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So, Guillaume is pretty much the only person I've ever heard talk about this series in such a way that made me look beyond the fact that it has a crazy Japanese name, and after reading this review of it, I'm really tempted to check it out. I don't even have the excuse of it not being on Switch since it's such a perfect fit for 3DS with its touch controls; has anyone else tried it yet? How is it? Are there any similar games that are better that I should check out instead?
Oddly enough, this is the one 3DS game that has slipped under my radar and I currently have no plans on picking up. I've skipped all the other Etrian Odyssey games, so I doubt this will be any different.
Still, the series does have a certain amount of intrigue and I'll admit I enjoyed what I played of the demo of...one of them that was released on the eShop. Back in 2012 or 2013, I think.
I dunno, maybe I should get this just for...I dunno...maybe just in case? I know Atlus usually doesn't produce games in large quantities, and I'm guessing this game won't have a huge quantity shipped to stores.
The stores here in Sweden haven't got any copies yet, but as soon as they do I'm grabbing myself one! I really want to get into the game as soon as possible, 'cause this seems like it's bringing some cool new classes and interesting locations, but I'm still trying to beat Etrian Odyssey II Untold, and once I'm done with that I'll probably need an EO break. They can be pretty demanding games, even though I love them to bits.
I think my plan will be to get a copy of the game and have it sit until my summer vacation. It's become a tradition of sorts for me to play through an Etrian Odyssey game in the summer.
@GameDadGrant This is a brilliant series, and I'm kind of surprised that you haven't played any of the games since you're such a handheld buff. I wasn't really feeling the gameplay when I first tried a demo, but after a while it clicked with me, I bought Etrian Odyssey IV and went on to play that obsessively for months. It's easily one of the best handheld games I've got.
@GameDadGrant Could have sworn I mentioned your RPG fandom as well, but evidently I didn't! But seriously, this is such a good series. I'd say the only real question is where you should start to get the most out of everything.
I don't know about any similar games that would be a better entry point: Etrian Odyssey is pretty much what you're looking for. And each entry is only more accessible than the last. Despite hearing about this one's difficulty, I assume it's still true with V.
@Guillaume Is this one supposed to be harder than the others? Haven't kept up with details like that because I've wanted to go in as fresh as I can. Even though I have read up on the classes and races and stuff, because I couldn't help myself.
Well mostly the person I've seen going on about the difficulty came into the series with the story mode of Untold, which I didn't know when I saw his tweets about how difficult V is. This knowledge has me re-evaluate his evaluation of the difficulty. But he still gave it a good review, I'm just not going to put much stock into his view that it's grindy.
Personally, I came into the series with IV, which didn't have a story mode, was definitely approachable/accessible enough for me (as Aevee says, almost all the info is right there for you). Creating a party can be daunting, and I may have had to switch out a character my first go around, but it's all part of the fun. I've found that I can handle the main quest of Etrian Odyssey games just fine. The post-game bosses, on the other hand, I can't seem to be able to tackle. So I don't.
@Guillaume Ah, I see. Yeah, in light of that I think we'd do well not to go too much by those opinions.
The post-game content is always pretty harsh, but I found it to be great fun in IV and III. I did end up beating the post-game final boss in Untold on normal instead of expert though, because I didn't feel like grinding for 50 hours to get the grimoire stones I wanted. Screw that system in general; subclassing is where it's at!
I would guess that this game still has "casual mode" where you don't revert to your last save when you lose a battle, and if true then the game's about as accessible as it can get without ruining the spirit of it.
The main game is usually designed such that you can get through it with any party setup, though you may struggle / require more grinding with certain classes and skill progression choices. I don't think players have to worry too much about their party builds and can for the most part just have fun and experiment. It's only the post-game boss(es) that require very specific setups, and trying to figure that out is probably just trial-and-error unless you check out a guide. I played for 100% in the original Etrian Odyssey, but not in any sequel as it wasn't fun or worth the time. But the main game is fun, and lengthy enough to be worth it on its own.
I think the main thing to note about the game is that it's a slow burn; you're not going to blow through a dungeon on your first visit (probably not even one floor) and you're not going to be able to defeat every enemy you find the first time you spot them. Though, trying to push those limits can also be part of the fun. The game is certainly not for everyone, in particular people looking for more action or a faster pace. It also has more of a "D&D" type of story.
made me look beyond the fact that it has a crazy Japanese name
I think you're thinking of Shin Megami Tensei instead, hee hee.