Title: Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold -
Reviewed on: 3DS
Players: Single player
Written by Bad Demoman 11th February 2016
Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold:The Fafnir Knight is a JRPG that released over in America a fair while back and in Japan bloody ages ago. We're finally getting it over here in Europe. It's essentially a remake of the DS Title Etrian Odyssey 2 for the 3DS, but with a new game mode that adds...a story? That seems an odd addition, but it all makes sense with a little back story on what Etrian really is.
A Youtuber I happen to be a fan of once said (Satirically, mind) “It's an RPG boys, the story doesn't matter!”. This was essentially true for the original Etrian Odyssey series. A lot of the time, it was just an excuse to explore the Labyrinth that is apparently a civic requirement in every city of this fantasy world. The local elder will tell you “We think something’s up in the labyrinth and its doing odd things. We should probably stop living next to them, but instead we're going to send you in to kill everything dead”. The Untold remakes look to fix that. You can play Classic mode where, as in previous Etrian Odyssey games, you'll create all your characters. However, Story Mode gives you a set party of 5 and the considerably expanded storyline that this can facilitate. The first Etrian Odyssey Untold had a mixed cast of great characters and a couple of stand-
The titular Fafnir Knight is a silent protagonist, but you can give him a personality of sorts through your responses to your party members. He undergoes a transformation that allows him to use strange powers, but also turns his arm into that of a monster. You'll be accompanied a colourful cast: Arianna, an ever so slightly naïve princess; Flavio, your considerate childhood friend; Bertrand, a lazy knight who somehow gets the label of “old man” despite looking late-
The Story Mode is a great option to make Etrian a more accessible option for traditional RPG fans, although it does prevent exploring the classes quite as much. I'm admittedly not a fan of the original line-
Once you've got your team sorted out, you can finally enter the labyrinth where you'll be spending the bulk of the game. Here you'll discover one of Etrian's main gimmicks, which is very much so a love-
Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold is Europe’s first chance to experience the second in the Etrian Odyssey series, so is it a case of finally getting to see what we were missing, or were we better off without it? I'd certainly say the former. I'm a big fan of both game modes, which serve different purposes. Story Mode gives you a normal RPG experience, albeit still a stellar one. Classic Mode, on the other hand, basically allows you to immerse yourself in it's world and supplies you a skeleton story to fill in with your own imagination, like a pre-
An immersive world to create your own story in,
Charming characters and a great story if you don't want to imagine your own,
A varied selection of classes to experiment with.
Story Mode is more restrictive with your classes,
Battles are nothing special.
Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold:The Fafnir Knight gets an 8/10.