Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl is a JRPG from Atlus. The developer has brought other titles such as Shin Megami Tensei and the Persona series, both of which are known for having deep RPG experiences and Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl comes from the Etrian Odyssey flagship series as Atlus brings a new classic and story mode to this title.
In the story of Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl the user plays a highlander character who has great strength and a skill with the spear. The Highlander is set on a grand adventure which is set in Etrian. From the very start of the campaign the user will find that the highlander is very well known by all the characters that they will encounter. From the start of the game the highlander will visit Radha from the Radha Hall and get all the main story quests.
The game really starts out great by introducing a lot of the game mechanics that are expected to be learned from the very start and will be used during each and every quest. One of those mechanics is cartography, the method of drawing maps for each area that the user comes into with. Now this sounds really strange but comes out to be one of the best in game mechanics due to players being able to walk into an area and know where all the secret areas are from the start. There is a huge downside though and that is the user will need to explore the entire map which can take up valuable time during questing and grinding. Between all the gameplay from exploring there are deep and intriguing cut-scenes with full anime and Atlus has had some awesome voice over work done for these.
Gameplay for Etrian Odyssey Untold follows a story, explore, and combat formula. The gameplay is very enjoyable when the character is exploring each area. There are things that can be found that are secret that can be used for quests and can also be marked on the map or used at a later time. When exploring there is a bubble in the user’s right hand lower corner that turns green for safety, yellow for warning, and when it’s red that means combat is ahead. The lower screen is where the map can be found and edited. Combat in the game is deep and engaging and each character will have different types of attacks.
During combat several characters can be used to attack the enemy AI and each of the characters have their own special abilities that can change the tide of battle. The highlander has strength with a spear, and also can be built up the way the user wants them to. So in a sense the game can be played any way the user wants to play the game, players aren’t tied into the way the game wants them to play. Enemies in-game will scale from easy to hard and this can happen very quickly so there is a nice amount of diversion in game.
Controls for the game are pretty basic and Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl is very easy to pick up and play. Basic interaction with the character is with the A button and B button is to back out of menu items, the stylus is used for drawing on the bottom map while on main quests and the circle pad is for looking around in an open area. The D pad is for the main movement of your character.
The amount of characters in-game is crazy and there are too many to describe but some of them that are introduced very early game are Ren and Tlachtga. These two characters will accompany the player through the first couple of missions they are both higher level and a huge addition to the team since the user will have a low level character still at this point. Some other key characters that will join your quest are Frederica, Simon, Arthur, and Raquna and they will aid the user in the story through combat and each have their own skills to bring to the table.
Music in-game is very repetitive and gets really annoying as the game continues on I found myself turning the volume down during combat since anything said in combat is also repetitive. The voice acting for the characters in-game is really awesome as it meshes really well with the cut-scenes which are like watching a full set of anime. The cut-scenes were one of my favorite parts about the game. Replay ability is going to come into Etrian Odyssey Untold by the sole fact that upgrading your character can happen many different ways and the missions can be played over and over. If the user is looking to pick up this game and have a lot of gameplay time, I would say this game has a high replay ability.
Final Verdict: While Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl has its flaws, it is also a very well put together game. The grinding in missions can get old quickly but also builds up XP very quickly so that stronger moves can be pulled off. The in-game cut-scenes are some of the best that I have seen on Nintendo 3DS and really involve the player in the game. The game’s mechanics are also well put together and reward veterans as well as new comers to the series. I would recommend this game to any fans of the JRPG genre that are looking for a great game with a great story line.
Overall Score: 8.5/10
RGN Rating: Silver Game
Developer / Publisher: Atlus
Available On: Nintendo 3DS
Review Copy Info- A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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