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GF Rating
6.7

265 ratings

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Not for everybody...but AWESOME for me!

posted by JBot3000 (SALT LAKE CITY, UT) Jun 16, 2007

Member since Apr 2007

14 out of 14 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This is old-school dungeon crawling at it's best. This game is very challenging and rewarding, if you are willing to sink ALOT of time into it. I've been playing it non-stop for about a week and I feel like I'm just scratching the surface. Be prepared to die...often. There is no hand-holding here, for those used to more forgiving RPG's. The customization of your characters and party is very deep. You must proceed VERY deliberately. Charging into the maze without a plan will usually get you killed. I, for one, enjoy the map-making aspect of the game. It could have been tedious, but the process is very intuitive (thanks to the stylus). There is a real sense of accomplishment here. The presentation is excellent, as well, with the music and character design being spot-on. Overall, I would say this is the best RPG I have played on the DS. Stay away if you are one of those ADD people. But if you want an adventure you can really sink your teeth into, try this one out. You won't be disappointed.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

A perfect dungeon crawler

posted by Pumarega (HOUSTON, TX) Jan 23, 2008

Member since Jan 2007

3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Etrian Odyssey is going to be one of those few games that people will either love and gush all over or hate with a fiery passion. I don't disagree with the people that are giving this title a 5 or lower Rating. I can kind of see where there coming from.

This is an RPG for people with OCD. It's for the numbers geek that loves putting together the most optimal party and maximizing every little advantage that they can. People describe Etrian Odyssey as "Tough", but it's really not that hard.

Etrian Odyssey doesn't hold your hand, it's just you, and the dungeon. Depending on how you handle your character's skill sets will make it either more or less of a challenge. If you don't place skill points with some thought you can gimp your character, and if you gimp a character, you unbalance the party, therefore gimping the party. The opposite is also true, Eterian Odyssey rewards players for coming up with thoughtful and efficient party and skill combinations.

I think what is putting people off is that they don't like having to think about party and character skill set balance. I can see how people can dislike scrutinizing each skill point and its placement.

For those of us that don't mind having enough rope to hang themselves, this will be one of the most rewarding dungeon crawler experiences ever.

My most memorable experience so far was having the party running down the hallway with a FOE (aka mini-boss) in hot pursuit. It was a FOE that could easily wipe the party, but I needed to get past it so I could complete a quest to catalog the minor creatures on this floor. I could either spend time leveling up and kill the FOE, or I could avoid the floor and work on an easier quest, or I could do what I did, and try to sneak around him... Etrian is more than happy to let you try it, and won't shed a tear when you end up eating dungeon floor.

That's what makes Etrian cool...

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GF Rating
7

Good

Not flashy but good

posted by lancelot (MIDDLETOWN, CT) Feb 17, 2008

Member since Dec 2007

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

There is nothing that stands out about this game. The music is the typical repetitive rpg stock music. The scenery graphics are above average but the battle graphics are average or below. The story is non-existent. But somehow I find myself coming back to it and playing it for many, many hours. This game has a stiff learning curve. When I say stiff I mean stiff there is room for mistakes. A single misjudgment of a foe can set you back a lot because you can only save in town or a select few spots in the duegeon. Etrian does shine in it's leveling up of characters. This particular aspect of the game is deep and varied and offers choices that could never be fully fleshed out unless you played for a hundred hours. This customization really lets you build a character that fits your particular likes and dislikes. The drawback is a wrong choice can really affect your individual character and your group. A game that is not worth a rent because you must be around for the long haul to like this one.

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