• The Etrian Odyssey series has been around for a while and has a legion of followers. To some gamers Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl represents a remake of the first Etrian Odyssey game. To me however it’s more of an evolutionary title, in that there are new aspects which were never present and old aspects which were. This is a bold new step for the franchise and one I feel is both justified and very well implemented. This is not your normal dungeon crawler type game however as you have to make your own maps, yes during Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl the bottom screen is dedicated to using the stylus to draw your route and thus create a map. To me this was novel and I actually really enjoyed it. The graphics are also really nice to look at the 3D monsters and environments really do pop and I can appreciate the use of the 3D slider to full here.

    We play as a highlander that is arriving to the land of Etria, we are going to explore and have a good time. After we arrive in the forest and do some exploring we are asked to check on some ruins. During this investigation we come across more adventurers, one of these being a young girl trapped by a monster. You beat the monster then find she has lost her memory. You then join in a quest with the other members of the Midgard Library to find out what these ruins hold and how to get her memory back. The story is pretty standard as it comes to this type of game wherein someone has memory loss and we try to help them. I did find myself being oddly engrossed in this story however as the narration and the characterization was top notch.

    For the first time in the series there is a “Classic mode” and a “Story Mode”. Now the story mode is brand new as usually you would get a team together yourself and set them up as you see fit. There are nine different classes and you can pick and mix as you want. The interesting aspect is that tin he story mode you don’t have control over this, the party members you get are named which again is something new. I liked this as new gamers can get on board with the Etrian Odyssey formula whilst still having the traditional RPG formula. Hardcore fans will probably jump into classic mode and begin questing away. I would advise them however to play the story mode as its rewarding and actually really well made. By the way I really liked the fact that the conventionally long introductions were not present here, instead letting the player get on with exploring.

    Combat is handled well, when you encounter an enemy you must choose how to fight them, with weapons skills or even lure the enemy to attack an ally. This last tactic is my favorite because as the enemy was attacking my heavily armored protector the rest of my guys just attacked and made short work of the enemy. I really liked the branching skill trees here as assigning skill points is a treat with these varied trees. The implementation of Grimore stones is also a clever twist to characters, these stones can be given to characters to give them skills they would never have. For example giving a healer the ability to use a bow. Here a level of tactics and smart play comes into use.

    Cartography is something I thought I would never do in a game but here you have to make your own maps. One positive aspect of this making is that once you map a good percentage of the floor you see the staircase icon, this means you can jump to the next floor and by doing this Atlus have given players a tool so they can not only avoid the floors they already played but allow for more efficient travelling. Now you can still walk along and meet monsters as you move through floors but for those that don’t want to wait then floor jumping is there. This map making is also a pretty large part of the game as your told to explore every inch of the world and this in itself adds a lot to the longevity of the game.

    Etrian Odyssey Untold Millenium Girl Review

    I really liked the graphics here as the 3D really gives Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl a much needed boost in this department. The anime characters look great as usual but the 3D monsters and environments really do add a level of immersion which I thought would not exist here. The music is mellow and soothing as well which I really liked. As usual the conversations have been demoted to a few words of actual voice acting and the rest being script for us to read. Now for me this is a bit of a let-down but I have grown accustomed to this aspect of modern RPGs.

    I found Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl to be a charming game with a lot of depth and whimsy. The characters are all important and varied enough for us to like them and feel sorry for them. The addition of a story mode is a clever move as new players can slowly get used to the Etrian Odyssey gameplay. Whilst classic mode caters for hardcore fans and all is there to please them. Map making is the novel aspect this franchise has and again it has been integrated very well. I have enjoyed my time with Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl and apart from the lack of save slots and narration I can’t find a lot wrong with it.

    Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl - Review
    Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl represents an evolution in the series and one which is very welcomed.
    • I really liked the addition of the story mode, as it lets new layers begin their story.
    • Making maps is actually quite fun.
    • Lack of save slots is odd for a title with two modes to play on.
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