Dragon Quest Heroes II - PS4

Also known as: Dragon Quest Heroes II: Explorer's Edition

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Viewed: 3D Third-person, over the shoulder Genre:
Adventure: Role Playing
Media: Blu-Ray Arcade origin:No
Developer: Square Enix Soft. Co.: Square Enix
Publishers: Square Enix (GB)
Released: 28 Apr 2017 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 12+
Connectivity: Network features, Network play


Dragon Quest Heroes II lands with a happy blend of the old and the new. Set in a new world, complete with new heroes and a fresh story, it nonetheless takes a deeper dive into the legacy of Dragon Quest than its predecessor, the lengthily-named Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below.

The action picks up with cousins (and knights in training) Lazarel and Teresa reunite in the Kingdom of Harba, a long way from their home in Dunisia. When the Dunisian army breaks a thousand year peace and invades, headed up by their friend Prince Cesar, they suddenly find themselves with an adventure on their hands.

While Dragon Quest Heroes II sticks to developer Omega Force's more action-oriented RPG approach, certain nods to Dragon Quest's long history crop up this time out. It goes deeper into the series' RPG legacy, with a series of interlocking overworld maps, bigger townships and, perhaps most notably, a stronger emphasis on the party system. Gear is more important than in the last game, and how you kit out the other members of your party with spells, buffs and kit will have a significant impact on how you fare in the elaborate boss battles.

The most welcome addition for many, however, will be the inclusion of four-way co-op, enabling you to form a party with your friends and go questing together!