Bear with me here, I have never done anything like this before. But recently, a new Etrian Odyssey game hit these shores, Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight. While I played and loved the hell out of Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, I have still never touched one of these games, despite my want to. However, these niche games have garnered themselves some great fans over the years, people who love these games for their depth, their art, their fighting, and their map-making puzzling.
One such fan is unofficial EO spokesmodel Miss Etrian Odyssey, someone who is no doubt tearing through the new game in a way I have not been able to do yet. She is pretty prolific on Twitter, has her Facebook fan page, and also has a YouTube channel and a Deviantart page. A lot busier than I am it seems. In any case, go check out her stuff, like it, follow it, tweet at her, do whatever positive thing it is you’re supposed to do for these sites. I lose track.
Etrian Odyssey never really intrigued me. I have heard of it, but everything I would see of the games never appealed to me. Strict dungeon crawlers, especially first-person is not usually my thing. I like a healthy dose of story in my games, especially RPG’s. Plus I always heard that those games were pretty hard, with a large portion of the game’s playtime being taken up by grinding. However, Atlus as of late seems to want to bring people around to their entire catalog, breaking them out from the tons of niche games their brand makes up. So in the middle of the milking of the sublime Persona 4 and Persona 3 stories, why not make an Etrian Odyssey game that has a Persona coat of paint slapped all over it? Enter Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, the game that made me understand why people like Etrian Odyssey so much.
Featuring the cast of both Persona 3 and Persona 4, Persona Q has you starting the game as one has so often before in this series, naming your main character. However this time around, you will name both the protagonists of Persona 3 and 4, you then choose which cast the story focuses on. While I have only gone through the game focusing on the Persona 4 side of things, I cannot imagine the game changes too dramatically as the two groups meet each other early on. Continue Reading