Despite universally positive reviews from critics and fans, Dragon Quest XI seems to be taking a bit of flak for the outlandish English voiceovers. Heck, I even brought it up in my own review of the game. I found some of the characters to be annoying, over-the-top, or just downright unbearable.
With that being said, I think we all might be jumping to judgement too quickly here — the English voiceovers really aren't that bad. No matter how you feel about the actual voice-acting, you have to admit that the game is regionally consistent when it comes to dialect. For example, the sisters Veronica and Serena hail from the same part of the world — Arboria — and they share the same vaguely British accent.
Gondolia, a region that is modeled after Italy, offers up a population with a unique over-exaggeration of the Italian dialect. All the local residents at least those who speak use a regional accent, adding to the overall atmosphere of the world. Another thing to note is that the game is meant to make you laugh. Even without the voiceovers, the text tends to be comedic, not dramatic. This is mimicked by the over-the-top animations and generally hilarious encounters you'll discover all across Erdrea.
Whether Veronica is being called a child, Prince Faris is acting like a coward, or you are just listening to Slyvando speak, the game clearly presents itself as a less-than-serious affair. However, just as the Luminary is about to take it, he and the party are intercepted by Carnelian and his retainers Jasper and Hendrik. It is revealed that Carnelian was possessed by an evil sorcerer known as Mordegon and that Jasper is Mordegon's agent.
The two subdue Hendrik and the Luminary's party, with Mordegon taking the Sword of Light and absorbing the heart of Yggdrasil, destroying the tree and plunging the world into an age of darkness. Separated from the others, the Luminary returns to Cobblestone, turned into a fortified refuge for Heliodor citizens led by Carnelian and Hendrik, who apologize to the Luminary for all the troubles they caused him.
Hendrik joins forces with the Luminary, and together they reclaim Heliodor from Mordegon's forces. After reuniting with the rest of the party, except for Veronica, who perished saving the others during the fall of Yggdrasil, the Luminary obtains the means to forge a new Sword of Light, which they use to defeat Jasper and Mordegon, restoring Yggdrasil and the world.
Afterwards, the party discovers the means to bring Veronica back within the Tower of Lost Time. There they meet the Timekeeper, who gives the Luminary the power to go back in time and defeats Mordegon before he can steal the Sword of Light and Yggdrasil's heart, thus saving Veronica from sacrificing herself. However, due to Mordegon's absence, a dark spirit is able to summon forth a mysterious orb called Erdwin's Lantern and merge with it, thus awakening the game's true antagonist, The Dark One, Calasmos, who was previously destroyed in the timeline of Mordegon's rule.
The party learns that a prior Luminary named Erdwin was betrayed and killed by his mage companion Morcant, who absorbed Calasmos's powers and transformed into Mordegon. Since he could not be destroyed forever without the power of the Luminary, Serenica, Erdwin's former sage companion and lover, then sealed the weakened Calasmos within Erdwin's Lantern and attempted to return to the past at the Tower of Lost Time, but was turned into the Timekeeper instead.
The party then confronts and destroys Calasmos, before the Luminary entrusts his mark to Serenica, who reverts to her original form and uses it to return to the past and reunite with Erdwin. Accompanied by Veronica and Serena, he also returns the Sword of Light to Yggdrasil, who reveals itself to be Yggdragon, an ancient dragon of light who was defeated by Calasmos ages ago, whose body transformed into the tree Yggdrasil and gave life to Erdrea.
Yggdragon bestows upon the Luminary the title of " Erdrick ", the mightiest of all heroes, and keeps the Sword for the day when a new hero will need it to defend Erdrea from evil. In the mid-credits, Serenica reunites with Erdwin in the past, while after the credits, a young mother, after reading the Luminary's story in a book, wakes up her child from bed, setting up the beginning of Dragon Quest III.
In April , Square Enix held a special presentation for the game, where the release date for the PlayStation 4 and 3DS versions of the game in Japan was revealed to be July 29, It includes voiced English dialogue, a first-person camera option, support for 4K resolution , and an additional "Draconian Quest" hard mode difficulty feature, among other minor changes.
The international PlayStation 4 release also saw a special collector's edition, titled Edition of Lost Time , which includes the base game, a set of bonus in-game items , a page hardback art book featuring original character design concepts from Akira Toriyama ,  a two-disc soundtrack featuring orchestrated versions of the game's music by Koichi Sugiyama , a cloth map of the game's world, and a steelbook case.
Dragon Quest XI received "generally favorable reviews" according to review aggregator Metacritic , with critics praising it for its visuals, traditional turn-based combat, plot, and characters. Multiple publications called it the best game in the Dragon Quest series, as well as one of the best contemporary JRPGs.
Despite the common praise, some critics regarded the overly conservative nature of the game as being a detriment. Polygon stating that the upgraded visuals and presentation were "grafted onto a frail and aging skeleton" and that it was unlikely to bring in any new fans to the series due to its non-evolving nature.
The game sold over two million physical copies on its first two days of sale in Japan; the Nintendo 3DS version sold 1. The Luminary also appeared as a playable character, via downloadable content , in the crossover fighting game Super Smash Bros. In addition, a Luminary Amiibo was released in October From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Yosuke Saito Hokuto Okamoto .
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