In all my months of hanging around on this forum, I can’t really recall anyone ever mentioning the Etrian Odyssey series, except maybe in passing.
Well, I’ve sunk a whole bunch of hours into every single one of those EO games, never having completed any of them, and that legacy seems set to continue as I’ve finally gotten started on Etrian Odyssey Nexus. Returning to this series just feels like coming home, it’s so comforting.
I’m rolling with a pretty standard party so far: Hero, Nightseeker and Harbinger up front, with a Gunner and a Sovereign (Princess!) in back. So far, the default difficulty level feels easiest of in any installment, but I’m cool with that. The grind-your-face-against-a-brick-wall difficulty of earlier entries was always my least favourite element of the series. But the sense of discovery is still there, and I like how many non-battle events now grant EXP to your party.
It’s meant to be a tribute to longtime fans of the series, and since I am one of those, I can’t help but feel like I’m just having a low-key chillout party with some old friends. Nice to catch up, you know? Plus, having an excuse to play my 3DS is always welcome. As great as the Switch is, nothing will ever replace the pure joy of Threeds-playing for me.