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Lets Talk About Etrian Odyssey Nexus!

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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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    The Shameful Narcissist
    Mar 01, 2019 7:52 pm

    I loved Etrian Odyssey V up until I hit that Level 70 cap. I’d never played a game like that before, and I usually don’t like and/or am bad at them, but this one really held my interest. It was a lot of fun making and customizing characters. Maybe I’ll check this one out!

    • Omar Jackson
      Mar 01, 2019 8:03 pm

      Nexus is so good! It’s like a Etrian Odyssey greatest hits . I think these games are easier to approach than other games in this genre. Labyrinth of Refrain is good too imo.

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        The Shameful Narcissist
        Mar 02, 2019 7:14 pm

        I think I demoed Labyrinth of Refrain a while ago, but couldn’t get into it. It did remind me of this old game I played a long time ago Eternal Eyes with the puppets, but Labyrinth had a lot of customization, more so than Etrian Odyssey V, which had just the right amount for me. I do want to look at ore of the EO games though.

        • Omar Jackson
          Mar 02, 2019 7:24 pm

          I have every 3DS Etrian Odyssey game. They’re all really good imo. Nexus is the best one because of the amount of character classes in it and some quality of life improvements imo.

          • The Shameful Narcissist
            Mar 02, 2019 8:04 pm

            I am definitely interested in playing more of them. I really enjoyed Beyond the Myth until I hit that level cap. I know you can go beyond it, but not until you finish the game.

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