Minecraft's an interesting phenomenon. Its wide-spread impact is not under question, but old-fogeys like this very author struggle to derive much entertainment from its free-form format. Dragon Quest Builders aims to bring the best of both worlds, then – it's got the creative opportunities of Mojang's masterpiece, but also the quest-based structure of its role-playing forebears. Could Square Enix have a sleeper hit on its hands?
The first thing that jumps out about this sharp-looking spin-off is just how funny it is; the localisation team clearly has a sense of humour, and that's exemplified by the lead character's name: Bildric. Pretty good, no? The game uses the events of the original Dragon Quest – or Dragon Warrior as it was known in North America – to setup a premise in which Alefgard is consumed by monsters, and the people forget their ability to craft.
You are an exception, though, as you do know how to put objects together in order to build things – and the game pokes fun at this silly plot concession with reckless abandon. The title's a little bit talky, particularly in its opening exchanges, but it works just like you'd expect: you slap objects in order to garner raw materials, which can then be either placed in the world or combined with other elements to create new things. It's Minecraft.
The cool thing is that you'll be picking up quests as you play. Someone may want you to build a house for them, for example, and so you'll need to construct a two-block tall perimeter, fit a door, and add a light source in order to complete that request for them. You're free to go off and do whatever you want to if you prefer, but this structure should give traditionalists more of a reason to go off collecting and crafting, which is neat.
A promising start, then, for a game that proved very popular in Japan. There are question marks over whether the quests will remain interesting and the crafting varied, but the writing's fun and the gameplay – minus some odd control quirks – seems up to scratch. We're certainly not going to go overboard with this one, but in a month where first-person shooters will rule the roost, Dragon Quest Builders may just prove a necessary palette cleanser in October.
Will you be digging in to Dragon Quest Builders when it deploys? Is Bildric the best name ever? Craft a comment in the space below.
What does Bildrick suppose to mean? To me it sounds like the words build and brick mashed together.lol
Anyways, in the Japanese demo, there was a character creation mode before you start your game as well. You can actually choose a to play as female protagonist. Wonder what her name is in the game. That said, you can choose to name your main character if I'm not mistaken.
I like it it's full of humor too which is a bonus. this is on a demo I am hoping the full game is going to be just as good.
Being compared to Miinecraft is a good thing..
The thing that jumps out at me the most is that it's single player. I get it's a story driven JRPG, reminds me a bit of Ni No Kuni which I'm playing now, but one of the draws of Mine craft is multiplayer, either online or couch on the consoles. I'll probably play this as I'm a big JRPG fan, but my kids who are into Mine craft would rather play DQ Heroes. Even though is 1 playervalso, it's more exciting.
Actually not sure if I'll ever play this as JRPG are so time consuming and I'm years behind as it is.
Is the demo Eu only?
@WanderingBullet You can do that on European demo too.
I tried this demo and minecraft too, but only liked this one, for some reason minecraft has no apealling to me, even though tey are similar games.
@Melucine Like we say in the video/article, I think it's the structure that elevates this beyond Minecraft. Though it may just be that we're getting old!
@Melucine Really? I've already completed the US demo but there was no character creation mode when I played it and I'm pretty sure that I didn't skipped it. No worries, I'll start a new game later tonight just to double check. Thanks.
The demo sold me on the game cant wait...
I'm one of those people who can't handle being pushed into a game and doing whatever I wanted, so how story focused this game is appeals to me a lot more than Minecraft - if I get bored of building my own stuff I can just do some quest builds!
@get2sammyb Tbh I have not watched the video yet, but the game has much more charm than minecraft. I like that not everything is blockish ( is that even a word ? )
@WanderingBullet Before you select Chapter at the main menu, go to game settings. Really weird place for character creation...
Is the Vita version going to have a physical release?
@Melucine Oh, that could be it. Thanks for the info.
I wasn't too sure about whether I'd be interested in this but after playing the demo I'm totally sold. Looks great, addictive gameplay and most of all it was lots of fun!
@Feena Vita version isn't getting a physical release in the West but there is an English version being made that can be imported from various websites. (play-asia).
@BladeRider Nope, it's out in NA too.
I gave the demo a couple hours and really like it for the most part. I'm not a fan of the controls (or lack of customization of the controls). It caters more to me than Minecraft did because of the sense of progression and purpose. It's not as strong a game for people purely interested in creating though.
@mrobinson91 thanks for the info
Yes, the non customisation of controls got me, O for jump.....ah here.....
I could never get into Minecraft but I pre ordered this game just because it had Dragon Quest in the title.Having played the demo I have kept my pre order and the release date can't come quick enough.I notice the demo has a save too,does anyone know if your progress carries over?
I must be older than I think because the name Bildrick went straight over my head lol
Dragon Quest Heroes was massive surprise for me last year, so I may go for this, I'll have to try the demo.
@Melucine Yup, it's there. Now that I think of it, I just randomly chose one of the options in the JPN demo and it brought me to the character creation. So it's probably located in the Settings option in the Japanese version too.lol
It strange that the default name for the female character is Bildrick as well.
@SkanetWasTaken Yeah, there are some weird control quirks for sure.
Hopefully I'll be able to get into the demo tonight, but I'm pretty sure I'll pick this up for the vita. I don't care for minecraft but this addresses all the issues I have with it. It has a story, it has purpose and it has that DQ charm I can get behind.
@WanderingBullet It's a play on the name Erdrick who was the main character from Dragon Quest 1
Im going to download this later today on the vita
I've been trying (and failing) to not put too much time in the demo, which is a good sign. This is the building game I never knew I wanted or could have.
@NamelessAndi Ah, that's good to know. I Googled Bildrick and the closest match it gave me was Baldric from Blackadder.
This is going to be such a time sink, already spent 1 1/2 hours on it. Like others have said I do find it strange that they mapped jump to O, it feels strange.
@Farmboy74 Same here. I farmed so much materials, mostly because I was doing quite a bit of exploring, that whenever a new quest was available, I already had all the mats required.lol
@WanderingBullet, I watched a bit of the Eurogamer live stream and Ian had already stated that he had spent around three hours alone on the demo!
@WanderingBullet Bildrick is actually a punny nod to the legendary hero (Erdrick) of Dragon Quest 1, whose sword, shield, and armor are the ultimate gear in that game. Hell, it almost seems like a whole reimagining of many things from DQ1, with the Dragonlord seen in the intro, the music all being heavy remixes of song from DQ1, etc.
I've tried the demo a bit and I definitely like it... Hell. I like it more than DQ7.
I'm loving the demo. Aside from the humour (which makes you think of a writer just throwing their hands up in despair because gamers will be gamers) and the structured RPG guidance there's still room for lots of exploration and discovery.
I've discovered different Building layouts that aren't revealed by NPCs, tapped a dragon to death with a blunt stick (it took around 3 ingame days and nights), seen lots of new materials that make me yearn to be able to get through the portal so I can grab new tools to harvest them (I preordered so I'll just have to wait), got my City to level 4 (no idea how high I can actually go in the demo), climbed high structures just to see what's up there and been rewarded for it and so on.
As far as I can see DQ Builders has all the creative gameplay of Minecraft with all the fan-service of the Dragon Quest franchise thrown in, and for good measure the production values, in the demo at least, are very impressive.
Probably my 'I wasn't going to get but was amazed with the demo so snapped it up' award of 2016. Or the decade for that matter.
I orded this a few weeks ago really lookig forward to it
@WanderingBullet 'Bildric' is a portmanteau of 'build' and 'Erdrick' (legendary hero in DQ lore).
Never been into Minecraft, but as a big Dragon Quest fan, I think I'll download this on my Vita, and give it a whirl - if only to tear me away from DQVII.
I'm tellin ya, Dragon Quest does everything better.
Dragon Quest Monsters is better than Pokémon.
Dragon Quest Heroes is better than all musou.
Dragon Quest Builders looks better than Minecraft.
And needless to say, Dragon Quest is better than most all other JRPG's.
And DQ has great humor. Was playing Dragon Quest VII just the other day and, I pressed the button to check the dresser, and it says "Jaxon checks the dresser..... but he quickly learns they don't open from the back"
@ValTalonheart Yeah, I think DQB is set after what happened in the first DQ if I'm not mistaken.
@WanderingBullet It's possible it follows the bad ending of the game, if you agreed to the Dragonlord's offer.
No multiplayer = dead for me!
@Kage_88 Thanks, ValTalonheart told me about it.
@JaxonH I like the new avatar, is it MH Stories related? So how does DQ hold up against MH? I won't ask which is better, I'm pretty sure I know the answer to that one.
Sorry I went back 4 days, sammy was already on me once today for stretching the boundaries of "on topic", didn't think an avatar inquiry would go over well.
Saving the MH Stories avatar for when it's releasing in the west.
This is from Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3D. It only released in Japan, but fans on gbaTemp have a translation in the works.
Preliminary Editing 100%
Final Testing 92%
It's about to drop any day now. And I think I'm more hyped for this than most official releases. They even released a theme in anticipation for release.
Stop whatever you're doing.
Go find your credit card, and buy Lost Odyssey for Xbox 360. Then buy anew Xbox 360 to play it on, or one of those $200 X1 since it was just added to the BC list.
Sakaguchi- the creator of Final Fantasy- only made 2 console games after leaving Square Enix. One was The Last Story on Nintendo Wii, which I've told you about before.
The other was under contract with Microsoft Studios- an XboX 360 exclusive called Lost Odyssey. I've been waiting for this game to hit the BC list for 8+ months. I bought it long ago in anticipation for backward compatibility. And it just paid off.
If you asked me, "Jaxon, what's the greatest JRPG you've ever played in your entire life?" I would say to you, "Lost Odyssey".
It's that good. It's better than Xenoblade X, it's better than Final Fantasy X, it's better than Dragon Quest, it's better than every other JRPG I've ever played. The only game I think could remotely challenge it is The Last Story on Nintendo Wii, but I haven't played enough of that game to make a fair assessment yet.
I play a lot of games, and could give you a list a mile long of all the great games I've played across all the different platforms, handheld and console alike. But none have I played as good as Lost Odyssey.
You need to find a way to play this game. If you gotta buy an X1, buy an X1.
@JaxonH I almost bought a 360 for that game a couple of years back when I was looking into PSTV for my bedroom. Wound up buying a 2nd PS3 instead - it was $170 w/ Disney Infinity 2 which I wanted for my kids for Christmas, making my PS3 $100 in my eyes. (I'm hoping for a PS4 Slim Skylanders Imaginators edition this holiday, w/ Crash of course.)
I actually almost bought a 360 for Blue Dragon too, which I think just hit X1 BC as well.
But as you know PS4 is coming, and who knows what's up w/ NX, so buying any MS console, even a refurbished 360 for $100, isn't likely to happen.
Maybe I'll just hold out for 360 games on PC, MS seems to be headed in that direction. Does your bionic Wii U play any Xbox games?
@WanderingBullet The western name for the ancient hero in Dragon quest is Erdrick.
So I think they just combined the word build and the name Erdrick.
I'm super excited about this game. My nephew plays the he'll out of minecraft, but I just can't get into it I just like a game with a story.
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