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Gaming Age (Oct 12, 2015)
I think Dragon Quest Heroes is far enough removed from the standard musou experience that even if you’re not a Dynasty Warrior fan of some sort, you can still get a whole lot of enjoyment out of this title. More so if you’re a Dragon Quest fan to begin with, but barring that, I still think Dragon Quest Heroes is worth checking out. I might be a bit biased in that I enjoy both franchises, but I’m not blind to a great game, and Dragon Quest Heroes is certainly that.
RPGFan (2015)
I had a lot of fun with Dragon Quest Heroes, from the first mission to the last. That said, I realize that some players may feel the missions grow repetitive. There's a lot of button mashing, and there are some points in every mission when you can tell that a new group of enemies is about to appear. Fans of hack & slash games shouldn't mind that, though, so if that's what you like, I think you'll have fun with it too.
Even if the Warriors hack-‘n’-slash formula has worn you out, Dragon Quest Heroes is interesting enough to warrant a look. It’s charming, colorful, and offers enough content to keep both action fans and Dragon Quest aficionados occupied for quite some time. And hey, if you like it, why not try playing some of the Dragon Quest RPGs on your mobile devices? You might just discover why Japan’s been in love with this franchise for almost three decades.
Dragon Quest Heroes feels like a simple distraction, but it actually has quite a bit of depth.
80 (Oct 07, 2015)
En bref, Dragon Quest Heroes fait le job avec une facilité déconcertante. Qu'on aime ou pas le genre musô, on passe un moment assez magique. L'univers est époustouflant de beauté, le gameplay nerveux, le rythme effréné, la bande-son magique... bref, l'expérience vous laissera le souvenir racé d'un cross-over presque parfait.
GameSpot (Oct 07, 2015)
As much as I long for a new mainline Dragon Quest (not to mention the leisure time to play more JRPGs), Dragon Quest Heroes: The World’s Tree Woe and the Blight Below affords every lover of the franchise the rare opportunity to cause genocidal destruction with the kind of efficiency you cannot find in a turn-based RPG. To flank a monster is to also admire it from angles you seldom see up close in other Dragon Quests. These tens of thousands of encounters plus the appearances by the series’ many other heroes makes for an essential experience for any Dragon Quest fan, even if you haven’t played a hack-and-slasher in ages. These characters are so fully realized that, assuming you’re not a stickler for official canon, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to consider Dragon Quest Heroes as a companion piece alongside the main series.
77 (Oct 15, 2015)
Omega Force hat sich jahrelang bemüht, den Schritt in ein neues Genre zu wagen. Wo man bei Hyrule Warriors trotz interssanter Ansätze den Übergang ins Action-Adventure nur holprig geschafft hat, schafft man es hier dank der der Rollenspielursprünge des Quellmaterials mit spielerischer Leichtigkeit, positioniert sich damit in der Nähe von Dark Alliance, Diablo 3 & Co und bietet rundum gelungene Unterhaltung.
God is a Geek (Oct 15, 2015)
Dragon Quest Heroes is like watching TV shows on Dave. It’s great at the time, but repeats itself all too often.
75 (Oct 14, 2015)
Overall, Dragon Quest Heroes is a fun action button masher. It will give fans of either series plenty to unlock and clear, and the art style is great to enjoy. As long as you don't mind going it alone, there's a lot here to like.
RPG Site (Oct 26, 2015)
It's absolutely awesome to see Dragon Quest back on a console once again, but there are considerable edges that need smoothening out. Square Enix has already announced that a sequel is in production; it will be quite intriguing to see what that'll improve upon. In the meantime, Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below is a worthwhile game to play to fill in that gaping void of Dragon Quest after all these years.
IGN (Oct 14, 2015)
Dragon Quest Heroes occupies a similar place as games like Hyrule Warriors and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. The combat that makes up the majority of gameplay is fun but forgettable, and there's little else to keep you engaged unless you're sufficiently attached to the license. In that regard, Dragon Quest Heroes looks delightful and is bursting with characters and creatures from the history of the franchise, so anyone who has been glued to each new release since the heyday of Enix will find enough familiar sights to stay invested. However, if you're still puzzling over the differences between Dragon Quest and Dragon Warrior, there are much better fights to seek out.
Slant (Oct 20, 2015)
So much of the game is filler. Unlocked areas on the map often amount to dozens of boringly arranged enemies. After every battle, you run around a hub attending to role-playing game banalities, from claiming achievements to conversing with one-note, non-playable characters to making room in your inventory because you have too many ingredients. Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow Over Mystara combines RPG and action design more intelligently, with multiple pathways providing mystery about what you can or should do as you advance. Progressing in Dragon Quest Heroes is often more like crossing out items on an unchanging grocery list—common and dreary, not heroic.