A re-imagining hits the mark.

Hello ladies and gentle people, this is Michael Burhan here for a guest review, as I bring you the oral and written pleasures of being a fellow Englishman to this amazing site, and we start off by reviewing a game that brings back all the nostalgia of the 80’s - containing all the charm of previous Atlus titles - as I take you on a journey of fulfilment and visual pleasure whilst reviewing the knock down, drag out, dungeon-crawler that is the NIS America published role-playing game Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight.

Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight is a rehash of Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard, which was the first release of the series on the Nintendo DS handheld - which came out here in the good ole UK on June 13th 2008. Now I know what you’re thinking, in the times of high-definition remakes and rehashes, does this game bring anything new to the table? You may ask; ‘why don’t I just grab myself a copy of the original on the Nintendo DS instead, which could be far cheaper?’. Well if you do that dear reader, you will miss out on a treat of a game.

Like its predecessor in the Untold series - The Millennium Girl - Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight contains an encompassing story mode with alleged full motion video (if you can call moving eyeballs on fixed images FMV), multiple save files due to a bigger cartridge (it is the Nintendo 3DS after all), new downloadable content - which boasts different classes such as the Highlander class and Prince/Princess Classes - and new side quests along with new labyrinths to explore all with faster loading times, and last but by no means least, enhanced maps.

Best of all Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight includes a new skill-tree feature which allows you to unlock new abilities which can be automatically learned, it makes the role-playing elements of the game far easier to learn for those who enjoy games such as Final Fantasy XIII (yes I used that in a sentence please kill me now). For those of you who don’t enjoy these new and fancy features you can go back to playing the game you loved by using the Classic Mode, which has all the bells and whistles that improve upon the core gameplay Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight offers, but missing out the extra features and content added within the new title.

Speaking of nifty features; one new mechanic allows you to equip Grimoire Stones to your party of characters, this feature allows you to equip at least three stones extending your characters skills with a level boost, allowing you to even go beyond the maximum level.

Now moving on from the excitement of the new thing’s you’ll be doing within the game, are there any improvements graphically in Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight you ask?

Well yes there are you charming person you; firstly we can see an improvement and upgrade of the characters textures rounding off the dungeons and with a more aesthetically pleasing look, but with all the sexiness this game brings it does have its flaws, using the 3D function on your Nintendo 3DS for example does induce lag - creating a frustrating experience - so unless Atlus provides a patch I would suggest you stay well clear of using this function unless you need a migraine.

Next, let's look at the soundtrack of Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight which boasts some amazing music that you just may wish to add to your iPod or Zune (they still make those, right?). Some of my favourites include Battlefield from the first campaign, Betting It All with their rock anthem inspired musical scores will make any gamer don their headphones and immerse themselves in this rather unique musical experience whilst shutting out the rest of the world.

That being said is this game worth the getting again if you already own the original? Well if you’re a fan of the series (and the original game in particular) Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight has more content than most HD remakes and is not just a graphical upgrade bringing along a whole host of new content and features. You get a lot of bang for your buck in Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight, plus the classic title thrown in just for fun.

I believe that Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight has everything for casual gamers, nostalgia fans and hardcore RPG fans alike and will give you hours of excitement on the go. With its added content, improved gameplay and graphics you will definitely get your money's worth through your 40+ hour journey.

Review copy provided by the publisher for the Nintendo 3DS.

  • Review by
    Michael Burhan

    YouTube: TheNerdGenious

    Posted on
    1st February 2016

  • 4 Out of 5 Stars
  • 3D is broken

  • New visuals

    More content

    Improved mechanics

    Original title included as bonus

Game Info

NIS America & Atlus - Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight - Nintendo 3DS Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight
Rating: 12
Release Date: 12th February
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Developer: Atlus
Publisher: NIS America

  • Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard
  • Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl
  • Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan

Whilst the content is appropiate, the mass of text and complex game mechanics will likely be unsuitable for young children.

The 4th Etrian Odyssey game to release on the Nintendo 3DS, and the 7th in the overall series.

The game even features a 'Picnic Mode' for gamers wishing to breeze through all the combat.