Friday, 12 May 2017 15:00

REVIEW: Dragon Quest Heroes 2 (PS4)

Written by Brett Hale
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A game that almost flew under my radar, but luckily we managed to get a copy to review, because this is a game you can’t pass on, it’s something all should play! Japan has had it for a year already on PS3, PSVITA, PS4. It was made available on the Nintendo Switch in March 2017, again in Japan only though. North America and most of the world finally were able to purchase in April 2017, which is sadly only PS4 and PC, it’s likely not to be coming to the Xbox One platform.

Dragon Quest Heroes 2 is a sequel to Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below. Its genre is part hack and slash/action role-playing, it has both single player and multiplayer. Developed by Omega Force, who have brought us games such as the iconic Dynasty Warriors, Warriors Orochi, One Piece Pirates. Published by Square Enix that have done countless games we all know and love including Hitman and Mirror's Edge.

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Dragon Quest Heroes 2’s story is in the middle of a kingdom war, a total of seven kingdoms to be specific. It’s the heroes who’ll need to save the day and band together, they’ll need to make peace so there is some even ground between all kingdoms. You’ll play as Lazarel or Teresa of whom are cousins. both have their very own weapons and personalities. Lazarel is a hot headed young knight currently in training & he'll stop at nothing to do what’s right! On the other hand, Teresa is a cool calm and collected young woman who is also a knight in training.

Now before starting the game both characters are known by those names I just said, but you get to change them both if you choose. Dragon Quest Heroes 2 takes place in quite a large open world, where you’ll encounter all sorts of enemies, from little blue tear drops, to tiny knights on green slime balls, but there are also some bigger enemies that’ll take some battling to take those guys down. Overall enemies all have their own strengths and weaknesses.

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There are two control options. Slick or quick. Quick is for the n00bs, summing both up in short, quick is simple button combos, where slick on the other hand is more technical and is for those who are serious strategic gamers. I personally went with the quick configuration, and I basically just used Triangle, Square, R1 and R2 when in combat, or when I was running around.

Throughout the game, tips will pop up on screen. They're helpful but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to get the jist of how to play. Defeating enemies and just random pick-ups will earn you some currency to spend on a range of things, like equipment etc. All which can be found once going into the pause menu. There you’ll see your inventory, this is where orbs, weapons, ingredients are all stored, as well as other items.

Dragon Quest Heroes 2 also has an attribute system, and you can check it from the pause menu, attributes include XP, LVL, attack, defence and health.

Yes, there is a multiplayer element to Dragon Quest Heroes 2. You can play with others to complete the same mission that you can do as a single player. You can even co-op on actual maps to work on earning variations for both Lazarel and Teresa. It’s not impossible to find others but I mostly got matched with regions not anywhere near me which made communication impossible.

My thoughts on the audio heard in Dragon Quest Heroes 2 are good. Music is upbeat which is how the game looks, so it's no surprise it’s soundtrack is an adventure in sound. Voices can either be heard in English or Japanese. When choosing English as the audio language be aware that the lip sync won’t match up as it was built to cater for the Japanese audio option. It’s no biggie though, I played the entire time in English and it becomes normal after a while, and not only is dialogue heard but sometimes displayed top right or bottom middle of the screen. Oh, and oddly enough all voice actors are British, so it’s very decent in that respect.

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In the time spent playing I was impressed with how the game looked. It couldn’t look much better, because it doesn’t need to. Colours are bright and vibrant; the textures are great also. Thing’s such as character hair & buildings look very neat. Camera panning was my biggest issue whilst playing. It hardly ever followed my character which was an obstacle when battling enemies.

The game is open world and you’ll meet with many characters and in turn it is a game that has loads of cut scenes, they aren’t at all too long but it can get a tad annoying... fortunately they can be skipped if you choose.

The HUD is minimal, just having the map in the top right, and command prompts bottom left. I played on the PS4 Pro and noticed that in the games settings there is a resolution setting. Either standard or enhanced, not totally sure what it does as I tried both and there isn’t much of a difference. The game on the standard PS4 runs 1080p 60fps, and the only issues I had whilst having the game run on the enhanced setting was it seemed to have framerate issues, enough that I turned it back to standard.

Dragon Quest Heroes 2 is a great game; it requires hours to complete it and once you begin and get past the introduction to the game, it’s an enjoyable game to play. It’s got great visuals, and a story that carries well. You’ll love the characters you play as, just as the characters you build relationships with. So, should this be added to your gaming collection? That's a flat out YES! ... Providing you have something other than an XBOX to play it on that is.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.5 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Apr 25, 2017
  • Platform: PC, PS4
  • Age Rating: T
  • Developer: Omega Force
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Genre: Action / Adventure