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Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl - Nintendo 3DS
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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2013
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I came close so many times to buying Etrian Odyssey I when they rereleased it this year, but as soon as I heard that they were making a 3DS version, using the same engine as Etrian Odyssey IV, I held off for that. I am so happy I did! I've now soaked about 10 hours into the game between the demo and the full version that arrived in the mail from Amazon today, and it's just as good as I hoped! The new story mode, with its prebuilt party of characters, adds some extra fun to the mix (and voice acting), but if you just want to play through the original with some prettier graphics, a new engine, and some nice background music, you can have that too.

I won't go too much into the gameplay itself (it is, after all, a remake), since most people will probably be interested in what's new in this version. However, if you haven't ever played a game in this series, a little background is probably important. It's an oddly addictive and normally very difficult first person dungeon crawler. Unless you pick an easier difficulty level, expect lots of grinding. The dungeons are HUGE. You will probably die. A lot. You must make all the maps yourself! You must bring back materials from the dungeon to sell to the item shop, or you won't have anything to buy! If you play in the original classic mode, when the last party member dies, it's game over, no warping back to town! However, it's important to note that the game has a lot of charm. The graphics are endearing, and the music is excellent (headphones are highly recommended). The map making is bizarrely addictive. (They give you dozens of little icons, and it's super simple to draw in walls and door ways. I love when I get to a new floor and it's completely blank as far as the eye can see.)

If you haven't played any of the previous games in the series, or the original version of this game, I recommend you download the free demo from the eShop on the 3DS. The demo is for the new story mode in the game (if you're only interested in the classic mode, it's apparently assumed that you've had a chance to play the original DS game and need no demo). It has a fairly generous level cap and the only thing that's left out are the Streetpass features, so you'll be able to experience many aspects of game play before committing to buying the game. The best part is that if you do decide to buy the full version of the game, the full version will actually import the save file from the demo!

What's Annoying:
- You can't play both story mode and classic mode simultaneously. In fact, you can't even share the game with a friend, unless they have their own 3DS, because there is ONE save slot. ONE. Etrian Odyssey IV was the same, but there weren't two different game play modes to choose from then.

What's new and different from the original:
- It's now in 3D. Yeah, I turned it off except for the cut scenes, but I confirmed it is definitely available.
- The game is not just a graphics update (although, everything is much nicer on the eyes now). The story mode adds two new classes to your party, the highlander and the gunner class. New items are also available, and the dungeons have been redone. Story mode also adds some additional areas that you will occasionally visit and explore.
- It also introduced grimoire stones, which are collected in dungeons or randomly generated during battles. These are items that won't take up your normal equip slots, but will grant your characters special abilities (just to name a few, this could be a magical ability, a gather ability, or an ability to wield a particular kind of item). Each character can have one grimoire stone equipped at a time. Grimoire stones can be fused to make grimoire stones with multiple abilities.
- Another addition is the ability to floor jump (fast travel). If you've mapped a significant part of the dungeon level (it doesn't have to be 100% complete), the next time you encounter a set of stairs, those stairs will be colored gold. Tapping a set of golden stairs will prompt you to travel to those stairs instantly. Unlocking the golden stairs must be done separately for the stairs leading up and down from the dungeon floor. (If you prefer, the fast travel arrows are there from Etrian Odyssey IV and work the same way.)
- There are three difficulty levels now. Picnic makes monsters far easier, good if you're not really up for grinding. Normal is a little bit easier than the normal difficulty in Etrian Odyssey IV. The expert difficulty is supposedly the same or very close to the original game, but in reality, it may be easier since the underlying game engine is actually different. If you change your mind later, you're not stuck. You can make the switch at any time in the main game options screen.
- There is a rudimentary automapping option. I refuse to use it because I adore making the little maps on the bottom screen, but it will fill out some of the map for you as you walk around and bumble into things. Also, if you're in story mode, the characters will call your attention to hidden passages, when you'd normally have to look for the alert on the screen that says you can press A to investigate. Nearly all the icons are there from Etrian Odyssey IV.

Similarities and Differences to Etrian Odyssey IV:
- Both games use the same engine. That means the graphics and character art are extremely similar. The music is also pretty much identical in feel. The mapping icons and features are just about the same (even down to the extremely small character limits in the label feature).
- Both feature casual difficulty levels for new players. You can change the difficulty at any point in the main game options, so you can start out slow and ramp it up once you've got a feel for it.
- No QR code quests in this game. However, the Streetpass functionality from Etrian Odyssey IV is available, so you can show off how far you've gotten in the game.
- No overland travel. I admit it, I was a sucker for sailing around in an airship in Etrian Odyssey IV. In this game, like in the original, you walk straight into the dungeon entrances.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2013
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where I tried the demo once, for about an hour, and *had* to have the game.

It breaks some recent gaming conventions by not just handing everything to the gamer, but by doing that actually makes the game better. My favorite part about it is the mapping system. You don't get a map that shows you where everything is... the game makes the map very much apart of the gameplay.

A huge part of the game is creating the map as you go along, with good rewards for doing so. This is an incredibly fun part of the game.

The ease/challenge mix is also very good -- and make good use of the maps you create. Most random RPG encounters that pop up are relatively easy, but as you make out your map, you'll eventually find areas with very difficult enemies on the map that are boss fights to the extreme. Maybe you could win (you'll have a good idea before the encounters begin), but often times winning is a Pyrrhic victory -- forcing you to have to retreat soon after from expending your magical energy and resources.

It adds a whole new dimension of strategy into the game, deciding if or when you want to tackle these addition threats to clear them -- or if you want to use your map and figure out how to get around them.

I haven't delved too deeply into the story yet, but so far, so good. I enjoy the character designs a lot, the high quality of the animation, the art style and cut scenes. I also enjoy it at a gameplay design level, how everything plays and works -- Inns, your home, quests, the party system, character classes and powers.... they all work really well.

This RPG is incredibly refreshing so far and offers the perfect level of challenge and it looks and plays great on the 3DS. I'm very much looking forward to getting deeper into it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2013
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Most likely my GOTY. An amazing Atlus first person dungeon crawler RPG. A remake/reboot of the very first Etrian Odyssey game from the Nintendo DS, & a breath of fresh air to the series if you ask me. With the added Story mode, the the mapping & combat is broken up a bit by voice acting & a few animated cut scenes. A bit of the character customization is taken away in the story mode because it is 5 set character classes, but you're still able to customize weapons/armor/accessories & allocate points on each characters skill/stat tree.

A classic mode is also available, if you're not feeling the story mode, where complete character customization is available. However a couple of classes are unlocked only by finishing the story mode. As they are new to this remake.

This game is very addictive,( as are all the Etrian Odyssey games) & very good. Definitely the most accessible to new fans of the series, and a very good starting point for First person Dungeon Crawler RPGs in general!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2014
This is the first and so far only game I played in this series. First off this isn't a typical RPG at all, so don't expect an over world, towns to walk around and don't even expect to ever see the actual characters on screen besides in illustrated drawings during cut scenes. Think "tales" series skits. Anyway that aside, THIS GAME IS FUN! I was about to put it down after about an hour or so, however I let myself get into the game as I wanted to like it and boy was I happy I did. First off the battle system is very good and stays true to most turn based RPG's. Graphically it seems like Dragon Quest, you see the fully 3d enemies in front of you in a line with 1 or 2 rows. Your characters are in rows as well even though they are not visible. The rows play out like Lost Odyssey, where position matters. There is also an auto option which is great. There is a story and it seems good so far but really the object of the game is to dive deeper and deeper into whatever area you are playing in. You will end up going back to town, which is basically just a menu with options on where you wanna go, and stock up on health, new items etc and go back out. There are side quests and of course main quests. Sides are mostly finding items for townspeople or killing certain monsters. Yes they are sides but you get rewards and most of all much more exp points than any battles, so you'll do as much of them as you can. Bottom line, it gets very repetitive, but while staying so fresh as the enemies get tougher and tougher. The farther in you go, you get warps so you can easily get around. Getting around is the best part because of the maps in which you can customize. This game is 5 Star as long as you know what your getting into.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2013
I've played all of the Etrian Odyssey series. Etrian Odyssey Untold is proving to be a beautiful game and will fill in a lot of story gaps from the older games. It is great to see all of the 3D enemies and environment shown in the magic of the 3DS system. Atlus has done it well.

I played through part of the demo and thought it might be an easy game - even in Expert mode. Well now that I am playing the released version I find that it is tough to get past the 2nd floor - even at level 10. This game is going to require lots of leveling. I am playing it in Story/Expert mode. Don't believe the push over reviews that say this is a cake wall. In Picnic mode it probably is. But in Expert mode it is going to be a real challenge. There are 3 levels of play - Picnic, Normal and Expert.

I love the cut scenes. They add a lot of flavor to the game and give you great back story. There is a movie viewer at the beginning of the game that lets you look at all the movies that have played so far.

The music is basically the same as in EO1. Great...

This is going to prove to be a long game in Story/Expert mode.

BTW I have played through EO1 two times and really like the old style RPG Classic turn based game play. Game play has been enhanced in EOU but is still basically the same turn based system with added features.

This game comes with two modes - Story and Classic. In Story mode you have a fixed team of 5 adventures that include a highlander and a gunner - these stay with you until the end of the game (you can change classes above level 30). In Classic mode the game play is similar to EO1 - and you can pick and recruit your own custom team. One advantage of playing first in Story mode is that it releases the highlander and gunner for recruitment in Classic mode later on - after you beat the Story mode game.

So far there are some floor differences - with huge boulders etc. For example in B2F of Stratum 1 there are some additional alcoves for hiding FOE's. So the basic path is somewhat similar but subtly different and more challenging. Old players of EO1 will be pleased at the differences. The FOE's look awesome in 3D...

Etrian Odyssey Untold is going to be a fun game and I recommend it highly for anyone interested in old style - turn based RPG play. If you have played any of the series before - pick this one up for a nostalgic fun time. If you are new to the series - you are going to be challenged by Atlus...

This one is going to be a keeper and go down as one of the best in the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2014
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The title of the post says it all. I enjoyed EO IV a great deal, but I also enjoy some of the small quality of life improvements added in this game along with the cutscenes.

I felt EO IV was a little bit lacking in the story department and this filled the hole for me quite well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2014
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I bought this title knowing that the series was a difficult dungeon-crawler. I wasn't at all disappointed in that regard - certain encounters can wipe out even the best-prepared party.

I didn't expect the sheer level of customization for the Story Mode characters, though - their innate skills work well enough, but adding the Grimoire Stone system where skills randomly copy themselves so they can be attached to another party member adds a lot of strategy - would healing be useful on everyone? Should I spend the time to get a certain skill on one character so it can be passed on to someone else who would make better use of it? Does this enemy have a handy skill I can get?

The visuals represent seven distinct environments inside the Labyrinth alongside the town. Characters exude personality through their portrait, or multiple portraits in the case of major characters. The music is beautifully orchestrated, with an option to use the original FM sound (even the newly-composed music has FM versions, in a nice touch). A personal favorite track is the exploration theme for the Fifth Stratum - it's near the end of the game, where several things are revealed all at once in both Story Mode and Classic Mode, and it's suitably rousing and reminiscent.

Atlus is known for games such as this one: gorgeous graphics, fun gameplay, and finely-tuned difficulty with charm to spare in the translations. With the emphasis on the gameplay in this game, it's wonderful to see it so polished.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2014
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Some people like EO IV better than Untold, but I am huge fan of Untold because it has characters and cut scenes. I was never a huge fan of making my own people in the EO series, and I always wanted a better story- this delivers. It's more complete in the gameplay than IV as well. Play the demo in the eshop before you buy this, but I'm sure you'll love if you give it a try.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2013
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Although walking through all the mazes could be annoying sometimes but it's also challenging. I love the background music and 3D effects. Storyline is quite interesting. I can say this is one of the 3DS games that actually take me to the world of 3D.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2013
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Most accessible entry to Etrian Odyssey. If you are considering this game, the following info may help:
Navigation is 1st person in a nature themed maze/dungeon.
Bottom screen is for map-making, but this EO (and only this EO) has full map making auto feature.
Battles are turn based, similar to older Final Fantasies but with a great deal of strategy required.
If you're still unsure, a free demo is available in the Nintendo shop. You can try and it and transfer your data into the full game.
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