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Square Enix continues to dominate the demo scene with Dragon Quest Heroes II now on PlayStation 4

by Ron Duwell | April 6, 2017April 6, 2017 7:00 pm PDT

Nobody has the consistency of quality demos like Square Enix does, and Dragon Quest Heroes II continues its established tradition. The game’s demo is available now on the PlayStation 4 in both North America and Europe, and fans can check it out for free.

Dragon Quest Heroes II follows in the footsteps of the original, bringing Koei Tecmo’s “musou” action to the classic JRPG setting. The demo allows players to control four of the fifteen playable characters: two original characters and classic favorites Carver from Dragon Quest VI and Maribel from Dragon Quest VII. The game has a more open feel to it than the claustrophobic original and a larger cast of classic characters.

Musou action just doesn’t do it for me

No matter what you dress it up in, Koei Tecmo’s successful formula has never resonated with me. Dragon Quest, The Legend of Zelda, even the original Dynasty Warriors games. Their action is flashy and fun, but it also feels shallow to the point where such exciting action seems so pointless. I’m hoping that one game comes along and delivers some much-needed weight to these games, and then maybe I’ll be able to sink my teeth into one.

Maybe Dragon Quest Heroes II will get that point across with its expansive approach to the formula. Square Enix hasn’t let me down with demos for NieR: Automata, Bravely Default, and Final Fantasy XV, so maybe it won’t here either.

Dragon Quest Heroes II launches on the PlayStation 4 on April 25.

Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...