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: When Atlus’s Etrian Odyssey for the Nintendo DS saw its North American release, most gamers found it to be a throwback to old-school role-playing games, given a fully-customizable party, first-person dungeon exploration, and sometimes-punishing difficulty. Given its success, it was only natural that a sequel would see its release soon afterward, entitled Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard, which builds upon its predecessor’s mechanisms, for the most part a good thing.
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.