Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium GirlWritten by: / / No Comments
Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl is a remake and reimagining of the original Etrian Odyssey that was released for the Nintendo DS in 2008.
What You Need to Know
Etrian Odyssey Untold is a first-person dungeon crawler featuring turn-based combat. The game emphasises exploration and mapping out your environment using the 3DS’ touch screen in order to overcome the trials of a particular dungeon floor and progress to the next level.
Unlike the original Etrian Odyssey, the game features a story mode where you take control of five predetermined characters while encountering new dungeon layouts, floors, and enemies as you seek out the truth behind the Yggdrasil Tree and a mysterious girl named Frederica who’s suffering from amnesia.
Etrian Odyssey Untold features plenty of unique elements whether you’ve played the original game or are a newcomer to the series (as I am). The remake is the first Etrian Odyssey game to feature voice acting and also boasts a few cut-scenes from Japanese animation studio Madhouse that compliments its all-new story mode.
Another new element in the game is the Grimoire Stone system that lets you equip skills from other character classes and even enemies to create hybrid classes. This is a useful element to take advantage of during story mode as it expands the skills at your disposal far beyond those native to the five character classes on offer.
What’s the Same?
Etrian Odyssey Untold is similar to many other combat-focused RPGs I’ve played in that there’s a central town where you can purchase new equipment, accept quests and organise your guild. The game’s turn-based combat will also be familiar to anyone who has experience playing JRPGs as you have the usual range of commands such as Attack, Defend, Items and Escape at your disposal.
If you’ve played previous entries in the series then the game’s dungeon mapping feature will also feel familiar. Using the stylus you can drag and drop different symbols into the map area to denote shortcuts, areas of interest, stairs leading to a new level, and many more besides. The game rewards you for exploring every inch of a dungeon level as you’ll unlock a warp point to that floor by doing so.
You’ll Enjoy Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl If You Liked…
… Demon Gaze. This recent dungeon crawler for PS Vita shares many elements with Etrian Odyssey Untold including optional quests to undertake in order to earn money and strengthen your party.
… Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. If you like spending the majority of your game time fighting monsters and becoming familiar with the treacherous stamping grounds of monsters then you’ll feel right at home with Etrian Odyssey Untold.
What I Liked
- 5.) Being able to map out every floor of a dungeon and place reminders for yourself of shortcuts or other items of interest is a great option to have when the going gets tough.
- 4.) The game features three different difficulty levels that can be adjusted on the fly. However, even on the ‘Picnic’ difficulty setting Etrian Odyssey Untold is far from a walk in the park.
- 3.) The game’s dungeons looks great in 3D as it adds a real sense of depth to long corridors or large open areas.
- 2.) I liked the way that selling items obtained in dungeons at Shilleka’s Goods opened up new weapons and equipment for my party to purchase.
- 1.) The game encourages players to explore every nook and cranny of a particular floor in a dungeon as the position of the stairs leading to the next level is never obvious.
Each floor of a dungeon typically has a few areas that you can inspect in order to gain some sort of reward or penalty. On one occasion I met up with a soldier who kindly shared his lunch with my party and replenished our health in the process!
What I Didn’t Like
- 3.) If you don’t like RPGs where more than ninety percent of your time is spent in combat then I’d advise you to stay far away from Etrian Odyssey Untold. Personally I felt that there just wasn’t enough town exploration or story sequences to break up the monotony of dungeon crawling.
- 2.) The game only has one save slot so you can’t lend it to a friend or family member without losing your progress.
- 1.) I didn’t enjoy having to travel through various floors of a dungeon all over again to reach my destination simply because I hadn’t completely mapped any of them.
Least Favourite Moment
I enjoy RPGs where I can advance the story without a huge amount of effort on my part. However, Etrian Odyssey Untold’s dungeons feature annoying enemies called FOEs who move around on preset paths and charge at you if you’re spotted. On a number of occasions all I wanted was to be able to explore a dungeon floor in peace without having to worry about these FOEs impeding my progress.
Once you’ve finished Etrian Odyssey Untold’s story mode you can try out classic mode which is far more representative of the original Etrian Odyssey. Here you can explore dungeons alone or form a guild made up of characters tied to one of eleven different classes.
There’s also a New Game Plus option that allows you to transfer your save file from a completed story mode and unlock two additional classes and various attributes from your initial playthrough in the process.
The Bottom Line
Your enjoyment of Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl will very much depend on how fond you are of combat-focused RPGs and dungeon crawlers. The game’s story didn’t move along at a fast enough pace to keep me entertained but then again I don’t think that’s the point of the Etrian Odyssey series.