Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl
Developed by Atlus
Published by NIS America
*You are Bound east to Etria, show them A Highlander’s Justice*
As this is my first Etrian Odyssey game; I will only be talking about the story mode in this review, Hope you all like it and Thank You.
Etrian Odyssey Untold starts off where you the Highlander are tasked with going to A city named Etria in order to become an Adventurer, shortly after arriving in Etria The Highlander is asked to go to The Ruins of Gladsheim it is here that you meet A girl named Fredrica who was asleep in a chamber, after meeting Fredrica you also meet Simon,Raquna and Arthur, three explorers working for the Midgard Library. You soon discover that Fredrica has Amnesia so she decides to join you hoping to find answers, the three explorers also decide to tag along, this allows you to form a Guild, with your newly formed Guild the group is tasked with Traversing the Guildsheim Ruins and the Yggdrasil Labyrinth while trying to find out more about the past of Fredrica.
Overall the Plot isn’t anything special but one thing I do love is the cast of characters they are so likeable, a trait that many RPG games can’t seem to do, it really ups my enjoyment of the game when I care about the characters involved and how they develop.
Etrian Odyessey Untold is a First Person Dungeon Crawler RPG boy is that a mouthful, so the game is your standard RPG with turn based combat, random encounters, Physical skills that have a nice diversity such as your main character who is a Spear wielder can drain his HP in order to pull of skills such as improving your groups Offense for example, I really like the diversity of your party Especially with characters like Raquna who doesn’t focus on attacking she instead uses her abilities to draw in enemy attacks and absorb most of the damage. There is also different equipment in the game which you can equip your characters with but you don’t just unlock the equipment as you progress with the story instead you get different materials as you progress through the dungeon this can be from fallen enemies or by finding certain gathering points in the dungeons.One of the other features is the Map Drawing system this means as you progress through the dungeon you have to draw your own Map using the touch screen now being a guy who really doesn’t like touch screen controls I have to say this was a very addicting feature surprisingly it manages to come off as less of a annoyance and more of a simple way to pass the time I occasionally found myself drawing the Map trying to get the smallest details down to the last bit. Another thing I have to say is this game is very difficult, being an avid RPG gamer this game is probably the hardest RPG I’ve played since Digital Devil Saga another Atlus game, the difficulty made me really think about what I should do especially in picking what skills my team should learn for example I was torn over if I should give my healer Simon more potent healing spells or Status changing magic it was this balance that kept the difficulty of the game without making it feel cheap or unbalanced.
I personally loved the games soundtrack which was composed by Yuzo Koshiro I have to say the different styles of music were really well done from the Guitar rock based battle theme to the Jazzy style of the town of Etria but most of all the Orchestral themes especially in the case of ” Dyed In Scarlet ” which is quickly becoming one of my favorite boss themes Another theme I have to point out is the Final boss theme which is Incredible just an Adrenaline rush Rock tune that really fits the fight it is played on. The voice acting is done well for pretty much the entirety of the game with no stand out performances but no poor voice jobs either both a blessing and a curse really.
There isn’t much to comment on with Etrian Odyssey Untold, most of the game is in menus and there isn’t any character models in the game as the whole game is from a first person perspective so all can comment on really are the Character portraits which are all drawn pretty nicely, the environments which all look really nice especially with the Yggdrasil Labyrinth which looks very colorful ,the enemy designs which are pretty generic to be honest but you cant have everything which brings me to the last thing to comment on the Anime styled cutscenes which all look great especially for the 3DS.
There are a ton of side quests to do in the game as well as post game content unlocked after completing the game not to mention the Classic mode which will get you plenty bang for your buck.
For my first Etrian Odyssey game I have to say without a doubt this is one of the best RPG games I have ever played the Story while pretty Cliche is supported by a great cast of characters, The gameplay is so fun and its one of the only games ever where I have enjoyed the Touch screen features implemented.The Soundtrack is definitely up there with some of the best Yuzo Koshiro really outdid himself even now i’m still listening to most of the soundtrack as it’s so good, and there is so much content shoved into this game that there is no way to talk about it all. the only thing I could complain about is a uninspiring story and no real Graphics to showcase.
My Score – 9/10
- Great Cast of Characters
- Very Fun Gameplay
- Mind Blowing Soundtrack
- Tons of Content
- Lackluster Story
Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl is available now from all good retailers exclusively to the Nintendo 3DS. Thanks go out to Atlus/NIS America & Reef Entertainment for supplying the game and the assets used in this review. Be sure to let me know what you thought of the review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Reddit & YouTube.
Review by Jonnie Dixon