|Dungeon Crawler; 3DS; Atlus/Spike Chunsoft; 2015|
Anyway, sorry for the lengthy introduction that has nothing to do with the game I'm about to review. It's time for me to review another Etrian Odyssey game.... Oh wait, I'm sorry it's a Mystery Dungeon game that has an Etrian coat of paint. My mistake.
|Cute girls fighting monsters in a beautiful natural environment. Yup, definitely Etrian Odyssey.|
Like most Etrian Odyssey stories, the plot to Etrian Mystery Dungeon is largely just there to give you an excuse to venture forth and dungeon crawl. However, unlike Etrian Odyssey IV, EMD seems a little lacking, especially in the characterization of the supporting cast. In EOIV, the supporting cast was the main driving force of the story and you can see a lot of effort was made to make even the villains relate-able. Here however, everyone just has a single characteristic that is put forth in every story event that they participate in. There is nothing deeper or more complex about these characters, and thus they tend to be very forgettable. It's true that story was never the Etrian Odyssey's main focus, but it feels even more of an after thought in this game than previously.
|"Umm, guys? A little help?"|
|"My gun shoots a healing salve that cures all ailments!"|
Now did I enjoy Etrian Mystery Dungeon? At times, yes. It was a fun experience and scratch that dungeon crawling loot fest itch that I have from time to time. Unfortunately, there are several SEVERAL issues that plague the game that only get worse as the game goes on. A lot of it comes down to the AI party that blows all of their TP needlessly and don't fight efficiently at all, and running into large groups of enemies that just take forever to put down, only to fight another large group of enemies seconds later. If these problems wehre resolved the game could easily be a recommended or even a highly recommended if it nails all those things and remained compelling from beginning to end. As it stands, only fans of Mystery Dungeon or BIG fans of Etrian Odyssey would enjoy this game. Etrian Mystery Dungeon gets a limited recommendation.
Until next time.