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Review: Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight

Jul 31 // Chris Carter
Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight (3DS)Developer: AtlusPublisher: Curve DigitalRelease Date: August 4, 2015 (US) / February 12, 2016 (Europe)MSRP: $49.99 (Atlus tax) For those unaware, the Untold portion of the moniker denotes the inclusion of an all-new story mode, complete with preset characters and a new narrative. It sounds weird, but any Etrian fan knows that the series started off with dungeon-crawler roots, and thus, allowed players to basically create and customize whoever they wanted --with a loose story binding it all together. Thankfully, The Fafnir Knight includes both gametypes and multiple difficulty options for players of all backgrounds If you spring for the new setup, the tale starts off with low-key princess protection duty with your childhood friend Flavio, but quickly evolves into a grand tale of adventure to seek out the city at the bottom of the Yggdrasil Labyrinth. Early into the fray, your hero awakens their true power -- the Fafnir Knight class, capable of transformation. While the story itself isn't as memorable as a lot of recent JRPGs, it's still a fun enough narrative with a cast of likable characters. The dialog in particular isn't riveting stuff, nor is it laugh-out-loud funny; it's serviceable, which is essentially how I feel about Etrian in general. Dungeon crawling is basically the same as always (now with the enhanced 3D style), and with Fafnir Knight, you'll have the ability to manually map out your findings on the bottom screen. Or, if you're feeling a bit more conservative, it can automatically populate. FOEs have returned, which are basically giant superbosses present throughout the game. [embed]296957:59744:0[/embed] Like many JRPG superbosses, they aren't easy to best. You'll generally have to avoid them early on or risk instant death. Since they're visible on the screen, it's easy to see where they're coming from however, and you'll have to either deduce their patterns or use trap items to fool them. It's a nice little diversion, and returning later on to defeat a pesky FOE is a great feeling. Don't think that a more concise campaign implies that the formula has been dumbed down, as players will still be able to create an initial avatar and customize the classes of story characters. There is a caveat: you'll need to sacrifice five levels to switch classes. Additionally, you can't just call upon the guild to create new characters at will. To further muddy the waters, the Grimoire system seeks to mix things up a bit, as you can now equip party members with items that allow them to tap into additional classes. However, it feels extremely limited in nature, as most of them are a random drop, and it took me hours to find the few specific tomes I really wanted. It's an odd gambit by Atlus even in the confines of the Fafnir story, as the Etrian series has always prided itself on full customization. It's a bit easier to forgive once you dig into the new cooking mechanic, which has been expanded in an unprecedented manner. Now, you can customize ingredients and discover new recipes to craft as you cook your way to statistical bonuses for your adventures. Eventually, this diversion works its way more and more into the story. The Duke of the main town allows you to potentially earn a profit from the restaurant as you expand and re-invest in the town. It's a nice little meta-narrative and adds some lightheartedness to the game. Classic mode is of course, utterly different. It's a less limited tale featuring a mysterious labyrinth, and the experience is more about the journey than a real story. You can register new party members at will, and you're free to choose from over 10 classes at the start. It's very intimidating for non-RPG fans, so I recommend trying out story mode first. And really, that's what's so great about the Untold series -- it allows new players to acclimate without holding their hand too often, and still provides a way for hardcore fans to create limitless combinations of parties to their heart's content. Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight is a remake that's perfectly timed and well crafted, despite the fact that the formula isn't quite as fresh as the wholly new Etrian IV (I really miss the more open-ended maps). Now all Atlus needs to do is remaster Etrian III, and it'll have all four core entries ready to play on the 3DS. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the developer.]
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A worthwhile update
It sounds crazy, but 2008 was a long time ago. That's when Etrian Odyssey II was first released for the Nintendo DS, and seven years later, Atlus has decided to bring it to a new audience with The Fafnir Knight. While a few of the advancements from later games don't translate perfectly, it's still a worthwhile dungeon romp, and another great entry in this storied series.

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Etrian Odyssey

Etrian Odyssey Untold 2 is getting a demo this month


Expect a review later this July
Jul 01
// Chris Carter
Unsure on whether or not to pull the trigger on Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight in August? Atlus has you covered with a demo, which will allow you to play the intial portion of the story. As is the routine with At...
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Etrian Mystery Dungeon

Etrian Mystery Dungeon explores Europe September 11


Courtesy of NIS America
May 31
// Kyle MacGregor
Etrian Mystery Dungeon is coming to Europe on September 11, NIS America has announced. Destructoid's reviews baron Chris Carter was enamored with the game when it landed in North America last month, saying "the more [he] play...

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ATLUS

Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold charts western release


Soon in America, not so much in Europe
May 30
// Kyle MacGregor
Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight is penciled in for an August 4 launch in North America, Atlus has announced. Oh, and Europe will (predictably) have to wait until February 12, 2016. The dungeon crawler is an enhance...
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Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold

Atlus: Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold coming this summer


Who's ready to go dungeon crawling?
Mar 10
// Kyle MacGregor
Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight is coming to North America this summer, Atlus USA just announced. The Nintendo 3DS role-playing game is a remake of the second entry in the series and includes a new story mode along with various other improvements.

Etrian Mystery Dungeon is a quirky spinoff in line with series legacy

Feb 26 // Alessandro Fillari
Etrian Mystery Dungeon (3DS)Developer: Spike ChunsoftPublisher: AtlusRelease date: April 7, 2015MSRP: $39.99 For those unaware, Etrian Mystery Dungeon is a spinoff of its mainline series Etrian Odyssey. Playing as adventurers seeking fame, fortune, and glory, you must explore dangerous monster-filled dungeons while helping out local townsfolk in need. In and around the village of Azlarga, you build your reputation amongst the locals who come to rely on you for help. Over the course of your adventures, you'll acquire new weaponry, abilities, and and party members that wish to join in on your successes, and hope to conquer the more nefarious and deadly dungeons that remain untouched by explorers' hands. In similar vein to last year's Persona Q, EMD takes several of the series' concepts and gameplay ideas, and injects them into a brand new setting. In Mystery Dungeon, the action is moved to the tried-and-true roguelike dungeon crawler school of thought. With an overhead third-person angle, you have to keep watch of your party members and their surroundings as they venture through the environment. Utilizing grid-based movement, positioning is everything. Certain party members use either ranged or close-range abilities, and must be placed accordingly. With only four characters to bring with you into the field, you'll have to choose wisely from the several classes that EMD has to offer. While exploring, you'll want to monitor the status of your party members. As some traps poison people, or debilitate movement, you have stay stocked up on recovery items. For every step you take, you also drain FP (food points), which affects stamina and combat prowess. Once that's completely drained, your party leader will sustain damage for every move you make. In order to stay ahead of this, you'll have to keep them well-fed, or have another member of the group take point. This puts an interesting spin on exploration, as often times you'll have your tank lead. But if he's too tired to take charge, then you might be forced to escape or have one of your more vulnerable members lead. [embed]288216:57511:0[/embed] Fortunately, there are many different ways to stay on top in dungeons. Certain classes can scout ahead and spot traps and monsters, while others can keep the party buffed and in good health. Also, there are several areas within the labyrinths that are fairly safe, which can be fortified by your group. In these forts, you'll remain safe, and they can be used for quick travel back to the outside. Forts are run by members of the guilds you can join back in Azlarga, and they help monitor your resources. Loot, minerals, and other special resources found in the dungeon can be taken back to the forts, though, keep in mind, they can be still be attacked and destroyed by monsters in the dungeon. So it's important to make sure if you want to invest the time and money to build one, especially in a dangerous location. The Etrian Odyssey series is known for its tough challenges, and EMD definitely retains that for dungeon exploration. Every dungeon you travel to is randomly generated, which not only keeps things interesting, but has you on your toes. In some cases, the first few floors of the dungeon might be a cake walk, but traveling to a fresh location might have you walk right into several traps and powerful foes. Despite the challenges, there are many opportunities to save yourself and your crew. If you for instance wipe, you can send in rescue units for your team for evac back to town. Unfortunately, you'll lose out on items and currency found at that location. So it's always best to keep a fresh save at all times. I'm usually not that partial to dungeon crawlers, but I found Etrian Mysery Dungeon to be charming, despite its difficulty. The visuals and art style are vibrant and colorful, which is a welcome departure from the common brown and grey aesthetic of roguelike dungeon crawler RPG titles. I found the presentation to be fun, and the world is one I would love to explore again. I expect players to be quite taken with Mystery Dungeon. With its release in April, it should also scratch an itch for fans eager to play Etrian Odyssey V, which is still a ways off. Granted, this is a bit different than previous EO titles, but that's actually kind of a good thing. It's another approach to dungeon crawling, sure, but at its heart it's a similar experience fans will love.
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Hardcore dungeon crawling with a new perspective
Over the years, Atlus has become one of the more endearing presences in gaming. One thing fans appreciate is its tendency to switch things up. The publisher has a handle on the niche gaming scene, and it's reassuring to know ...

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Etrian Mystery Dungeon

Etrian Mystery Dungeon shows off the Medic


This is looking great
Feb 06
// Chris Carter
What do you get when you mix Etrian Odyssey and the Mystery Dungeon series? Etrian Mystery Dungeon of course! With development handled by dungeon master Spike Chunsoft, the new 3DS game will bring in that clas...
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Etrian Mystery Dungeon

Etrian Mystery Dungeon comes west next spring


Atlus goes rogue!
Dec 03
// Kyle MacGregor
Etrian Mystery Dungeon is heading to the Americas in 2015, Atlus USA announced today. The crossover project is a partnership between the Shin Megami Tensei studio and Spike Chunsoft, makers of strange series like Da...
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Etrian Mystery Dungeon

Etrian Odyssey gets a Mystery Dungeon crossover


Atlus and Spike Chunsoft, together again
Nov 24
// Kyle MacGregor
Well, it looks like Atlus and Spike Chunsoft are having another baby. The studios announced a new collaborative project today, Etrian Mystery Dungeon. For those unfamiliar with Mystery Dungeon, it's a series o...
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Etrian Odyssey V

Atlus announces Etrian Odyssey V


Cool tree art, you guys
Nov 24
// Kyle MacGregor
It sure looks like Etrian Odyssey V is a thing that's happening. Atlus teased the upcoming title in the dungeon crawling series today during a Niconico livestream, but little else was revealed. The studio didn't make mention...
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Etrian Odyssey Untold 2

Etrian Odyssey Untold 2 opening film is just stunning


Madhouse does good work
Nov 16
// Kyle MacGregor
Etrian Odyssey Untold II: The Knight of Fafnir may be crawling to Nintendo 3DS in Japan next week, but we still haven't heard anything about Atlus USA's plans for a western release.  Maybe we'll learn something after Persona Q comes stateside later this month. In the meantime, check out the Untold II's opening movie, courtesy of animation studio Madhouse. It's so pretty!
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Etrian Odyssey 2

Take another look at Etrian Odyssey Untold 2


Coming to Japan this November
Sep 22
// Kyle MacGregor
Atlus is back with more old school dungeon crawling action in Etrian Odyssey Untold II: The Knight of Fafnir, an reimagining of the second title in the series Much like Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl, which ...
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Etrian Odyssey 2

Atlus announces Etrian Odyssey 2 remake for 3DS


The Knight of Fafnir returns to Japan this winter
Aug 05
// Kyle MacGregor
Atlus is crafting a remake of Etrian Odyssey 2, the company revealed today via Famitsu .  Subtitled The Knight of Fafnir, the dungeon crawler is a follow-up to Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl, ...
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Atlus teases

Atlus teases new Etrian Odyssey with a tree, not a broccoli


What an Odd website...
Jun 23
// Steven Hansen
I sort of feel more like going on an Eritrean odyssey right now, but I'm settling for an Ethiopian jazz bar later in the week. Anyway, I scaled 10,000 meters of tree on this Atlus teaser site so you don't have to. Really, it's not that fun. The result was this Etrian Odyssey looking "Coming Soon" page. Whole tree background attached. 
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Europe gets Etrian Odyssey Untold on May 2


Phew!
Feb 14
// Dale North
My heart goes out to our European readers every time we see a good JRPG. It's usually that it took its sweetass time to come from Japan, but for some reason only lands in North America at first. And then you're left waiting f...
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Persona Q details

Persona Q 'like playing two whole RPGs altogether'


Meaty mash up
Feb 04
// Steven Hansen
It's a good day when I can just sit and write several articles about Persona. The last bit of the lengthy interview with Katsura Hashino, following talk on Persona 5, Persona 4: Dancing All Night, and Persona 4: The Ultimax U...
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Etrian Odyssey European

Etrian Odyssey Untold European release detailed


Both retail and digital
Oct 30
// Chris Carter
Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl recently blazed a trail on the 3DS platform in the US, but it looks like Europe is getting a piece of the action too. While there is no solid release date in sight, Millennium Girl i...
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ATLUS

Etrian Odyssey Untold rated for release in Germany


NIS America likely to publish Atlus RPG in Europe
Oct 13
// Kyle MacGregor
Perpetually angry European Atlus fans needn't worry too much about Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennim Girl. The Nintendo 3DS dungeon crawler has been processed by the USK, Germany's software ratings board, in...
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Etrian Odyssey

Atlus flaunts new Etrian Odyssey Untold footage


Demo available tomorrow!
Sep 15
// Kyle MacGregor
Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl is hitting shelves in a little over a fortnight's time and Atlus wants to make sure you know it. The publisher has released a pair of shiny new trailers showcasing shieldmaiden Raqu...
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ATLUS

Etrian Odyssey Untold conjures an alchemist


And weaklings apparently need to get out of his face
Sep 09
// Kyle MacGregor
Atlus is unleashing a salvo of character introductions for Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl. An alchemist by the name of Arthur Charles is the first character to take center stage, showcasing an abrasive personalit...
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Atlus 3DS sale

Three Atlus 3DS games are each $10 off on eShop


Code of Princess, Etrian Odyssey IV, and Soul Hackers are discounted until August 31
Aug 19
// Tony Ponce
Good news, cheapskates! Atlus is keeping the Nintendo love train going by dropping ten bucks off select 3DS eShop titles until August 31. This is in addition to other deal running through the end of the month, in which you'll...
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Etrian Odyssey

Atlus unveils Etrian Odyssey Untold pre-order bonuses


Nintendo 3DS RPG available October 1
Aug 09
// Kyle MacGregor
More so than perhaps any other publisher, Atlus consistently goes the extra mile to reward its loyal fans. Whether it's a gorgeous Dragon's Crown art book or that massive Shin Megami Tensei IV strategy guide, the c...
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Etrian Odyssey IV EU

Etrian Odyssey IV ventures to Europe on August 30


Cool dood!
Jul 16
// Kyle MacGregor
Good news, Europeans! The wait for Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan is nearly over. Atlus' acclaimed dungeon crawler will make the voyage across the pond on August 30, kindly distributor NIS America has annou...
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ATLUS

Etrian Odyssey Untold journeys to Nintendo 3DS in October


Atlus schedules portable role-player for release this fall
Jul 16
// Kyle MacGregor
Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl is making its way to North America on October 1, Atlus has announced. A remake of the first game in the series, Untold combines classic gameplay with all-new story sequences, dungeon...
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Etrian Odyssey

Atlus reveals Etrian Odyssey Millennium Girl opening film


So Kawaii!
Jun 10
// Kyle MacGregor
Atlus has dropped the opening movie for Etrian Odyssey: Millennium Girl. A remake of the first entry in the dungeon crawling series, Millennium Girl combines classic gamplay with added story elements and cutscenes courtesy of acclaimed anime studio Madhouse.  The Nintendo 3DS exclusive role-playing game is slated to hit shelves on June 27 in Japan.
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Etrian Odyssey

Etrian Odyssey: Millennium Girl trailer showcases story


Narrative on display in Madhouse animations
Apr 28
// Kyle MacGregor
Etrian Odyssey: Millennium Girl is pretty fascinating in that Atlus is returning the series to its roots whilst taking it into a new direction entirely. A reimagining of the first Etrian Odyssey, released on Nintendo DS...
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Etrian Odyssey: Millennium Girl anime scenes by Madhouse


Another trashcan dance?
Apr 24
// Dale North
We're still gathering details on what to expect from Etrian Odyssey 3DS remake Millenium Girl. So far we know it'll look something like Etrian Odyssey IV, and that it'll have great music. And now, thanks to a new Famitsu reve...
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Etrian Odyssey

Hear Yuzo Koshiro's BGM in Etrian Odyssey: Millenium Girl


Official site plays new music
Apr 09
// Dale North
If you've been tracking the Atlus remake Etrian Odyssey: Millenium Girl like I have, you might be interested to know that the official site has updated to include game music from series composer Yuzo Koshiro. This might ...
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Etrian Odyssey remake

A first look at the Etrian Odyssey 3DS remake


Official Japanese website launched
Apr 04
// Dale North
Etrian Odyssey: Millenium Girl is what we're calling the upcoming 3DS remake of the original series title. For those wanting to see how the game has changed from DS to 3DS, the new images on the game's official website will g...
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Etrian Odyssey IV

Etrian Odyssey IV comes to Europe this summer


Thanks, NIS America
Apr 04
// Dale North
NIS America has partnered with Atlus to bring Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan to Europe this summer. This a-maze-ing dungeon crawler is too good to be missed by our friends on the other side of the pond, so our h...

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