One Tails, Robo-Bow, Robo-Razor, Royal Flush, Shadowblade, Slime Knight’s Shield, and Slime Stack Stick. Additionally, pre-ordering through the PlayStation Store gets you an exclusive PS4 theme, a Dragon Quest I hero costume, and a Healix the Hero recipe for Dragon Quest Builders. To learn about what to expect from Dragon Quest Heroes II, check out the above overview trailer. Square Enix also listed a few things that make Dragon Quest Heroes II special: Expansive and Interconnected Environments From towns to lush forests to icy tundra, Dragon Quest Heroes II is full of diverse environments to explore and discover. As an all-new and improved feature, Dragon Quest Heroes II takes place in completely expansive and interconnected environments. This means you can run from one area to the READ…