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Etrian Odyssey - Nintendo DS

by Atlus
Nintendo DS
Teen
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews) 75 / 100

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  • Use the DS Touch Screen to make your own maps - Plot your progress through the labyrinth, drawing walls and placing icons to note special events and items
  • Choose from nine different character classes - Create a woodland survivalist, shield-bearing protector, whip-wielding dark hunter, or a half-dozen other types
  • Populate an entire adventurer's guild with up to 20 characters
  • Exciting battles fough through turn-based strategic combat
  • Collect more than 20 unique battle skills and split them across 5 different adventuring charactrers

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  • ASIN: B000IOM45C
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 5 x 0.8 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: May 9, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,552 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Etrian Odyssey is a role-player with anime-style art and exciting gameplay. In a vast and fertile land lies a small town known as Etria, a peaceful village that became famous for a startling discovery. A crack in the vast forest opened at Etria's edge, leading downward like a gaping maw. Those who hear rumors of the labyrinth of Etria, whether young or old, begin to harbor dreams of exploring it. Riches, fame and prestige wait for the adventurer that can survive the Etrian Odyssey. All-star production staff, with direction and sound/story work by some of Japan's most gifted & experienced game deisgners Beautiful 3D graphics - Explore warm, inviting, forest environments rendered in an original 3D engine

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very fun, old school RPG!! May 24, 2007
Format:Video Game
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Nowadays, RPGs tend to lead you by the hand, almost as if you're being babysat or something. They lead you on a set path with linear progression, and all of them try to WOW you with flashy graphics and stuff like that. Back in the days of games like Wizardry, there was no such thing as that. You were free to explore the world with little to no guidance and you can take on any missions or quests you wanted. This is the core gameplay element of Etrian Odyssey, a new RPG from the good folks at Atlus that focuses on the good old days, even going as far as making the game have a first person perspective. Can an old school RPG actually be good in this day and age?

There's not much of a story here in Etrian. The only thing you really have to know is that you are a group of guys in a clan who set off to gain riches and recognition. Essentially, you gain recognition by going through quests and missions. So, essentially, the story is really just a minority in this game, which in this case, is fine.

The primarily in Etrian Odyssey is obviously the gameplay. When you first start up, you end up creating your own party. That's right! There is NO set party in Etrian. You chose a name for each character, and you choose the class and what is the character image. There are a total of four character images per class (two male, two female) and there is up to 9 different character classes to choose from, which totals 36 character possibilities. The customization doesn't really end there. As you gain levels, you're able to choose what skills the characters will learn using the skill points you earn. Some skills are necessary to learn other skills, and some of them actually let you do attributes outside of battle, like healing, mining, and the like. So, the possibilities here are almost endless.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Handheld RPG I have ever played. May 26, 2007
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Etrian Odyssey is an amazing game... If you like Old School RPG's than stop reading and get this game.(old school= i.e. Wizardry, Bards Tale.)

I actually bought my DS Lite just to play this game and am glad I did.

The depth of the dungeon is staggering for any system and especially so on a hand-held system.

You make your own maps of the dungeon with the styles on the bottom screen and the action happens on the top. I have been playing for about 20 hours and I would estimate I am about half done.

The game is tough, but not in a cheap way.

Pros:

-You can use any combination of 9 classes in your 5 person party.

-Side quests are interesting and varied.

-The dungeon areas are very different with hundreds monsters and items.

-The story is really interesting

-Freedom in general; to do what you want...

-Great art style

Cons:

-Could be too hard for some people (Challenge is a good thing)

In my 25 years of playing RPG's, Etrian Odyssey is in my top 3 and it's the best one on the DS! Atlus please bring the sequel to the USA...
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging in its Simplicity, almost primitive. May 31, 2007
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is exhilarating because it is genuinely hard. You worry when going deeper into the dungeon. It's hard because you have to manage your fighting resources, avoid the minibosses, play tactically against opponents, use money wisely. Experience is hard earned. Diversity is prized. Some people will be turned off that they can't "run and gun" their way to a boss or miniboss and reveal that next cutscene; the pace is slow, and the story is light compared to modern RPGs.

Etrian Odyssey has a simple, primitive game structure. There is the town and there is the dungeon. You can only save in town. There are only 5 NPCs you talk to and only 3 of them do you talk to frequently; the innkeeper (who heals you and saves), the quest giver and the blacksmith.

In the dungeon combat is likened to final fantasy 1-5; Your turn, theirs, then resolve the actions based on character stat speed priority. FF1-5 was 10-15 years ago. The uncertainty of who will act next, do you have the priority to heal him after he gets attacked so I don't overheal, is a throwback to that generation of RPGs. You'll find yourself wondering, could he survive another hit? will the enemy do an aoe or one hit kill someone unless I choose to defend? can I get this kill before he attacks?

Maddening at times, but the diversity of the character skills and the choice of 9 (7 at first) classes means the game can be played differently with a different set of worries. Like when you chose jobs of FF3.

You will die, you will find yourself running for reasons other than not wanting to deal with lvl 1 trash encounter, you will be broke, you will not be able to complete a quest immediately, you will have to traverse a dangerous landscape back to save, but you will enjoy it, all in the name of exploring this beautiful and memorable dungeon.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nod to the old school June 1, 2007
Format:Video Game
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Etrian Odyssey is as old school as it comes when thinking of the RPG's and dungeon crawlers of the past, and in this case that's not such a bad thing after all. At first glance it seems like a simple, tried and true, turn based RPG, but once you get deep into the core gameplay of Etrian Odyssey, you'll see it for what it really is. The game offers some incredibly challenging gameplay elements as you tackle the usual RPG settings, particularly labyrinths. Not to mention that the various abilities of you and your party are just begging to be tinkered with, which also provides a great deal of fun and challenge as well. What really makes Etrian Odyssey worth checking out is the great use that the game makes of the DS' dual screens, touch screen, and stylus. The mapping interface used with the touch screen and stylus is inventive and helps set the game apart from the recent flood of RPG's to hit the DS, along with the overall atmosphere and charming graphics as well. The only real downsides of Etrian Odyssey are the same problems that plague many RPG's: there is far too much back tracking involved in your lengthy quest, and when I say lengthy, I mean lengthy. The game offers a long and satisfying story and quest, but the game's steep learning curve and difficulty may put off some gamers. Despite it's few flaws though, Etrian Odyssey is a real treat for longtime and hardcore RPG or dungeon crawler addicts that own a DS, and it is definitely worth picking up.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good game
A hard to find game for a good price.
I had fun going through it and beating it. Still have yet to go through all the extra stages in it.
Published 1 month ago by Stephen J Lewis Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank you
Published 1 month ago by Jose Angel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great RPG
I love this game. A great RPG to pass the time.
Published 5 months ago by Raven
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
For old school fans the world over.
Published 5 months ago by ronnieo
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
It's a little tough to get adjusted to if you played the later ones first, but just as fun and addictive.
Published 5 months ago by Charlene W.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Start to the Series
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... Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Michael Gallen
3.0 out of 5 stars Old school game with a twist
Not a bad turned based RPG, with the nice twist that you have to map the floor of the dungeon as you go along. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Thomas Durant
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Game
Hard to start game but I like it nonetheless. I love the concept of it and the many different character party combinations you can create.
Published 9 months ago by h.eff.
5.0 out of 5 stars The start of the best new RPG franchise in years.
Before I go into great detail about this game, I feel it is necessary to mention that Etrian Odyssey Untold is a "re-imagining" of this game. Read more
Published 10 months ago by A. Mushel
3.0 out of 5 stars The first, but not the best.
I love these old-school JRPGs, and the Etrian Odyssey series takes the cake in modern, turn-based old-school style games. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Ezra Needham
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