Back in 2016, fans of both sandbox games and the Dragon Quest series got something they didn't know they actually wanted: Dragon Quest Builders. This sandbox action role-playing game checked all the boxes on a Minecraft checklist while bringing the undeniable charm of the Dragon Quest series with it. Now, fans of the first game can finally get their hands on the sequel, titled Dragon Quest Builders 2. The second entry in the series offers a much more refined game with loads of new additions, simplified mechanics, and a boatload of quality of life enhancements.
Small tweaks to the established formula make for a whole new experience. No longer do you have to remember what NPC's want during a quest. Items you need to create are marked in your builder page with a sticker, making the slog to and from NPCs less frustrating. A tiny new addition is the ability to make multiple items, of the same sort, at once. Small indeed, but it removes a big annoyance from the game. Swapping between your tools on the fly is another streamlined addition, making the gathering, building, and "earth moving" much more convenient. The addition of swimming, diving and using the Windbreaker to glide to far off islands opens up the sandbox in unexpected ways.
You are offered the chance to soar to distant landmasses, dive into underwater caves, and even swim to small remote islands.
Although the game had three art designers, the signature Akira Toriyama character design is at the forefront.
Kingdom Hearts devotee, From Software fanboy and aspiring Audiophile (the good kind that believes in FLAC files). Vincent enjoys writing about games almost as much as playing them.
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12 July 2019
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