'Dragon Quest Builders' is a shallower, extra polished 'Minecraft'
It is like a really, very properly executed mod. In Dragon Quest Builders, Sq. Enix has taken the joys and virtually tangible pleasure of constructing your personal world, and coated it in a deep, shiny layer of Dragon Quest paint. If you do not know Dragon Quest, it was the sworn rival of Last Fantasy within the Japanese RPG golden age. Then Squaresoft (FF) and Enix (DQ) turned the identical firm. Oh, and if you do not know Minecraft, the place have you ever been, you monster?
It simply seems so good. Compared to Minecraft‘s chunky (and iconic styling), to see such an identical recreation with a lot massive-recreation-studio lipstick makes it really feel like a really totally different recreation. For those who’ve performed a Dragon Quest recreation earlier than, you will see acquainted enemies and tropes. There are many slimes to batter with a selection of weapons, and all of the gadgets carry the identical names as within the iconic RPG collection.
And that is nice. What’s not so nice is how shallow it feels. There is no first-individual mode to admire creations (though the PS4 is a minimum of able to sharing creations simply sufficient), and whereas Minecraft sometimes felt limitless, in DQ:B, you possibly can solely dig down 4 layers earlier than that typical videogame barrier of invisibility stops your pickaxe. That stated, perhaps you need extra course in a Minecraft-fashion recreation. In that case, then DQ:B might be a match. Within the trailer, you possibly can see what appears like an applicable protagonist, an purpose (shady kingdom on the horizon) and an entire to discover — if solely simply previous the floor.
Dragon Quest Builders launches on PS4, PS3 and Vita in January 2015, however solely in Japan. Sq. Enix hasn’t but introduced any plans for a wider launch.