A game that delivers on almost every front
WHEN Minecraft was first revealed to the public around the turn of the decade, most anybody would fully admit that they had never played a game of its ilk. The trouble with such unique ideas in the gaming world is that your innovative idea will inevitably spawn numerous copycats.
Once the tidal wave of brazen plagiarisms begins to ebb, there eventually comes a time when developers will instead seek to incorporate and amalgamate ideas from various genres, in order to create something more idiosyncratic and not simply another insipid facsimile.
What we are seeing with Dragon Quest Builders 2 is a rather bizzare combination of seemingly disaparate ideas. While it is most certainly a fully-fledged RPG with a downright mind-boggling amount and depth of content, it also borrows heavily from Minecraft’s building mechanics, leaving us with a rather peculiar but extremely fun crossover between genres that, ostensibly, couldn’t be further apart.
When you aren’t busying yourself constructing throne rooms and farms, and rejuvenating various abandoned and ruined biomes, you will find yourself on grand adventures that span a diverse and vibrant world. From puzzles to platforming, to terraforming and a surprisingly deep and accessible story (even if you are not familiar with Dragon Quest lore), this game truly delivers on almost every front.
However, the one facet of the game that fails to deliver is perhaps the most unfortunate blunder possible. For a series that has always taken pains to emphasize the importance of combat, the fighting and encounters in Dragon Quest Builders 2 are utterly limp and devoid of excitement.
As a quick illustration of the seeming lack of thought imparted to the combat system, your character’s main attack takes so long to wind up that simply spamming your normal attack actually does more damage per second in almost every scenario. There’s nothing entirely broken or wrong about the encounters, but there’s almost nothing right about them either. Eventually, combat in this game may begin to feel like labor.
Aside from the tedious combat and sometimes oppressively juvenile storyline, this is a truly fantastic game, but perhaps the kids will derive more enjoyment from this one.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 is a rather bizzare combination of seemingly disaparate ideas.