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The latest addition in the Dragon Quest franchise isn’t your normal Dragon Quest game, it’s an all-out battle created by Dynasty Warriors developers Omega Force.
Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe And The Blight Below is the love child of Square Enix’s long running Dragon Quest franchise and Koei Tecmo’s studio Omega Force, which is the driving force behind the Dynasty Warriors series. While Omega Force delivers good or even great games, the recent released Samurai Warriors 4-II offered me a good time, they shine even brighter when they develop third party games, games like One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3, Hyrule Warriors and now Dragon Quest heroes., also keep in mind they are currently developing an Attack on Titan game which looks amazing.
Omega Force’s formula is simple, they give us a few heroes to control and a thousand enemies to destroy. While this formula can be repetitive and sometimes even downright boring it still works for some of their titles. Dragon Quest Heroes’ formula is a bit different and offers some good gameplay, with some limitations. Dragon Quest heroes is built upon the long running Dragon Quest franchise which offers great characters, story, environment and monsters.
The story of Dragon Quest Heroes is quite simple and not that meaningful, it still is enjoyable though, humans and monsters live together in harmony, until this dark sorcerer turns the monsters against humanity and lets friends battle each other, you the hero or heroine of this story will venture forth to return peace and harmony into our lives, while meeting new and strange friends. What truly amazes me from the start is the fact that you and your companions are pretty eager to destroy the monsters while just a minute ago you were having fun and were BFF’s, this felt kind of strange but, let’s be honest we have a job to do, save the world from these cute monsters by killing them all, I’m going to miss you my monster BFF.
Battling these monsters is quite simple, since the monsters aren’t as hyped to get killed as you are for killing them, you have the square button and the triangle button at your disposal, now mash them, that’s all you’ll need. This works at the beginning of the game since the monsters are low level and aren’t eager to fight you, instead most of them don’t attack you they’re just there for the dying part. Once you have cleared the first few stages you’ll discover that there’s more to Dragon Quest Heroes than just mashing square and triangle. You have spells and skills at your disposal and when you meet the first boss, a dragon, you’ll need to use these skills and it’s in that moment you’ll discover that monsters can fight back pretty hard. Unlocking your Tension ability comes in handy with this boss battle and relieving Tension is the best thing to do.
While fighting is a huge part of Dragon Quest Heroes one of its better parts is a little strategic thinking, after a while you’ll get an upgrade and this upgrade lets you obtain monster medals and use monsters as your guardian. Most of the stages include protecting an objective and since there are multiple ways to an objective it’s a good thing that these monsters will stay in place and defend their area. You have two kinds of monster medals, Gold and Silver, Gold medals will award you with an Monster who will act as a defending guardian while, Silver medals give you a one use monster assist. This added gameplay mechanic is probably one of the better things in Dragon Quest Heroes.
In between stages you’ll have your base at your disposal where you can buy equipment, save your game, spend skill points, create items, accept quests and more. This is needed sometimes but especially the skill-tree feels like it’s just there to have a skill tree and doesn’t really do anything meaningful besides unlocking the first three skills you’ll need. Even the equipment you can buy isn’t that special it’s pretty obvious which one is the better choice to buy and you can easily go a long time without buying new gear and still be efficient in killing monsters.
In the end Dragon Quest Heroes is pretty enjoyable and some of the characters in your team are really funny and offer a worthwhile companionship. The different stages are easy to clear, just stop the portal spammer and/or destroy the boss, and not time consumable. However, there are a lot of these stages and treasure maps can be found everywhere to even increase the time you’ll be spending on Dragon Quest Heroes. The gameplay might be repetitive but that doesn’t stop you from continuing, the game grows on you and even puts you in a monster slaying state of happiness.
For some Dragon Quest Heroes Gameplay and Boss Battles check the playlist below: