ARCHIVE: The Ultimate Hero – Smash Bros. x Dragon Quest ‘Hero’ DLC Review

The following piece was written in August 2019, as part of a Staff Writer Job Application. Sadly, I didn’t get the job but here’s my work for prosperity; A review of the then new Smash Bros. DLC Character, Hero from Dragon Quest (as this is review for DLC content, some preexisting knowledge of the game is presumed).

A new Challenger draws near, with sword and shield in hand, and more than a few tricks up their sleeve…

Released on 31st July, ‘Hero’ from Square Enix’s Dragon Quest series joins Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as the second DLC Fighter. In typical Smash Bros. style, Nintendo announced a video presentation with series creator and director, Masahiro Sakurai on the 30th, which promised to reveal the release date of said Hero… less than 24 hours later, he was in our hands.

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Dragon Quest XI S Demo Impressions

Recently, Square Enix released an eShop demo of the long awaited Nintendo Switch port of Dragon Quest XI S.

Having not played the PlayStation 4 release a couple of years ago, or any Dragon Quest games at all for that matter, I was really excited to try it out.

Despite my lack of familiarity with DQ, I am aware of it’s ‘classical or… antiquated stylings. As a grandfather of the RPG genre, the game design deliberately holds on to hallmarks and traditionalisms which have helped maintain the series’ popularity in Japan. While that’s all well and good for nostalgic sound effects or recurring monster designs, the late 90s feeling character control and silent protagonist are the kind of retro elements that I can do without. Of course, this had a large influence on my opinion.

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