Considering all the hype that still surrounds Minecraft, its surprising that Dragon Quest Builders 2 didn’t get the coverage it deserved. This is a game that is built in the mold of Minecraft, but arguably improves upon the tried-and-true formula.
The game released last year in Japan, only coming west this July. Over its lifetime, Dragon Quest Builders 2 has managed to pull in sales just over 1.1 million, but given how popular other games in the genre are—games such as Terraria and Minecraft—it’s an oddly low number. Part of this is due to the fact that when it launched in the west it did so around the same time as Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3. Anything Marvel related tends to steal the spotlight and that surely played a factor in the game’s lackluster media coverage.
And that’s a shame. Dragon Quest Builders 2 is a charming, inventive, and downright fun adventure. Our review gave it incredibly high marks, only knocking it for its subpar combat and a few odd design choices. Other critics agree, as its Metascore on Metacritic is sitting right around an 86, indicating “Generally Favorable” reviews.
The game moves the genre forward in new ways, adding a fun storyline, introducing Builder Puzzles, and wrapping in all up in an adorable Dragon Quest package. Plus, you can fly around the world with a hang glider, a wonderful mechanic straight from the pages of Breath of the Wild. Multiplayer makes the game even better, as it allows you to play with three other players both locally or across the globe.
If you haven’t given the game a go, now you have no excuses. Aptly named the “Jumbo Demo,” players will be able to explore hours of content including the use of the character creator, exploration of the island alongside Malroth (your loyal companion), and farming in Furrowfield. Here’s even more good news—progress made in the demo carries over to the full game should you decide to make a purchase.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 didn’t get the love it deserved when it first launched. Now that a new demo is available, hopefully it can pull in a larger playerbase and flourish for years to come.
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