Excerpt: On the Northern Continent lies the Grand Duchy of Lagaard, where a crisis is brewing. The specifics of this crisis are rather chilling when compared to the texts of the past, which tell tales of the entire continent sinking, save for a solitary floating castle. That castle has been lost to antiquity, but it may hold the secret to overcome the ill shadow that has been cast over the land.
NDS Review - 'Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard'
26 June 2008
Summary: Atlus U.S.A.'s Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard builds upon the original cult classic with more diverse areas to explore, new character classes, more fiendish FOEs, and an improved mapping system.
Summary: Does old-school, first-person, RPG goodness sound appealing to you? If so, read on.
Pros: Excellent music, Exceptional amount of control over party structure and character development, Frequently challenging in intelligent ways (FOEs), The draw-your-own-map feature is well implemented, Very long with generally good pacing and replay value
Cons: 3D graphics can get repetitive, Backtracking and normal fights can get a little tedious, Basic sound effects and minimal animation hinder audio/visual appeal, Difficulty goes beyond the bounds of reason at times
Excerpt: As technology improves and tastes change, genres fade in and out of the limelight. Even though the genre has been somewhat resurrected by Nintendo’s DS, side-scrollers are now a relatively endangered species; point-and-click adventures have all but disappeared (stop making Star Wars games for a second and make a new Monkey Island game, LucasArts); and turn-based RPGs, once the standard, have been replaced by games that use varied and randomly named battle systems.
Conclusion: Atlus has carved out a nice-market of RPGs, thanks to titles like Disgaea and La Pucelle Tactics. Almost every game that Atlus has helped deliver has cemented the place of that market and they have catered to those fans with a passion; many of the titles have received praise for reviewers, but have taken flak simply because the audience is so focused and specialized.