Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl Review (3DS)
Stuart gets his first taste of Etrian Odyssey and is happily surprised
Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl will be seeing it’s European release in Europe on May 2nd in stores as well as on the Nintendo eShop. The game centres on the travels of a Highlander as he is tasked with the exploration of dungeons. The game follows some of the usual JRPG tropes, but with none of the ones that hold them back such as overly curvaceous women. Will the latest entry in the Etrian Odyssey series live up to it’s heritage?
The main gameplay, as with many JRPG’s, is dungeon crawling. You will be exploring dungeons-a-plenty, one square at a time. The first mission has you chart out a map of a local forest, as uncharted dungeons are a common occurrence in the game. This may sound simple but it can become tedious and even overbearing. As long as you stay organised though it shouldn’t be a problem.
As you meet up with what will become your initial team (that actually stays with you for the whole game) you are further exposed to the game story. It’s not as intricate as some other JRPG’s but it is still interesting and the cut scenes are so beautifully done that you’ll find yourself really enjoying the game without the effort of having to force yourself to play it. Your initial team has just 5 of the classes that are available. You are able to change out professions, but it’s such a large step backwards that it wouldn’t seem to be of any benefit if you have developed characters.
The cutscenes are fantastic. They are high quality anime’s in themselves and give a feeling of grandeur to an otherwise small and simplistic game. The cutscenes are fully voiced too, something that quite surprised me as a new-comer to the Etrian Odyssey games. I have been told a few times whilst reviewing Millenium Girl that this game is probably the easiest and friendliest for newbies to get to grips with. I have played other JRPG’s into the early hours of the night and I think I can safely say that this game is rather easy to get to grips with.
The combat viewing aspect is first person. It really drags you into the experience as you fight off each monster. The combat in the latter parts of the game are where it gets really good though. Having to rely on each of your 5 person team’s abilities and skills to keep you alive. The combat is turn based, and as you strategise how you believe the combat will play out you are able to control every aspect of your team: whether they attack or defend, if their attack is a skill or a base attack, or choosing whether they are attacking singular opponents or defending the front row of the group.
Most battles consist of puny opponents trying to gang up on you. This only works at the start of the game where you are underpowered and outnumbered. Luckily the enemies will not be taking too much of your health away as you end their suffering with a blow from your spear. The combat, both while working alone and with your team, is all about strategy. Sure you can take out one of the monsters with two blows, but why not take out all three of your unfriendly combatants in three moves total by spending your mana. It’s all about looking after your health and mana. Making good use of your finite resources means that you’ll keep on fighting.
Overall, the game is beautifully made and is a must for any 3DS owners. It’s not the simplest of games to get into, but it’s not such a steep learning curve that you’ll be fretting over playing the game. You’ll find the story a little underwhelming, but as it is so brilliant played out for the user through the amazing cutscenes you’ll be hard pressed to turn the game off.
4.5 Highlander Draining Spear Attacks to the Face out of 5