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Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Fun cartoonish fantasy tale has bloodless turn-based combat.

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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Prostitution, blowjobs and a blatantly homosexual party member

The reason I gave the game a low rating on this website is unless I’m mistaken common sense media is not a place to rate and review how good of a video game/movie/show something is but rather a place we can come to find out what our children may be exposed to if allowed to play it and/or to try to make sure there’s not any woke agenda inserted into things that even we ourselves don’t want to pay money for. For actual game reviews I go somewhere else but if I want to know if something has inappropriate material and woke garbage in it beforehand this is where I look to see what other parents thought. Since there is no review from other parents yet and I found common sense media’s review of the game to be omitting everything about the game any decent parent would want to know so I felt I should fill in any conscientious parents wondering if anything in the game is inappropriate and if so, how bad it is. I played through this game a few years back and was very annoyed by being constantly offered blowjobs from prostitutes throughout the game and to have to be forced to play with a flaming homosexual as one of the main characters throughout the game. Common sense media’s review of the game says there is an “unexplained puff-puff” in the game which is not accurate at all in fact I have to say I feel that misleading is an understatement here as to that part of review, it’s pretty much a blatant lie. When asked if you want a puff-puff in the game if you say “yes” the woman asks you to follow her upstairs into what turns out to be a brothel where she turns out the lights and the game makes very clear what is happening/just happened in the dark. This is an option solicited to the player multiple multiple times throughout the game (in pretty much every town) as you are talking to townspeople, the towns have prostitutes walking the streets offering blowjobs. On top of that one of the main characters you play in the game is a homosexual and the character is designed in such a way to make sure you KNOW this unavoidable fact about the character’s sexual orientation. The characters voice, clothing and mannerisms are that of a “flaming” homosexual and that character has a companion that pilots the boat you have to use to a large degree throughout the game and the companion’s clothes are even more blatant, it’s a big muscular male wearing a little skimpy pink dominatrix type outfit throughout the game. The game’s designers obviously wanted to make absolutely certain that there is no doubt in your mind as to the fact of the sexual orientation of these two characters. I wouldn’t want my kids playing this game at all really. I myself if I could’ve gotten a refund for it I would have but I was stuck with it as it was purchased on the Nintendo e shop, this is a big reason why I prefer to go buy physical copies of games now because at least I can either return them or sell them that way, digital copies you’re stuck with if you unknowingly purchase something that turns out to be woke garbage like this.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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This is a case of a so-called "definitive version" of a game earning its designation. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definite Edition is the same great game originally designed for PlayStation 4 and PC for all consoles, and updated on Windows machines. That also means you can now play this enormous RPG (Role-playing game) anywhere you take Nintendo's hybrid console -- surprisingly, with almost no noticeable compromise in graphics quality. More than that, Square Enix has updated and improved the experience in some substantive ways, the most notable of which is a 2D mode that lets us switch from modern 3D cartoon visuals to a much more old-school presentation -- and back again -- whenever we visit a church. It's not only a new way to see the kingdom of Erdrea; it provides a means of playing faster, which can be handy should you need to grind levels, harvest resources, or if you're just short on time. Other changes, meanwhile, have a noticeable quality-of-life impact, especially the ability to access the mini-forge to craft and acquire new items wherever you happen to be. That means you no longer need to head back to a campsite to upgrade your gear in the middle of a tough dungeon -- you can just do it on the spot.

But the fundamental appeal of Echoes of an Elusive Age is still the core game. The cartoon world is absolutely gorgeous and never anything less than a pleasure to explore on foot or horseback, and the lively characters who inhabit it are always willing to deliver interesting anecdotes and clever quips. Combat remains blissfully comprehensible, with players able to choose between commanding their characters' every action or simply setting them to fight automatically with the style of your choosing. It's a game designed to be played and experienced on your terms and with minimal frustration. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition is indeed the best way to play a great modern Japanese role-playing game, and its 2D mode may even make it worth re-experiencing for those who've already played the original version on another platform.

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