Published: Sat, July 13, 2019
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Dragon Quest Builders 2 Review - My Craft

Dragon Quest Builders 2 Review - My Craft

Dragon Quest Builders 2 was reviewed on PS4 and Switch using digital codes provided by Square Enix and Nintendo. However, it turned out to be an Action RPG that offered block building and crafting mechanics letting the players play through it like a regular story mode. Carving out fields, rivers, lakes, and more in conjunction with large buildings, a variety of building materials, and seeing NPC's just strolling about really makes for an impressive image. As a result, it was a fun game that received a lot of praise in our review. The base game for Builders 2 is nearly identical to the first title. It is a completely fresh adventure set in a brand new location with different characters and companions. By default, this will place two building blocks in a stack as you move along, though if you only want to place a single block in each space then holding both L1 and L2 (default controls) will prevent the double stacks from forming as you move and place the blocks. Dragon Quest Builders 2 may not be a mainline Dragon Quest game in name, but it certainly embodies the spirit. In Dragon Quest Builders 2 your hammer and weapon are no longer mapped to the same button which is incredibly handy. The residents also bring back all of the materials and recipes you gathered from the story islands they hail from, but some things, along with even more brand-new recipes, need to be unlocked by spending affection points, which you get by building new things or completing requests for your villagers. Since this prologue mostly works as a short tutorial, these tasks are pretty simple. Along with joining you in combat and helping you farm and mine for materials, they can help you build things according to your blueprints.

The story is classic JRPG and (assumedly) classic Dragon Quest and it helps teach you the game, the way it works and the freedom you have when you play. Together, they will be able to learn new recipes to craft, improve their power by gaining experience points, and take down powerful foes. Throughout the campaign, you will uncover the secrets of this land, and explore more of the Islands around it. While you have to give up your items when visiting a new story island and you're stuck on said island for a while, everything will be there to pick up once you're back. Who has the time, inspiration and skill to make this stuff? There are still some little annoying things that remain-it can still be a bit much to organize all of the resources you have, and the camera tends to get stuck zoomed in more often than it should, but Builders 2 definitely builds on the foundation set by its predecessor. It's a good way of finding out the things you need to do or keep an eye out for when creating your ideal space.

If you've followed the previous tip to build upwards and explore, you may be getting anxious about what will happen if you stray off the path and take a massive tumble back down to Earth. It is executed brilliantly as you strive to grow your own community. Weapons, armor, and tools are separated from your standard resources and crafted items, and you'll have multiple types of tools at your disposal as you advance.

Transform a ravaged world into the realm of your dreams in the DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS™ 2 game.

There are a few mandatory projects, but, overall, you have free reign to do and build what you want.

As with the first game, Dragon Quest Builders 2 once again puts you in the shoes of a builder, an individual who has the uncanny ability to build stuff.

DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2 is available now for a suggested retail price of $59.99.

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