It wasn’t since 2013 that followers of the beloved Etrian Odyssey franchise noticed a brand new primary launch. Within the meantime, there have been a few sub-franchises launched within the form of the Untold sub-franchise and Etrian Thriller Dungeon to maintain followers joyful. Nonetheless, whereas these have tickled the needs of long-time followers, many have desired new dungeons to crawl into, and Etrian Odyssey V: Past the Fantasy provides its all to fulfill this want with virtually no recycled enemies, testing veterans and newcomers alike. Cubed3 delves into the dungeon to examine if the wait has been value it.
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It definitely doesn’t really feel prefer it was 4 years in the past that Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of Titan was launched. That is primarily due to the improved re-releases of the primary two Etrian Odyssey titles with the brand new Untold spin-off, and, after all, the brand new thriller dungeon tackle the franchise. Previous followers might need, regardless of how good the Untold video games have been, desired to delve into new unexplored labyrinths, although. Lastly, they’ve the likelihood to take action as Etrian Odyssey V: Past the Fantasy reaches Europe.
This time round there’s a lot new issues, apart from simply the labyrinths. Two new lessons are launched, as an example, however the massive game-changers are the brand new grasp lessons that add a brand new layer of customisation to the characters. These grasp lessons are unlocked after the primary two stratums and provides the lessons new and specialised instruments to assist them additional fulfil the roles within the occasion. It is a actually attention-grabbing system because it provides the chance to decide on a specialised path as soon as they’ve change into acquainted with how their occasion operates and realized what weaknesses they want coated. This helps newcomers out who would possibly in any other case simply do poor occasion customisation selections early on that come again and chunk them hours into the journey, when far past the purpose of eager to backtrack to remake characters from scratch.
There are a bunch of different good instruments to make the early sport simpler for newcomers. One widespread criticism within the sequence is that it suffers closely from having a ridiculously tough early interval, which flattens out lots over time, offered the occasion is effectively constructed. That is mitigated by giving entry to nice Union strikes proper off the bat, with issues like double assault and full retreat from the earlier entry, trivialising many early F.O.E. This helps forestall getting themselves cornered by F.O.E.s in the event that they forgot their Ariadne threads. Whereas long-time followers is perhaps barely aggravated over the better than regular early interval, it’s general a transfer that’s virtually vital to provide the franchise mass enchantment.
Typically, Etrian Odyssey V: Past the Fantasy leaves a lot unchanged, whereas it treads new territory. The choice it going down in a distinct setting to earlier entries has given the developer a number of freedom in designing new monsters and zones that can tickle long-time followers as they will now not count on what to face at every flooring early on.
The brand new dungeons provide some actually various and attention-grabbing settings, resembling a excessive mountain and a graveyard to go along with the theme of the brand new lessons, Harbringer and Necromancer. Even outdoors of those zones, the setting has far more selection in its fantasy with new races that adjust from the darker elf-like Celestrians to the cheerful dwarf individuals, Brouni. It creates a broad fantasy with a number of cultures combined into it to create a extra various world than earlier choices, the place most got here from the identical tradition, making a setting that shortly felt like “extra of the identical.”
This mixture of familiarity with the sport system and lessons, combined with the curveball of a brand new setting and utterly new mobs, will go away veterans feeling excited and like they’re exploring actually unexplored territory, whereas on the similar time feeling satisfactory and skilled on the job of making a very stimulating expertise. Newcomers won’t care a lot for the brand new setting, however the brand new instruments to lower the brutality of the early-game will make it simpler to remain for the complete trip.
It’s fairly simple to say that Etrian Odyssey V: Past the Fantasy takes the issues of each newcomers and veterans alike in a reasonably balanced means. It makes the franchise extra welcoming than earlier mainline entries by giving highly effective instruments from the very begin that helps development, whereas it on the similar time retains veterans on their toes by altering a number of meta-rules in regards to the preliminary setup.
If there’s one flaw to spotlight, it’s the truth that they didn’t make it an Untold initially with a narrative mode included, however moderately the staff is extra more likely to launch that at a later level. As that is the primary new Etrian Odyssey launched after the Untold spin-offs began, it may appear as if Atlus goes to double-dip its new sport at a later date. Contemplating how earlier Untold releases have been dealt with, although, if it does get a remake, it’s going to host sufficient variations to make it really feel contemporary for veterans, making it a smart financial option to restrain from doing so.