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TheLZdragon

FragRed wrote:

@Roamer What does free roam allow you to do? Is it just build towns or is there a purpose to it all?

It puts you in a world with all the materials from the chapters and a free for all.

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I've played Minecraft twice in my life and it's not for me. I need some kind of goal for my game. I played Dragon Quest Builders demo for the first time today and I quite enjoyed it. I haven't played DQ games that much, mainly some of the DS games but I like their monster and character design (Akira Toriyama is such a great artist). I know Minecraft is an indie game and all but to me, it just looks awful. Now, DQB on the other hand looked very nice on Switch's screen. I wasn't expecting it to look as great as it did. The music is also really good. I haven't heard DQ music for quite a while so I got chills when I first stepped outside of the tutorial area. This game certainly got on my radar. I was mildly interested in it before but after playing the demo, I'm considering it as a February purchase. Or I may wait a bit if I'm still playing Xenoblade next month.

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JaxonH

Played the demo and ended up sitting there for about 2 hours, hooked like a worm.

This is why I love the game, I've always loved this game. No way in heck I'm missing out on this.

Sequel is a ways off still. Even if it wasn't, they're two totally separate stories and campaigns. This is not a game I play for free mode, but for the single player story.

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I have it a whirl for about 15 minutes last night. It looks like a nice game, but there's a few fundamental things that bother me about it:

  • Character animation - there just something about the way my character moves that doesn't do it for me;
  • The active cube (don't know how better to phrase it) i.e. the cubic thing that hovers in front of your character to indicate where you're about to perform an action - anyway, that thing, placing that seems more fiddly than it could be.
  • The fact there's already a sequel, makes me wonder what's missing in the original version etc.

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ilikeike

@gcunit Considering that this game was received very positively by gamers and critics on its own merits before the sequel was even announced, I don't think you have much to worry about too many missing/gimped features. From what I've seen of DQB 2, its new features are generally just quality-of-life gameplay tweaks like adding new materials, improved water physics, a new glider ability, etc.

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@ilikeike Yeh, but that's my point really, if that's all the sequel is, it would have been more consumer friendly to have patched the original perhaps. How many sequels has Minecraft had?

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JaxonH

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You can hold ZL and ZR to focus the box to one side, then strafe to position. There's all kinds of cool tricks you can do to like holding the button down and running and you can lay blocks all in a row. Or you can look up or look down to place a block above or below, or stack blocks on top of each other by holding the button while being still.

I'm glad they're bringing this game to get people into the series before the sequel comes, which is still a ways off I should add. I wish Valkyria Chronicles 4 would get the same treatment by bringing Valkyria Chronicles over.

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Having only previously played it on Vita and having previously said that I'm not going to double dip... It sort of draws you in doesn't it! I'm now actually tempted to pick it up for the opposite reason that I pick up most Switch games - so that I can play it on the big screen!

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SonOfVon

Late wrote:

I've played Minecraft twice in my life and it's not for me. I need some kind of goal for my game. I played Dragon Quest Builders demo for the first time today and I quite enjoyed it. I haven't played DQ games that much, mainly some of the DS games but I like their monster and character design (Akira Toriyama is such a great artist). I know Minecraft is an indie game and all but to me, it just looks awful. Now, DQB on the other hand looked very nice on Switch's screen. I wasn't expecting it to look as great as it did. The music is also really good. I haven't heard DQ music for quite a while so I got chills when I first stepped outside of the tutorial area. This game certainly got on my radar. I was mildly interested in it before but after playing the demo, I'm considering it as a February purchase. Or I may wait a bit if I'm still playing Xenoblade next month.

same here, played minecraft a few times with my nieces, never was into it much but this seems like something I could enjoy. the demo was good, I'll give some more thought i

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@gcunit Well, the major difference between DQB and Minecraft is that Minecraft is procedurally generated with theoretically-limitless replayability, whereas DQB doesn't have any of that due to its more linear and narrative-driven approach. For that reason Minecraft doesn't need a sequel, while DQB does. Creating new stories, areas, monsters, items, etc. as patches to the original would be far more trouble than they're worth as far as Square Enix is concerned.

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Disingenuous thumbnail on the uploader's part, but once you watch the video, it doesn't look too bad. No-one should be surprised the PS4 version looks a little better.

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JaxonH

@edhe

That thumbnail is at like a 400% crop. You can't really even tell a difference between the two unless zooming in at 400% magnification.

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Thumbnail must have changed. They made it all pixelated for attention I'm assuming. The actual comparison in the video isn't like that

I might just sell my PS4 and Vita versions and use that to buy the Switch version. Basically same game as on PS4 and better than Vita for handheld.

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@JaxonH Nothing can be said, other than that the Switch offers more in that case.

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Just to be clear, the image I posted was a cheeky edit. I do feel the real thumbnail for the video misrepresents the difference between the two, but the uploader didn't play any tricks with the footage at least.

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JaxonH wrote:

Oh, gosh. You were right.
Switch version looked almost exactly like PS4 version. Almost No Difference in Mostly parts.
Yeah, sell the PS4 & Vita version, buy the Switch version.

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TheLZdragon

It should be mentioned that the Switch has some improvements like the sabretooth tiger cub. That more than makes up for the resolution difference

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As a pro Minecraft player I found things a little fiddly in the building department but really adored the additional focus the game had to it in the demo... considering I've built giant cities and worlds with only my own initiative previously, it was nice to have a challenge. I'll definitely be picking this up when it's released though it's far from perfect.

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Bought it for PS4...still in the shrinkwrap. As a non Minecraft player (I dont "get" minecraft at all) I greatly enjoyed what I played in the demo for this game. I think it would have been nice if you didn't have one obvious quest left over in the demo though. Ah well.

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DarkRula

The demo persuaded me to get it. How can I not? I might not have completed DQ7 on the 3DS, but I do love the monster designs. And the fact it's a city-building game with a narrative. That too.

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