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Published September 11, 2018

Dragon Quest XI has been out for a while and although it definitely plays a little similar to its Playstation 2 counterpart, Dragon Quest 8: Journey of the Cursed King (great game by the way), it is a really good game that puts it in a league of its own. So, one might wonder, is Dragon Quest XI good; the answer, an emphatic, yes. This is the first Dragon Quest game that take things like life replenishment to a whole another level.

Outside of Dragon Quest Heroes I & II, there were a lot of Dragon Quest games where enemies didn’t respawn unless you left the area and the concept of being able to fight first or get the first turn in battle is really encouraged in the game which I’ve come to love. Most RPGs, as many gamers well know, usually gives the gamer and his entourage room and board at the local hotels; setting up shop at a campsite has become a means of recovery while on the road.

Dragon Quest XI has journeyed down the road of awesomeness and has become even more awesome because forging items has made a comeback. So again beggeth the question, is Dragon Quest XI good, yes and here is why it is.

Life and Magic refill per level up

I haven’t played many Dragon Quest games over the 29 years that I’ve been playing video games; Dragon Quest XI is the only Dragon Quest I’ve played where you’ll get a Life and Magic refill per level up. This comes in handy because if you’re ever standing on the rock of gibraltar needing health and have no healing items then this will come through in a pinch.

Someone is due for a level up and ultimately the meter refills

Another aspect of this to appreciate is being able to use your powers with a refilled magic meter which, if we’re being honest, will also be useful in getting the upper hand especially when you’re doing the post game sidequests; it is not completely out of the question that you’ll be looking for this when that time comes. The post game bosses and enemies will be the strongest in the entire game; they’re bringing their A-game, you’ll need to as well.

So, if anyone asks you “is Dragon Quest XI good, you can respond by saying, “what other Dragon Quest game do you know refills your life and magic meter when you gain a new level or level up; not any I know or have played”.

Enemies i.e. respawn, turn tail and run away

Let me say this, enemies are known to respawn after you leave an area but enemies are known to respawn after a certain amount of time within the area you’re in while you’re playing this game. For example, let’s say you take on a few slime enemies then you destroy them. The enemies you destroyed will respawn when you turn your back and turn back around again; this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

The road is empty, no enemies in your way; I wonder why

You can make this work with you by destroying all the enemies in the area and going up a few levels (2-3); the secondary benefit to this is that enemies whether they are big or small will turn tail and run away from you when you’ve beaten enough of them or you’ve gotten strong enough to the point that even they’re intelligent enough to realize that they’re no match for you. Is Dragon Quest XI good; its so good that enemies know to leave you alone when they recognize power.

What I love about this aspect of enemy intelligence is that they have the common sense to run away from you thereby giving you all the room in the world to run away if you really need to do so as to keep from succumbing to whatever injuries you might have like poison damage (not likely) or whatever your health issue is.

Getting to attack first

What makes the question, is Dragon Quest XI good worth answering is the third fact of this gaming article getting to attack first. Now, in Dragon Quest 8, you didn’t have any idea as to how you were going to start the battle first or if you could start a battle getting the first turn was really hard especially if you were fighting infamous monsters (Hackzilla – Farebury region).

Going first in battle is not at all a hardship and it is quite easy to initiate; running up to or behind an enemy and hitting the attack button made this a reality. I caught myself saying “I hope I can do this or this concept exist when I face all the post game enemies in the sidequests because every potential advantage helps a great deal”.

Besides, a gamer or gamers would jump at the chance to end a battle quickly and what better way to do that than by running up to your enemy, attacking them from behind while both you and them are on the overworld map, going first in battle then slaughtering them then moving on.

Campsites everywhere

I have to say that this is the first Dragon Quest game I’ve played with campsites on just about every corner (metaphorically speaking), it is not out of the question that facing enemies while on the road will eventually begin to take its toll. Sometimes the nearest town isn’t for miles and the need to recover is absolute. Campsites are great for doing just that and if you’re looking to go out and find the monster that did that number on your party then a campsite is the perfect place to rest up then go back to your revenge.

Definitely welcomed

People, curious gamers can ask “is Dragon Quest XI good”; I would think the question they should really ask is if you were going somewhere and you needed to rest up before you enter the designated place; could you do that without having to run all the way back to the nearest town especially since it is a longer trek back than to the campsite nearby. My advice, keep on the lookout for campsites near your designated locales; you’ll be thankful you did when you’re not using every once of your health to survive. Work smarter, not harder.

Forging equipment vs. Shops

Is Dragon Quest XI good, yes, and it makes one more thing perfectly clear; you don’t have to buy everything in shops. Want to know why; the answer lies in the different forging materials and other metals that you get along the way or as you’re working your way to different places. My general piece of advice when you’re out in the overworld, search every nook and cranny; I mean, really tear the landscape apart looking for items and those little blue sparkles because you’re going to stumble onto something you can use to forge your weapons and other stuff.

While it’s ideal to save money, it is still good to visit shops now and then or whenever you hit a new town because you’ll usually discover an item there that will either benefit you or you can use to forge another piece of equipment. The way I see it, nothing is off the table when you’re using the forge at the campsite to make more items. Pay attention to the forge if it is glowing because you’ll be able to make something special.


Dragon Quest XI brings a lot of new elements to the game that has not been seen in previous Dragon Quest games especially the concept of life and magic refill per level up which could go a long way in the post game when you’re trying to topple enemies that outnumber you 5-4. Enemies respawning after a short while is another something new that the game brings but also has given enemies the intelligence to realize that they’re no match for the Luminary & Co.

The game also has also given gamers the ability to start any battle with the upper hand which is great for ending battle quickly before the enemy can be given a chance to utilize their full powers; having a campsite to rest at on the road has put the game on a crash course to the gamers hall of fame along with being able to forge your own equipment at the campsite instead of buying everything in town. So to answer the question, is Dragon Quest XI good; yes, yes it is.

If you have any questions or thoughts regarding my post then please send me a message and I’ll get back to you immediately. Thank you and Happy gaming.


R.J’s Last Minute Tip

When you start getting skill points (SP), focus on one aspect of the tree i.e. swords, luminary, swordmastery; ideally swords then when you get more SP then you can work toward trying to master other aspect of the character builder. Don’t make the mistake of trying to put your SP into all of your skill sets because you’re going to do more harm than good to your character and team.

Pick a spot and start there, don’t go all over the place



  1. ShyShy

    Love the image of the game at the top that really comes to life and looks awesome.

    I love magic and leveling up in video games, I feel like I have accomplished something every time I level up.

    Awesome graphics and a great story is enough to get anyone addicted to playing video games for hours at a time.

    • Rodney McGillRodney McGill

      That’s why I do it Shy, I’ve loved video games since I was a child and I don’t intend to stop at any point in time. Plus, I feel like you learn a lot when you play video games despite the fact that some people believe otherwise.

  2. AlexanderAlexander

    I like that the enemies run away from you when your character has gained a lot of power with Dragon Quest XI- that’s great. It’s really cool that Dragon Quest XI gives many opportunities to recharge at many available campsites instead of just towns. Forging is my favorite part of any game and I am thrilled that there are great options for forging in DQ XI. Thank you for a neat review of DQ XI.

    • Rodney McGillRodney McGill

      You’re welcome Al, have you gotten the game yet or at all; if not, I’m encouraging you to buy it because its on a whole other level as far as entertainment and activity goes. You shouldn’t wait another second to buy the game. On top of forging, every character in the game has an ultimate outfit to which they can wear and equip as well as other outfits as well.

  3. NancyNancy

    I have to agree with you.  This game looks like it will be a lot of fun.  I like the artwork, so thanks for including the screen shots.  I really liked the idea of the campsites since they will give the opportunity to rest and not expend energy backtracking.  Being able to forge equipment instead of just buying it in a shop also sounds like a fun addition the game.  It sounds like the magic refill can keep players happily playing for hours at at time.

    • Rodney McGillRodney McGill

      Thanks Nancy, I’m grateful for your feedback and the game is a lot of fun; I can’t stop playing it, I just learned one of my biggest moves last night while playing and I didn’t want to put the controller down. Buy the game and try it, it’s a lot of fun.

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