Dragon Quest XI Gets Spectacular PS4 and 3DS Gameplay: Turn-Based Battles, Bosses and More

May 27, 2017

Today Square Enix showcased a sizable bunch of gameplay of Dragon Quest XI during a broadcast dedicated to the game.

In the first video below, showcasing the PS4 version of the game, you can see a few battles showcasing the difference between the free camera mode and the auto-camera mode, that gives battles a a more cinematic look. Of course, combat is conducted in classic turn-based fashion.

We also see how enemies appear in the field, and the player can chose whether to fight them or avoid them.

A story cutscene was also showcased, leading into a camp scene, before the host uses the skip feature to back to gameplay.

More battles follow, and we also get a glimpse on horse riding. The equipment menu shows the ability for the hero to equip multiple weapons, including two-handed swords and the sword and shield combo.

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One of the battles includes combat against an enemy that is initially found sleeping, but then wakes up when attacked.

Last, but not least, a giant scorpion boss attacks the party following another story cutscene, and the battle looks pretty awesome.

The second video showcases the 3DS version of the game, starting at the camp in 2D Mode. Encounters are random and shown with just the monsters on screen, in perfect Dragon Quest tradition.

An event follows, showing pretty much the same scene as the PS4 version, but from a radically different and more nostalgic perspective.

The equipment screen is also showcased for the 3DS version, on top of the Skill Panel, which lets players customize their characters.

The same boss as before concludes the 3DS footage, but of course everything is vosualized with 2D sprites.

The third video switches gears, showcasing a lovely nostalgic trailer. There is very little gameplay here, but lots of feelings.

You can check them all out below, alongside two pieces of artwork and a screenshots that were also displayed for your perusal, and the full recording of the broadcast. The screenshots at the end of the gallery shows the “Tied Play” feature, that will block four elements of the game, one is the inability to use shops.

If you want to see more, you can also check out a batch of recent screenshots, and a second bunch. You can also read some comment made on the game’s sales expectations by Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda.

Dragon Quest XI will come on July 29th for PS4 and 3DS, with a Nintendo Switch release also planned. That being said, no release window has been shared for the Switch version just yet.

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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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