Dragon Quest Builders 2 - Nintendo Switch

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Features

  • You’ll explore huge islands, gather and craft with materials, design towns, level them up, and defend them from monsters and bosses alongside townspeople.
  • Battle fearsome foes alongside your partner like mysterious Malroth, an aggressive amnesiac with a fondness for fighting foes with powerful attacks.
  • Share screenshots by posting them online through the Noticeboard, or visit other players’ islands and use the Magic Pencil to create a blueprint of a favorite creation.
  • Up to 4 players can team up online to build anything you can imagine on the sandbox Isle of Awakening.
  • Get recipes that let you craft the Legendary Builder’s outfit and the Dragonlord’s Throne by owning the original DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS game on the Nintendo Switch™ system
  • Battle fearsome foes alongside your partner like mysterious Malroth, an aggressive amnesiac with a fondness for fighting foes with powerful attacks.
  • Dash, swim, and glide across an expansive world - Run across open fields, climb the highest mountains, discover hidden treasures, and explore charming villages, treacherous mines, and spectacular castles.
  • Work together with your villagers to till soil, plants seeds, and raise a multitude of crops. You can even customize the way you build your fields to support the kind of crops you’re growing.
  • RPG adventure for ages 10+

Product Description

The Dragon Quest Builders 2 game is headed to the Nintendo SwitchTM system on July 12th. Combining both RPG and crafting gameplay together, this game is all about gathering materials to create things like weapons, buildings, and even entire towns! With the help of the mysterious Malroth and other villagers, you'll be exploring large islands, finding quests, and battling monsters and bosses scattered around the world. Are you prepared to take on the Children of Hargon?

STORY

The evil Children of Hargon are determined to eradicate all creators and have outlawed the building, cooking, and creation of all things. In an attempt to spread their destructive dogma, the calamitous cult captures the builders of the world. All hope seems to be lost until you, a young apprentice builder, manage to escape from the clutches of evil. After washing up on the shores of the deserted Isle of Awakening, you encounter the spirited Malroth, a mysterious youth with no memory of his past. With the help of your fearless new friend, you embark on a grand adventure to gather the skills required to become a full-fledged builder, but the road you build is paved with peril. Only you can defeat the Children of Hargon, uncover the secrets of Malroth’s past, and unravel the riddles of this mysterious land.


9 Game Informer Must Play

Dragon Quest Builders 2

Rebuilding Hope, One Block At A Time

by Jeff Cork on Jul 12, 2019

Game Informer Must Play

The original Dragon Quest Builders took Minecraft to the workbench and bolted on some much-appreciated structure to the building experience. Despite a repetitive formula, it was an enjoyable playground for those of us who enjoy freeform Lego construction but keep the instructions off to the side just in case. Now Omega Force and Square Enix are back with a hefty sequel that improves virtually every aspect of that original blueprint.

You’re a helpful hero with a rare capacity to build. You and your new A.I. companion, Malroth, travel the world and leave things better off than when you first arrived. Unlike the last game, you’re traveling on a ship instead of resurrecting in new places. Consequently, you have a port to call home. This island begins as a barren, desolate place that you won’t be able to leave quickly enough. Over time, you can make it flourish however you see fit, but you need some extra hands to make that happen, and for that you have to go for a quick sail.

The three main islands showcase different biomes and gameplay systems. For instance, one of the first places you visit, Furrowfield, is where you learn about farming. Thanks to an engaging story about an anti-builder cult and poisoned land, it doesn’t feel like you’re running through a tutorial sequence. I had a great time rebuilding the land and the raising the spirits of the various NPCs. It’s silly, but it’s hard not to smile when a group of villagers rushes over and applauds when you build them a swingset – and they absolutely lose their minds when you complete one of their larger requests. As you improve villages, your efforts attract more recruits who move in and help with some of the less demanding tasks like cooking and tending the fields. That gives you more time to explore and solve puzzles out in the world or engage in the simple combat against wandering monsters.

Other places teach you about mining and building defenses, and give you access to new blocks and items that you can take back to your home island. Online co-op allows you to enlist your friends to help you during free-play on your home island, but they can’t contribute to your story progress. There’s a fairly significant catch, though: Co-op doesn’t unlock until you complete the first story island and a few missions back at home base – a process that can easily take more than a dozen hours. Building with a friend is fine, but the single-player campaign is clearly the thrust of the experience; if you’re looking for a quick co-op game, this isn’t it.

If you’re looking for a quick game overall, this isn’t it, either. I adore Dragon Quest Builders 2, but be prepared to settle in for a long journey. Even after spending about 50 hours with it, I was still unlocking new items and equipment, some of which are significant, like a pencil that allows you to create your own blueprints. The rollout of new building options is generous, but players who are looking to dive right into freeform building will find they’re working with a fairly limited palette unless they make more progress into the story.

Fortunately, the campaign is peppy and fun, and filled with characters that have their own little personalities. The overall cheer and goodwill make the darker moments, such as a character’s slide toward evil, feel all the more unsettling. Similarly, it’s kind of weird to see these fallen cutie-pies muttering “Damn” after they’ve been vanquished in battle. I’m not a Dragon Quest fan by any stretch, but that didn’t dampen my enjoyment. Longtime fans might get excited to see familiar enemies, but you don’t need any experience with previous games to have a great time.

Dragon Quest Builders 2 has remarkable improvements, both large and small. Boss battle are now actually kind of fun. NPCs help you build some of the more ambitious projects, which lets you focus on doing your own thing. Malroth helps fight and gather resources, so you aren’t on your own. Other players’ creations are highlighted in loading screens and in-game bulletin boards, and you can easily visit (but not destroy) their worlds. This is one of those rare sequels that delivers on just about every front, so long as you’re able to put in the time it asks of you. This definitely isn’t a weekend project, but it’s one that’s absolutely worth the effort.

CONCEPT

Restore a broken world (or build to your heart’s content) using your hero’s mysterious builder powers

GRAPHICS

Blocks may be the dominant sights in this world, but wonderful character designs and an impressive array of other props keep it from being bland

SOUND

Every location has an appropriate theme, and actions are accompanied by simple, appropriate effects

PLAYABILITY

Everything from combat to construction is simple and intuitive. Inventory management is a breeze, which is great considering it’s a huge part of the experience

ENTERTAINMENT

Dragon Quest Builders 2 is a fantastic sequel that expands on the original in almost every imaginable way

REPLAY

High

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Specifications

Order Attributes

UPC 045496593889

General

Brand Name Square Enix
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Gameplay

Number of Players 1
Genre Action

Fandom

Franchise Dragon Quest
Publisher Name Square Enix
Developer Name Square Enix and KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD.

Dimension

Product Length 4.68
Product Width 0.45
Product Height 7.18
Product Unit of Measure in
Product Weight 0.13
Product Weight Unit of Measure lbs

Dragon Quest Builders 2 - Nintendo Switch
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