Summary: In light of many modern role-playing games with contemporary mechanisms and constant evolution, even within the same series, there always exists the temptation for developers to create “old-school” titles that are throwbacks to the earliest generations of RPGs. One such title is Atlus’s Labyrinth of the World Tree for the Nintendo DS, which their American branch translated with the Artifact Title Etrian Odyssey, which makes for a decent old-school experience in spite of...
Summary: For those who enjoyed the first game in the series, getting this is a no-brainer. It improves upon the original in certain ways, yet is still similar enough to appeal to fans. This isn't an easy RPG, but that's part of the appeal. The graphics are nice, first-person perspective nostalgic, and customization greater than before. One of the superior RPGs for the system.
Summary: Draw your own maps using several objects including doors, item boxes, etc. Drawing in walls requires the touch screen and is relatively fun. The floor spaces are generally drawn in for you as you walk, but that setting can be changed and there are 3 floor colors that you can use. There are no unlockable map drawing options. There is plenty of locked loot, and doors that will give you a sense of wonder that is missed in many other titles. Drew your map wrong?
Summary: If you're looking for a difficult dungeon crawler that will hold your attention for 40+ hours this is the title for you. The leveling up system was pretty well done, and its simple to customize your characters. Graphics are pretty good and the character portraits fit the classes well also.
Summary: First of all, this game is NOT for the weak at heart. It is TOUGH. Expect to be on the first stratum (5 floors) for a long time (I'm still not able to beat the boss). Still, it has a lot of what made II good, with a good amount of customization and the nice party system with the two enemy types, both FOEs and normal enemies. In a nutshell, if you liked Etrian Odyssey II (one of the best DS games ever!), give this game a shot if you don't mind the harsh difficulty.
Summary: A classic dungeon crawler with lots of equipment and items. Extremely difficult, several hours into the game I was forced to level up to continue, then again just a couple floors later. If you want a challenge, this will be worth it. Overall a great game, just a little steep of a learning curve.
Very Hard game that willl take a while to master if you are new to these type games.
kindred spirit, Amazon
6 December 2008
Summary: I am mainly a brain game person but I like to relax and just play also like Luxor or Clubhouse Games. I read the reviews on how difficult this game is and fun also. It will be a great brain challenge. Just getting your team formed is difficult and I have to admit my first run in the forrest we all got killed. So if you need a great game for a gamer or someone who just wants a challenge this is it. The rating is E 10+ I have seen nothing offensive yet.
For old-school RPG masochists. Others need not apply.
Austin Shau "MrCHUPON", Amazon
9 September 2008
Summary: Etrian Odyssey is not for everyone. In fact, Etrian Odyssey is probably for very few people. It's a decidedly niche title, and if you have either outgrown "old-school" role-playing mechanics or are expecting a cinematic experience on the level of today's Japanese role-playing adventures, this game will disappoint you. That said, Etrian Odyssey will very likely greatly satisfy anyone in its target market.
Summary: I was a big fan of the first entry into the series, and this sequel doesn't disappoint. Besides adding 3 new classes, the new FOE behavior makes for a more challenging experience overall, the power curve is very much restructured. There is a wide variety of viability in party compositions now compared to the first game (anyone who played the first knows how necessary Protectors and Medics were).