Should You Buy Dragon Quest Builders 2

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While the developers behind Dragon Quest Builders 2 tout their game up as both an "action role-playing game" and a "sandbox", neither of those genres does any justice to the kind of game Dragon Quest Builders 2 is. The joy in playing is in the discovery and while playing Dragon Quest Builders 2, you'll be making discoveries constantly.

On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of Dragon Quest IX, the development team held live streaming in which several topics were discussed and, among these, also the hypothetical arrival of a remake of the game.

Dragon Quest Builders 2 is a wonderful, time consuming, engaging, joyous game. It's a good way of finding out the things you need to do or keep an eye out for when creating your ideal space.

As you explore the islands, find new recipes and build ever more complicated structures you are bound to come across the nasties that roam around the map. In fact, you will spend many hours of the game going through various tutorials in order to learn how to do things most other survival/crafting games will let go from the get-go. The townspeople in Dragon Quest Builders 2 will actively create, grow, and cook. Along with joining you in combat and helping you farm and mine for materials, they can help you build things according to your blueprints. You also now have a almost bottomless bag to hold all of your stuff, making it very easy to have everything you need on you without resorting to a bunch of inventory management. It helps that the writing in Dragon Quest Builders 2 is really good, humorous and entertaining throughout, much like the mainline Dragon Quest series.

The story is classic JRPG and (assumedly) classic Dragon Quest and it helps teach you the game, the way it works and the freedom you have when you play. They set out to create a life on this island by travelling to nearby islands and finding food, shelter and more.

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Builders 2 is set some time after the events of Dragon Quest II, but you don't need to have played that or the first Builders game to understand the story.

The game has a rich story and building mechanics. Build blocks and stairs to take you there, or better yet, pull the rocks or dirt out from the cliff face and arrange them into crude staircases. These islands teach you the basics of the game and how to build your own island into whatever you like. I wonder which hardware people would want it on?

It also features four-player multiplayer should you decide to play with others. They'll collect all the required materials and build the building freeing you up to complete missions. You begin the game either as a male or female builder and have some limited customization options when deciding on their appearance. And that's where nearly the entirety Dragon Quest Builders 2's strengths lie. This made me care a lot more for my NPC buddies than I did in the first game as their many hands did help make my work a bit lighter.

My biggest issue with the combat is pretty much the same as Rob Steinmen's was in the first Builders, in that it feels so mindless, it's forced upon you so many times, and you still have to stand right next to the enemy to hit them, meaning you're nearly always in harm's way.

Many gamers may have heard at least once about Dragon Quest, one of the oldest video game franchises.

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