Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth
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Etrian Odyssey V is a fun and interesting game for anyone who likes a bit of challenge and isn’t put off by having to create your own maps. There’s a good balance between explaining enough to get the player started in figuring things out and leaving a lot to be discovered. The combat system is also deep and allows for a lot of customization and strategic choices.
Featuring new mechanics, polished gameplay, and the same kind of dungeon-crawling experience that you’ve come to know and love, Etrian Odyssey V takes the Etrian Odyssey series to wonderful new heights.
Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth is a typical continuation of the series, focusing on what it does best, from dungeons to exploration and of course the combat. The very rich mapping system and the secrets that fill the dungeons make the whole thing quite addictive, urging you to explore and find every nook and cranny. With its very complete class system, the game offers a wide panel in terms of customization and evolution, and will appeal to turn-based RPGs fans. However, I'm rather shocked that a clear storyline isn't present and that the execution of the game is just too simplistic with no drastic changes since the previous opus, but this doesn't prevent Etrian Odyssey V from being a solid adventure and great Dungeon-Crawler.
Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth wants to kick your arse. It wants to beat you down. It wants to be ruthless. However that feeling when you finally nail that strategy; when you overcome a floor that was kicking you down for weeks; when you beat that FOE or that boss that stopped you dead in your tracks… …Well, there’s no better feeling, really.
While it does lack the engaging stories found within the Untold series, I was still surprised that I enjoyed the game just as much as I did with Untold, despite the lack of a developing plot. The little additions, from the improved character customizations, the in-dungeon sidequests and Union Skills also help to fit within the series, and I hope all of those features return for future installments.
When it comes to rewarding dungeon exploration, you can't do much better than Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth.
Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth is a solid entry in the series and one you have to play on Nintendo 3DS. Its gameplay remains as fun as ever, and this fifth entry in the franchise is one of the best games on Nintendo's portable. If you're still on the fence then you should definitely check out the free demo for the game since it allows you to get started with access to all characters and classes, and if you decide to buy the game then your progress will transfer – you'll get to play up to the 3rd floor with a level cap of 10 for your adventurers.
However if you, like me, only have experience with the Untold story mode, maybe consider buying and trying Etrian Odyssey IV when it's next on sale to see if the challenge is right for you. This new game also has a demo, and the save data transfers over to the full game. Etrian Odyssey V was a rude awakening for me, but I'm glad I powered through.
Light on story, heavy on gameplay, and more than enough content to wade through, this is one of the finest RPGs available on the 3DS.
Won't entice those who've already dismissed the series.