Etrian Odyssey IV Demo out on the eShop now!

#1 Edited by MuttersomeTaxicab (668 posts) -

Looks like you have free reign with the classes (aside from unlockable/secret classes) and the level cap for the demo is 10. Progress carries over to the retail version.

At any rate, the game's 3D effects look great if that's the life you want to lead. Otherwise, this seems like an Etrian Odyssey-ass Etrian Odyssey game.

Anybody else stoked for this?

#2 Posted by Rave (370 posts) -

Yeah the demo seemed fun, can't wait for the full game

#3 Posted by BBAlpert (1422 posts) -

I've been looking for a grindy RPG to play on my 3DS, and an Etrian Odyssey-ass Etrian Odyssey game would certainly fit that description... Perhaps I'll look into it. Thanks for the heads up.

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#4 Posted by MuttersomeTaxicab (668 posts) -

@BBAlpert said:

I've been looking for a grindy RPG to play on my 3DS, and an Etrian Odyssey-ass Etrian Odyssey game would certainly fit that description... Perhaps I'll look into it. Thanks for the heads up.

If you've played any of the earlier games and liked 'em, EO4 is probably worth a look. Really seems like they added a lot of polish to this one. Plus, the 2D menus mixed with the 3D effects make the game look really nice.

#5 Posted by SuperWristBands (2266 posts) -

This is the first Etrian Odyssey game I've played and as I assumed, it's pretty badass. The only other games I've played of this type are Class of Heroes and Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls. I like that this game seems to remove a lot of the random-ness but at the same time I find myself missing it... Also not being able to save anywhere makes this game seem a lot more dangerous.   
 
Now since this is the first game of the series I've played, I have some questions:
 
Is it possible to have a character die for good, or can you get them back 100% of the time with the clinic?  
What happens if the whole party gets wiped out on normal mode?
 
As for the demo: 
 
Does anyone know how many of the quests can be completed? I got my party to lvl 6 but I can't seem to do much else. Like find the communal chest (or whatever it was called) that is guarded by an angry baboon or the supply quest from the dude who gave you the first quest. For the supply quest, I went to the area it says to (A-2 on the world map) and all there is is a dungeon that won't let me in cause it's the demo. I assume that is where I need to go and so I can't complete it in the demo. In the end, I was able to complete only two quests not counting the first one where you get the ore. 
 
 
Also, here is a link that has a QR code you can enter to get... something. It's a map though I don't know how to use it.

#6 Edited by Zeik (2334 posts) -

No perma-death. If you die on normal you get a gameover and have to load up your last save (Although you can save your map data if you choose.)

You can complete all the quests that are available in the demo. The baboon is in the second dungeon with the bears and the supply quest is a few squares to the right of the second dungeons entrance. It's a good idea to map out every inch of a dungeon so you don't miss out on anything.

I don't believe the Shinjuku Map does anything besides provide you 500en for selling it.

#7 Posted by criacow (57 posts) -

Oh sweet, thanks! Going to go grab that right now.

Loved EO3, been looking forward to EO4.

#8 Edited by SuperWristBands (2266 posts) -
@Zeik: Alright, thanks duder. I'll take a look later. The second dungeon is with the bears where you make them smash through the tree walls? I swear I looked all over that one and didn't find it. I must have over looked it or wasn't paying attention to it's location as I didn't have the quest (and so I wasn't really looking for it) when I was going through it.
#9 Edited by Zeik (2334 posts) -

@SuperWristBands: I'm pretty sure it's that dungeon anyway. If not it's the first one where you get the ore, but I don't think so.

#10 Posted by Gaff (1704 posts) -

FOE! FOE! FOE!

I really need to get back into this series.

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#11 Posted by evanbower (1210 posts) -

I downloaded the demo and gave it a shot, but it seemed a lot like Ni No Kuni for me, in that it is a game I'll probably love that doesn't demo particularly well. Too much management of your party to justify, for me, when you know you'll only spend an hour or so with them.

#12 Posted by Zeik (2334 posts) -

@evanbower: I'm not really sure what you mean.

#13 Posted by evanbower (1210 posts) -

@Zeik said:

@evanbower: I'm not really sure what you mean.

Picking and naming all the classes and members of your party seems like it would be cool for a full game experience, but for a demo that I'll be spending a short amount of time with, it just seemed like a little too much work.

#14 Posted by Zeik (2334 posts) -

@evanbower: Well you can import your demo data directly into the full game, so that just means you can jump right in to the actual game when it's out.

#15 Posted by evanbower (1210 posts) -

@Zeik said:

@evanbower: Well you can import your demo data directly into the full game, so that just means you can jump right in to the actual game when it's out.

Oh, awesome. That's good to know. Time to obsess over it then!

#16 Posted by SuperWristBands (2266 posts) -
#17 Posted by Morbid_Coffee (954 posts) -

This is the first Etrian Odyssey game I've enjoyed since the first one. Second one was kind of crap, and the third one just bored me to death.

It's probably not true, but it really feels like they sped up how long it takes to level, and not just because of the rare breed monsters. It just feels like less of a grind which keeps my attention longer.

#18 Posted by Amethus (68 posts) -

I just tried out the demo and really liked it. Never played an EO game before but this seems like a nice enough dungeon crawler.

Not a big fan of having to draw up walls on the map and whatnot but I'm sure I'll get used to it.

#19 Posted by DeathTrap (244 posts) -

@Amethus said:

I just tried out the demo and really liked it. Never played an EO game before but this seems like a nice enough dungeon crawler.

Not a big fan of having to draw up walls on the map and whatnot but I'm sure I'll get used to it.

Yeah, I just tried it last night - first EO game I've played. Not a fan of drawing the map (actually, I kind of hate it and wish there was an option to make it draw itself automatically), but the combat seems fun and I enjoy the art and music. How's the story in EO games? Is there one, or is it just a series of dungeons with throw away "quests" designed to just get you into the dungeon?

#20 Posted by Zeik (2334 posts) -

The map drawing is one of the core mechanics of the EO games. You could feasibly get by just with the automapped floors if it bothers you, but I actually find it rather rewarding to watch my hand drawn map fill out. Drawing it yourself also means that you can fill out a room without having to walk on each square individually, which is actually a huge boon in a game with tough random encounters and trap floors.

The story in EO games tend to be mostly throwaway, although they do have bits and pieces of interesting story moments here and there. 3 actually had a pretty decent main narrative, even if it was sparse until the end.

#21 Posted by DeathTrap (244 posts) -

@Zeik said:

The story in EO games tend to be mostly throwaway, although they do have bits and pieces of interesting story moments here and there. 3 actually had a pretty decent main narrative, even if it was sparse until the end.

Oh, that's unfortunate. Biggest reason I play RPGs is for the story. Maybe I'll pick it up anyways - gameplay seems fun.

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