It saddens me to know that this is the very last Etrian Odyssey game on the 3DS, but all good things must eventually come to an end.
Etrian Odyssey Nexus is like a greatest hits album from your favorite band. This game has so much content in it. Every Etrian Odyssey game always has new character classes for us to enjoy. This game brought them all back. If Smash Ultimate is the greatest hits of Super Smash Bros than Nexus is Etrian Odyssey’s. There are 19 starting classes. That’s an insane number in a JRPG. You can create up to 60 characters in your guild. I created 5 and currently have 9 guildmates. My main party is the new Hero class, Zodiac, Farmer, Pugilist, and Arcanist. I ended up getting rid of my farmer and Zodiac for a Gunner and Nightseeker. I needed my party to do more damage and you can’t go wrong with both of those classes on the back row. My final class is the Arcanist for her great debuffs and healing ability.
I’m still not 100% satisfied with my party. I want to add a War Magus in my lineup, but I don’t know who I would kick out of the party if I went that route. I’m also having a harder time with this game than I did the last game I played for some reason. Is it just me or do you level up slower in this game? I’m not sure and I don’t feel like loading up one of the older games to find out. For those of you that don’t know, Etrian Odyssey is a dungeon crawler. You move by tiles and explore various different dungeons with a party that you create from scratch. There is a story in Nexus, but from what I can tell it’s only there to serve as a way to unlock new areas. It’s not important at all. Exploring dungeons is where the meat in these games is and it’s no different here. You do have to do more than just explore though. If you look at the bottom screen on the 3DS you’ll see a map. Well… it should be a map. You have to draw your own map. You can have the game draw it for you, but it won’t add in little details like healing springs and stuff. You have to do that manually. I love drawing my own map and filling it with details so I know exactly where I am and what’s around me at all times.
I’m about 4 hours in Nexus right now and I’m loving every second of it. It’s an amazing game that has so much to do. I’m not sure where I would rank this when compared to the rest of the Etrian Odyssey games, but the fact that this game has every other class in it has it near the top already. After a successful run in the dungeons below, you’ll want to head to Napier’s Farm to sell your goods. This is where you would sell all of the materials that monsters drop after you kill them. Do this and your reward will be more weapons and armor available for you to buy. So… it’s very important to kill everything you can while avoiding those pesky AOEs until you’re strong enough to kill them too.
Etrian Odyssey Nexus has me using my 3DS again. Every time I tell myself I’m not going to buy another 3DS game another neat looking game releases that I want to add to my collection of games. I’m sad that this is the end of the Etrian Odyssey games on the 3DS, but I’m also excited to see what the future holds for this fantastic series. This has really been scratching that dungeon crawler itch I’ve been having lately and I’ll end this by asking you a few questions.
Have you ever played an Etrian Odyssey game? Do you like old school dungeon crawlers? What’s your favorite one? And what do you think of Etrian Odyssey?
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