Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth
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Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth continues the proud tradition of the franchise with its stellar character customization and level designs as it poses a daunting challenge, well worth conquering- one tile at a time.
Whether it's your first foray into Yggdrasil or your fifth, playing Etrian Odyssey V is a true pleasure. Its addictive central gameplay loop combines engaging exploration, strategic combat and DIY cartography, all wrapped up in a charming presentation and a lush, organic aesthetic. It's gorgeous to look at it, beautifully balanced, and polished to a sheen, but perhaps best of all Etrian Odyssey V feels like the culmination of a concept that's uniquely tied to the 3DS. With its touchscreen mapping and masterful use of stereoscopic 3D, it feels utterly at home here, and while the little handheld may have plenty of life in it yet, we still can't imagine a more fitting swan song for this extraordinary era of dual-screened RPG wonder. A must for any aspiring adventurer.
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.
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.
I'm sad for the end of the end of the franchise, but at least in Etrian Odyssey V it went out on a real high note.
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 an excellent addition to the dungeon crawler RPG series from Atlus: players will find a lot of exploration, a huge variety of classes and races, and an intriguing - yet quite challenging - gameplay.
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A challenging yet accessible dungeon crawler that rewards thoughtful party construction and thorough exploration.
While Etrian Odyssey 5 may not be well-suited for genre novices or people who shy away from the combat side of RPGs, you'd be hard-pressed to find a stronger example of this particular slice of the genre. It offers enormous customization; fresh challenges both inside and out of combat; a setting rich with things to do besides simply fight; and best of all, that addictive mapping feature. Here's a game destined to appeal to the lizard brain of Type-A personalities, to people who love to line up details and see everything slowly take shape. With each line you draw on the in-game map, you bring a tiny bit more order to chaos and transform the unknown into the familiar. Etrian Odyssey 5 isn't simply the best game in its own franchise, it's easily the richest and most satisfying dungeon crawler to appear in the past decade.
Etrian Odyssey V is a true successor to the original two Nintendo DS Etrian Odyssey games but one that has modern improvements to gameplay and a best in class customization system.