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Etrian Odyssey IV Trailer is Eclectic

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 by

Behold the first trailer for the upcoming Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan. It’s kind of all over the place, and it’s humorous when they transition from fighting some badass monster to fleshing out your map, but I’m digging it. I can’t wait for this game to arrive.

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  • Mark A. Brooks

    Might have to give this series a try sometime.

    • Markham Asylum

      It’s very rewarding. For the right audience, it’s my highest RPG recommendation in the past 10 years.

      • http://www.deltaattack.com/ Fade to Slack

        I don’t endorse it as glowingly, but I definitely agree that some people will absolutely adore it.

        For the record, Etrian Odyssey is my third favorite NDS RPG behind TWEWY and Tales of Innocence. Seeing as the latter wasn’t released in the states, that would make it my second favorite.

        • Markham Asylum

          I should point out that I wouldn’t want anyone to assume that they’ll love it as much as I do; I don’t want to be party to setting expectations at lofty, unattainable heights. However, certain RPGs are enjoyable purely due to brilliant gameplay, with any story being icing. From that point of view, I think most RPG fans who possess perception, patience, and persistence will find the Etrian Odyssey series to be highly worthwhile.

  • http://xca2.com/ Brian

    Looks great! I don’t have a 3DS, but I’m thinking about getting a copy of this game so I have it to put next to the other three in the series (as dumb as that sounds).

    It’s a shame the first game is impossible to find now, since that’s the one I’d recommend if someone was only going to play one game in the series. It’s also a lot shorter than its sequels, which is to its credit. 2 and 3 added a lot more stuff, but the core game was there with Etrian Odyssey, and I like its setting and story more than anything they’ve come up with for the sequels.

    I’ve actually recently started replaying Strange Journey (turns out you can play DS while rocking a sleeping baby). Did you ever take at a look at that, Mark (P.)? I guess I’d characterize it as the pessimist’s take on Etrian Odyssey.

    • Markham Asylum

      I can see why you’d say that that sounds dumb, but who knows; you might end up with a 3DS eventually. If you could get a used one a year from now for ~$90, it might be worth it for a few select titles, such as this and Cave Story (which I know you’ve played, but it would be great to have the convenience of handheld, and it’s only $10 in the eShop).

      Sadly, the first in the series is the one on which I missed out. It’s too bad, given what you said about story and length… I may have actually finished it, unlike 2 and 3. I gave each of those ~80 hours, then my interest waned and I never returned.

      I hadn’t even heard of Strange Journey. I does look pretty cool, though I generally far prefer fantasy to sci-fi. What does it offer that the EO series doesn’t?

      • http://xca2.com/ Brian

        Re: Strange Journey.

        It’s a Shin Megami Tensei game using the Etrian Odyssey engine (and made by the same company).

        The most obvious difference gameplay-wise is that it maps automatically: mostly a stylus-free affair. So the emphasis is more on getting through the areas, and exploring them thoroughly, and not so much on mapping and secret passages and stuff. As a result, the game is a lot bigger “geographically” and there’s more diversity to the areas. (There are also some parts of the game where you’ll want to make your own maps or notes, probably.)

        The actual biggest difference is that it’s an SMT game at heart, and it is awesome. So the “combat” system is maybe half about fighting, half about conversation and negotiation. And your party consists mostly of the demons you recruit or create. It’s probably about as difficult as the EO games, but you get a lot more flexibility in terms of the composition of your party and everybody’s abilities. (And by the end of the game you will be putting together entire parties specifically to take on certain enemies.)

        Overall I like it more than any of the Etrian Odyssey games. Mostly because it trades in the D&D trappings for something that starts off like science fiction but quickly trades in for horror. The easiest way to explain the tone of the game is to listen to the soundtrack for the first area: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIc_lBL4EZw

        Re: Etrian Odyssey

        From my perspective, the biggest difference between Etrian Odyssey and its two sequels is that the first game had a very direct story: go to the end of this place to figure out what is going on. As you progress, you get more hints about what is going on. And then the payoff at the end of the game is that you get the answer (and it’s very satisfying). I’ve finished both II and III and didn’t get that sense of drive from either game, so I totally understand how they’d be easy to not finish, even though they are both “better” in every way.

        • Markham Asylum

          Strange Journey sounds worthwhile and is now in my list of games to potentially play. I’ve been interested in the SMT series for a while, and an entry similar to EO seems like a great place to start.