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Discussion Which Etrian Odyssey game?

I want to get at least one of these before the 3DS eshop shuts down. I'm leaning toward 5 because the classes look interesting (like a gunner tank class and a falconeer are pretty unique concepts)? Not sure though.

I've played my share of dungeon crawlers and traditional roguelikes so difficulty doesn't turn me off.
 

paranoodle

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Honestly, you can't really go wrong with any of them if the general idea appeals to you! 4 and 5 and Nexus are all really solid and I enjoyed them roughly equally from what I can remember, but I haven't gotten back to them since playing Nexus when it came out in 2019.

The two Untold games are remakes of 1 and 2 (which were originally on the DS) with extra story added, and they're not bad remakes but I found them a little less good than the other 3DS games and I'm not really looking to have more story.

Classes-wise, honestly all the games have an interesting spread to choose from, so you'll always have some good picks, but if there's some (like the ones you mentioned) that really appeal to you that's as good a way to pick as any other.
 

Weebos

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I think Etrian Odyssey IV is a great beginner experience, but I may be biased because it was also my first one. Etrian Odyssey V should also work as well. I recommend IV mainly because it might be hard to go back after playing later entries with some of the QoL upgrades.

Plus I know there is a pretty great demo for IV.

If you prefer having a more guided "Story mode" either of the Untold games should also work, though I played through them on "Classic" so I can't speak to the quality of those stories.
 

Pixelknight

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Generally, 5 is simpler than 4, both in party development (your classes specialise even further within the class, rather than choosing subclasses) and length/dungeon maps (4 has a balloon exploration phase leading to mini dungeons in addition to the main quest).

EO Nexus is just massive though, in terms of both. It’s easily twice as long as any other EO in terms of total dungeons floors and it’s unique gimmick is raised areas, where what would be empty spaces in other EO games is raised areas of the same floor, effectively doubling the size the map.

I wouldn’t start with Nexus (it’s more of a celebration of the series so far, drawing a line under all the DS/3DS games). The Untold games add an option for an expanded story, new maps and set party for EO 1/2, and are a lot of fun.

I’d pick either 4 or 5 to start with, both have their advantages. 4’s balloon is a nice change of pace between the main dungeons and 5 is easily the most accessible as it’s the simplest.
 

asagami_

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I want say everyone, but if I have to pick only 3 for a newcomer, I would say IV, Untold 1 and V.

I will explain my choices:
-IV: the subclassing system is very good and only Nexus and III have something similar.
-Untold 1: It's a remake from the first game so I think is worth to play it.
-V: the classes are all new and very interesting.

Untold 2 and Nexus are amazing, but I feel they would overwhelme a newcomer, specially Nexus.
 

Yoshifan31

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There are demos for all of them, they transfer to the full game so you can get a feel for each of them that way

I think IV is great, it’s definitely my favorite game on the system after Kid Icarus. It’s the only one to have an overworld map, as well as smaller dungeons instead of one big dungeon separated by sections. I think that this works really well for it, the way it breaks the monotony really helps with the pacing.

Basically my experience with the series goes like this. I played the IV demo, got hooked and then grabbed the full game on sale, loved it. I tried V’s demo but I wasn’t hooked, it didn’t have the world map so it felt like a step back, it didn’t really push the series forward. Some series purists like it over IV but I feel like overall if you wanna only play one might as well go for the more ambitious game. While good the games are very iterative so you’re probably not missing out on too much if you skip some of them. After doing some research before picking up another game in the series while they were on sale, I decided to go with Untold 2 since some say that if you only want to play two of them, it’s the next best one after IV. It apparently improves upon one of the new progression systems in Untold to the point that it’s obsolete I hear. It’s also the only game besides IV that has some sort of thing to do besides the dungeon crawl, since it has that town building/cooking minigame. It also has a new side dungeon to do alongside the main one. So I decided to go with Untold 2 since it was basically unanimously considered to be better than 1 (the stories don’t follow) and I had a good time with it. There is also Nexus but I decided to skip that one since it’s apparently super long and has a lot of reused content so I feel like going with that one would probably get me sick of the series, all of them are already long games anyways

So yeah I definitely recommend IV. While YMMV in terms of how interesting you think the classes are (gunner is just a ranged/elemental attacker that scales with agility), they are still a part of one of the best turn based combat systems in the genre so even the basic sounding classes are really interesting to use: not only is there a lot of flexibility in terms of possible builds but the game is just a lot more dynamic than your usual turn based RPG (status effects matter a lot, you are encouraged to do special attacks to keep up, every encounter matters, ressource management matters, etc)
 

SirArthur

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All are great. To reiterate the previous posts.

For a nice little story: Untold 1 and 2 are great, classes are more basic but they are improved from their original DS

For beginners: IV does a great job of doing small dungeons vs traditional EO games. Combat is simpler with a lot of risk/reward classes.

For a challenge: V. One of my favorite dungeon designs and monsters. Every class evolution gives you so much choice.

For the allstar edition: Nexus, best of style game. A nice premise and decent choice of classes.

PS. We need more EO threads lol its my fav game series and its super underrated.
 

Barely Able

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If you’re a persons fan, the the Persona Q games are basically EO with persona characters/settings. I agree with others that say 4 is best for beginners due to its structure. If you do get 5, then buy the FM synth DLC to get the awesome Yuzo tracks as they were intended to be heard.

Also, wait until the next Sega sale, where these games are down to under $10 (if you’re in NA).
 

Seven

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As @paranoodle said you can't really go wrong with any of the 3DS Etrian games. Both EOIV and EOV are great if you want to get into that classic EO experience. If you prefer more story there's the Untold games and in this case I give Untold 2 a slight edge over the first and there is very little connection between the two so you can start wherever. Since you're a newcomer to the series I wouldn't recommend Etrian Odyssey Nexus. Not because it is bad or lesser, but the game has a lot of callbacks and references to past games that wouldn't land if you don't already have experience with the series.

There's also the Persona Q games that @Barely Able mentioned that incorporates the Persona series with Etrian mechanics and are also pretty fun.
 

james

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1-3 kinda feel their age for sure, but i think they're plenty playable, especially 2 and 3.

one thing ive not noticed anyone here mention is that i think the 'point of no return' as far as quality of life features in the series goes is the first Etrian Odyssey Untold, the remake of the first game.

this is the game that introduces "sprint" which basically just doubles movement speed in the dungeons. 1-4 do not have this, and it makes even 4 kinda hard to go back to because it feels very slow lol.
 

paranoodle

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1-3 kinda feel their age for sure, but i think they're plenty playable, especially 2 and 3.
3 is one of my favorites (it's the one I started with), but OP was looking specifically for 3DS entries and those were still on DS. Definitely agree on them being very playable though! The balancing in 1 and 2 is a bit wonky but that was honestly part of the fun for me.
 

james

oh god how did this get here im not good with comp
3 is one of my favorites (it's the one I started with), but OP was looking specifically for 3DS entries and those were still on DS. Definitely agree on them being very playable though! The balancing in 1 and 2 is a bit wonky but that was honestly part of the fun for me.

etrian 2 revenge hexer busted as hell but extremely fun
 

SirArthur

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1-3 kinda feel their age for sure, but i think they're plenty playable, especially 2 and 3.
The og 1-2 feel a bit dated because of skill progression. The skills are limited and you can grow all your stats through skill points something the others limit or avoid. 3 is my favorite in the entire series and I feel has aged the best out of them, granted the others have untold versions, because a lot of their classes really started emphasizing team synergy, whilst the others were more of party balance.
 


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