The original Dragon Quest Builders was a fun take on the whole crafting thing that Minecraft made super popular. Dragon Quest Builders 2 builds upon what its predecessor did in every way you can imagine and then some more! Seriously, this has to go down as one of the biggest surprises of 2019!
How to Download Dragon Quest Builders 2
The game can be purchased form the PlayStation or Nintendo Stores. You should know that there is also a free demo available, so you can try before you buy. You are welcome to also read the review of other games from the series: Dragon Quest X and Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age.
The Game Review
The first thing that I have to mention about this game is that it is far more than the Minecraft clone far too many people are accusing it of being. It is actually a fully-fledged RPG! It has quests to go on, bosses to fight, dungeons to explore and many twists and turns to the story. The story may be a bit “kiddie” in its nature, but it is done well enough that I was engaged the whole way through.
I was actually very surprised by this and it feels far more of a “game” than the first Dragon Quest Builders did. Dragon Quest Builders 2 has three main different areas (each with other areas to explore) and each one has its own kind of vibe and that was pretty cool. I am not sure what I was expecting, but as large a world as this was certainly not this.
The crafting and building mechanics are very well done and I had a lot of fun with this. Screwing around and just building what you want is possible. However, you do have to build and craft specific objects and buildings as part of the game. You may think that this would limit your creativity, but that is not the case at all.
While you may be tasked with building a structure like a pub for a town. How you go about this and the design of it is very much left up to you. It is a very clever way for the game to spark your creativity and something that I really did enjoy. The actual building mechanics are very easy to get with and I will say that you do not have to have played the first game to get into this.
My only criticism of the game is with the combat. To say that the combat is simplistic is a huge understatement. There is no block or dodge button so you just have to wail on enemies and hope you kill them before they do serious damage to you. For lower-level enemies, this is not an issue.
For bosses and stronger enemies though this can be frustrating. The reason for this is that the only way to dodge heavy damage-dealing attacks is to run around their feet in circles and hit them in the back. Everything else about the game is so well developed and controls so well, I really do wish that they spent a bit more time making the combat a bit more exciting.
I was very impressed with Dragon Quest Builders 2. I enjoyed the first game, but I was very surprised at how much more content they packed into this one. The fact that this is a fully-fledged RPG is pretty awesome and the way that they have made it so easy to get into makes it a game anyone can enjoy.
- It is actually a full RPG!
- The building mechanics are very well done
- Crafting cool stuff is easy to do
- Lots of places to explore
- The game as a whole is a lot of fun
- The combat is very simplistic
- The story feels like it is aimed at kids