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Dragon Quest 11. 10 best JRPG to introduce you to the genre in 2022

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  1. Key features: Good atmosphere and a relaxed nature of the adventure that you can explore at your own pace
  2. Release year: 2017 (original version), 2019 (extended "S" edition)
  3. Creators: Square Enix

In the case of Dragon Quest XI, I will say, perhaps boldly, that it's the perfect illustration of what the jRPG school is actually all about. The series, which is fundamental to this genre, is faithful to the initial assumptions of the Japanese RPG – in many respects, it's an extremely cliché production and... that's its undeniable charm. Finally, we're talking about an adventure, where, as a hero foretold by legends, we travel through a fairy-tale land and gather a team of various allies in order to save the world.

Dragon Quest XI is characterized by a beautiful visual setting, on which – like in Chrono Trigger – Akira Toriyama left his mark. It's a classic fantasy story, in which, however, also offers a real roller coaster of emotions. From scenes with a disarming sense of humor to more serious, emotional tones that can make your eyes teary. All thanks to the cast of likable heroes. The game also allures with its relaxed atmosphere.

It's a standard jRPG with a turn-based combat system that makes us feel like we're taking part in a great adventure. The nearly perfect core of the game allows you to see what the phenomenon of jRPG is all about, and then you might just fall in love with it. The game has a low entry threshold and isn't overwhelming with its complicated nature, which, combined with pleasant aesthetics, makes it an ideal proposition for newcomers. It's also a huge game in which you can spend several dozen hours just exploring the colorful world, lose hours on end in the casino or fall into the whirlwind of skirmishes. After all, this is one of the few games in which you can clearly feel that the creators have truly poured their hearts in.

  1. Dragon Quest XI in our encyclopedia

Sebastian Kasparek

Sebastian Kasparek

Feels most comfortable in the editorials section at GRYOnline, and sometimes he also writes reviews. A fan of all kinds of culture, who reaches for works from both the top and the bottom shelf. He likes to immerse himself in niche games and productions that are hard to define unequivocally. Appreciates an analytical and critical approach when dealing with cultural works. Prefers unique, strange, visually crazy games that boldly tackle more interesting narrative issues. Addicted to high-octane productions, fighting games, big robots and arcade. Huge fan of Grasshopper Manufacture studio. He likes to catch up on forgotten "hidden gems" from years ago, especially from Japan. Interested in games and the people behind them. Strongly addicted to cinema. A huge fan of Mads Mikkelsen and Takeshi Kitano. He also loves Inio Asano's manga and Tsutomu Nihei's aesthetics.

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