There are at least 4 overland areas to explore with at least 3 dungeons in each, some big, some small. The overland maps have various "boss" monsters as do the dungeons. You use the things you find in your explorations to create new equipment for both your characters and your skyship. As your skyship is upgraded you can reach new heights and explore previously unreachable areas. I agree with another reviewer that the graphics aren't up to the 3ds standards, but they are way better than psone and a definite improvement over previous installments in the series.
Good retro dungeon crawler, but doesnt utilize 3ds
posted by CylanthMN (MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Mar 2, 2013
Member since Jun 2011
gamers (17%) found this review helpful
Etrian Odyssey is an Atlus series that mimics the classic dungeon first person RPGs of the 80s (Wizardry, Bards Tale, Eye of the Beholder). This version is for the 3DS and has some new features to the series.
Positives: Retro style dungeon crawler for those who love to grind, deep gameplay and character building, lots of enemies and dungeons, lots of secrets and areas, making your own maps is oddly addicting, new Casual setting is good for newcomers
Negatives: Lousy graphics (Playstation 1 quality), total lack of voice, weak sound effects, poor 3d implementation, no story, characters have no personality, too much reliance on text descriptions
Summary: This feels like a regular DS game that was quickly slapped onto the 3ds. Lousy visuals, the 3DS is capable of much better. Still, this is a great game for those who grew up with the old style dungeon crawlers. There is a lot to see and do, you will be able to grind all you want. I enjoyed building up my party and going into the dungeons and making my own maps. The new airship travel is kind of lame, but does add a little bit of variety.
This is the first entry in the series I've played, and it was absolutely worth trying. Map making wasn't my favorite part, but exploring the dungeons, finding treasures, and completing objectives is just so satisfying. I seriously recommend this, even if you're not a hardcore RPG player.