The Switch is here, and with it we’re witnessing the last days of the 3DS. That doesn’t mean it’s not hanging on for dear life, though. The odd game still shows up here and there for the little clamshell handheld that could. It’s not surprising that those last few games include standout genres that defined the system’s life, such as dungeon crawlers like Etrian Odyssey Nexus.
As is typical for the Etrian Odyssey series, you control a group of adventurers tasked with exploring an undiscovered land. This time it’s the island of Lemuria, where you’re searching for a grand treasure. Expect to delve into dungeons, drawing maps along the way as you dodge FOEs and die dozens of times to unfortunate surprise attacks. That’s Etrian Odyssey for you!
You’ll assemble your team out of standout character classes making cameo appearances from every other game; it’s something of a “Who’s Who” of heroes. I actually found this to be the standout feature of the game; it was fantastic to make a Harlem Globetrotters of adventurers based on characters I enjoyed from previous titles.
You’ve also got a new class in the Hero, a sort of hybrid warrior-summoner who can create afterimages of themselves that serve as proxy party members. Note that this includes the stranger and more esoteric unlockable classes from previous games, however, so it’s possible to run into issues with party composition if you aren’t careful.
What’s more, you can further customize your characters a la Etrian Odyssey V, including giving them subclasses and personalized profiles. As a result, you’re able to make a team that’s truly your own, and I feel like that’s probably the best part of these games. You’ll import your friends into the game and go hard into the dungeons, seeing how far you make it before getting smashed yet again. It’s classic RPG gameplay at its finest.
As for the dungeons themselves, a lot of them return from previous games as well. It’s a nice touch, especially if you’ve been a long-time fan of the series, but if you’re after a lot of new content you might be a little disappointed that so many of the dungeons are repeats. Likewise, from a presentation perspective there’s a lot of Etrian Odyssey Nexus that feels a lot like previous games, especially 5, so if you’ve played those you know what you’re getting into here.
Etrian Odyssey Nexus feels a lot like Monster Hunter: Generations – it’s a great game for fans of a long-running series as well as a solid introduction for players who aren’t too familiar with previous titles. As a result, it’s basically a must-have for fans of dungeon crawlers. If you’re willing to be patient with a difficult early game and the odd unfair death, you’re going to love Etrian Odyssey Nexus.