I've barely scratched the surface of the story mode but I've already noticed plenty of improvements. One of the major ones are map shortcuts that allow you to warp to the stairs once you've completely mapped a floor(or defeated the boss). There is also plenty of voice acting during both exploration and cutscenes. So far I think this is the best in the series, especially considering it's a remake. It feels completely new except for the graphics and some of the monsters coming straight from the last one. The best part is that both newbies and experts should have no trouble finishing it thanks to the easier difficulty settings available.
Etrian Odyssesy, what a series, I really loved the whole making your own map thing. it makes the maps more personal to you and your tastes. The combat is extremely well done, and can suit many different type's of player (Example: defense, offense, specialist). While I do like the story, a little reminder of what your supposed to be doing would be nice, since I did get lost a few times in what I was supposed to be doing, Although I didn't mind a little bit of grinding here and there. The story (NO SPOILERS) is simply wonderful, but I'm not really sure if your choices make a difference in the story or characters (Exept for Rosa).
OVERALL Great game, would recommend to everyone who likes a good adventure game.
Atlus' throwback to D & D and Wizardry is even better than ever with this enhanced remake of the first game. As usual it's up to you to make the map, it's not given to you ahead of time, and you're discovering things about the land you travel by exploring dungeons in first person, much like Wizardry but with 3D graphics so it's easier to play. However this time there's a more detailed version of the story with more dialect, plot twists, and you don't have to make your party, it's more story focused so there's pre-made characters who are important to the story, and with voice acting and anime cutscenes it really pans out the plot. However you can play the classic mode where you make your own team and set off on a not so cinematic adventure. I prefer the story so I went with the story mode. Anyway, it plays and feels great, I highly recommend it.