Etrian Odyssey

Etrian Odyssey confirmed for June

Etrian Odyssey confirmed for June

DS game will let you build your own guild.

Nintendo has confirmed that fantasy RPG Etrian Odyssey is coming to the DS this summer.

According to the press release it combines "classic dungeon exploring" with "old school 'pen and paper' style map drawing". The game is set in Etria, a small village at the edge of the fabled Yggdrasil Labyrinth. You start out by creating a guild up to 30 characters of your own creation can join. However, only five can enter the labyrinth at the same time.

The point, obviously, is you must pick characters with appropriate skills depending on what kind of monsters you're about to face. There are nine different classes and you can earn skill points to buy special abilities. Characters will include Landsknecht, a warrior, dark magician the Alchemist and the Survivalist, an archer.

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Etrian Odyssey (US Import)

Cartography is a profession woefully under-represented in videogames. We're used to having our in-game maps fully charted and available right from the start of a level (or, in the case of Zelda at least implausibly awaiting discovery in some remote treasure chest). As a result, few modern gamers will have experienced the antiquated and inimitable enjoyment that comes from painstakingly mapping a level, square by square on school maths paper.

Etrain Odyssey takes this ancient RPG hobbyist practice and boots it into the present by offering a turn-based first person perspective RPG on the top screen and a fully-featured mapping tool on the bottom.

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