developer: Square-Enix / Eidos
publisher: Square-Enix / Eidos
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet, players: 1-4
Dragon Quest Builders 2 for SWITCH and PS4 is another spin-off of the popular Dragon Quest series, and at the same time, a continuation to Dragon Quest Builders – a well received, 2016's jRPG with a strong, sandbox element to it. Dragon Quest Builders 2 was created by Square Enix.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 continues the storylines from the first installment. The player again takes on the role of a hero gifted with a power of creation. Their mission is to rebuild the civilization and face the forces of darkness that have caused mayhem in the fantasy world of Alefgard.
Similarily to the previous installment, the player begins their adventure in Dragon Quest Builders 2 by creatng a character they will afterwards lead to battle. The game is played from a third-person view and the player's efforts are focused at gathering resources and using the protagonist's abilities to create items, different structures, as well as strongholds or even entire cities. The player's achievements do not go unnoticed, as –alongside progression – monsters invade the player's territories more and more frequently. The protagonist is not unarmed however – during real-time encounters, they make use of weapons and armors they have made themselves; in exchange for the gained experience points, the player unlocks more and more powerful combat skills.
Compared to the original game, Dragon Quest Builders 2 for SWITCH and PS4 introduces a series of changes, improvements and completely new concepts. An ability to swim and glide in mid-air using sheets of material opens the list – above all, it allows the player to reach spots that are more difficult to reach. Furthermore, ground cavities or pools made by the player can be filled with water, for example. The number of blocks one can place on top of one another while constructing got increased three times here, so now the player is capable of creating picturesque waterfalls.
The original Dragon Quest Builders offered an opportunity to share player-made contents with others. Dragon Quest Builders 2 brings an additional opportunity to play in the multiplayer mode (up to three other players can join the game); obviously, one can still play solo regardless.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 for SWITCH and PS4 comes with nice 3D graphics, which stand out with character model designs made by Akira Toriyama – a famous Japanese manga-maker, the creator of the Dragon Ball series that has gained popularity all over the globe.