Dragon Quest Builders 2 out now on PS4 and Nintendo Switch

Dragon Quest Builders 2 reviews round up – all the scores

It revolves around the Children of Hargon, who want all Builders eliminated. This isn't as bad as the issues in the first game, but still noticeable. It helps that the writing in Dragon Quest Builders 2 is really good, humorous and entertaining throughout, much like the mainline Dragon Quest series. But here, in Dragon Quest Builders 2, the thing is different.

Game description: DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2 is a block-building role-playing game with a charming single player campaign and a robust multiplayer building mode that supports up to four players online. With a cult, The Children of Hargon, waging a campaign of destruction and outlawing building, it's up to you to save the day, with the help of some friends, of course. This is important, as when you finish your adventures on one island, you'll return to the Isle of Awakening (the island you originally wash up on shore on at the beginning of the game) and use what you learned to revitalize the builder's island. Dragon Quest Builders 2 is available on Nintendo Switch and PS4. In the Isle of Awakening, you and up to three other Builders can explore together in local wireless*; or play online** together too. However, Square Enix and developer Omega Force have seemingly created a follow up to one of my favorite games ever and improved on it tenfold. And on the first story island, you get the Windbreaker, a cape that allows you to glide across the map. This loop made most of your efforts feel futile.

Musically, Dragon Quest Builders 2 lives up to the Dragon Quest standard of having a beautifully orchestrated soundtrack that makes every moment of the game feel like a true adventure.

Each of these islands, as mentioned, has their own unique motif.

The above only applies to the main islands: Furrowfield, Khrumbul-Dun, and Moonbrooke. Villager AI is also much improved, so when the settlement on your own island or one of the story islands is attacked, residents can dodge much more easily. I had the time to do what I want while still building an entire town. All of them are being taken as prisoners in order to ensure that no one is able to create or build anything in this new world.

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These hearts will drop in different sizes and colors.

One of Dragon Quest Builders' biggest criticisms, and rightfully so, was that the story made you leave all your creations behind. It starts out talking about the events of the first Builders, but how the heroes back then were unable to completely vanquish all the villains, and starts you off as a prisoner of the evil monsters. There are some RPG elements involved in the game, such as levelling up.

Thankfully, you bring all of these with you on each new island. It changes the analog controls so that when you press back on the stick you'll just slide backwards while still facing forward, making it easier to lay down rows of objects in quick succession. This game does everything it can to make itself more approachable to players of all skill levels. Luckily, you do gain quite a bit of health as you level up, which means that, although you don't inflict loads of damage, you can take quite a few punches. Your sense of accomplishment was dulled and it became a bit of a slog. These islands teach you the basics of the game and how to build your own island into whatever you like.

There's a lot of other tweaks and additions present in Dragon Quest Builders 2 as well. NPCs each look distinct and oozes charm, and I even found myself feeling a tad guilty when dispatching some of the more adorable enemies I crossed paths with along the way. There's nothing groundbreaking here, but the game is full to the brim with Dragon Quest wit, with a quality localisation. Indeed, I could hardly keep my son away from the game during my review playthrough.

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