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.